The department says they will take information such as serial numbers model, color and markings. OWEGO (WBNG) — The Owego Police Department is alerting residents about several bicycle thefts that have occurred in the area. The police department asks individuals to register all bicycles. Individuals may register their bicycle at the Owego Police Department at 90 Temple St. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those with questions are asked to call the Owego Police Department at 607-687-2234.
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WHITTIER – Whittier police Sgt. Kent Miller has seen young people barely able to walk, stand or talk after “huffing,” or inhaling chemicals from common household products for a high. Miller told attendees how to recognize a “huffer” at an “Inhalant Abuse Update” lecture held in honor of National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital Tuesday night. He said that inhalant experimentation usually begins in pre-teens, and can be as simple as breathing in gas from a butane lighter or vapors from a marker. “This doesn’t require a drug dealer,” said Miller. “It’s right in the home or schools. They don’t require paraphernalia to use, there’s no unusual odor and it’s easily explained away.” According to the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, one in five people will experiment with inhalants such as nitrous oxide from cans of whipped cream, correction fluid, hair spray, air freshener and hundreds of other products before entering the eighth grade. Often, huffers will spray the product into a bag and sniff it to get high, said Miller. Some people fill latex balloons with nitrous oxide. Jason Verde, 22, of Whittier was gunned down on Aug. 20, 2005 allegedly after a fight with a rival “party crew” over a nitrous oxide balloon. The effects can be euphoric feelings, loss of inhibition and loss of consciousness. Long-term use can cause brain damage, loss of verbal and social skills, memory and hearing loss, limb spasms, and liver, kidney and bone marrow damage. Huffing can also cause death when the body is overwhelmed by the chemicals. Death can occur at any stage of inhalant abuse. Araceli Flanagan, 59, attended Tuesday’s lecture. Flanagan is a nurse at Los Nietos School District, and wanted to learn how to spot a huffer and how to help them recover. “I want to learn awareness and sensitivity,” said Flanagan. “How to speak with students with this problem.” Miller said that parents, teachers, friends and counselors should be aware of the signs of inhalant abuse: a drop in grades at school, many bottles of huffing products in their room, skipping school classes and stealing. Also, paint stains on their mouth, clothes and hands can be a sign of huffing. “If they seem drunk, dazed or dizzy,” Miller said. “Red, runny eyes and nose, chemical breath, weight loss and unexplainable products in the trash are signs.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!