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.
A woman was revived from a drug overdose following a car accident on Saturday. The unidentified female was a passenger in a two-car crash near the intersection of CFJ Boulevard and Airport Road in Johnson City. Authorities had to use Narcan to help the woman recover.
The driver of the Vehicle, 33-year-old John Dirig of Long Eddy, New York, fled the scene of the accident on foot before authorities could arrive. He was later apprehended and accused of attempting to discard packets of heroin in a trashcan of a nearby gas station.
Dirig was arraigned and released to appear back in court at a later date. The female passenger was transported to Wilson hospital with charges pending.
The condition of the driver in the second vehicle is unknown.
Nearly 2,000 people lost power during yesterday’s brief thunderstorms. Strong winds brought several trees down which caused the loss in power, as well as blocked roadways. In Johnson City, a fallen tree even caught on fire after landing on a power line.
In addition, about an hour south of Binghamton, a teenager was struck by lightning in Laceyville, Pennsylvania during the same string of storms.
Despite the negative effects, the storm brought much needed rain to the region. An unusually dry summer has affected crop growth and tourism.
The Johnson City School District has announced that, starting this year, ALL high school students will be able to get a free breakfast. In years prior, students had to qualify for free breakfasts based on household income. The change comes after the federal government continues to provide increased incentives for allowing more students to receive free meals.
Students will still need to qualify for free breakfasts in the district’s other schools. Students in all Johnson City Schools, including the high school still need to qualify for free lunch.