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  1. This morning the Elmira Police Department began receiving Criminal Mischief complaints. As of the time of this release, there have been 15 different reports. The reports were of damage to windows at businesses and vehicles where the glass was shot out. It is believed that some type of CO2 powered weapon is being used to intentionally damage property. This criminal mischief has also occurred outside of the City of Elmira. It is expected that more damage will be reported. The investigation into this incident continues. The Elmira Police Department is asking any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607)737-5626, or the tip line at (607)271-HALT
  2. On Friday, the Steuben County Sheriff's Dept. in conjunction with other county agencies conducted alcoholic beverage sales compliance checks at a total of thirty four establishments throughout Steuben County. "Operation Safe Sales" used operatives under the age of 21 under the supervision of the Sheriff's Dept., Corning Police, and Bath Village police to ensure compliance with the law. Of the thirty four establishments checked, representatives from the following locations allegedly sold alcoholic beverages to the operatives: Canisteo Acorn Market at 12 West Main St. in Canisteo 7-11 at 40 Dennison Parkway in Corning 7-11 at 26 Main St. in Arkport "This is the time of year that our children return home from college and others return home for holiday gatherings," said Sheriff Jim Allard. It is my hope that in conducting compliance checks we are able to remind all retail establishments of their responsibility to help keep everyone safe in Steuben County. Arrests in relation to the alleged sales are forthcoming as well as notifications to the New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control Board regarding the retail establishments in question.
  3. A write in candidate for the position of Justice of the Peace in the Town Of Baldwin has been deemed ineligible according to the town's attorney. At the town's monthly board meeting, attorney Tum Bocek advised that the county Board of Elections indicated the candidate was not a resident of the town and therefore could not hold office according to public law. Bocek explained that if the candidate were to sit on the bench, any judgments made would end up being thrown out. Tha candidate, who was not named, receieved 12 write in votes according to preliminary election results released in November. Going forward, the town board will have to decide if they will appoint someone to the seat or continue with shared services as they have done since the death of Hon. Mary Jane Buchanan in 2016.
  4. On Sunday at approximately 12:20 a.m., an Elmira Police Officer was stopped in traffic on Lake St. and observed a vehicle across the intersection. As this vehicle passed, the officer observed Tareek L Simmons as the back seat passenger. The officer was aware that Tareek had an active Arrest Warrant for Robbery 3rd. The officer notified another officer and began to follow this vehicle to perform a traffic stop. When the officer conducted the traffic stop, Tareek immediately fled from the vehicle and a foot pursuit began. After a brief chase, Tareek was taken into custody. When retracing the path of the foot chase, a loaded firearm was located. Tareek was arrested on the Robbery warrant and also charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd, a class C felony, and Resisting Arrest. The Robbery warrant was related to an incident on November 11th, 2017, in which Tareek forcibly stole property from another person. The investigation into this incident continues. The Elmira Police Department is asking any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607)737-5626, or the tip line at (607)271-HALT.
  5. Police in Ithaca were called yesterday to investigate what was described as a suspicious package at a residence in the city. At around 4:37 pm IPD officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of West State Street regarding a suspicious package complaint. The caller stated that when he moved into his apartment six weeks ago he observed what appeared to be a pipe bomb in his closet. The caller stated he recently spoke to a friend regarding it, and that he ultimately called police today. Officers arrived on scene and located a suspicious device inside the apartment. A Bomb Squad from the Endicott Police Department responded and removed the device. The device was subsequently transported to a secure location where it was interrupted and rendered safe. No charges have been filed at this time.
  6. Howard Brooks, the 40 year old West Elmira man arrested in 2015 on charges of possession of child pornography, has plead guilty. In August 2015 the FBI searched Brooks' Lexington Ave home. At that time Brooks admitted to flushing thumb drives down the toilet because he knew the drives contained child pornography. The drives were eventually recovered and found to contain hundreds of videos. In federal court, Brooks plead guilty to receipt, attempted distribution, and four counts of possession of child porn. Receipt and attempted distribution each carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 5-years each, with a maximum of 20-years. Each count of possession of child pornography is punishable up to 20-years in prison. Brooks is scheduled to be sentenced in May.
  7. The Southern Tier got another financial shot in the arm this morning. At the 2017 Regional Economic Development (REDC ) Awards held this morning in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo split up about $750 million among 10 economic regions across the state. Cuomo awarded the Southern Tier $67.3M for the region. Additionally, the Finger Lakes Region was awarded $63.9M and Central NY $86.4M The awards target economic development throughout the state. "New York is more business friendly than ever before. Period," the governor said.
  8. The vacant lot and building at the corners of Madison Ave. and Water St. in Elmira previously occupied by Williams Honda is set to get a new tenant. Culligan Water of Elmira announced earlier today they have been given the "green light" to begin remodeling the vacant building. Culligan, which recently purchased Chemung Spring Water, will locate both businesses at the new location. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for later today.
  9. Explosion In Lindley Kills One

    An area man was killed in an explosion in a home in the town of Lindley. Police say the explosion, which was initially called in as a "wood stove explosion" happened around 1:50 pm on Friday. New York State Police and Lindley Fire Department responded to the call, and the investigation revealed that the explosion was the result of the man handling a home made explosive device. Police could not elaborate on what exactly the device was, however noted that the explosion was not drug related. The identity of the man has not been released.
  10. Harriette Hoyt, the 17 year old Sayre woman who allegedly abandoned her 8 month old baby in August has plead guilty to 2nd Degree Attempted Murder. Hoyt allegedly left the infant in a plastic bag behind a home on Walnut Street in Elmira. The baby wasn't found until close to 72 hours later. The child received medical care and according to police is now doing well in foster care. According to the terms of the plea deal, Hoyt agreed to serve nine years in state prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced January 26 in Chemung County Court.
  11. The flu season is approaching fast and the Chemung County Health Department wants to make sure residents have received their flu shot. December 3-9, 2017 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. In observance of this week, the Chemung County Health Department is encouraging people who have not gotten the flu shot to get one now to protect yourself and your loved ones. The Health Dept. has a limited supply of FREE flu shots available to Chemung County residents, ages six months and up, who are uninsured. Call us at 607-737-2028 (option 2) to schedule an appointment or if you have questions. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. In addition to getting the flu vaccination, it's also important to practice good health habits: Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your elbow, not your hands. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you aren't near a sink. Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. Flu can spread that way. Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Stay home when you are sick, and do not return to school or work (or group activities like church) until you have been fever-free without medication for at least 24-hours. Once vaccinated, you can enjoy this holiday season knowing that you have taken the single best step to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu. Call your doctor, pharmacy, or Chemung County Health Dept. to get vaccinated. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu or call them at 737-2028 option 2 for more information.
  12. The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office is looking for assistance identifying the individuals in this video that were involved with a burglary that occurred at the Enfield Dandy Mini Mart at 3:00 AM this morning, December 12th. Anyone with information is asked to contact the non-emergency line to dispatch (607-272-2444) or the Sheriff's Office Tip Line (607-266-5420).
  13. Voters in the Village Of Van Etten voted Monday night on the question of whether or not to dissolve the village into the town. The proposal to dissolve the village passed 103-76. Lowering taxes and doing away with duplication of services were a few of the reasons cited by those who voted in favor of the dissolution. Currently the both the village and the town have their own fire departments. Also, residents of the village currently lay two taxes; a village and a town tax. Residents of the village will only have to pay one tax to the Town of Van Etten once the process is complete. Other residents said they would rather continue to pay for what they consider to be better services to the community. Now that the resolution has passed, a plan will be put together and presented detailing how the town will provide services residents.
  14. On December 7, 2017, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office arrested 30 year-old Nicole L. Widrig, of Elmira, for Scheme to Defraud in the 1st degree, a Class E Felony. Police say Widrig hosted a PAW Patrol themed event at the Elmira Heights Legion on November 19, 2017. Following the event, the Sheriff’s Office received a high volume of calls from individuals that attended the event reporting that the event was a scam. Reports were received that Widrig misrepresented the event as an event that was to benefit an unnamed charity that would help children in need during the holiday season. The investigation revealed that Widrig, in fact, did advise some attendees that the event was for this purpose. She also reportedly obtained the services of two PAW Patrol character costumes for the event by claiming that she was hosting an event for the family of a child that had cancer. Investigators learned that the event had nearly 400 attendees, some of which purchased raffle and 50/50 tickets for prizes that were not provided until days after the event as complaints were being filed or some not at all. Once Widrig realized that an investigation was underway, she contacted the Arctic League in Elmira where she made arrangements to make a donation. Widrig was released on an Appearance Ticket and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
  15. Terms of Use

    We've kept this site different from social media in that you can have a spirited debate here and yet keep it civil. Still, just to make sure people know what they're getting into there's just a couple simple rules: Be nice. Keep profanity to a minimum Every day ET comes into the homes of people from all walks of life and values. Even though that second rule is sometimes hard even for me, I try to conduct myself as if I were a guest in someone's home. Given the current heated political atmosphere, I also want it understood that ALL views from both sides of the political spectrum are welcome here. Don't be surprised if someone debates your beliefs head on though. That's what we're here for sometimes. I'll only ask that we try to refrain from name calling like "libtards" and "deplorables". There's enough of that elsewhere online. We've never required heavy moderation and I don't think we will going forward, thanks to everyone's understanding.
  16. New Facebook Page Name

    Among other little changes I've wanted to make, one of them is to change the name of the Facebook page that goes along with this site. It was on my mind for a couple reasons: We really aren't affiliated with the old newspaper Confusion about the FB page being the site Adding ".com" will route traffic here So I requested a name change. Easy enough, right ? Nope. They said that "The Elmira Telegram" and "ElmiraTelegram.com" are too different and it would cause confusion for the people who like the page. I appealed. Nope. So thinking I was sneaky, I started setting up a new page and would merge the two under the new name. Nope. Same reason as above. I appealed. A couple times. Sort of politely ( think Professor McGonigal in Harry Potter lol ) told them I was the better judge of what is and isn't good for the page and the site. And I'll be damned, they agreed. Probably sick of dealing with me. if only taking on big corporations was always this easy.
  17. Police Investigate Bank Robbery In Ithaca * UPDATE *

    Police have released the following pictures taken of the suspect. They're kinda small:
  18. On December 5th, 2017 at approximately 4:39 pm IPD officers responded to the Tompkins County Trust Company located at 775 S Meadow St for a report that the bank had just been robbed. Officers quickly arrived on scene and began collecting information from bank employees. At this time it has been determined that a black male entered the bank with a handgun held down to his side and approached a bank teller to demand that money be put into a white plastic bag that he was holding. The male was dressed in a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt, dark blue jeans, white sneakers, and had a mask covering his face. He is described as having a thin build, approximately 5’10” tall, and a soft spoken voice. The bank teller complied with his demands, and the male then fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The male was last seen fleeing to the south behind businesses located on Elmira Rd. Further video evidence revealed that the suspect was seen standing near the bank for several minutes before committing the robbery. If you have any information that would aid this investigation please contact the Ithaca Police Department.
  19. Elmira, N.Y., December 1—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today said that legislation he co-sponsored to provide licensed breweries, cider producers, and distilleries with a state sales tax exemption for tastings they charge for, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. “The tax relief, regulatory reform, and promotional actions we have taken over the past several years have helped spark the rapid growth of craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. This new sales tax exemption for tastings will help continue this growth and strengthen these industries,” said O’Mara, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Under previous law, any wine, beer, cider, or liquor tasting provided free of charge was exempt from state sales and use taxes. The new law (S.3387/A.6945, Chapter 418 of the Laws of 2017) extends the state sales tax exemption to tastings that breweries, cideries, and distilleries charge for -- an exemption previously provided only to wineries. "This new sales tax exemption for tastings will help continue this growth and strengthen these industries,” said Senator O’Mara, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The recent modernization of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (ABC) and numerous tax relief and regulatory reform actions over the past several years have proven enormously beneficial to both the wine and craft beverage industries, including beer, cider, and spirits. The approval of the Craft New York Act in 2014, for example, eliminated burdensome, bureaucratic red tape on producers and eased restrictions on the marketing of craft products. As a result of all of these actions, the craft beverage industry has become a significant engine of job creation and economic development statewide, including across the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions. New York State is now home to over 900 wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries. Since 2011, the number of farm wineries has increased by more than 60 percent, from 195 in 2010 to over 300 today. The farm cidery license created in 2014 has resulted in over 20 new farm cideries statewide. The craft beer industry now accounts for more than 6,500 jobs in New York and has a $3.5 billion economic impact. Production has surged. The Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions are now home to more than half of New York’s breweries, brewpubs, and related outlets. The Finger Lakes Beer Trail was comprised of 24 breweries in 2011. It now includes more than 100 breweries and brewpubs, beer stores, tap houses, and tasting rooms.
  20. State Trooper Helps Deliver Baby

    Relatively local: On December 3, 2017 at approximately 4:52PM, State Trooper Jordan Szklany, assisgned to SP Williamson, was dispatched to a residence on Lake Road in Williamson for a child birth in progress. The 911 center advised Trooper Szklany, who was only minutes away, that the birth was imminent with contractions less than two minutes apart. When Trooper Szklany arrived on scene, he observed the mother, in the driveway with the father. He assisted the father with the birth of a conscious and alert baby boy. The baby boy was placed in his mother's arms with a blanket for warmth. The Williamson Volunteer Ambulace transported the family to Rochester General Hospital. The mother, Jessica, father, Mark, and baby boy Jameson Francis, who was 20 inches long and 8.2 pounds, are doing great
  21. The 2017 Arctic League Telethon aired on television and radio stations across the Twin Tiers Sunday morning from 10 am to 1 pm. This year people across the area dug deep into their pockets, helping the Arctic League to raise a record amount in the total of $65,614.00 in just three hours. That amount is over half the Arctic League's goal of $120,000 for this year. In 2016 the telethon raised $49,300. Several of those on hand to present the League with monies they had raised this year noted that they intended to give even more next year.
  22. On December 1, 2017 members of the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested Pedro Sanchez, age 45, of Brooklyn, NY. for 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (B-Felony), 1 count of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree (A-Misdemeanor) and 1 count of Unlawful Possession of Marihuana (Violation). Sanchez was found in possession of approximately 40 grams of cocaine, 109 bags of heroin, approximately 2 grams of marihuana, cutting agent, digital scales and packaging material after being stopped by a Trooper for travelling 90 miles per hour in a posted 65 mile per hour zone on I-86 in the Town of Elmira. Sanchez was arraigned in the Town of Elmira Court and remanded to the Chemung County Jail without bail. Troopers were assisted at the scene of the traffic stop by members of the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office.
  23. Elmira High School’s students from the Express Robotics Club, VEX Robotics teams 14904A and 14904B, qualified for the Northern New York State Robotics Championships at the VEX Robotics Competition that took place in Fallsburg, NY this past weekend. Students competed with and against 24 teams from 10 organizations. The action-packed day required middle and high school students to execute the 2017-2018 VEX Robotics Competition game, In the Zone, which is played by stacking cones on goals, by scoring cones on mobile goals in goal zones, by having the highest stacks, and by parking robots. Express Team 14904B (Kirstin Laird, Michelle Noyes, Travis Osborne, Isaiah Roe, Jeremiah Walborn, and Justin Williams) finished the preliminary rounds in 6th place with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses and were members of the 4th seeded alliance. Although they were eliminated in the quarterfinals, the team won the Design Award, which is "presented to a team that demonstrates an organized and professional approach to the design process, project and time management and team organization." This award takes into consideration their Engineering Notebook and a Judges Interview. This is the second time the Express Robotics Club has won a Design Award. Express team 14904A, comprised of students Phoenix Andrews, Aaron Ellis, Brian Robinson, Jasmine Scott, Jacob Singer, Alfred Stephenson, and Tristan Winnert, finished the preliminary rounds in 3rd place with a record of 7-1 (including the second highest score of the day) and were chosen to be in the 2nd seeded alliance. Team 14904A, along with their alliance partners from Granville Jr/Sr High School and Monticello High School, went undefeated in the elimination matches, and was crowned tournament champions. This is the first tournament championship for the Express Robotics Club. To prepare for the tournament, the group worked together to design, build and program a robot using VEX EDR, that could quickly and efficiently solve specific challenges that come with playing the 2017-2018 VEX Robotics Competition game, In the Zone. Each week, the students apply what they’ve learned about STEM in the classroom, to build the semiautonomous machines. An equally important set of skills is learned through the competition -- communication, project management, time management and teamwork. Technology Teacher Nathan Smith, the team’s advisor said, “I am proud of these students for their ability to take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to building and programming a competition robot from ideation to completion. It’s been remarkable to see what they’ve accomplished in just a few months and inspiring to think about the positive impact they will have on the world around them.” Elmira High School’s VEX Robotics Competition teams meet after school 2-3 days per week. The students learn about electronics, programming, mechanical systems, animation, 3D CAD, web design, and materials fabrication. Many of the team members plan to go on to college and major in robotics, computer programming or an engineering-related field, utilizing the skills they acquired on our robotics team. The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation manages the VEX Robotics Competition, which thousands of schools participate in around the world each year. Dan Mantz, CEO of the REC Foundation, said, “As an experienced robotics mentor, I’ve seen firsthand the engineering skill and leadership expertise that students gain by participating in the VEX Robotics Competition. It’s an experience that will stay with them long after their school days are over, offering a new appreciation for STEM and laying a strong foundation of critical problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.” The Express Robotics teams will be competing in two more competitions before the state championships: B’Ville In the Zone in Baldwinsville, NY, on January 20, 2017, and hosting the upcoming Express VEX Robotics Competition on February 3, 2017 in the Elmira High School Gym. The event is open and free for media, families, and other community members to attend.
  24. On December 6, 2017, the Elmira Police Department arrested 29 year old William C. Albritton of Elmira on a Superior Court Warrant for three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, a Class B Felony. This arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Elmira Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team involving the sale of crack cocaine in the City of Elmira.
  25. The City of Elmira released a statement this morning in an effort to update the community about the implementation of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). Governor Cuomo announced nine DRI project awards for Elmira in July 2017 after a six-month planning process that resulted in the development of a Strategic Investment Plan. Since that time, the City has been working diligently with the New York State Department of State, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Empire State Development, and the New York State Department of Transportation on the individual grant agreements and project guidelines. There have recently been significant developments related to moving forward with three of the projects. Within the last week, the City of Elmira has received the grant agreement from Empire State Development for the Mixed-Use Development on West Water Street by PG West Water Street Corporation to solidify the commitment by the State of $2.3 million in Restore NY funds and $4 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds for this project. The City has also been working with New York State Homes and Community Renewal on a grant contract and administrative plan for $1.75 million aimed at activating downtown buildings and assisting small businesses. Program guidelines and applications for a Fund to Activate Buildings and Assist Retail Small Business will be released in January. This information will be made available on the City’s website as well as through partner agencies. Outreach will be done and a meeting will be held for interested property owners. The Activate Buildings Program will provide matching grants for commercial façade renovations, design and purchase of business signage, interior commercial renovations, and the rehabilitation or development of residential units. A Small Business Retail Grant Program will provide matching grant funds to start or expand retail businesses with capital expenditures or permanent fixtures. These funds will serve as gap funding for projects that can demonstrate private equity on the part of owners as well as secure necessary financing. The City’s Department of Community Development will be administering both programs. The City of Elmira offered appreciation for the community's patience during this process.
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