Elmira-Corning Airport Construction Project on Schedule

A construction project at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport continues on schedule, according to the airport’s Director of Aviation Bill Hopper. Reconstruction of the taxiway to the main runway is almost completed with the terminal renovation project expected to start sometime next month. Hopper was a guest this week on the WEBO Morning Show. The airport is applying for a grant to expand its air service to a new destination. The full interview is posted on the WEBO website.

Guilty Verdict in Elmira Bar Shooting

The man charge with opening fire inside Patrick’s Bar in Elmira last July has been found guilty. It took jurors less than an hour to come to that conclusion after a week over testimony. Five men were shot in the incident. All of them survived. Zecary Banks was found guilty on all eight counts, including attempted 2nd degree murder.

Renovations underway at Elmira Corning Regional Airport

Visitors to the Elmira Corning Regional Airport will soon notice some improvements on the property. Director of Aviation Bill Hopper was on the WEBO Morning Show today to talk about a reconstruction project is underway on the taxiway to the main runway, and to say that the terminal renovation project will begin sometime next month. They are currently accepting bids for the project that will modernize the terminal and add natural light and green space inside the building. The airport is also applying for a grant that would expand their capabilities and allow them to fly to another destination. Currently, ELM offers five daily Delta flights to Detroit and is the only local airline to offer direct flights to Florida with Allegiant Air. The full interview from today is available below.

First Arena back up for sale after negotiations break down

Chemung County leaders are heading back to the drawing board to try and find an owner for the First Arena after a deal to sell the arena fell through this week. The IDA announced yesterday that the potential buyer of the property pulled out of negotiations after Sheriff Christopher Moss held a press conference last week to make allegations of a potential conflict of interest. A pending sale to local car dealer Brian Barrett was announced in March, but now the IDA says the county will be forced to keep possession of the First Arena until a new owner can be found.

Elmira Police identify stabbing victim

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.

Fatal stabbing in Elmira Sunday night

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.

Elmira Police warning about new drug that looks like candy

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.

Catholic Churches in Elmira set to merge

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.