JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Johnson City Fire officials say a house fire at 81 West St. took about 20 minutes to put out Saturday evening. The fire department says crews arrived to the scene and found flames coming out from the second floor window. They also found “heavy smoke and flames” inside the building. They say Johnson City Police and state police are assisting with an investigation into the fire. They say no other details are available.
(WBNG) — Governor Cuomo is mandating all police agencies to re-evaluate policies on force, bias, citizen complaints and more. Now, local mayors are formulating plans for their police departments. “I think the men and women of the City of Binghamton Police Department do an amazing job,” said Binghamton Mayor Rich David. “The reality is, the department is not reflective of the demographics in our community.” “Our chief has reached out to some people in the community, different diversities, to see about making up an advisory panel just to give an idea if there are problems we don’t know about,” said Jackson. David says a decrease in police presence in the past has led to increased crime rates. He says he’s working to create solutions that would allocate resources to other social services. Across the nation, activists are calling to defund police agencies. In the Southern Tier, local leaders say you won’t be seeing any budget cuts to the police departments. “We’re bare bones. We only have 23 officers and we’ve got 12,000 people in the village,” said Jackson. “I’d like to add more police officers, but I’d also like to add more civilian positions in social work, mental health, etc.,” said David. David is working to build a stakeholder coalition, including members of the police department, non-profit and faith-based groups, the Broome County District Attorney, and additional community members. Over in Endicott, Mayor Linda Jackson is also working with local police. According to Governor Cuomo, if police agencies are not re-evaluated, they are at risk of losing state funding.
Casteline was arrested for Murder in the 2nd degree, a class A-1 felony, in connection with the stabbing of Q-Quan Richardson at 1395 Robinson Hill Rd. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Broome County District Attorney’s Office, New York State Police, the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal Service. Officials say Casteline was transported to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation and arrest processing. He will be held at the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Correctional facility and is awaiting arraignment in the Central Arraignment Part Court. (WBNG) — Authorities say a man is in custody following an early morning stabbing Wednesday. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says they took 20-year-old year Caleb A. Casteline into custody at a residence on Main Street in Apalachin.
“Long term right now, we do know we will lose some business. There’s going to be some that won’t be able to reopen, some that are already closed,” he says. WAVERLY (WBNG) — For many small businesses in Waverly, the impacts of March’s COVID-19 shutdown are still fresh. Now restaurant owners like Lisa Lee who owns Lisa’s Place, also on Broad Street, say it’s time to play catch up. She says differing rules between the Pennsylvania side and the New York side can make things confusing for customers, and mask requirements can also make things difficult. VanNorman says the biggest part of the hit came earlier in the Pandemic. Some of the damage stemmed from the fact that Waverly straddles the New York-Pennsylvania border and businesses on the other side in places like Sayre, Pa. didn’t have to follow the same restrictions as those in New York. Josh Cassidy is one of those small business owners. He runs The Rail House on Broad Street. “Our long term goal is to figure out the sustainability of what businesses we have. Make sure they can remain viable, and then try to reinvigorate people to open new businesses to stimulate the growth of the economy in this area,” he said. “If things don’t get back to normal, it could be devastating,” he says. “Ninety- five percent of the businesses in this area are small businesses, and without them, our community is just going to dwindle down to nothing. I can see people moving away.” “For the most part our dine-in area has been a little bit slow, but we’re still doing good on takeouts,” Lee added, “I mostly want to get rid of the masks, I just want to see things go back no normal.” “Businesses and restaurants took a severe hit in the few weeks that Pennsylvania opened up in-house dining, versus New York still being at a lower phase with New York only able to do takeout,” he says. VanNorman says that’s going to take work. “We’re just following the status quo and trying to get through this the best we can. It’s a struggle,” he said. Cameron VanNorman is President of The Waverly Business Association. He says he shares those fears. In the meantime, Cassidy is hopeful things will change soon.