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.
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.
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 will soon be re-erecting a piece of its history. A Civil War Prison Camp once sat on the streets of Elmira 150 years ago. The prison camp was in operation from 1864-1865, and housed captured confederate soldiers. Through community donations, one of the buildings of the former camp will be built again, using the original wood and square nails in its reconstruction. The building was dismantled 27 years ago and has been sitting in storage since. The organization, Friends of the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp is collecting donations. Anyone who donates $250 or more will receive a paperweight with one of the original square nails. To donate, you can visit ElmiraPrisonCamp.com.
The Elmira Police Department is investigating reported shots fired yesterday in the area of Harmon St. near West Hudson St. around 12:30 pm. Police determined a black male was shooting a handgun at a white male riding a bicycle. The victim has not been located or identified, but police discovered blood at the scene. Police found several .22 caliber shell casings that led to a nearby residence on West Henry St. The Elmira Police Department and the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team executed a search warrant at the residence and found several guns there. Anyone with information is asked to call Elmira police at 607-737-5626.
One person was taken to the hospital after a shooting in Elmira Monday. According to the Elmira Police Department, around 5:23 pm. officers responded to the 1200 block of Hall Street for a report of gunshots. The victim was seen by witnesses walking in the area of Hall Street and Division Street. Upon officers’ arrival, that person had already been taken to Arnot Ogden Hospital by a passerby. Officers investigated at the scene and others went to the hospital to interview the victim. The victim was not cooperative with the investigation. The Elmira Police Department is asking any witnesses or anyone with information regarding the shooting to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607) 737-5626.
A family of four escaped from their Elmira home safely after a fire sparked early this morning. Fire officials said the call went out around 2 for a fire at 734 Riverside Avenue in Elmira. The fire started under the front porch, which is attached to the house. It then spread into the home. Fire crews managed to quickly extinguish the fire before it reached the second floor. Fire officials said the smoke detectors helped alert the family. There is extensive damage to the porch, and no one was hurt. The cause is under investigation.