Owego-Apalachin residents approved a proposition Tuesday that will pave the way for the district to purchase four new school buses.
The vote was 210-192 in favor of purchasing three new full-size buses and one smaller bus. It is part of the district’s replacement plan, which calls for buses to be taken out of service after 10-12 years on the road.
State aid will cover 86 percent of the cost to purchase the four new buses. The district will pay the rest – about $11,000 per year over the next five years.
The buses being replaced will either become maintenance vehicles for the district or be sold at auction.
The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office says they now have a suspect in custody for Tuesday’s fatal shooting in Ithaca, they announced this morning.
The shooting, around 2am, left 47-year-old Paul Garcia dead in a parking lot at the Maple Hill Apartment Complex. Residents say the Bronx man was living with a woman in the complex and the shooting allegedly stemmed from an argument that Garcia had with another tenant.
Police have been looking for the suspect since the shooting. They are expected to release more information later Wednesday.
The investigation continues.
Johnson City has once again decided to table a resolution to merge its code office with the Town of Union.
While discussing the issue at a meeting Tuesday night, trustees said there is not enough information to make an informed decision. They hope to work with the town to come up with a plan as to how a new, consolidated office would operate.
Tuesday’s board meeting also brought some changes to the rules and regulations for the Johnson City Fire Department.
Mayor Dennis Hannon says they have not been updated since 1996. Several changes were made, from deleting references to positions no longer in service to more complex issues like discipline.
The changes are effective immediately. Hannon says more may be on the way.
Veterans and a few members of the public took time Tuesday to commemorate Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Owego.
Tuesday was the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor.
The Owego VFW hosted an event to remember all those who were killed and those who survived, including Richard “Dick” Hopkins of Berkshire, who spoke yesterday. He was one of four from the county who survived the attack and went on to serve in the South Pacific during the war.
Dale Sibley of Owego is still entombed in the USS Arizona, which was sunk during the attacks. The dining room at the Owego VFW is named in his honor.
Owego-Apalachin School District residents are voting Tuesday on a proposal to purchase four new school buses.
It is part of the district’s replacement plan, which calls for buses to be taken out of service after 10-12 years on the road.
O-A Superintendent Dr. Bill Russell was on the WEBO Morning Show this morning.
“This replacement plan is part of a long-term strategy to maintain a high-quality, safe bus fleet to keep our students coming to school safely and also to keep our taxes down and our budget stable,” he told WEBO News Director Chris Schmidt.
Today’s measure would replace three full-size buses and one smaller bus. It would cost around $11,000 per year for the next five years after state aid is figured in.
Voting is open through 8pm at both the Owego and Apalachin Elementary Schools.
A mentally disabled man accused of murdering his father has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
28-year-old Matthew Taranto allegedly shot his father, Sal, in the stomach several times last week.
Taranto’s attorney, Scott Miller, says his client was acting in self-defense last Tuesday. Sal allegedly came into Matthew’s bedroom with a loaded gun and threatened to shoot him. Miller says several people have come forward claiming they witnessed the former Nassau County Police Officer abuse his son in public.
Matthew was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as a child. He remains at the Tompkins County Jail without bail.
The prosecution has declined to comment on the case, which goes now to a grand jury.
The victim of an early-morning homicide in Ithaca has been identified as 47-year-old Paul Garcia.
Garcia was shot to death in a parking lot at the Maplewood Apartments on Maple Ave. in the city just before 2am Tuesday. Tompkins County Sheriff Peter Meskill says the man lives in the New York City area and was apparently visiting friends.
Many Cornell University students live in an apartment complex near where the shooting took place.
The sheriff’s office is still searching for the alleged shooter. State Police are helping with the search along with officers from both the Ithaca and Cornell University Police Departments.
The No. 7 Syracuse University men’s basketball team faces its toughest test of the season Tuesday when they take on No. 8 Michigan State at Madison Square Garden.
Tip-off is scheduled for 9pm on WEBO.
Tonight’s game is part of a doubleheader in the Jimmy V Classic. No. 4 Kansas will play No. 14 Memphis at 7pm.
Syracuse is 8-0 to begin the season after a 65-59 win over North Carolina State on Saturday. Senior Rick Jackson is averaging 13 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Orange.
Michigan State is 6-2, with losses to Connecticut and Duke. Seniors Kalin Lucas and Durrell Summers are leading the Spartans, combining to average nearly 30 points per game.
Syracuse holds a 9-7 advantage in the all-time series against Michigan State.
Binghamton fire investigators say unattended candles were the cause of the fire that killed three people in the city on Saturday morning.
The candles were left burning in the first floor living room at 534 State Street, according to investigators. The homeowner, 61-year-old Robert Sindon, was killed in the blaze along with his son, 32-year-old Joseph Sindon, and Joseph’s 4-year-old daughter.
There were no smoke detectors in the home.
Fire officials say this tragedy is a reminder to make sure you have working smoke detectors in your home and that you blow out any candles before leaving a room.