VESTAL (WBNG) — Vestal Police say the driver arrrested Tuesday after a five-car crash was high while behind the wheel. After the plunge, authorities explain Seeley was able to make his way up onto the side of the road while being escorted by police officers. He was then placed under arrest. Vestal Police now say narcan was given to 44-year-old Ronald Seeley, of Smithville Flats, on the scene. Police say Seeley was driving southbound on State Route 26 when he hit four other cars before going down into an embankment. The crash happened on State Route 26 at Hazel Drive around 3 p.m. Two people were injured but only one person was taken to an area hospital. Authorities haven’t released an update on their injuries.
TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Southern Tier Harley Davidson held their annual chili cook-off Saturday with a little help from a special guest. “It’s a fundraiser for the Harley Owners Group’s local chapter here, plus all of the charities that we’ve become involved in over time,” said Kevin Ferris of the Harley Owners Group. Organizers tell 12 News that the event was just one of many that the group holds to help out local charities. Rowdy the Pony of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies was on hand to help judge more than twenty entries for best chili, with proceeds going to a charity that will be selected by the Binghamton chapter of the Harley Owners Club. While you had to register ahead of time to have your chili judged, the tasting was open to the public.
“We’re expecting a ton of people to walk in today and tomorrow to get arrangements for the ones they love,” said Barbara Waters, a customer service representative for the store. “This is going to be one of the busiest days of the year tomorrow,” said Cheryl Fritsch, owner and manager of Dillenbeck’s. Waters and Woodfern emphasized the importance of keeping flowers in warmer temperatures, adding anything below 32 degrees can damage or kill plants. Fritsch is going a doorstep further than most stores to ensure a quality flower. “The last couple weeks we’ve been getting boxes and boxes of roses, and all sorts of different flowers in.” Dillenbeck’s Flowers and Woodfern Plant and Florist Shop are just two of the many places in the community selling flowers for the day of love. The goal of the stores is to keep the flowers as fresh as possible for deliver or pick-up time. But in order to do that, employees need to work a little quicker. “We make sure our flowers are protected, they’re not just left on your doorstep and we try to take care of them for you,” Fritsch said. Woodfern is also anticipating a good turnout from local lovers. “Everything is fresh, [so] you got to get everything as late as you can, but early enough to get everything processed and set up and arranged and ready to go,” Fritsch said. Fritsch told 12 News Dillenbeck’s has over 200 orders for today and Valentine’s Day. Aside form the weather, Waters loves the ability to interact with their customers. “Tomorrow is going to be a cold day so we’re going to be very careful so that they don’t get damaged by the weather,” Waters said. “People need to be aware that they need to bring these flowers in really quickly. If you’re taking them from work to home they got to get into your car quickly, and get into the warm home.” (WBNG) – The countdown to Valentine’s Day is on and flower shops in our area are putting the petal to the metal make sure every Southern Tier Romeo and Juliet have the floral arrangements they want. This speed includes the cold weather, which could see the Southern Tier in low temperatures on Valentine’s. “We like seeing our regular customers coming in and telling us about who they’re giving their gifts to and we just have a good time,” Waters said. “Sometimes they’re really happy, and sometimes the guys are really embarrassed to have to tell us their romantic messages, so we have fun with them on that.”
(WBNG) — Local community advocacy groups are now fighting against new budget cuts they say would devastate their programs. Howard said the not-for-profit, which provides residential and daytime programming to hundreds of individuals locally, expects to lose $500,000 as a result of the budget cut, all of which will be taken from residential services. Achieve NY told 12 News Thursday the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is cutting $238M of funding in its budget this year. With these cuts, Achieve’s director said their effects will definitely be felt in the Southern Tier. “For us, to be able to incorporate a cut like that it would mean jobs; it would mean we need to operate our group homes and residences with bare minimum staffing levels,” said Amy Howard. Additionally, Howard said the group’s ability to provide new programming and services will also be affected. She said not only has Achieve lost revenue, but its expenses have also increased. The non-for-profit said it has been financially devastated by the pandemic and relies on the state to help provide its services.
(WBNG) — The Blue Ridge School District will hold a meeting Monday night to formally approve a new instructional model that includes remote and in-person instruction. On Monday, the district remained remote after announcing it would return to in-person learning. Blue Ridge Superintendent Matthew Button told 12 News the school would remain remote for the entire week due to a shortage of teachers. As of Monday afternoon, 11 teachers are in quarantine. The school’s plan is posted below: Reading on our news app? Click here!