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CORTLAND, N.Y. (WBNG) – The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is investigating a scam in their community and is offering tips to community members on how to avoid falling victim to it. “Don’t give up your name, don’t give up your date of birth, don’t give up any personal ID information whatsoever,” Caufield said. “Contact your local law enforcement agency.” But even then, he also recommends a much simpler option. “These folks went out, obtained gift cards from a local store, and then contacted these people back and the gave them the security codes on the back of the gift cards,” said Lt. Todd Caufield of the Office’s Criminal Investigation Division. As of Friday evening, a local couple has been caught up in sending money and gift cards to an unknown person out in California, posing as law enforcement. During this time at the sheriff’s office, Caufield has never heard of an agency doing this. “If there’s an agency out there that does that, in the 34 years I’ve been on the job, I have never seen a police department say, ‘If you come here and pay this money, you’re gonna get out of it.’ That’s not the way police departments work,” Caufield said. Caufield estimates “hundreds and hundreds” of scam calls have taken place during his stay at the CCSO, but that if you or someone get a call like this, there are simple, but important, rules to follow. Caufield told 12 News the couple had been coerced by the suspect or suspects through threats of search warrants and arrests if money wasn’t said. “As a matter of fact, just hang up the phone,” Caufield said. “People need to be vigilant as to what’s going on, your surroundings, what’s being asked of you, what’s being requested, what your thought is,” Caufield emphasized. “If something doesn’t sound right or feel right, inquire.” Caufield is asking retailers who notice a person or person buying gift cards in large sums multiple times to please reach out to the office as well. “It went from getting gift cards to putting actual U.S currency in a package and mailing it to them under certain conditions.” To go along with these rules, Caufield calling on everyone in the community to keep their head on a swivel. The scam investigation is currently ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office directly.
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department temporarily shut down Main Street between Beethoven and Schiller streets as it conducted an investigation Tuesday. Police declined to tell a 12 News crew at the scene what the department is investigating. Authorities told 12 News they have yet to determine if they are searching for a suspect. Officers say no injuries have been reported in their investigation. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further updates. A K9 unit is also on scene.
(WBNG) — The following information is updated coronavirus from Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties from April 24. The information released varies per county. 82 confirmed casesThree deaths58 recoveries86 are in mandatory quarantine17 people are in precautionary quarantine 67 confirmed cases43 people are in mandatory quarantineOne person is precautionary quarantine Chenango County: 89 confirmed cases5 deaths21 recoveries86 people are in mandatory quarantineOne person in precautionary quarantine Tioga County: Delaware County:
Varner says the move to virtual doesn’t mean participants won’t still be walking, they’ll just be doing so in a way that follows social distancing guidelines. If you’d like to register for the walk or just donate, you can do so by clicking here. “The coolest thing about virtual walk MS is that it doesn’t matter where you live what day it is, you can do this any day you just have to use the hashtag,” she said. “We are striving to learn more and get answers for people living with MS, and unfortunately we have had to stop gathering so we felt coming together in the digital space was the safest option,” Varner said. Part of the challenge has been preserving the ability for individuals with MS and their families to come together and connect. While individuals will still create teams to raise money, it will all be online. That has meant having to get creative in order to continue carrying out their mission of raising funds for Multiple Sclerosis research. (WBNG) — During any other year staff and volunteers from Walk MS would be preparing for a crowd at Otsiningo Park. This year due to the COVID-19 crisis, things are looking a little different. “We normally have about 300-500 people that come together on a Saturday or Sunday morning, and we have a short program and get the chance to walk together,” said Lauren Varner, Senior Director of Walk MS. “But because MS doesn’t stop during the crisis, neither will we.” “We’re encouraging everyone to come together with their teams of friends, family, colleagues, neighbors in a safe space which is often times through zoom meetings, Facebook lives,” she said. “Whether you’re walking from your kitchen to your living room or you’re out for a walk in the neighborhood with your dog, people are using the hashtag #virtualwalkMS.” She says the hope is that hashtag will help this years event reach more people than ever before.
Stay with 12 News as we follow this developing story. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Residents of Broome County are participating in a peaceful protest in downtown Binghamton on Sunday. 12 News is on scene and says the protest is expected to end at the Broome County Courthouse. The protest is for the murder of George Floyd as well as the other lives lost due to police brutality and racism in America.
Legislative Chair Martha Sauerbrey says the county’s current Recycling contract expires in January. When the county sought bids for a new one, the cost proved too expensive while providing less services. The county will hold a public hearing to introduce two new laws, one being the new recycling program while the other renews the county’s Hotel-Motel tax. She says she expects the price that residents pay to be around the same as their current recycling tax, if not slightly higher. She emphasized that it’s unlikely the cost to residents will be double the current cost, which she says would have been the case if a new contract was awarded. OWEGO (WBNG) — Changes are coming to Tioga County’s recycling program and residents will have the opportunity to give their input at a public hearing this Wednesday. “A typical room rate is $150 for a stay locally,” he says. “It’s a six dollar additional charge. That’s not going to alter your plans for that stay in any way shape or form in our opinion.” Despite the struggles that have come along with the pandemic, Lovelass says he supports keeping the tax in place. 12 News spoke with another hotel owner who didn’t want to be interviewed on camera. She said while she isn’t thrilled to have to pay the tax, she’s just happy to hear it isn’t going up. Sauerbrey says she wants to make it clear to residents that recycling in the county won’t be going away, they’re just changing the way that it’s handled. He says he does want to get the word out that by helping to cover those municipal expenses, he feels the tax is meant to help tourism, not hurt it. “The four percent is tacked onto a room charge whether you’re a hotel, a motel wherever you fall and it’s really helping to offset other municipal costs that are incurred by these guests,” he says. “The recycling fee will be removed from (residents’) tax bill, so it will no longer be on their property tax bill,” she says. “They will be recycling and doing business with their garbage hauler, so it will continue but it will just be a different agreement.” The county is also introducing another law, which is a renewal of the county’s existing four-percent tax on rooms in all hotels, motels, as well as Bed & Breakfasts. Sauerbrey says the cost of recycling will be determined by the hauler, not the county, and that will replace the current recycling tax. The meeting will take place this Wednesday at the Tioga County Office Building on Main Street starting at 6 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited to the first fifty residents. If you are unable to make the meeting the county will stream it on ZOOM. Ike Lovelass co-owns the Belva Lockwood Inn with his wife Julie. He says while the pandemic caused them to shut down for part of the summer, business has been robust since their reopening. He says they’ve been attracting more local visitors who are coming to explore Owego and the Finger Lakes. As a result, the county is introducing a new law stating that garbage hauling companies operating in Tioga County be required to take residents’ recycling with their garbage for an additional fee. Residents will also have the option of bringing their recyclables to a transfer station themselves. For more information on Wednesday’s meeting click here. To read the proposed law regarding recycling in Tioga County, click here.
“We wanted to make sure that we set time aside that we could address specific needs, wants, concerns with the parents about their own specific child beforehand,” she explained Tuesday. She’s putting this plan in place to nurture the parent-teacher relationship that she said is extra important this year. When parents are then brought all together, the plan is to talk about more big pictures topics like home expectations and schedules. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — With so many events turned virtual, the Johnson City Central School District is adapting the open house experience into an online format. Normally in-person, she’s tackling the added challenge of a screen between her and parents by offering personal meetings on top of the group session. Johnson City fifth grade teacher Taylor Plocinski is preparing for her school’s virtual open house. Plocinski elaborated that she hopes to establish herself as resource for parents, for the benefit of the students.
Jeopardy!’ announced that the last week of shows recorded by Trebek before his death will air starting on Jan. 4, in order to give more fans the chance to see them. NEW YORK (AP) –“Jeopardy!” says champion contestant Ken Jennings will be the first interim guest for the late Alex Trebek, and the show will try other guest hosts before naming a permanent replacement. He’s well-known to fans of the game show for his 74-game winning streak and victory in last year’s prime-time Greatest of All Time’ competition. Jennings begins taping next week and his first episodes will air on the week of Jan. 11.