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  1. Police in Ithaca are still looking for a suspect who robbed a bank on Meadow Street. Yesterday at about 6:00 pm Ithaca Police Department officers responded to the Tompkins Trust Company bank, 775 South Meadow Street, regarding a bank robbery that had just occurred. Officers arrived on scene and determined that a male subject entered the bank, displayed a handgun while demanding money, and then fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. The Ithaca Police Department is asking for anyone with any information that would aid this investigation to contact the Ithaca Police Department.
  2. On Wednesday at around 4:52 pm, the Elmira Police Department responded to the area of Brick Pond on Sullivan Street for several reports of a disturbance involving a large group of people and numerous gun shots. Upon arrival, officers observed several people fleeing from the area in different directions. Officers observed one adult Elmira male to throw an unknown item into Brick Pond as officers were approaching him. The male also appeared to have an injury which did not appear to be from a gunshot according to police. The male advised that he had been “cut” but would not cooperate any further. New York State Parole was requested to the scene as this male is currently on NYS Parole. Police say no further details will be provided about the injury or the identity of the male at this time. The New York State Police Dive Team was requested to the scene in order to search the pond in an attempt to identify/locate the item(s) discarded in the pond. No other injuries have been reported to the police at this time and the matter is still under investigation. Police ask that anyone with information about the incident is requested to call the Elmira Police Department at (607) 737-5626 or leave a message on the anonymous tip line at (607) 271-HALT.
  3. Earlier today, the Chemung County Sheriff's Office arrested 65 year old Walter G. Connor Jr, of Elmira and charged him with Criminal Nuisance in the Second Degree. Police say this morning at approximately 7:45 A.M., deputies were dispatched to Holdridge Street, in the Town of Southport, for a report of an irate male subject with a long rifle. Deputies arrived to find Connor, with a loaded rifle, and were informed by witnesses that he had threatened to shoot a stray dog that was attacking a neighbor’s chickens. Concerned neighbors had contacted 911 after observing him with the rifle, noting there were numerous children in the area walking to school. Furthermore, as Deputies were arriving at the scene, a school bus was observed picking up children less than a block away from where Connor was located. School officials from the Elmira City School District were contacted by the Sheriff’s Office and kept appraised of the incident. No delays or lockdowns were placed into effect. Connor received an appearance ticket to appear to in Southport Town Court at a later date. The investigation is continuing at this time.
  4. With funds from the USDA, the Elmira City School District is now offering free fresh fruits and vegetables as a snack to elementary students in six buildings throughout the District. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, teachers serve the fruit or vegetable in their classroom and enjoy the snack with students, acting as role models for healthy eating. “Kids eat more fruits and vegetables, when more fruits and vegetables are offered! Fruits and vegetables are the foods that provide the healthy fuel our minds need to learn and grow. And that’s why we are excited to have recently introduced a Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program for enrolled students in six of our elementary buildings,” says Kari Crouse, Supervisor of Food Services for the GST Boces. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) began on September 11 in Elmira and is an USDA federally assisted program providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to elementary children twice a week during the school day. The goals of the FFVP are to introduce children to fresh fruits and vegetables including new and different varieties, encourage healthy snacking, and to increase overall acceptance and consumption of fresh, unprocessed produce among children.
  5. Horseheads School District went on "lockout" mode this morning after police say a man robbed a nearby Rite Aid store. According to Horseheads Police Chief Thomas Stickler, at approximately 10 a.m. a man entered the Rite Aid Store located at 2144 Grand Central Ave in Horseheads. He is described as a black male, tall – 6’3”, thin build, facial hair, wearing a blue hoodie, blue jeans, blue baseball cap with an American flag on the front, white t shirt and black sneakers. Police say after a few minutes in the store, the subject jumped over the pharmacy counter, grabbed a small amount of a liquid controlled substance and fled out the front door on foot, last seen running westbound on Grand Central Avenue. No one was injured or threatened and no weapon was displayed, Stickler says. The Horseheads High School and Center Street Elementary school were briefly placed on “Lockout” as a precautionary measure due to the proximity of the event. "Lockout" means the inside of the school is safe, but no one is allowed to enter or leave the school. The lockout was lifted shortly before noon. The Horseheads Police Department was assisted at the scene by Elmira Heights Police, New York State Police and the Chemung County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with any information is requested to contact the Horseheads Police Department at 607.739.5669.
  6. Tioga County ( NY ) Legislative Deputy Chair Dale Weston has declared a STATE OF EMERGENCY effective at 6:00 AM September 18, 2018 for Tioga County due to flash flooding. Tioga County Director of Emergency Services Michael Simmons and Tioga County Sheriff Gary W. Howard advise NO unnecessary travel throughout the County due to water over the roadways. Some State, County and local roads are closed at this time due to water and debris in the roadways. County roads are restricted to emergency vehicles only per State of Emergency Order.
  7. At an event to be held this evening, Democrat Christopher Callas will formally announce his candidacy for the Chemung County 8th Legislative District seat. Callas, who ran for Elmira Heights Village Trustee earlier this year, currently serves on the Elmira Heights Board of Education. He is also a member of the Elmira Elks Club and Cashmere Grotto. "I believe we need a strong voice who will stand up for our concerns and needs,' he writes on his Facebook page. "We deserve better than the Republican agenda we have currently and I’m asking for your vote." Callas will face incumbent Republican Peggy Woodard or Frank Cicci who are separated by 5 votes in last week's primary. Pending a count of absentee ballots, ElmiraTelegram.com has yet to declare winner in that race. Tonights event will be held at J&Bs Bulldog Barbeque Café located at 102 W 14th St. in Elmira Heights from 6-8pm For more information about Callas and his platform, go to www.christophercallas.com
  8. An Elmira Heights man was arrested for possession of stolen credit cards after a string of reported thefts. Earlier today, officers from the Elmira Heights Police Department working the 10P-7A shift were out checking for suspicious activity due to recent thefts. While police were investigating a report of someone's vehicle entered, a Chemung County Sheriff's Deputy located a subject in the area. After further investigation Elmira Heights officers charged 18 year old Jarrett Blackman-Rohn with Grand Larceny 4th. Police say Blackman-Rohn was found to be in possession of stolen credit cards from one of the vehicles entered. Blackman-Rohn was arraigned in Elmira Heights Court and remanded to the County Jail on $5,000 bail.
  9. The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office will take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Nationwide prescription Drug “Take Back” Initiative on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Chemung County residents are being encouraged to turn in their expired and unused prescription medications for proper disposal. Residents are asked to keep the medications in their original container with the label intact; however, they may blacken out their name. All medications, ointments and sprays are accepted. We cannot accept needles. Residents can drop off their medications at the following locations with no questions asked: Southport Volunteer Fire Department 1001 Carl St. Elmira, New York 14904 West Elmira Fire Department 1299 W. Water St. Elmira, New York 14905 For further information you can go to www.chemungsheriff.net orwww.dea.gov.
  10. State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) said that each of the counties he represents as part of New York’s 58th Senate District will receive public safety and security funding as part of a new package of more than $220 million in federal grants being distributed statewide to support local emergency response operations. The “Homeland Security Program” and “Emergency Management Performance” awards were announced today in Albany. The grants will be administered by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and go to support local emergency preparedness, response, and training initiatives. “These timely and important public safety and emergency response grants will make a difference to counties and local first responders across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions,” said O’Mara. “Emergency preparedness, response, and recovery are fundamental government responsibilities.” The homeland security grants are targeted to enhance county-level counterterrorism initiatives, and emergency preparedness and response capabilities, including training for first responders and equipment purchases. The following grant funding (Homeland Security Program and Emergency Management Performance combined) is being awarded to the counties comprising O’Mara’s 58th Senate District: Chemung ($207,939), Schuyler ($66,796), Steuben ($171,724), Tompkins ($157,684), and Yates ($54,401).
  11. LECOM Approved To Add Elmira Campus

    Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has received approval to increase class size and offer courses at Elmira College in Elmira, according to a press release issued this morning. The announcement was made today by LECOM President John M. Ferretti, D.O. and Elmira College President Charles W. Lindsay, Ph.D. LECOM has received formal notification that at a meeting in Chicago in late August, the Council on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association gave approval to the opening of an additional LECOM location at Elmira College. The Elmira campus joins LECOM campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and in Bradenton, Florida and the College expects to have the first Elmira medical students start in late July 2020 pending final approval by the New York Department of Education Board of Regents. According to Dr. Ferretti, “LECOM is extending medical education to the Elmira College campus to attract students who will fill the need for physicians in the Southern Tier and Western New York.” Upstate New York has a large, rural underserved population with a critical shortage of physicians. Medical school graduates often continue their post-graduate training and establish residency in the same area in which they attend medical school. LECOM has seen many of its graduates stay and practice near its campuses in northwest and southwest Pennsylvania and southwest Florida. The College opened in Erie in 1993 to train Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, added the Florida campus in 2004 and the Greensburg campus in 2009. In addition to the College of Osteopathic Medicine, LECOM operates a School of Pharmacy, School of Dental Medicine and School of Health Services Administration. LECOM has more than 4100 students and the Elmira College location will increase enrollment by more than 400 students in a few years. Since 2012, LECOM has sent third-year and fourth-year students for clinical education at the Arnot Health System in Elmira and other surrounding hospitals in the Southern Tier. “Our relationship with the Elmira medical community and other affiliated hospitals in the region exposed LECOM students to quality training” said Richard Terry, D.O., MBA, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for LECOM at Elmira. “The affiliation demonstrated that LECOM could better serve the region by bringing all four years of medical education to Elmira.” Elmira College is affiliated with LECOM through the Early Acceptance Program (EAP) where select Elmira undergraduate students will be granted provisional acceptance to LECOM when they matriculate at Elmira College. Successful EAP students will be admitted to LECOM upon graduating from Elmira College. “We were pleased to learn of COCA’s approval for LECOM to build a medical school on the Elmira College campus,” said Dr. Lindsay, president of Elmira College. “We’ve worked closely with the LECOM team over the past couple of years to help bring this project to fruition. LECOM’s presence in Elmira has great benefits for the city, and for Elmira College and our students. A certain number of spots each year will be reserved for EC students who meet the LECOM requirements, and we anticipate this will assist EC in attracting more students interested in the health professions.” LECOM expansion to Elmira has received enthusiastic support from Mayor Daniel J. Mandell, Chemung County Executive Thomas J. Santulli, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, U.S. Representative Tom Reed and other state and congressional leaders. “The news that LECOM has received approval to expand medical education to Elmira is just what the doctor ordered. A medical college means investment, more economic activity, and new physicians to help support the health needs of residents in the Southern Tier and Western New York, where the need is high and general practitioners are scarce,” said Senator Schumer. “I was pleased to fight on behalf of this important proposal, and am proud to have stood alongside officials from LECOM, Elmira College, Chemung County and the City Of Elmira, who have worked tirelessly to see this project across the finish line.” “Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine opening a medical school at Elmira College is great news,” said Rep. Reed. “We were happy to provide critical support for this expansion at the federal level to guarantee our neighborhoods have the resources they need as our local hospitals are frequently passed over by students looking for medical school residencies. We care about this problem our local hospitals face and this state-of-the-art medical education facility will ensure hardworking people in our rural communities have increased fair access to health care.” LECOM at Elmira College will use the highly successful Problem-Based Learning (PBL) curriculum developed at LECOM Erie and used exclusively at LECOM Bradenton and LECOM Seton Hill. PBL involves small groups of students working together on patient cases. Students develop learning objectives in basic science or clinical care needed to solve the patient case. Faculty facilitators guide the students as they gain medical knowledge. The College will hire 17.5 full time equivalent faculty members to serve as PBL facilitators and instructors. Support for faculty staff salaries and benefits will approach $4 million annually. LECOM will invest more than $20 million to construct a building on the Elmira College campus to accommodate the new medical school program. The two colleges plan an announcement about the building project in the near future.
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  13. Bed Bath & Beyond To Close

    Bed Bath & Beyond, announced this week plans to close their Big Flats location. According to an e mail from Leah Drill, Senior Associate for Public Relations at Bed Bath & Beyond, the company has chosen not to renew the lease for the Big Flats store. She did not indicate when the store was scheduled to be closed, however sources tell ElmiraTelegram.com that the target date is set for Thanksgiving. Drill said that customers can still find stores at two other locations in the region, 131 Fairgrounds Memorial Parkway in Ithaca, or 3120 Vestal Parkway East in Vestal as well as shop online.
  14. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the largest community solar project in Tompkins County has been completed and is fully operational. Located in the Town of Enfield, 373 households, as well as a local church, are benefitting from the 2.3-megawatt solar array which supports Governor Cuomo's mandate for half of all electricity consumed to come from renewable energy sources by 2030. The project also complements "Southern Tier Soaring," the region's comprehensive strategy to generate robust economic growth and community development. "Clean, renewable energy is critical to combatting climate change and protecting our environment for current and future generations of New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "With the addition of this community solar project, we are continuing our commitment to a green future and to a more resilient, affordable energy grid." The solar array includes 6,804 solar panels on 13 acres. In addition to the 373 households, Our Lady of Good Counsel in Endicott has also subscribed to this community solar project. The 2.3-megawatt solar array will reduce greenhouse gases by 1,430 metric tons annually, the equivalent of removing 306 cars from the road. Community solar projects—one of many initiatives under Governor Cuomo's $1 billion NY-Sun program—increase access to solar in areas where residents may not own property or have ideal conditions to install solar panels by enabling them to subscribe to a local community solar project. Once households and businesses subscribe, energy is still delivered through their regular electric provider while the power produced from the community solar array is fed directly back to the electric grid. As a result, the grid is supplied with clean, renewable energy and subscribers receive a credit on their electric bills. NY-Sun is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. "As New York State continues to move forward on developing and utilizing renewable energy, this project's completion represents a significant step forward for hundreds of households in Tompkins County," said Senator Tom O'Mara, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.
  15. Police are investigating a shooting that occurred early this morning in the city of Elmira. This morning at around 4:09 am, the Elmira Police Department responded to the 900 block of Grand Central Ave for a report of shots being fired. Upon arrival, officers learned that a house party had just let out. Several shell casings of the same caliber were located at the scene. No injuries or damage was initially reported. Shortly after 5 am, police were notified that there was a gunshot victim in the emergency room of a local hospital. The victim was identified as a 21 year old female from Elmira suffering from a single, non life threatening gunshot wound. The woman told police she did not believe that she was an intended target. She also claimed to have not seen who the shooter was nor could she provide any further details to assist with the investigation. The incident is under investigation and anyone with information is requested to call the Elmira Police Department at (607) 737-5626 or the anonymous tip line at (607) 271-HALT. Police say no other details will be released at this time.
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