The Johnson City Police Department issued a public health alert Saturday after three people fatally overdosed on heroin in a 10-hour span. Police believe a “bad batch” of heroin was circulated around the area late last week and want to warn any potential heroin users of the increased overdose risk. They are continuing to investigate. Free Narcan kits are available at the Tioga County Health Department, which is located in the county’s Health and Human Services Building on Route 38 in Owego. They are also available without a prescription for a small fee at all local pharmacies.
Johnson City leaders are asking for ideas to revitalize their community. Johnson City officials have scheduled what is called an Innovation District Revitalization Strategy Workshop … that’s the government’s way of asking for ideas about development projects in the downtown area. Two events are scheduled today … first, a walking tour from 5 to 6pm though the downtown will highlight upcoming projects. Residents are asked to meet at 4:45pm at Binghamton Brewing, 15 Avenue B for the three-quarter mile tour. From 6:15 to 8pm today, residents can stop anytime at Binghamton Brewing to share idea for the future of downtown Johnson City. New York state is provided funding for the strategy workshop from the Environmental Protection Fund and the Brownfield Opportunity Program.
An Endwell man is facing charges in Johnson City after police say he tried to set fire to a multi-family apartment building on Monday. Police accuse 42-year-old Belven Fajardo of trying to set fire to 197 Grand Avenue with two Molotov Cocktails just before 5pm Monday. They say it was a continuation of a domestic dispute from earlier in the day when Fajardo damaged the victim’s cell phone. The man was taken into custody at his home and charged with a felony count of attempted arson and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief. He was sent to the Broome County Jail without bail after arraignment.
The Johnson City Police Department has arrested a Binghamton man for causing a disturbance at the Wal-Mart that included breaking the cell phone of the store’s manager. Police say it started on May 12 when 27-year-old Jonathan Morales was not allowed to buy alcohol and asked to leave the store. He refused and grabbed the cell phone out of the store manager’s hand and broke it on the ground. Morales is now charged with grand larceny and two counts of criminal mischief.
Johnson City Police have added charges against a village man after their investigation of a stabbing on Monday. Initially, they thought 47-year-old Samuel Lambert stabbed a dog in self-defense after being bitten, but their investigation revealed that Lambert assaulted the dog and then attempted to assault the dog’s owner with a knife. He is now charged with injuring an animal as well as additional counts of attempted assault and menacing. The dog, a pitbull named Geneva, suffered a stab wound but is expected to make a full recovery. Her owner was left with a minor laceration to his head and was treated at the scene after the incident on Grand Avenue Monday.
A Johnson City man is facing charges after police say he stabbed a dog and then the dog’s owner yesterday. Police accuse 47-year-old Samuel Lambert of stabbing the victim’s dog earlier in the afternoon, which led to an altercation that resulted in the man receiving stab wounds to his head. He was treated at the scene in the area of 212 Grand Avenue for minor injuries. Lambert is facing felony charges for attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and tampering with evidence. He remains in custody.
Johnson City Police are also investigating a shooting. Village Police say one person was shot outside of Charley’s Tavern at closing time, around 2am Saturday. The victim is expected to survive. Police did not release many details, and said late last night that they do not yet have a suspect in custody. Earlier Friday, JC Police unveiled their 25 new body cameras and five new patrol car computers. The technology was purchased with a state grant secured by Senator Fred Akshar.
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.