ElmiraTelegram.com To Shut Down

    Chris
    By Chris,
    This website recently hit its third year, which combined with its predecessor means I've been at this five years now.    Over the past year or so, news content has been more difficult to obtain for various reasons. Content that is still sent in the form of press releases from area police agencies and municipalities is also available on social media, often hours before I am able to post it here.    For a few years now, the message board platform has been overtaken by social media, namely Facebook, which continues to dominate the internet with over a billion users and growing. The most common question posed by those running a message board/ forum for some time has been, "How do we compete ?"    I've come to the realization, we can't.    The news is all right there posted in real time so whether you read it here or watch the evening news, it's simply a review of the day's events. Its been seen, commented on, and is old hat by then for the most part.    Features implemented to make this site unique and try to draw new and regular users no longer work. For example, local history once was a great draw for this site. Now theres a dozen Facebook groups with scores of people posting pictures all day long ( sometimes taken off here through Google image searches ).   I'm out of ideas to keep the conversation going, and am seeing less and less activity. Nearly everything we're doing here is being done elsewhere now, and often sooner. So I believe it's time to shut things down and move on. Hosting expires in mid July and at this time I do not plan to renew it. At this time I'm looking at turning off the lights June 1st which I hope enough time for everyone to adjust and get any material they may have saved on here.    I recognize of course this site is more of a community of people than strictly a news platform. So I'm looking at ideas to ensure there's a place for folks who have made up the core group of this site to check in from time to time. Ironically this will involve Facebook, and details will come later.    Five years is a long time to do this. It's cost a lot of time and money so reaching this decision is actually a relief. At the same time, I know it's not just "mine" and have given the matter a lot of thought.    It's been a good run, and I am grateful to everyone who has helped or been a part of this site. 

    Police Investigate Stabbing In Elmira

    Elmira Telegram
    By Elmira Telegram,
    The Elmira Police Department is investigating a stabbing that took place on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at about midnight. A 37 year old Elmira man was attacked by two individuals in the 400 block area of Decker Place. One of the males pointed a handgun in the face of the victim while the other male stabbed the victim multiple times. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his wounds. It is expected that the victim will survive. The police department is asking the public for assistance in in helping to identify the suspects in this case. The following are descriptions of the suspects that were provided to officers at the scene: Suspect #1: A light skinned black male, approx. 17 years of age. Approx 5’10” and 160 lbs. Subject had a short cropped afro and was last seen wearing a maroon track suit. Suspect #2: A black male, approx. 17 years of age. Approx 5’10” and 160 lbs. Subject had an afro hair cut that was approx. 3 inches in height. He was last seen wearing gray sweat pants and a black, long sleeved, Marilyn Monroe, t-shirt which is pictured below.  Anyone with additional information is requested to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607) 737-5611 or the anonymous tip line at 271-4258. 

    Elmira Police Investigating Car vs Pedestrian Incident

    Elmira Telegram
    By Elmira Telegram,
    On Monday, May 22nd, 2017, at approximately 8:20 p.m., Officers from the Elmira Police Department responded to a residence in the 300 block of Horner St. for a report of a personal injury MVA.  Officers were advised the driver had fled the scene in the striking vehicle. On arrival officers located a female in the driveway who had sustained a serious injury to her leg.  This female was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries.  The driver of the vehicle was located later in the evening and interviewed.  The cause of this accident is currently under investigation.  The investigation into these incidents continues.  The Elmira Police Department is asking any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607)737-5626, or the tip line at (607)271-HALT.

    Police Investigating Several Incidents In City Of Elmira

    Elmira Telegram
    By Elmira Telegram,
    This weekend the Elmira Police Department, along with Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, NYSP, West Elmira PD, Elmira Heights PD, the Elmira Fire Department and Erway Ambulance, responded to several incidents in the city of Elmira.   The first incident occurred on Friday night, just before midnight, at Keefe’s Tavern on W. Miller St.  Officers responded to a report of a stabbing at the bar.  When Officers arrived on scene they were confronted with a crowd of over 100 people.  Officers attempted to make the scene safe, identify the victim and disperse the crowd.  The victim had already left the scene by private vehicle.  People interviewed at the scene were not very cooperative with law enforcement.  The victim was located in the private vehicle, transferred to an Erway ambulance and immediately transported for treatment.  The victim underwent surgery for her injuries and was listed in stable condition.  No arrests have been made at this time. The second incident occurred on Saturday morning, at approximately 2:00 a.m. at a residence in the 400 block of E. Washington Av.  Officers were in the area conducting a targeted patrol when they heard loud music coming from within the residence.  Officers were confronted with a large crowd and requested further assistance from other agencies before making contact.  Officers made contact and were eventually able to disperse the crowd.  An unconscious male with a head injury was located in the back yard.  He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is currently listed in stable condition.  The residents, Michael Dumas-Jones and Denzel Dumas, were both arrested for Criminal Nuisance. The third incident occurred on Sunday morning, at approximately 1:10 a.m., on College Av., near W. Warren St.  Officers responded to the area of the Sand Dollar Saloon for a report of a shooting.  The person who had been shot was transported to a local hospital by private vehicle.  Officers located evidence on scene and witnesses were interviewed.  The suspect had fled the scene before officers arrived.  It is believed there was an altercation between several people, including the person who was shot, in the roadway before this shooting took place.  The injured person is currently in stable condition.  No arrests have been made at this time. The investigation into these incidents continues.  The Elmira Police Department is asking any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607)737-5626, or the tip line at (607)271-HALT.

    Chemung County Calls For Mandate Relief

    Elmira Telegram
    By Elmira Telegram,
    Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli continues to fight for mandate relief in Chemung County and across New York State by declaring the month of May, Mayday for Mandate Relief in Chemung County. The “Mayday for Mandate Relief” campaign calls on New York State to provide much-needed mandate relief for counties and local governments.  Santulli wants to keep the pressure on the Legislature in Albany until the end of the session.  Santulli stated, “The Mayday events held across the State have been very successful in raising awareness among taxpayers of the need for mandate relief.  We need to keep the pressure on our lawmakers until reform is actually realized.” In Chemung County, the nine unfunded mandates which statewide consume 90 percent of all property taxes collected actually account for 130 percent of Chemung County’s property tax levy, or $29,146,582, plus 22 percent of county sales tax receipts, which amount to $8,946,028. The nine state mandates include; Medicaid, Public Assistance and Safety Net, Child Welfare, Special Education Pre-K, Indigent Defense, Probation, Early Intervention, Youth Detention, and Pensions.  Chemung County is being joined by other counties from across the state and the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), which are advocating for three specific mandate relief measures in the final four weeks of the State Legislative Session. 1. Reimburse counties for the state-imposed increase to district attorney’s salaries, 2. Phase in a state takeover of indigent legal defense service (ILDS) costs, and delay a major expansion of ILDS eligibility from 125 percent to 250 percent of the federal poverty rate, and  3. Realign how 9-1-1 surcharge funds are collected for counties to maintain and 
    improve their emergency communication services to better combat global terrorism and improve public safety.  During the month of May, county leaders and taxpayers will continue to hold the spotlight on the state mandated programs that continue to consume property tax dollars and curtail critical local services that contribute to Chemung County’s excellent quality of life.  

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