A Chemung County man has been arrested on multiple charges after assaulting two Chemung County Sheriff’s Deputies. Deputies were contacted by a female in Horseheads who said that her ex-boyfriend, 35-year-old Kevin Searfoss, repeatedly texted and called her, despite an order of protection against him. While on scene, deputies called Searfoss, identified themselves as Sheriff’s Deputies, and told Searfoss he must cease contact. Searfoss hung up on them. Minutes later, he showed up on scene while deputies were still there. He forced his way into the building, and immediately knocked one deputy to the ground, and pinned one to a wall, forcing him in a headlock. Deputies then tased Searfoss to subdue him. The deputies received minor injuries as a result of the incident. Searfoss has since been charged with burglary, assault, and criminal contempt. He was sent to the Chemung County Jail on $200,000 cash bail, or $400,000 property bond.
Four of the forty-nine guns stolen last October from a Horsehead’s gun shop have been recovered. Video Surveillance as well as an anonymous tip helped authorities trace the theft and sale of the guns to Douglas Church, Zachary Smith, and Brianna Lowe. One of the guns was found to be used in an attempted homicide in Elmira on June 1st. Since the theft, Scott’s Guns has revamped their security, including new alarms, and better surveillance among other measures. This is being done to prevent any more weapons from entering the hands of criminals.
A family in Horseheads came home Saturday evening to a severely damaged house after a vehicle had veered off the road and collided into their property. The driver and car were still on the property when home owners arrived and called police. The driver was taken to the hospital where he later died. Police are withholding the driver’s identity until his family is notified. The investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing.
A fire ripped through a home in Chemung County. Firefighters responded to the scene in Horseheads a little after 4 p.m. Sunday. Crews arrived to find the home on Duncan Street fully engulfed in flames. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to place the fire under control. They battled not only flames but cold temperatures and slippery conditions. Officials say no one was at home when the fire began. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
A murder trial is set to begin for a Virginia man accused of murdering a former Horseheads teacher and administrator. Keith Reed Jr. began teaching in Horseheads in 1984 and last served as the Clymer Central School district’s superintendent in Western New York prior to his death. Anthony Taglianetti is being charged with killing Reed outside his Clymer home a year ago. Taglianetti reportedly believed Reed was having an affair with his wife.
A car crash in Horseheads sent two people to the hospital on Monday. Around 1:30 in the afternoon, a pick-up truck heading west on the County Route 64 overpass crossed over the median, and crashed into a Norfolk Southern maintenance truck. Both drivers were taken to the hospital, and there has been no word on the severity of their injuries.
A Subway in Horseheads was broken into early Wednesday morning. Police say someone broke into the shop on Grand Central Avenue around 2 a.m. and stole an unknown amount of cash. The suspect was wearing all black clothing and a ski mask.
An officer in Horseheads interrupted a burglary in progress. Police say the officer was on his routine patrol with his K-9 partner Thursday morning when he noticed suspicious activity at Scott’s Guns and Accessories on Watkins Road. He spotted 22-year-old Stephen Savage near the store and noticed damage to the building. Police say Savage surrendered quickly when the officer warned he would release the dog. Savage was arraigned and sent to the Chemung County Jail on $10,000 bail.