WBNG's Top News Stories of 2012

By WBNG News

WBNG's Top News Stories of 2012

December 31, 2012 Updated Dec 31, 2012 at 5:21 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)  Before moving forward to 2013, we take a look back at the year that was 2012. 

Here are the stories that affected you and your community most in the past 12 months. Click the links to read WBNG's coverage.

1. After being convicted of second degree murder in the death of his wife, Peter Wlasiuk of Oxford was sentenced to 25 years to life.  This was his third maximum sentence in 10 years, after his first two trials were thrown out.

2. Cal Harris is once again a free man as he awaits his third murder trial after his wife disappeared without a trace in 2001.  Harris posted $500 thousand bail in October.

3. Stephen Shave was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for accidentally shooting his wife in 2010 in their Litchfield home.

4. A horrific scene gripped the small community of triangle in May when Larry Oney killed his three year old daughter and then turned the gun on himself before setting his house ablaze.
    
5. Robert Leone of Vestal made headlines when a YouTube video showing graphic verbal and physical abuse by Pennsylvania State Troopers went viral.  A motion to dismiss Leone's pending lawsuit against numerous Bradford County State Troopers has been denied.  That lawsuit is pending.

6. The Town of Union, Johnson City, and Vestal are all taking the next step towards flood recovery.  Hundreds of homes severely damaged by the 2011 flood are expected to be approved in the FEMA buyout program.

7. It was a great year for some politicians like Debbie Preston, who retained her seat as Broome County executive.  Others, like Tarik Abdelazim, suffered defeats.  24th District U.S. representative Richard Hanna beat out Dan Lamb for the 22nd Congressional seat.
    
8. Just weeks after elections, the passing of a political legend brought hundreds out to pay their respects.  Former Broome County executive Don McManus died at the age of 79.
    
9. And finally right here at the station, led by our fearless weatherman Howard Manges, the men of WBNG endured an entire month of not shaving to raise prostate cancer awareness.  We raised almost $3,000.

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