Elmira NY Teen Faces Weapon Charge After Shot Fired Into Apartment

A 16-year-old Elmira, NY, teen is facing weapon and drug charges after a shot was fired in an apartment on Friday, June 3rd.

According to the Elmira Police Department, there were reports of a gunshot being fired at 253 West Hudson Street in Elmira, NY. Police responded to the scene at about half past 9:00 p.m. They discovered that a single round was fired from a lower apartment. The shot went through the apartment above the apartment where the shot was fired. Nobody was injured in the incident.

After police investigated, they allegedly found a semi automatic handgun which was loaded and several caliber rounds of ammunition. In addition, police allegedly found crack cocaine and materials used to package drugs. The 16-year-old teen is facing the following two felony charges: criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Elmira Man Faces Charges After Allegedly Exposing Self, Offering Woman Money for Sex

Dakota Yerkes
Dakota Yerkes

An Elmira, NY man is facing charges after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman in Elmira Heights on Tuesday, May 31st.

The woman said that she was followed by Dakota Yerkes, 21, in his vehicle once she pulled out of the 7-11 parking lot in Elmira Heights. When Yerkes pulled up to the intersection of 13th Street, he allegedly offered her money for sex. The woman refused and drove off, however Yerkes allegedly followed her two times. When Yerkes allegedly followed her, he allegedly exposed his genitals to the woman. The woman called police and told them the licence plate number of the car Yerkes was driving.

Yerkes is facing charges including Attempted Patronization for Prostitution and Public Lewdness. He was arraigned on Wednesday, June 1st, in Elmira Heights Court. He is scheduled to reappear in court in the future. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


Elmira NY Man Passed Away in May NJ Small Plane Crash

A man from Elmira, NY, was identified as the pilot who passed away in a small plane crash last month.

According to a New Jersey Herald report, 59-year-old Lu Chen passed away in the 1966 six-seat Cessna plane. The plane was found in Wantage, NJ, on Thursday, May 19th. He was the only person in the plane.

According to an initial report by the National Transportation Safety Board, Chen did not file a flight plan and the plane was not reported as being missing. However, according to a New Jersey Herald report, Chen had let an employee know that his trip would last a week. Chen began flying at around 9:43 p.m. on Monday, May 16th. The plane took off from the Rome, NY, located Griffiss International Airport.

The plane crashed about an hour after it took off. Three days after the plane had crashed, it was discovered. The plane was located approximately 200 miles from where it originally took off. The plane was able to be tracked via the emergency beacon that activated when the plane crashed.

The plane’s wings were torn off and it was upside down. According to Bill Martin, a Civil Air Patrol Major, the plane was likely attempting to land in a field when it hit a tree a line.

Chen received his FAA third-class medical certificate on October 26th, 2013. At that time, he had flown for 300 hours total. The FAA registry states that Chen received his private pilot’s certification in November of 2009. At this time, how Chen passed away is not known. The cause of the crash has also not been determined at this time. The Tioga Freedomist extends our thoughts and prayers to the family of the deceased.