Two Charged After Mayhem Resumes Following Dirt Bike Fatality
Tranquility returned to a Town of Union neighborhood where a man was killed in a dirt bike crash that resulted in two residents being charged with manslaughter.
Residents and law enforcement officials say it's been a summer marred by ongoing chaos and disturbances on Airport Road.
Loud, speeding vehicles and general mayhem have been an almost nightly occurrence on the street just north of Tri-Cities Airport.
Last Tuesday, 24-year-old Cameron Fortner died after the small motorcycle he was driving slammed into a parked van. Two men who live nearby were charged with manslaughter in connection with their alleged actions just before the crash.
Friday night, a large group of people gathered to celebrate Fortner's life. Police were called because fireworks were being set off, creating a disturbance.
Broome County sheriff's deputies and state troopers advised the group to leave the area. Police returned a short time later after things got noisy again with fireworks, vehicles "burning out" and loud cursing.
Authorities say two Airport Road residents, 39-year-old Jeremmie Smith and 22-year-old Solis Ceballos, were charged with disorderly conduct. Smith also was charged with obstructing governmental administration and unlawful possession of fireworks.
People who live in the neighborhood have been dealing with regular disturbances from people and vehicles for the past several weeks. After the latest arrests, one resident reported enjoying two consecutive quiet nights, expressing gratitude for law enforcement officers.
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