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2013 In Review: Part 1

As 2014 quickly approaches, we take a look back at the year that was.
As 2014 quickly approaches, we take a look back at the year that was.

We start off in January with Broome County Executive, Debbie Preston, being sworn-in for her first full four year term.

The former Pa's Woodshed building on Montgomery Street in Binghamton burned to the ground. It had been vacant for years. Fire investigators ruled the fire arson, although no arrest has been made.

The controversial New York State gun law was put on the books. Supporters say it will hopefully help curb gun violence. Opponents say the arbitrary law was shoved through the legislature and wasn't well thought out.

Owego Fire Captain, Matthew Porcari, was killed while battling a house fire in Newark Valley. He fell through a floor into the home's basement. There was a tremendous outpouring of support at his funeral from departments from across New York State and even outside of the state.

Lockheed Martin in Owego celebrated the delivery of its 150th high-tech Romeo helicopter to the U.S. Navy. It will hold another ceremony when it delivers its 300th, which is the number the Navy has ordered.

In February, a Binghamton man was charged with starting a major fire from cooking meth in his Main Street apartment. More than 40 people lost their homes because of the fire. The building was recently demolished.

A missing New Berlin woman was found after being murdered the previous year. Jennifer Ramsaran's body was found in Pharsalia. Her husband was eventually charged in her death.

In early March, BSR celebrated its 100th anniversary. The roofing business has been in the Griffiths family for 5 generations.

A Binghamton resident finally received six well-deserved medals. 89 year-old, James Wood, served in the Army in World War 2 and ended up being taken prisoner of war. The reason for the delay in the awards was because at the time of Woods' discharge, the military only gave ribbons and he never pursued the medals until now.

A Binghamton man was charged with murdering his estranged wife and her friend. 39-year-old Aaron Powell is facing murder charges, which are still working their way through the legal system.

The new owners of Greek Peak introduced themselves. Marc Stemerman and John Meier own separate manufacturing companies in Elmira. Greek Peak is also towards the end of a $3 million improvement project on its grounds.

In April, Amphenol made it official that it would be staying in Delaware County. The facility badly flooded twice over a five year period, from 2006 and 2011. It's new home will be on higher ground, near the K-Mart in Sidney.

Binghamton Firefighter, John Janos, passed away after suffering a heart attack while on duty. He had served with the department for 24 years.

In mid-May there was a happy ending to a scary situation. A 13-year-old boy with down syndrome went missing. But, a police K-9 from the Binghamton Police Department tracked him down at Ely Park Golf Course and he was returned safely home.

Talk of merging the Endicott Police Department with the Broome County Sheriff's Office started. Later in the year, discussions ended. The idea didn't go anywhere.

June started off with some Binghamton residents in an uproar because of tree lopping that NYSEG had hired out. The work was being done to clear branches away from power lines. Impacted residents believed the work could have been done in a more aesthetically pleasing way.

Lourdes was building a new location in Vestal, which will allow it to bring together four of its primary care offices. There will also be a new walk-in, labs, diagnostic imaging and pharmacy at the facility behind Lowe's. It is scheduled to open early next year.

And, NewsChannel 34 sports director, Shannon Sommerville, doesn't just do sports any more. She became an EMT and has been volunteering with a local ambulance agency.
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