Elmira Police have identified the victim of Sunday night’s fatal stabbing as 29-year-old Albert Sturgis, Jr. They say the man suffered multiple stab wounds during an altercation with an acquaintance inside Gush’s Thirsty Bear Bar. Sturgis was taken by a friend to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Police do not have a suspect, and say eyewitnesses are not cooperating with their investigation. Anyone with information can call Elmira Police at 607-737-5626.
One person was fatally stabbed inside a bar in Elmira last night. Police say the person was stabbed during an altercation that included gun shots inside Gush’s Thirsty Bear Bar on East Washington Avenue around 10:30pm. The stabbing victim was taken by bystanders to the hospital, where that person was pronounced dead. Police have not identified the victim and say they are still investigating the incident. More information is expected to be released today.
The Greater Binghamton Airport is back open today after a month-long runway reconstruction project. Yesterday, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney announced that the airport will receive a $588,000 grant to pay for 12 sets of replacement protective equipment, 12 sets of self-contained breathing apparatus, and a new rescue and firefighting vehicle. Also yesterday, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced a $63,000 grant for the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. The grant will be used for infrastructure upgrades. Both grants are from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Elmira Police are warning parents about new drugs that are disguised to look like candy. It may look like a pile of Sweet Tarts, but police say it’s actually something more dangerous. The candies have been found to contain substances like heroin or Xanax. They also may be imprinted with name brands to hide what they are. If you have seen anything like this, please call police. They say only give candy to your children that you purchased from the store.
A big change is coming for three Catholic churches in Elmira. A decline is members and a shortage of priests are two reasons why three Catholic parishes in Elmira will eventually merge. When the Rev. Scott Kubinski is assigned as priest in July, he will oversee the three parishes, according to the Rochester diocese. Christ the Redeemer, Blessed Sacrament and St. Mary’s will be served by Kubinski in the new alignment of Catholic parishes. The parish will make several changes in scheduling and eliminate a few masses in light of the merger. Catholic churches have closed or merged in recent years including several in the Binghamton area and Tioga County.
One person was injured in an early morning shooting in Elmira yesterday. Police were called to College Avenue near West Warren Street around 1am for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found one victim leaving the scene in a private vehicle. That person is now in stable condition at the hospital. Despite interviewing several witnesses, police say they do not have a description of the suspect. Anyone with information is urged to call the police tip line at 607-271-4258.
The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport is preparing for a $58 million renovation project that will replace the existing terminal. Director of Aviation Bill Hopper was a special guest on today’s WEBO Morning Show. He says the new terminal will include a special security screening area.
“It’s going to be very unique. It’s going to be what the architects refer to as a walk through the park when you go through screening. Your typical screening is high stress, but ours is going to be all glass right through some very nice landscaped terrain,” Hopper says.
The airport, which is owned by Chemung County, was one of four airports in the state to receive a $40 million grant to help pay for the project. Construction will begin in mid-July and finish by October of next year. The airport will remain open through the project. ELM offers five daily flights to Detroit and the only direct flights to Florida in the Southern Tier. You can listen to the full interview on the WEBO website.
Local and federal law enforcement agencies have teamed up to bust a fetanyl pill mill in the Elmira area. Search warrants were executed at five different locations in Chemung County Tuesday, which resulted in the seizure of more than 200 fetanyl pills, seven firearms, ammunition, containers with false bottoms, and a 3-D printer. Four men were arrested during the raids. The DEA says the men were manufacturing both fetanyl pills and weapons and their distribution network reached all the way to North Carolina. Fetanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and is sometimes mixed with heroin.