The Johnson City Police Department is warning residents about fake utility workers that have been going door to door trying to defraud homeowners. They have received complaints about two men pretending to be municipal utility workers and asking to come inside residences. Police say to always ask for ID before letting anyone in your house, and you can always call the utility to make sure they sent employees to your residence. Anyone who has encountered these two is asked to call JC Police.
A Johnson City man is facing DWI charges after he drove his vehicle into the back of a parked police car on Main Street this week. Village Police say the officers were across the street investigating a disturbance when 57-year-old Barry Spencer struck the parked patrol car. No injuries were reported. Spencer was charged with DWI and operating without a license.
The Johnson City Police Department arrested two people yesterday for different home invasion robberies. 17-year-old Dushane Murphy of Binghamton was arrested after a two-month investigation. He is accused of forcing entry into a residence, pepper spraying the occupant, and stealing money. He is now charged with burglary in the first degree. Also yesterday, 25-year-old Katelynd Clark of Vestal was taken into custody, accused of stealing clothing and $10,000 worth of collectible coins from a residence in the village. She is now charged with grand larceny. Johnson City Police say further charges are pending in both cases.
Johnson City Police are looking for the man responsible for robbing a gas station and convenience store at gunpoint last night. Police say a white male entered the convenience store at 143 Riverside Drive around 9:30pm, showed a handgun, and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured. The man ran along the street towards Binghamton after leaving the store. Police say he was wearing a dark brown hoodie, blue jeans, and a scarf over his face. Their investigation continues.
No one was injured when a car crashed into the CVS on Harry L. Drive in Johnson City yesterday. Village police say a driver accidentally pressed on the gas pedal instead of the brake and crashed through a corner of the store. No other vehicles were involved. The pharmacy inside the building remained open after the crash, but the rest of the store was closed. There is no word on when the damage will be fully repaired. The driver was not identified.
Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Johnson City today to announce a $100 million award for Binghamton University to build the new Decker School of Nursing on Corliss Ave. in Johnson City. The governor and other dignitaries, including Senator Fred Akshar, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, and BU President Harvey Stenger all signed the first beam that will be installed on the new school. The 8-acre school campus is expected to be complete by 2019. The award announced today comes from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.
An 11-year-old boy was shot last night in Johnson City, but is expected to survive. JC Police Chief Brent Dodge says the 11-year-old was shot in the arm by a teenager and friend of the boy inside a residence at 7 North Broad Street around 10:30 last night. The boy was taken to Wilson Hospital and then transported out of the area for treatment. Police are still searching for the shooting suspect and are also investigating whether the shooting was intentional or accidental.
A man slit his wrists and neck in the Johnson City Walmart yesterday afternoon. Just before 2:30pm, authorities responded to a report of a man with a knife threatening to slit his throat. Upon their arrival, the man proceeded to go through with his threat. Police officers first pepper sprayed the man to try and subdue him, but ultimately ended up needing to use a taser to stop the man from causing further harm to himself. The man was taken into custody under a mental health law, and transported to an area hospital for treatment.
The store was evacuated after an employee pulled the fire alarm.
The man is expected to survive.