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Tourism in Broome County on Southern Tier Close Up

The Director of Visit Binghamton, the tourism branch of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, Judi Hess is on this weekend's edition of the weekly, local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up to mark National Tourism Week.


As Broome County sees high number of opioid deaths, experts stress caution

On March 27, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar declared a state of emergency in response to the high number of drug-related deaths in the month of March, with six fatalities occurring within one 10-day span.


Suspect Arrested in Endwell Convenience Store Burglary

Broome County Sheriff’s officials are investigating a burglary at Apple Food Mart on Hooper Road April 22 in which packs of cigarettes were taken. Authorities say a man seen on surveillance video apparently collecting bottles and cans outside the store at around 1 a.m. has been arrested. His name ha


Race for Broome County District Attorney heating up

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Republican Broome County District Attorney candidate Paul Battisti was endorsed by a police organization on Monday. The New York State Union of Police Association endorsed him for the Republican primary election. The organization represents members of the Broome County Sheriff’s


Upstate New York prepares as Lake Ontario water rises again

SOMERSET, N.Y. (AP) Emergency officials in upstate New York are again preparing for possible flooding along Lake Ontario. Director of emergency services for Niagara County Jonathan Schultz says lake levels have risen about five inches in 10 days.


Another bear spotted in Vestal

VESTAL (WBNG) — Videos and pictures of bear sightings continue to be sent into our newsroom. The latest video was captured on Pierce Hill Road in Vestal. It was shared with us Tuesday by Carol Allen Buffum.


Broome County receives $2 million to combat opioid crisis

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Brome County will be receiving additional funding to help fight the opioid crisis. The National Institute on Drug Addiction, or NIDA, is allocating $86 million in funding to Columbia University and 3 other research sites that will contribute to a multi year study on Opioid Use Dis


Federal authorities now part of Halal Bites investigation

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Local police are now working with federal authorities on the investigation into the shooting death of a Johnson City business owner. Halal Bites owner Shakeel Khan was shot and killed while leaving his Johnson City business.


BREAKING: State Police investigating death in Van Etten

VAN ETTEN, N.Y. (WETM) - The New York State Police in Horseheads is conducting a death investigation at a trailer park on Wycoop Creek Road in the town of Van Etten. Police received the call around 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.


Man who killed wife and New York State trooper sentenced to life without parole

WATERTOWN N.Y. — After being found guilty for murdering his wife and a New York State trooper, a North Country man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. The sentencing comes two years after Justin Walters shot his wife 13 times in their home in Theresa.


ICE Agents Appear at a Westchester Court the Day After New York State Restricts Access

A day after the Office of Court Administration created a new rule to limit Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests in New York courthouses, three ICE agents showed up to an undocumented man’s criminal court hearing in an attempt to arrest him.


Binghamton Regional Airport could see reduced staffing

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The air traffic control tower at the Binghamton Regional Airport could see reduced staffing under a proposal before the FAA. US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is opposing a recommendation by the National Facilities Realignment and Consolidation Report that would cut the number of cont


Long-Awaited Downtown Binghamton Ice Cream Shop to Open

An ice cream parlor near Binghamton's baseball stadium is expected to start operations in the next few days. Developer Mark Yonaty at one point suggested the shop in a brick building at the base of the Marconi Tower on Lewis Street might be torn down before the business would hold an official openin


New York State DOT issues travel advisory ahead of construction

ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) — The New York State Department of Transportation announced a travel advisory for motorists along Route 390 in the Town of Gates, Monroe County, north of the I-490 interchange.


Cocaine found, man arrested in Binghamton drug raid

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — One person was arrested Monday after a drug raid in Binghamton. The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force says Christopher Frederick, 24, was arrested at his Varick Street home in the city of Binghamton.


Six dogs rescued from Harrison Street home ready to be adopted

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Six dogs seized from 220 Harrison St. two weeks are about to find new homes. The dogs were found living in deplorable conditions. Metro SWAT executed a search at the Harrison Street residence following a shooting there the night before, that’s when they discovered the neglected


2018 SAT scores ranked at 450 Upstate New York public schools

More than 2.1 million students - more than ever before - took the SAT in 2018, according to the College Board, the group that administers the test. Syracuse.com created a searchable database of average 2018 SAT scores for more than 450 Upstate New York public school districts. Enter a school name or


New app looks to connect school with families

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A Seton Catholic High School student is working to bring Catholic Schools of Broome County into the 21st century with an app he created. Luke Redmore, a junior at Seton Catholic Central, is behind the innovation.


Report names local Boy Scout leaders accused in sex abuse files

NEW YORK (WETM) - An attorney in New York says the Boy Scouts of America has files going all the way back to the 1940s that document allegation of sexual abuse by thousands of scout leaders, including those from our region.


Demolition Work Starts at UHS Wilson Campus in Johnson City

Crews are using heavy equipment as a project gets underway to remove a large section of an old building at the UHS Wilson Medical Center campus in Johnson City. Demolition operations started near where a parking garage collapsed on 2015. The project site is located between Baldwin and Arch streets.