(WBNG) – The Chemung CountySheriff’s office says a cattle farmer has been charged with multiplefelonies after an investigation into a financial scheme. They say the investigation began in November 2017 after the Criminal Investigation Division received numerous complaints from other cattle farmers in the mid-west and northeast. They say Rogers “developed a financial scheme” involving the buying and selling of cattle. The sheriff’s office says 39-year-old Michael J. Rogers of the town of Veteran, N.Y. has been arrested and charged with three counts of grand larceny in the 3rd degree, a class D felony, grand larceny in the 4th degree, a class E felony and scheme to defraud in the 1st degree, a class E felony. Authorities say Rogers defrauded morethan $750,000 from his victims. The sheriff’s office says Rogers was arrested on a Superior Court warrant and remanded to the Chemung County Jail pending further court appearances.
Many of the outages are due to the strong winds. (WBNG) — According to the NYSEG Power Outage map, thousands of customers are without power in the Southern Tier on Monday morning. For the most up to date information, go to the NYSEG Power Outage map by clicking here.
The Salvation Army has even gotten extra help from some local businesses. If you are able to make a contribution to the Salvation Army, click here. Members of the Union Center Christian Church have also recently donated. “The homeless population, the helpless population, those who are down on their luck. Really anybody that needs our services we’re available to serve,” said Captain Joseph Hansen. Some of the businesses who have donated so far include Cracker Barrel, Ruby Tuesday, Traditions, Bimbos Bakeries. “We know that it’s impacting families who have lost jobs or have been laid off, so we know it’s impacted them but it’s nice to be able to give them a ray of hope in that we can be able to provide them with some food,” said Hansen. “We’re used to getting to know our clients, being with them, just getting to know them and showing them that they’re loved and they’re cared for,” said Hansen. “We couldn’t do this without the community support and we’ve had lots of restaurants step up to give us some produce and other foods so we could continue our mission,” said Hansen. “We’re always dependent on our donors to help us throughout the year. It’s really nothing new to us that the community would step up and really support us during a time when it’s the most needed,” said Hansen. Since the coronavirus pandemic, Hansen says the Salvation Army has seen three times more people walking through its doors. Despite serving more people, the organization has had to make changes and even some cuts to its programs– a reality that hurts. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Salvation Army of Binghamton’s mission is to meet human needs. That can be a little tough during this time, but its still doing everything it can. The organization helps some of the people who need it most in our area, mostly addressing food insecurity. It’s still operating its soup kitchen as takeout only and its food pantry is contactless.
(WBNG) — A town of Chenango man has been sentenced to more than a decade in jail for sex crimes against a child. Birt was arrested in August 2019 and pleaded guilty in January 2020. The victim was a girl less than 11-year-old, according to the district attorney’s office. The Broome County District Attorney’s Office says 70-year-old Larry G. Birt was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 10 years parole for 1st degree course of sexual conduct against a child. Broome County District Attorney Michael A. Korchak says its unlikely Birt will ever reoffend based on his age and prison sentence.
The congressman also acknowledged the funds are coming at a difficult time, when many local goverments are looking at budget cuts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Brindisi said the money can be used for things like new equipment, PPE, and other necessary items to help first responders continue to protect the community they serve. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Congressman Anthony Brindisi announced the Endicott Fire Department received more than $2,500 in funding from FEMA’s assistance to firefighters grant program. “It’s really important to get as many federal dollars into the community as possible to help make up for those losses that may be coming from the state, and to make sure that we’re keeping the first responders safe and able to do the job.” Brindisi told 12 News. The congressman says it is critical for leaders to be there for services like fire departments. He emphasized his office is always looking to help departments secure grant funding.
“It’s just so important to support everybody in the community. A lot of people are affected by it. Especially to raise awareness this year because we have a pandemic going on. But everyone still gets sick. Things are still going on, as far as people getting cancer.” Owego Mayor Mike Baratta challenged Owego residents to raise $1,000 for the American Cancer Society. He said if the village raised that amount to give, he would dye his hair pink in support of the cause. OWEGO (WBNG) — The Village of Owego went Pink today in support of the American Cancer Society, including the Mayor! Mayor Baratta said he did it to also show his support for the ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ cause, saying now more than ever it is important to support those in need. The village responded and raised more than 1,600, so Mayor Baratta dyed his hair bright pink on Friday.