Glen Aubrey Fire tells 12 News it believes the flames started from a pellet stove and was sparked when the home lost electricity earlier in the day and the stove overheated. “Came down through and the flames was about 10 feet from the roof in front of the structure were most of the damage was done. From there it just spread very quickly. Starting getting into the back. We had guys in the side door they got in front of it. Stopped it through the ceiling and stopped it from spreading through the rest of the structure,” said second assistant chief for the Glen Aubrey Fire Department, Nicholas Collier. Fire officials say the blaze started at a home on Rabbit Path Road and took about two and a half hours to get the flames under control. Collier says five people were inside the home when the blaze started and everyone was able to escape unharmed. NANTICOKE (WBNG) – Multiple fire crews battled a massive house fire Monday night behind Fire Fox Resorts in the town of Nanticoke. “There was a power outage around 4 o’clock today and there is no way to vent your pellet stove so, that’s what they are going to determine. It’s a pellet stove,” said Collier. Fire officials believe 50 percent of the home was destroyed while the other half is possibly salvageable. Fire officials say the Red Cross was also at the scene to help the displaced family.
A potential ban of these products would be positive for public health according to officials, but it would drastically hurt businesses selling these products. “We have a large stock of product that is legally allowed at other places and we won’t be able to carry that anymore. They’re going to try to get rid of online sales, which is insane. That would probably stop our wholesale business, it would stop our online business, and it would hurt the shops as well,” said the manager of Vapor King Binghamton Stephen Schwarztrauber. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Health concerns are the topic of discussion when it comes to vaping and e-cigarettes. What is in these products that has health experts concerned? Local business owners have seen these talks before and believe misinformation could lead to the losses of businesses and jobs. “This has been a rhetoric they’ve been doing over and over again and they keep failing at it. This is not what New York state wants. They’re fear mongering with the deaths from vaping that has nothing to do with store bought juice. That has to do with the alytic THC cartridges,” said Schwarztrauber. “Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are FDA approved oils to be used in food additives, consumption. But they are not FDA approved to be inhaled and studies are showing these products, when inhaled, are doing lots of damage to our lungs,” said Kelly. “Some of these products that are in electronic cigarettes are propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. These two are the main components, base materials of the e-cigarette liquid and are not safe for people to be using,” said Public Health Educator with the Broome County Health Department, Laura Kelly. While health experts continue to warn about the health effects these products are likely to cause…. Health officials say preventing children from getting hooked on these products is the most important mission, while vapor stores think a ban will negatively effect those trying to quit cigarettes.
The first officer was evacuated from the area for treatment. A perimeter was established and a City Police Department negotiator tried to talk to Clark but he refused. The police department called on the New York State Police, the Syracuse Police Department, the Cortland City Police Department, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office, the Ithaca Police Department, the Homer Police Department and the U.S. Marshall’s Service. Assault in the first degree (F)Aggravated assault upon a officer or peace officer (F)Reckless endangerment in the first degree (F)Menacing a police officer or peace officer (F)Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree (M)Prohibited use of weapons (M) Clark has been charged with the following: The individual who shot at the officer had a semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle in their possession. The individual is a 26-year-old man named Zachary Clark. Officials say Clark fired several rounds at the officer, striking him at least three times in his lower extremities. In a press release sent to 12 News, the police department says once the officer came into contact with the individual, he was almost immediately met with gunfire. Clark did not surrender until 7:50 a.m. Clark was sent to GCMC in Cortland but was then transferred to the Upstate University Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. CORTLAND, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Cortland City Police Department responded to a call in reference to a domestic dispute with threats of using a weapon on Friday. The Cortland City Police Department said they were called to the scene at around 8:00 p.m. The first officer to arrive on scene at 12 Elm Street met with the individual who made the call on the front yard of the property. The officer approached the front door to speak with the other individual involved in the dispute. The officer was able to take cover behind the patrol vehicle, but Clark continued to fire at the officer outside of his home. The second officer arrived at this time, drew his pistol and began to fire at Clark from his vehicle. The Cortland City Police Department says Clark will be processed and held for arraignment following his release from the hospital. The police officer has been listed in stable condition.
Part of that Accardi says is reaching out a hand to those who may be reluctant to accept. “We have been emphasizing providing not just the non perishable foods but fresh dairy, meat, fish, produce,” said Lori Accardi, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Broome County. “We want to be able to help as many people as possible as easily as possible,” said Sister Mary O’Brien, Executive Director of Tioga County Rural Ministry “We are simplifying our financial relief intake sheet so anyone who has been laid off or lost their employment can easily access funds from us.” “Any generosity from the community would help us be able to help more people during this time,” Lesko said. “There are so many people who are unemployed for the first time,” she said. “These are people who never imagined they would reach out to an organization like Catholic Charities but we really want to get the message out that it’s here for you if you need it right now.” The Ross Park Zoo Accardi stresses that Giving Tuesday Now is about more than just pressing the donate button. Kopernik Observatory Some organizations also providing financial assistance. That means providing help with things like access to food. Giving Tuesday Now hopes to help make sure they are able to continue answering the call. “It’s an opportunity for people to come together and give as well as support their communities,” she said. The Broome County Humane Society “What we’re seeing is folks who have lost their jobs who have not received any unemployment yet and they still need to pay rent they have phone bills and utility bills,” said Jennifer Lesko, CEO of the Broome County Urban League. “We want people to know you aren’t looking for an handout you’re looking for a hand.” (WBNG) — With the COVID-19 pandemic putting many in the Southern Tier in a financial position they didn’t see coming, non-profits across the area have stepped up to help provide for those in need. Giving Tuesday Now isn’t limited only to organizations involved in the COVID-19 response, some local organizations have started fundraisers in order help them make it through the crisis, they include:
Along with the directors of the Departments of Public Health and Emergency Services, the President and CEO of Commerce Chenango form a three person board. Commerce Chenango, the county’s economic development group, is one of three departments responsible for their county’s preparations to reopen. (WBNG) — Economic concerns are one of the main reasons regional leaders hope our area will reopen for business soon. She says while they’re not exaclty sure when businesses will reopen, she does have resources available to help businesses prepare. While the three person board leads efforts in Chenango County, they’re not the only ones preparing for the Southern Tier to reopen. Green did caution having too much hope because she says most businesses won’t be able to reopen on May 15. The three industries she said would reopen are construction, manufacturing and curbside retail. Because Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to reopen the state will be determined by region, counties need to cooperate in order to be ready to open on time. “We’re trying to have not only general standards of what businesses can do to get ready, to make their plan, but we also have some specific industry-type information that we’re passing out as well,” Kerri Green told 12 News Friday.
“We really tried to meet the needs of our community right now, with so many people being unemployed,” said Loretta Hudy, the director of faith formation for the church. “Even within our own church community we have felt it, so whatever we can do, our parishioners have really stepped up.” For food pantry staff, putting their energy into doing good for the community finds its way back to them. Tuesday morning, the bus stopped at Mother Teresa’s Cupboard, a local food pantry on Garfield Avenue in Endicott. Volunteers From Catholic Charities of Broome County helped unload all of the food, sort it and finally put it away on the pantry shelves. Hudy said the church regularly works with Mother Teresa’s, but because of the ongoing pandemic, they felt it was important to go above and beyond. “Every time I give and do a good thing and help people, something from somewhere comes and helps me,” said Cheryl Langevin. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — One local community is finding faith in each other as members of the Church of the Holy Family donated a bus load of food to Mother Teresa’s Cupboard Tuesday. For two to three weeks, parishioners have been dropping off non-perishable goods to the church. From there, the goods were loaded up onto a bus until it was completely filled. For people involved with the project, the act of service is all about helping their larger community. If you would like to volunteer at the food pantry, please call Catholic Charities of Broome County at 607-729-9166.
This executive order comes after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday, June 3, that restaurants could open for outdoor dining services on Thursday, June 4. Cuomo said that restaurants in the seven regions in Phase Two, may open outdoor dining for patrons. The executive order signed by Moss on Saturday, June 6, temporarily suspends and alters the terms of any law, regulation, or permit requirement that prevents restaurants from opening outdoor full-service dining. (WBNG) — Chemung County Executive Christopher Moss signed an executive order Saturday, allowing restaurants to provide outdoor dining. County Executive Moss says restaurant owners should check with their liability insurance provider for acceptable outdoor dining coverage.
—– The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office says there are some injuries involved, but it is still unclear on the extent of the injuries. —– PREBLE, N.Y. (WBNG) — New York State Police say an individual was sent to the hospital and is in serious condition following a two-car crash Wednesday night. 3:36 A.M. UPDATE : The occupants of the other vehicle are uninjured. They say one vehicle with two occupants was traveling north and was rear-ended by another vehicle with one occupant. Officials say they received the call around 9:40 p.m., and the incident occurred on I-81 north near exit 13 in Preble. State police say the operator of the vehicle with one occupant was ejected due to the impact of the crash. That individual was taken by helicopter to SUNY Upstate Medical University where they are said to be in serious condition. The cause is still under investigation. PREBLE, N.Y. (WBNG) — A car crash has blocked off exit 13 on I-81 in Preble late Wednesday night, into early Thursday morning. From the impact, the car with two occupants went onto the grass and struck the exit 13 sign and guide-rail. They say the other vehicle also went onto the grass, hit the exit 13 sign, and continued onto the grass. According to 511NY the crash happened around 10:24 P.M. PREBLE, N.Y. (WBNG) — The ramp is reopened again. 7:21 A.M. UPDATE: This is a developing story, stay with 12 News for further updates.
VESTAL (WBNG) — Parents and students took to picketing Tuesday evening to voice concerns over the district’s handling of the unique school year amid the pandemic. Their signs read phrases like, “We want to go back when it’s safe,” and “I’d rather pass class than pass away.” “I think as parents we want to make sure that our kids are being educated in the best way possible, so that’s really what we’re asking for and we’re asking for more clarity and more consistency across the board,” said parent Rob Hammaker. Following the picketing by this group, another group showed up, counter-protesting the original picketers. Speaking with a group of parents with children in the district ranging from elementary school age to the high school level, they said they have a laundry list of problems with their children’s education in the Vestal Central School District. Parents said there’s a lot of confusion over how the school year is working and going to work this year. They have questions ranging in topic from remote learning, to resources and said when they try to have these answered by officials, they don’t get adequate responses. 12 News reached out to the district for an interview on the parental concerns and a representative told us to bring our questions to the virtual board of education meeting Tuesday night. For more on that meeting, click here. Signs held read phrases like, “Stop the madness, our kids need school!” and “Our kids deserve more.” Due to their frustrations, this group of parents and students took to Main Street in front of the district administrative building to picket with signs Tuesday evening. Overall, this group said they’re not satisfied with the majority of the experience their children are receiving.