American Airlines flights left two local airports for the final time yesterday. The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport said it was a shame to lose the carrier, but they still have several other airlines available for travelers. They are also planning a $40 million renovation project starting soon that will expand the terminal, add parking and a restaurant over the next two years. The last American Airlines flight to Philadelphia departed the Greater Binghamton Airport at 5:30pm, leaving Delta as the only airline to utilize BGM. The carrier will begin offering three flights per day to Detroit next month.
The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies in the region are asking for the public’s help to find the people responsible for more than a dozen commercial burglaries committed over the past two weeks. Investigators believe the break-ins are related, including the incident at the Dunkin Donuts in Apalachin on Monday. Similar break-ins were reported in Endwell, Horseheads, and other locations across Broome, Chemung, and Tompkins counties. Anyone with information about these burglaries is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 607-687-1010 or New York State Police.
The Elmira Police Department is warning local businesses about fake $100 bills that have been used at several locations across the city. Local businesses are asked to investigate any $100 bills they receive, and use a counterfeit pen if they have one. Police say there are pink and white markings visible on the fake bills, and some dash pattern marks can be seen in the corner of the paper. Please call the authorities if you discover a suspicious $100 bill.
The Chemung County Legislature says Elmira’s First Arena needs renovations and a new owner. Legislators passed a resolution last night pledging to assist whoever buys the building with renovations in an effort to keep the arena open and the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals in town. The hope is that a new owner will be in place by the end of this month. The First Arena opened in Elmira in 2000.
Chemung County Legislators have approved the creation of a C-TRAN bus stop at Tioga Downs for next year. The bus stop will be along an already established route between Elmira and Owego. The New York State Department of Transportation is expected to contribute $45,000 over the next two years to continue funding the inter-county bussing service agreement. The Tioga County Legislature is expected to vote on the inter-county bussing agreement, as well as, the proposed Tioga County budget for 2017 tonight. Tonight’s legislative meeting is scheduled to begin at 6pm in the Tioga County Office Building on Main Street in Owego.
Two Elmira men have been arrested in North Carolina after being found with more than $150,000 worth of narcotics. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Department arrested 26-year-old Anthony Prettyman and 26-year-old Cory Laurenson yesterday following a traffic stop. Sheriff’s deputies pulled the men over for traffic violations and found marijuana inside the glove box of their vehicle. A further search discovered 5,300 Oxycontin pills inside the false bottom of a paint can and more than $2,000 in cash. The sheriff’s department says the pills are worth more than $160,000 on the street. The men are facing felony drug trafficking charges and were sent to the county jail on $2 million bond.
CTRAN will be adding an additional stop in Owego. Riders can now make a stop at the Tioga County Health and Human Services Building on Route 38 in Owego. The bus service out of Chemung County added routes in Tioga County after the Ride Tioga bus service was discontinued last year. The Health and Human Services Building houses a public health clinic, Workforce NY offices, Access VR, and Mental Health Services among other things. The CTRAN busses will start making this additional stop in April and continue to do so through December. An evaluation of ridership is expected to be conducted later this year to determine if the stop will be made permanent.
Elmira Police have formally charged a man with murder after a shooting in their city on Saturday. 24-year-old Lawrence Baker was arraigned on second degree murder charges in Elmira City Court Tuesday. He is accused of shooting 24-year-old Najee Holmes to death in a residence on Baty Street in the city. Police say it happened after a physical confrontation between the two men. Baker is being held in the Chemung County Jail without bail.