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18 News Anchor Brooke Taylor sits down with Brian WIlliams on his time living in Elmira

MANHATTAN, N.Y. (WETM) - When driving into the City of Elmira, drivers pass a welcome sign that shows some of Elmira's most famous people. On that sign is former NBC Nightly News Anchor, Brian Williams.


Investigation continues into fire department's stolen cans

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) - A local fire department took a hit after a thief took something it relies on-- cans. The East Hill Fire Department on Jerusalem Hill said it lost 100 cans, equal to $50. The department collects donated cans that it redeems for cash.


EkoStinger, 76West winner, opens manufacturing facility at Elmira Corning Regional Airport

HORSEHEADS, N.Y. — Rochester–based EkoStinger has opened a new manufacturing plant at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport in Horseheads. EkoStinger captured the $1 million grand prize winner of the 2018 76West clean-energy competition, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release. The firm


Owego Man Arrested After Trooper Spots Homemade Inspection Sticker

On January 8, 2019 at approximately 3:20 p.m., New York State Police at Owego arrested 37 year old Frederick J. Brown III of Owego for the misdemeanors of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the second degree, False Inspection Certificate and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substanc


Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to shut down up to 3 NY state prisons

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he wants to shut down up to three state prisons by Labor Day, citing record declines in the state’s prison population and crime rate. Cuomo said he wants the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to recommend which of the state’s 54 correctional f


Chemung County looking to woo Amazon to the Twin Tiers.

CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. (WETM) - Chemung County is looking to persuade the online giant to set its new headquarters in the county after Amazon pulled out of its proposed Long Island City headquarters.


Neighbors Worry About Safety as Elmira Lacks Fire­fighters

The West Elmira fire department is struggling to fill its ranks, and neighbors are worried about their safety. In the past month, more than 15 firefighters have quit the volunteer department. Former member William Michalko says he was fired unfairly on January 10th.


New Initiative To Recognize Area Youth

Chemung County Executive Chris Moss recently announced a new initiative to recognize area youth. Beginning in April, the county will begin the Chemung County “Executive” Excellence Award” to recognize area youth who have overcome adversity, shown tremendous resiliency and growth, athletic achievemen


Volunteers Needed for 2019 New York State Seed to Supper course

HELP WANTED! Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County and The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition are excited to announce the launch of their 2019 New York State Seed to Supper course. Throughout this 5-week class, new gardeners will learn the ins and outs of vegetable gardening—on a bud


Chemung County Sheriff: Man Posing As Utility Worker Trying to Get Into Homes

The Chemung County Sheriff's Office is warning people about a man posing as a utility worker who is trying to get into homes. Deputies say a man dressed like a utility worker went to a woman's home in Pine City Monday.


Forecast Discussion 2/15/19 PM: Closer to average highs for the weekend

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) - AVERAGE HIGH FOR FEBRUARY 15TH: 36°. Cooler temperatures return to the region following a cold front Friday. Lows Friday night near 20 degrees under partly to mostly cloudy skies. Most staying dry, but stray flurries in the Southern Tier can't be completely ruled out. West wind


Father, 4 daughters dead after upstate New York house fire

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Police say a man and four daughters from 4 to 14 years old have died after a fire tore through their home in northern New York. Watertown fire officials tell television station WWNY on Friday that Aaron Bodah, 38, and his daughters Skylar and Erin died Thursday and Alexa and Mer


Hidden History: Mascots in Chemung County

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) - It's been said that the purpose of a Mascot is to bring good luck. Mascots have a long history in Chemung County. Mark the mammoth, the official mascot of the Chemung History Museum, is just one of many mascots that represent a place, team or organization in Chemung County. Mar


Bradford County: Ulster man pleads 'no contest' in Smithfield arson

TOWANDA — An Ulster man recently pleaded “no contest” in Bradford County Court of Common Pleas to a second-degree felony charge stemming from a 2017 arson of a property he owned in Smithfield Township.


Fire departments battle early morning fire in Owego

OWEGO (WBNG) — Multiple fire departments responded to an early morning house fire at 81 East Ave in the Village of Owego Saturday. The Owego Fire Department says crews were dispatched to the fire around 5:15 a.m.


Purple Tornado pound Indians 74-39

ELMIRA, N.Y. - Ladies first. A battle of numbers 4 and 5 in Class B as the Indians faced Norwich. Julia Doty, dribbles in and banks it on home. Owego trying to hang tough. Lauren Angelone with the drive, draws the foul, and one.


Local law enforcement offers condolences to NYPD during time of loss

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) - The New York Police Department in mourning on Wednesday after one of their own was shot and killed while responding to a call on Tuesday night. A long time police vet, 42-year-old Detective Brian Simonsen was shot and killed by friendly fire while responding to a robbery call a


Man charged with attempted aggravated cruelty to animals in Corning

CORNING (WBNG) — The Corning Police Department arrested a man for alleged attempted animal cruelty on February 14 in the town of Corning. Authorities say on February 4, 55-year-old Thomas J. Savino of Corning contacted the Corning Police Department claiming he had been bitten by a dog on Baker Stree


Several injured, shooter apprehended at Aurora, Ill., manufacturing plant

Multiple people have been injured at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday and a shooter has been apprehended, authorities said. Officers responded to reports of an active shooter at the Henry Pratt Company, the city announced just after 2 p.m. CST.


Chemung: Town agrees to settle Vulcraft assessment dispute

CHEMUNG — The Chemung Town Board Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a settlement that will end a nearly two-year dispute over the assessment of three properties owned by the Vulcraft of New York plant.