Counterfeit bills plague Owego, police investigating

first_imgAuthorities believe the fake bills come from outside the village. 6:15 P.M. UPDATE: On Monday, Feb. 24, co-owner of The Wine Connection Rick Holbert got a phone call from his cashier, saying she had encountered fake $10 and $20 bills. (WBNG) — Authorities are investigating fake dollar bills circulating the village of Owego. Here are some of the key differences between the real money and fake copies: The police department says the fake money has the word “replica” on them and can be easily identified as counterfeit. VILLAGE OF OWEGO (WBNG) — Small business owners are speaking out as counterfeit dollar bills are making their way around the area. In a separate incident, the Delhi Police Department has told 12 News it has made an arrest into an investigation of fake $50 bills being distributed in the town on Feb. 24. John Hitchings from John’s Fine Foods believes the situation at his store happened over the weekend, and has posted a picture of the fake money for his employees to reference if they ever run into an issue. Delhi Police say 23-year-old Shakiea J. Goodwin of Brooklyn, N.Y. was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the 1st degree. Other small shops like What’s In Store? and John’s Fine Foods also experienced run-ins with bogus bills. They say Goodwin is accused of passing the counterfeit money to pay a towing bill on a vehicle that was impounded by police a week earlier. The Owego Police Department has told 12 News that the incident in the town of Delhi is likely unrelated to the incident in the village of Owego. What’s In Store? owner Kathy Hankey told 12 News she was given a fake $20 bill by a customer, and after it was deemed counterfeit by the bank, she warned other small businesses in our area. Holbert noted that on the fake bill, there is a line saying “This note is not legal tender.”The Owego Police Department says the fake money has “replica” written on it.The bills will say “Sates” instead of “States”The phrase “This note is not legal. It is to be used in motion pictures” appears on the $20 bill. —– The Owego Police Department says it has identified three suspects responsible for distributing fake $10 and $20 bills. Police have made no arrests in the investigation. “It’s always frustrating, it’s costing people money, and what do you do?” Holbert said. “If you’re not aware that they’re going around, you never would’ve caught it.” 12 News has reached out to local business in the village of Owego that have been affected by the counterfeit bills.last_img read more

Black bear sighting confirmed in southern Indiana

first_imgNew Albany, In. — Indiana Conservation officers have confirmed a black bear was hit on I-64 by a car near New Albany on Sunday evening.Based on information gathered at the scene officers say the bear wandered into the woods after being hit but was not found.“It’s unfortunate and unusual for a bear to be hit on an Indiana roadway,” said Brad Westrich, DNR mammalogist, “but bear sightings are nothing to be alarmed about. As bear populations expand in neighboring states, it’s only natural that they become more common here.”Black bears are rarely aggressive toward humans.If you see a black bear:— Enjoy it from a distance.— Never attempt to feed or attract bears.— Do not climb a tree.— Advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms and backing slowly away.— Report bear sightings to the Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife at 812-334-1137, through email at [email protected], or wildlife.IN.gov/8497.htm.Most problems arise when bears associate food sources with humans. Do not feed bears. Doing so increases the likelihood of negative bear-human interactions. Unfortunately, a fed bear often becomes a dead bear due to increased aggressive behaviors associated with the loss of fear of humans—help keep wildlife wild.Bears can smell food from more than a mile away, so it’s important to secure food sources and discourage animals from associating humans and human dwellings with food. To reduce or eliminate the potential for bear-human conflicts, here are some tips:— DO remove bird feeders and bird food from late March through November.— DO clean and store grills away after use.— DO eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed.— DO pick ripe fruits and vegetable ASAP, or place an electric fence around them, to ensure bear cannot reach them.— DON’T intentionally feed bears. Bears that become accustomed to finding food near your home may become “problem” bears.— DON’T leave pet food outside overnight.— DON’T add meat or sweets to a compost pile.— DON’T climb a tree, but wait in a vehicle or building for the bear to leave the area.More information on black bears is here.The DNR has no information on the vehicle accident. Officers with the New Albany Police Department investigated the vehicle accident.last_img read more

Deer Isle-Stonington girls edge Bucksport to reach 12-0

first_imgBUCKSPORT — The Deer Isle-Stonington girls’ basketball team improved its record to 12-0 on the season Monday with a 46-39 road win against Bucksport.Junior Lily Gray and freshman Kaylee Morey provided 10 points each for undefeated Deer Isle-Stonington, which withstood a 21-point performance from Bucksport senior Cassie Coombs to earn the road victory. The Mariners are four games away from completing an undefeated regular season.Deer Isle-Stonington had previously defeated Bangor Christian on Wednesday and completed a season sweep of George Stevens Academy on Thursday. The team is scheduled to face Searsport (3-6) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, before playing its final road game of the season against Greenville (3-6) at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24.Bucksport (2-9) faces two more tough road games in the coming days. The Golden Bucks are scheduled to host Narraguagus (9-1) at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 19, and play Central (9-1) on the road at 7 p.m. Jan. 24.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more