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Catch up here on local, regional, or state news items in a short recap we reported on for the week of January 29, 2024, from various agencies and news reporting from WNBF's Bob Joseph, Don Morgan, and the Townsquare Media staff. For the complete article (if available), click on the headline.

Three Murder Suspects Found in Endicott Residence

(Bob Joseph)
A trio of men wanted in connection with a Pennsylvania robbery and killing were found hiding out about two blocks from the Endicott police station. Authorities said the suspects were tracked down to an apartment at 1104 Monroe Street. They were taken into custody without incident around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday. Residents of three other apartments in the building were evacuated as police executed a search warrant. The men were wanted on first-degree murder and robbery charges in connection with a January 20 killing of a man in the Philadelphia area.

Seasonal Break Coming For Binghamton New York Avelo Flights

(Don Morgan)
Flights are scheduled normally on April 3rd and 6th, but the rest of the monthly schedule only shows flights on Saturday, April 20th and 27th. There are no options currently offered on the website beyond April 27, 2024, out of Binghamton. Nationwide flights are being booked through June 11, 2024. WNBF contacted Avelo Airlines for clarification and Avelo Binghamton to Orlando flights plan to be on a seasonal break.

Worker Hurt at Binghamton Boscov's Parking Garage Project

(Bob Joseph)
A man who was working at the site of a future downtown Binghamton parking structure was injured when he reportedly became trapped under some concrete. The incident happened at the construction site near the Boscov's department store shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, January 29, 2024. Police and fire units were dispatched to Water Street between Court and Henry Streets. Initial reports at the scene indicated the trapped man was in a roof area about 35 feet above the street.

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul Signs "Rape is Rape" Bill

(Don Morgan)
According to the New York State Assembly release, the enactment of "Rape is Rape" will be a crucial step in recognizing the bodily autonomy, dignity, and safety of all New Yorkers. It was immediately signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul and set to take effect on September 1, 2024, according to the New York State Assembly news release.

Out-of-Control Minivan Crashes Through Wall of Vestal Business

(Bob Joseph)
A speeding vehicle careened up a roadway in Vestal and smashed into a post office van before slamming through a wall at a popular business. The incident happened shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on Vestal Road between Murray Hill Road and the Vestal Parkway. The scene is just north of the Binghamton University main campus. An eastbound minivan struck a westbound U.S. Postal Service delivery vehicle, mowed down a mailbox and crashed through a wall of White Rose Day Spa. The driver of the minivan apparently experienced a medical problem causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

Mayor Implements Lockdown On Binghamton New York Property

(Don Morgan)
On January 29, 2023, due to multiple narcotics arrests, code issues, and months of police, activity, Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham announced a lockdown of 34 North Street.  The lockdown will be in effect for 12 months, as ordered by Binghamton City Court Judge Daniel Seiden on January 25, 2024. The owners of the property consented to the building's lockdown at that time, according to the new release from the Office of Binghamton Mayor Jarded M. Kraham.

Binghamton's Lourdes Hospital Taken Over by Guthrie Clinic

(Bob Joseph)
Terms of the sale were not disclosed as part of that announcement but Guthrie had sought approval to borrow $140 million to finance the acquisition. Lourdes workers were issued their new Guthrie badges on Thursday as the formal transition was completed. New signs for Guthrie Lourdes Hospital were installed during the day. Guthrie signs will soon appear at all Lourdes facilities across the Southern Tier.

Takata Airbag Recall For Certain Toyota And GM Vehicles

(Don Morgan)
According to the Toyota website, the company issued an immediate do not drive advisory for approximately 50,000 vehicles including certain model year 2003-2004 Corolla, 2003-2004 Corolla Matrix, and model year 2004-2005 RAV4 vehicles as part of the Takata airbag recalls. If the airbag in one of these vehicles deploys, Toyota notes that a part inside is more likely to explode and shoot sharp metal fragments which could cause serious injury or death to the driver or passengers.

Man with Loaded Gun Leads Police on Chase Through Broome County

(Bob Joseph)
A driver who led police agencies on a high-speed pursuit in a stolen pickup truck from Endicott to the town of Maine faces several felony charges. Authorities said 21-year-old Samuel Pierce of Candor was arrested following the chase on Monday afternoon. According to the Broome County Sheriff's Office, Pierce was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado that had been stolen from Susquehanna County. Pierce was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property. He also was charged with reckless endangerment and unlawfully pursuing a police officer, along with 17 traffic violations.

More than 3,000 Binghamton NYSEG Customers Lose Electric Service

(Bob Joseph)
A power outage disrupted things for thousands of people in the city of Binghamton. The electric service disruption started just after noon on Wednesday. A NYSEG spokesperson said utility crews were working to determine the cause of the outage. About 3,100 customers on Binghamton's East Side were affected by the power interruption, which lasted for 46 minutes. Traffic signals weren't operating at many intersections. Police officers were dispatched to direct traffic at some of the busiest spots. Public works crews placed stop signs at some intersections.

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