The First Arena has a new owner, but this will be the final season for the Elmira Jackals. Chemung County officials made the bittersweet announcement Friday that the arena will continue to be in operation under the direction of new owner Brian Barrett, but the Jackals won’t be part of the future. The part owner of Simmons-Rockwell is purchasing the arena from the county for $3.5 million. He plans to renovate the building and continue to hold non-hockey events. The First Arena opened in downtown Elmira in 2000.
A Chemung County man is facing charges after allegedly choking his wife unconscious during a domestic dispute on Saturday. The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office is accusing 33-year-old Matthew Stephenson of choking and assaulting his wife in their Pine City home at 7am Saturday. Their child was in the house at the time. Stephenson is now charged with a felony for choking and a misdemeanor for endangering the welfare of a child.
Elmira firefighters rescued a dog that fell into icy water yesterday. They say the dog got loose from his owners and wandered onto the ice of Brick Pond on Sullivan Street, but the ice broke and he ended up in the water. He kept his head above the water by swimming until Lieutenant Eric Barton of the Elmira Fire Department was able to crawl out on the ice while attached to a life rope. The dog was cold, but did not suffer any injuries. He is back home with his owners.
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.