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Two Teens Arrested for Stealing Guns from Binghamton Home

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Two teenagers have been arrested for allegedly stealing guns from a Binghamton home on Wednesday night.

The theft was reported just before 9 p.m. at a home on Bromwell Avenue. The victims reported that long guns and other property were stolen by two intruders.

Binghamton Police said responding officers then arrested 18-year-old Angel Alicea, of Johnson City, and a 15-year-old boy from Binghamton for the crime. The teens are each charged with one count of first-degree burglary.

Police said they recovered the stolen long guns, as well as a handgun used by the suspects.

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NY Tax Rebate Checks Hit the Mail

(NEW YORK) -- The check's in the mail, or soon it will be, New York State's Department of Taxation and Finance has announced.

Officials said the State has started mailing out property tax rebate checks to New Yorkers who live in a school district that remained under the tax cap this year, Syracuse.com reported Thursday.

Checks will be mailed out through the end of November.

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Three Teens Charged in String of Binghamton Robberies

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with a recent string of robberies in Binghamton.

In a statement Tuesday, police said three suspects -- all age 15 -- have been charged with robbery. The charges stem from three robberies on the city's west side from Oct. 6 - 7.

"The fact that the suspects in these robberies are juveniles and all three have past juvenile arrests is very disturbing. I can only hope that as these young teens pass through the Family Court system they are given the focus and attention that they are in need of," Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said in the statement.

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Over $4.3 Million in Grants to Help Domestic Violence Victims

(NEW YORK) -- New York is getting $4.3 million in federal grant money to help fund programs that serve domestic violence victims across the state.

State officials announced Monday that 56 domestic violence prevention programs will benefit from the funding, which comes through the Federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.

Officials said the funding is in two categories: non-competitive grants totaling more than $1.2 million, and competitive grants totaling $3 million.

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Johnson City Urban Renewal Agency to Be Closed

(NEW YORK) -- Legislation has been signed Monday to eliminate many local agencies across New York State that have been deemed irrelevant, including one agency in the Johnson City area.

State officials announced that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to eliminate 36 urban renewal and industrial development agencies that are inactive or no longer needed.

Among the agencies to be closed is the Johnson City Urban Renewal Agency.

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Cuomo Designates Eight NY Hospitals to Deal with Ebola

(NEW YORK) -- State officials are seeking to assure New Yorkers that the state is taking every precaution to deal with the threat of the deadly Ebola virus.

Officials said the preparedness plan includes the state's Department of Health issuing a Commissioner's Order to all hospitals, diagnostic and treatment centers, and ambulance services statewide, requiring that they follow protocols for identification, isolation and medical evaluation of patients requiring care.

Also, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has designated the following hospitals across the state to treat potential patients with Ebola:

  • Mt. Sinai in Manhattan
  • New York Presbyterian in Manhattan
  • Bellevue in Manhattan
  • Montefiore in the Bronx
  • North Shore/LIJ Health System in Nassau County
  • Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse
  • University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester
  • Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island

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Binghamton Gets $100,000 in Public Safety Grants

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Binghamton is getting $100,000 in grant money from the State of New York to help with funding several public safety initiatives.

Mayor Richard David announced Thursday that the grants from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services would be used to purchase new equipment.

City officials said $40,000 will go towards a police firearm simulator; $32,000 will be spent on six police vehicle dash camera and wireless microphone systems; and $28,000 will be for a fingerprint processing system.

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Man Arrested for Stealing Six Pack, Frozen Meals from Price Chopper 

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Broome County Sheriff deputies arrested a 26-year-old Binghamton man Monday night after he allegedly stole a six pack of beer and frozen meals from a local Price Chopper.

Store employees contacted law enforcement around 8:15 p.m., saying a man had taken the beverages in a backpack and left without paying. On the way to the scene, deputies spotted a man, Andrew Dooling, matching the suspect description walking on Upper Front Street.

During an interrogation with deputies, officials heard the sound of glass bottles clinking together in Dooling's bag.

Dooling admitted to stealing the beer and also produced two boxes of frozen meals he stole while at the store.

Dooling was arrested for petit larceny and released on an appearance ticket.

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New Task Force Aims to Reduce AIDS Cases in NY

(NEW YORK) -- A new task force was announced Tuesday to try to reduce the number of AIDS cases in New York State.

The task force will work towards reducing the number of new HIV infections in the state to 750 per year by 2020, the governor's office stated.

Officials said work by the task force will be supplemented by two advisory groups in the near future.

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Man, 47, Charged in Meth Lab Bust

(CHENANGO COUNTY, N.Y.) -- A 47-year-old man was arrested after authorities busted a methamphetamine lab in the Village of Greene last Friday.

The Chenango County Sheriff's Office said it worked along with the Village of Greene Police Department and New York State Police to execute a search warrant at a home on Chenango Street, where officers allegedly found methamphetamine and material used to make the drug.

Carmine Pezzino was arrested and charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Three other people in the home were also charged with first-degree loitering, and released on appearance tickets.

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