Every Monday, we recap some essential local news we reported on 1290 AM/92.1 FM WNBF, our Townsquare Media Binghamton sister radio stations on-air, our websites, and social media platforms.

Catch up on local and regional news items in a short recap we reported on for the week of April 8, 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.

Binghamton High School Locked Down After Main Street Stabbing

(Bob Joseph)
A woman was seriously hurt when she was stabbed and slashed during a street dispute near Binghamton High School. The incident occurred a few minutes after noon Tuesday when a group of people walking west on Main Street became involved in an argument with others in the area. A Binghamton man said his 26-year-old wife was "jumped" and assaulted by a person armed with a knife. He said she initially was punched in the face. She then was slashed on the side of her head and stabbed in the back. Shortly after the stabbing, a large motor home struck the side of an unmarked Binghamton police vehicle that was parked near the scene of the attack. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

Johnson City Teen Charged in Downtown Binghamton Hit-and-Run

(Bob Joseph)
Binghamton police have arrested a suspect after a vehicle struck a man who was crossing the street near the downtown Boscov's store. The 45-year-old Binghamton man who was hit sustained serious injuries. He was reported in critical condition at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City. The hit-and-run incident happened around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday at Court and Water Streets.  The pedestrian was crossing Water Street when he was struck by a Ford Escape sport utility vehicle that had been eastbound on Court Street. The SUV was making a left turn onto Water Street when it hit the man. Witnesses who saw the pedestrian being struck said the vehicle "hit him hard." The driver stopped the SUV "for a couple of seconds" before speeding away from the scene.

Endicott New York Man Apprehended By Law Enforcement In PA

(Don Morgan)
According to the Broome County Sheriff's Office, An Endicott resident who was wanted on multiple felony charges for failing to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act was found and arrested in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Barnum had evaded authorities for several weeks. Following a traffic stop of a van owned by an associate in the Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania area, he was found hiding under a blanket in the rear of the vehicle. Barnum was arrested and extradited to the Broome County and Town of Union courts.

FBI Joins Aliza Spencer Homicide Investigation in Binghamton

(Bob Joseph)
Binghamton police say the FBI and New York State Police are now assisting in the investigation into the April 2022 death of 12-year-old Aliza Spencer. In a news release issued on Friday, city police detective Captain Cory Minor said authorities are "once again calling on anyone with information to share what they know" with investigators. Aliza was shot in the chest around 10 p.m. on April 21, 2022, as she walked with her father and brother near their home on Bigelow Street on Binghamton's East Side. She was a sixth-grade student at East Middle School. Minor said investigators are "continuing to work new leads." He said, "Any knowledge of what happened that night could lead to a breakthrough in the case."

Binghamton City Council Passes Gaza Ceasefire Resolution

(Bob Joseph)
A resolution calling for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza has been approved unanimously by Binghamton City Council. All seven council members voted in favor of the measure urging the Biden administration to work for a permanent ceasefire "to prevent further death and humanitarian catastrophe." The resolution was passed Wednesday evening in front of a large group of people who filled the City Council chamber.

Binghamton's Underserved Young Women To Benefit From New Healthcare

(Don Morgan)
A new program designed to expand healthcare access for underserved young women in the City of Binghamton was announced on April 11, 2024. During the announcement, it was explained that the City of Binghamton and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield will be funding a new Community Educator and Advocate position at Family Planning that will focus on increasing the number of women ages 16 to 21 who are connected with reproductive medical care, annual exams, and cancer screenings, targeting persons most disconnected from services and social supports, including young women no longer attending school.

CVS Prepares to Close a Fifth Broome County Store

(Bob Joseph)
The list of closed CVS Pharmacy locations in the Binghamton area is about to get longer as the company plans to shut down another local store. The Rhode Island-based company's retrenchment program in Broome County began five years ago. CVS closed a neighborhood pharmacy at 68 Main Street on Binghamton's West Side in January 2019. WNBF News has learned that the next area store to be shuttered is on the city's South Side. Employees of the CVS Pharmacy at 50 Pennsylvania Avenue have confirmed the store is scheduled to be closed on May 21.

Assembly Bill A9071: Ending Prohibition-Era Laws In Dry Towns

(Don Morgan)
Soon, dry towns could become a thing of the past. According to the Associated Press, a bill has been drawn up, designed to end the local option of towns and cities in New York State to prohibit the sale of alcohol. The law was established in 1934, just after Prohibition, allowing New York State towns to opt to stay dry, according to ABC News. Assembly Bill A9071 advanced out of committee and is now up for a vote in the New York State Senate. If it passes through the Senate and Assembly and is signed by Governor Kathy Hochul, communities in the Empire State will no longer have the option to be a dry town.

WATCH: Makeover of Johnson City Square Deal Arch Now Underway

(Bob Joseph)
A contractor has started a nearly half-million-dollar repair job on the historic Square Deal Arch at the Johnson City-Binghamton line. Traffic is being detoured around the site of the long-awaited project on Main Street. Main Street is closed from Floral Avenue in Binghamton to Beverly Place in Johnson City. Village officials expect the detour to be in place through the end of next month.

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