The bill, co-sponsored by Congressman Anthony Brindisi, requires the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an “assessment of the responsibilities, workload vacancy rates of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Suicide Prevention Coordinators.” “I hear from veterans across New York who are struggling and as a nation, we need to do right by our veterans. This bill will help bring down the suicide rate and give the VA the tools they need to succeed,” he said. The congressman said he is honored President Trump signed the bill into law. (WBNG) — President Donald Trump signed the Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act into law Thursday morning. Brindisi says one veteran life lost is too many.
Project Lifesaver is a program within the Broome County Sheriff’s Office that uses a device to help find people who go missing. Other departments’ officers can participate if they are certified. Broome County Sheriff’s Office has been using the project since 2016 and has received funding from the ‘Cops 4 a Cause’ organization to keep the program going. Tioga County Sheriff’s Office says they get a few of these missing cases a year, but are often able to find the person within the day they are reported missing. “If they’re involved in our program, we can find them fairly quickly,” said Broome County Sheriff’s Deputy, Robert Stapleton. Often, those involved in the program are people with special needs or people who struggle with conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia. They have bracelets that can be detected by a special device when they are miles within range. If you feel you are in need of this assistance, you can learn more about Project Lifesaver here. (WBNG) — When the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office needed assistance in finding a local teen who went missing, Vestal Police and Broome County Sheriff’s Office joined in with the program, Project Lifesaver. In a recent case in which the device was used, a 15-year-old Apalachin boy with Autism wandered away from his home and ended up in a neighborhood in Vestal. That’s when the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office, Vestal Police, and the Broome County Sheriff’s Office jumped into action together. They credited teamwork in finding the boy within a couple of hours. “It can detect that radio transmitter that the child is wearing that’ll send a signal to the antenna, which gives us an audible tone,” explained Vestal Police Investigator, Lucas Shaw, who helped in the search.
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Elmira Police Department says two individuals were charged in connection to a robbery on Sept. 13. On Sept. 13, the police department responded to a residence in the 400 block of Franklin Street at approximately 1 p.m. for a report of two individuals who suffered gunshot wounds. Upon arrival, officers found out this was a home invasion robbery, and the suspects were shot. He was arrested upon release and arraigned in the Chemung County Court Youth Part. They say he was charged with three counts of robbery in the 1st degree, two counts of burglary in the 1st degree, two counts of criminal use of a firearm and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree. Police say he will appear in court again on Friday for further proceedings. Officials say the second individual was hospitalized at the time due to injuries. The police department says both suspects are 17-year-old males. They say one was charged with robbery in the 1st degree and remanded to a secure detention facility at the time of the crime. Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to contact the Elmira Police Department.
TOWN OF FENTON (WBNG) — Chenango Valley senior Rory Thompson signed his national letter of intent to play lacrosse at Fairfield University. Thompson called playing a division one sport a “dream come true.” “I’ve been waiting for this moment, literally for my entire life,” he said. “I think it was second grade, first grade was when I decided I wanted to play division one sports.” Thompson said the lacrosse team and coaches at Fairfield were what sold him. He said his goal after college is to become a lacrosse coach. Thompson also plays football. He said he always thought he’d end up playing football in college, but playing on a travel lacrosse team in 8th grade changed his perspective. Thompson is an Under Armour All-American, was named to the first-team all-division lacrosse team twice, and was a four-year starter on the varsity team. For football, Thompson was given all-state and all-division honors. “I was discovered by a travel coach, and he told me to come play and I ended up choosing to play with him and it made me way better. Coach Bob Street in Corning, New York. He changed my life, changed my lacrosse, taught me so much about everything,” said Thompson. “When I got there, the first thing I noticed was coaches energy,” he said. They were amazing, probably some of the nicest and coolest people I’ve ever met. Met a couple of the guys, and the campus was beautiful so that’s where I decided to go.”