No injuries reported in Route 26 rollover crash, section of road remains closed

first_imgRoute 26 between Main Street and Sheedy Road remains closed. The Vestal Police Department, Vestal Ambulance and the Department of Transportation is on at the scene of the incident. The police department says a driver and a passenger were in the dump truck when the rollover occurred at 10:15 a.m. 12 News oringinally reported there were injuries involved in the rollover crash. This story has been updated to reflect that Vestal Police told 12 News no injuries were reported. The cause of the crash is under investigation. VESTAL (WBNG) — The Vestal Police Department says no injuries were reported in a rollover crash involving a dump truck on Route 26 Wednesday morning. 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene.center_img This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further details. Route 26 is closed between Main Street and Sheedy Road. 11:21 A.M. UPDATE —– VESTAL (WBNG) — Emergency crews are on the scene of a dump truck rollover on Route 26 in Vestal Wednesday morning.last_img read more

How you can help Johnson City Police raise money in support of autism awareness

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — April is just a few weeks away marking the start of Autism Awareness Month. “First it started as a thing on Facebook with New Rochelle police department as a campaign for autism awareness and we wanted to do something that kept all the proceeds here locally, so we started this campaign,” said JCPD patrolman Joshua Bilek. “Three or four hundred t-shirts is a pretty big profit that we can give to those guys,” said Bilek. Shirts are $15 each with money going toward Alive With Autism, an organization right here in Broome County. In support, the Johnson City Police Department is launching its autism awareness t-shirt fundraiser for the third year. “We’re a 40 man department, we have three or four people who have autistic family members, myself included,” said Bilek. “The biggest thing I want people to take away from this is that if they have loved ones with autism, to know that the police department is training their guys, they’re taking a step to be there to help and they don’t have to be afraid to call us and we’ll be there and know there might be special circumstances that we have to take into consideration.” “There’s a statistic that says one out of 59 children will be diagnosed with autism. There’s newer statistics that say that’s going to be high as one in forty. So it’s not a chance of it we’re going to assist people with autism, it’s when. So for us to bring that recognition to our officers and understand there might be something a little different, that’s huge for us,” said Bilek. It’s a two-fold campaign. Not only does it raise money, it also raises awareness within the community and the department. You can place an order until April 4 by clicking here. All to support a cause that hits close to home for many, and one that is being addressed in our own backyard. Shirts can be shipped to you directly through CK Prints or can be picked up at the Johnson City Police Department on April 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

Sheriff’s deputy tells tale of fighting house fire with garden hose

first_imgShocked by the power of his trusty tool, it’s a call he won’t soon forget. Fire officials say while the front porch suffered damage, the inside was not impacted. Watching the front porch burn, his focus was on the house behind it. “Talking to the people themselves that they were thankful it didn’t spread into their house… it’s a good feeling you helped somebody and you know you helped somebody because a lot of the times it goes unspoken.” The cause is still under investigation, but officials say it is not suspicious. No one was hurt. “This uniform you wear a lot of different titles with it and last night was fireman and police,” Mastronardi said. After everyone inside of the home was out safely, but firefighters hadn’t arrived yet, Mastronardi thought to look for a garden hose to fight the flames. Monday was a normal overnight shift for BSCO Deputy Mike Mastronardi until he responded, alongside others, to a house fire in the Town of Dickinson. He said the call is memorable not just because of his rare technique, but the rare reaction he received. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — 12 News spoke with a Broome County sheriff’s deputy who helped fight a local house fire with a garden hose. “That was able to knock down the fire a considerable amount until the fire department got here, it was in the walls and little more pressure and a little more backup on that blaze,” he explained.last_img read more

Here’s how the Southern Tier is celebrating Juneteenth

first_imgMayor Rich David to host a celebration with Binghamton Juneteenth Committee and Broome-Tioga NAACP: June 19, 10 a.m., 2nd Floor Art Gallery at City Hall Binghamton Juneteenth 2020: June 17, 12 p.m. to June 20, 11:30 p.m., online event2020 Juneteenth Celebration, June 20, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Assata Shakur Park, 50 Carroll St., BinghamtonElmira Juneteenth Celebration: 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Elmira Economic Opportunity Program, 650 Baldwin St, Elmira, New York 14901Oneonta Juneteenth Celebration: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Neawha Park Juneteenth is the oldest celebration to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.  (WBNG) — Friday is Juneteenth, and there are several celebrations around the Southern Tier to attend.center_img Here is a list of the celebrations happening around the Southern Tier:last_img read more

Broome County DMV offices move to appointment-only service

first_imgThe county announced the change as COVID-19 infection rates have risen locally and across the country. (WBNG) — The Broome County DMV offices in Binghamton and Endicott are moving to appointment-only service starting on Monday, July 20. In a press release, county officials said it became difficult to enforce social distancing guidelines as people lined up outside the DMV offices. Officials say they are hopeful this change helps reduce congestion at the locations, and keeps customers and staff safe. To make an appointment at the Binghamton DMV office, please call 607-778-6521. To schedule an appointment at the Endicott DMV office, please call 607-754-2147.last_img

Local schools begin yellow zone testing requirements

first_imgDistrict Superintendent Nicole Wolfe told 12 News the state’s rapid testing cards didn’t arrive until after school on Tuesday. Because of this, UE was unable to comply with the testing mandate this past week. Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the yellow zone restrictions in Broome County another two weeks; its status will be reevaluated on November 6. “You open it up, and you put the applicator in here with six drops of this liquid, you close up your card and eventually you get your test results, so all of this is a lot more simple and easier to use than having a lot of equipment you have to bring around,” she said Friday. The testing kits are state of the art, with a less invasive procedure than normal testing methods. Wolfe said the cards are capable of delivering results after just 15 minutes. Wolfe said the new technology would make the testing process much more efficient. Four of the district’s schools (CFJ Elementary, George F. Johnson Elementary, Jennie F Snapp Middle School and the high school) are physically located within the state’s yellow zone. Because of this, each building must test 20% of its students, teachers, and staff every week. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — After the delay of the state’s testing supplies, the Union-Endicott Central School District began its mandated testing Friday.last_img read more