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Vestal Church Fire Appears to Be “Accidental”

Investigators believe a fire that tore through Grace Lutheran Church in Vestal was accidental in origin.

The blaze at the Main Street church was reported about 10 p.m. May 18.

Dozens of firefighters battled the fire for several hours

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

New York and Pennsylvania Announce Seat Belt Enforcement Push

State Police and transportation officials in both New York and Pennsylvania this week are joining forces to announce a clampdown on seatbelt use through the end of the month.

The Click it or Ticket initiative underway involves state and local authorities to check for proper seat belt and child restraint use

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Pennsylvania State Troopers Cleared of Excessive Force

Troopers accused of excessive force in the arrest of a Vestal man, whose mug shot shows him with serious injuries to his face, have been cleared.

Robert Leone said he was brutally beaten by five Pennsylvania State Police officers following a low-speed chase in Bradford County in March of 2010

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News file photo

Sen. Libous’ Son Sentenced to Jail Time

New York State Senator Thomas Libous’ son, Matthew, will be spending six months in jail for tax fraud charges.

The younger Libous was sentenced in Federal Court in White Plains May 18 after the 37 year old was found guilty of failing to pay all due taxes from 2007 to 2009 and not repaying all the money after he was convicted in January

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Louie G. Townsquare Media photo

Landslides and Road Closures Follow Twin Tier’s Storm

Debris on roads from downpours May 18-19 has continued to be an issue for motorists and public works crews had to remove rocks and debris from roadway.

Early May 19, Glenwood between Clinton Street and Main Street was blocked off as water continued to stand under the railroad bridge

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Vestal Church Destroyed by Fire

Fire destroyed a Vestal church overnight May 18.

The fire at the Grace Lutheran Church was reported between 10 and 10:30 p.m. and crews responding to the scene said flames were shooting through the roof of the structure on Main Street near Hazel Street when they arrived at the scene

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Norfolk Southern Purchase of D&H Line Approved

Federal regulators have approved Norfolk Southern's purchase of nearly 300 miles of rail line now owned by Delaware and Hudson Railway in New York and Pennsylvania.

The $217 million sale has been given the green light by the United States Surface Transportation Board

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Townsquare Media Photo

World’s Largest Yard Sale Draws Thousands to Fairgrounds

The Thrift With a Twist World's Largest Yard Sale was held Saturday at the Broome County Fairgrounds in Whitney Point. 

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Broome County government
Broome County government

Willow Point Nursing Home Forum to Be Held

A public forum on the future of Broome County's Willow Point Nursing Home will be held in Johnson City Tuesday.

The session, organized by the Southern Tier chapter of Citizen Action of New York, will allow county residents to discuss concerns they have regarding the Vestal facility

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Endwell Man Accused of Stealing $1,000 From Walmart

Investigators say an Endwell man faces a felony charge for allegedly taking more than $1,000 from a Johnson City store.

Johnson City police say 32-year-old Gregory Blosser is believed to have stolen money from cash registers while he was employed at the Walmart store on Gannett Drive

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