BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. (AP/WBNG) – The former prison tailor who helped two killers escape a maximum-security New York prison has been released after more than four years behind bars. Prison officials say 55-year-old Joyce Mitchell was conditionally released Thursday morning from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility north of New York City. She will be under supervision in northern New York, where she previously lived and worked at the state prison in Dannemora. Mitchell helped Richard Matt and David Sweat break out of the prison in 2015. After a three-week manhunt, Matt was shot dead and Sweat was captured and put behind bars for life. Sweat was convicted of 1st-degree murder and imprisoned for the killing of Broome County Deputy Kevin Tarisa in 2002.
APALACHIN (WBNG) — Emergency crews were on the scene of a house fire in Apalachin early Friday morning. This is a developing story, stay with 12 News for further updates. Apalachin fire officials tell 12 News it was a “small” porch fire that was put out quickly. According to Tioga County Fire Wire, the fire started around 6 a.m. at 4 Billings Rd. Officials were unable to comment on injuries.
A trooper with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit inspected the truck. The Department of Transportation assisted with traffic. The driver of the tractor-trailer was bleeding but refused transportation to a hospital. All photos are provided by the New York State Police Department. Police said the rollover occurred on Interstate 81. Troopers said the rig struck a guide rail, continued on the roadway, and eventually overturned. KIRKWOOD (WBNG) — The New York State Police Department responded to a tractor-trailer rollover in the town of Kirkwood around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.
“Depending on how skilled the student is is how long the story is, is part of it, ‘you’re going to ride the bus with Mr. Joe, he’s going to wear a mask you’re going to wear a mask, your teacher is going to meet you when you get to school, you have to keep your mask on to go into school,'” she said. SAYRE, PA (WBNG) — Staff at Little Stars Learning Academy and Counseling Center are busy helping children gain the skills they need to succeed, at a most unusual time, with help from a volunteer expert. The center offers daycare for children six months up to 12 years old, as well as behavioral therapy and counseling for children who have special needs. She says with so many new routines to process in the coming school year, it can be particularly difficult for students with autism to adjust to new transitions. In order for parents to make the adjustment easier, they can use a technique called ‘social stories’. Social stories break down situations and how to deal with them, making them easier for kids who have autism to process. “Instead of really worrying about academic instruction, we’re going to condition sixty seconds of attending online, then start to build that up. So you get sixty seconds and you have to follow two directions within that. Then you start to chain that together and work from there,” she said. With the COVID-19 pandemic vastly changing the learning environment for many kids, staff say they’re busy teaching them how to deal with things like wearing a mask and how to succeed with online learning. Dr. Allison Polly is a Professor of Special Education at Mansfield University. She volunteers at the center and assists kids who have special needs. She says one of the biggest challenges is getting them adjusted to online learning.