WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 11-21-17

The State Police CNET Team, State troopers, Chenango County Sheriff’s Office and State DEC executed a search warrant at 163 Sherman Hill Rd in the Town of Afton, following an investigation into the sale of methamphetamine. 36-year-old Matthew Mazepa, & 21-year-old Taylor Quackenbush of Afton were arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance. Officers seized crystal methamphetamine, marihuana, Digital scales, drug packaging material cash & cell phones. Mazepa was arraigned in Afton Town Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail without bail. Quackenbush was issued Appearance Tickets for Afton Town Court and released.
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The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for October 2017. Locally, Chenango County’s rate was at 4.7%, Delaware County at 4.8% & Otsego County at 4.3%. The State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 4.9% to 4.8% in October 2017.
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Governor Cuomo announced the completion of a $1.7 million project to replace the State Route 28 bridge over State Route 7 and the Norfolk Southern Railroad in the town of Milford. The bridge opened to traffic today, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. The new bridge is a two-span structure supported by steel and concrete beams. It has 12-foot travel lanes and eight-foot shoulders in each direction. Approximately 5,200 vehicles use the Route 28 bridge each day.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a one-car roll over with property damage on Case Hill Road in Treadwell on November 6th. Deputies determined that William Rathbun’s vehicle left the roadway, entered into a ditch & rolled over and stuck a utility pole, which caused a minor power outage. Rathbun was ticketed for failure to keep right, speed unreasonable and prudent, & possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle. Rathbun will appear in the Town of Franklin Court at a later date.
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The Afton Central School District Board of Education has invited 2 candidates to interview for the Superintendent position. A forum for each candidate will be held next week, with the forum with Daniel Erickson; who is the middle school principal in Johnson City, will be November 28th, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the Afton Central School auditorium. Timothy McNamara is the principal in the Downsville Central School District; his public forum will be on November 30th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the Afton Central School auditorium.
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The State DMV, the DEC and the State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation are reminding New Yorkers to register their snowmobiles. Snowmobile registrations must be renewed annually, it can be performed online on the DMV website, by mail or in person at a DMV office. Last year, 106,867 snowmobiles were registered in New York.
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The Oneonta Common Council will hold their next regular meeting this evening starting at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the Common Council Chamber on the 2nd floor of Oneonta City Hall. The Oneonta clerk’s office announced that City Hall would be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on both Thursday & Friday this week.
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The Village of Bainbridge announced that there would be 2 public hearings in addition to the regular monthly Board meeting. The hearings are for the new Spectrum contract and the resolution for the Restore NY grant application. All residents are encouraged to attend this evening at 6:30 PM at 33 West Main Street.
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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is urging New Yorkers to read the fine print on gift cards this holiday season for details about fees and expiration dates. DiNapoli said New Yorkers should use their gift cards within a year of purchase to avoid inactivity fees and register cards with the retailers that offer it so the owner can be identified. Money from unused gift cards issued by New York businesses is turned over to the State Comptroller’s office as abandoned property after five years of dormancy.
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CDO Workforce and BEAM are offering a free Interviewing Workshop Today, at 11:00 am at the CDO Workforce Center, at the Sidney Civic Center. Participants can learn about the interview process; clarifying Interview questions; knowing your resume; selling yourself; anticipate questions and answering difficult questions. Reservations are requested at 832-5776, walk-ins are also welcome to attend.
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The Sidney Chamber of Commerce announced that the annual Jolly Holly Days parade would be held on Friday December 1st in Downtown Sidney. Interested participants are asked to contact the Sidney Chamber Office at 561-2642.
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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 11-20-17

A Delaware County Grand Jury handed down Sealed Indictments last Thursday relating to 4 separate narcotics trafficking investigations conducted by members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit. Sheriff’s Office Investigators and Deputies arrested 30-year-old Gregory Shamus of Delhi, 28-year-old Cody Warner of Trout Creek, 31-year-old Patrick Ford of Delancey, & 38-year-old Jennifer Fogliano of Masonville on Sealed Indictment Arrest Warrants on a variety drug charges. All of the defendants were arraigned today in Delaware County Court and were remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail pending further court action.
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The first side of the Sidney Main Street Revitalization project is winding down prior to the extended winter weather. Ian Law of Place Alliance told WCDO News of the timeline:

(Ian Law 11-20-17)

Sidney Mayor Andy Matviak said that the Main Street Property owners are being told NOT to use sale or salt like products on the newly poured concrete:

(Andy Matviak 11-20-17)

The Next public meeting with Sidney officials & Place Alliance will be December 4th at 10:00 AM in the 1st floor board room of the Sidney Civic Center.
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The Bainbridge Guilford Girls Volleyball Team won the New York state Class D Title this weekend in Glens Falls, with an exciting win over defending Champions Panama from Western New York. B-G Coach Tami Selfridge said that the team made school history with this win:

(TAMI SELFRIDGE 11-20-17)

The Lady Bobcats were welcomed back to Bainbridge last night with a parade of fire trucks, Police cars & hundreds of fans who came out to celebrate with the girls. Coach Selfridge & the team thank the school & the entire communities for their support this season.
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Governor Cuomo Announced a multi-agency enforcement initiative to target potentially illegal interstate charter and tour bus companies operating in the State to remove unsafe vehicles and drivers from the roads during the holiday season. The State DOT, DMV & State Police will increase the frequency of random roadside inspections of interstate charter and tour buses, their efforts have already resulted in 112 unsafe buses and 96 unqualified drivers being taken off the road after 1,115 roadside bus inspections performed since mid-September.
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Governor Cuomo today announced that temporary lane closures associated with road and bridge construction projects on State highways will not be permitted from 6:00 AM Wednesday through 6:00 AM on Monday, in order to accommodate motorists during the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The AAA predicts that nearly 51 million people nationwide will travel more than 50 miles from home for Sunday, and more than 89% of those will be driving.
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State Police arrested 46-year-old Richard Talada of Oneonta for the felony DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Operating a Motor Vehicle without Interlock Device, and several other traffic violations. The arrest occurred after a traffic stop for a motorist failing to keep right on Ceperly Avenue in Oneonta. Talada refused to submit to a breath test to determine his blood alcohol content, he was arraigned in the town of Oneonta Court and was remanded to the Otsego County Jail with bail set at $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 property bond. His next court date in the town of Oneonta is on December 21, 2017.
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Firefighters from several area Departments responded to a fully involved Structure Fire on county road 21 in the town of Franklin Saturday morning. Fire departments from Franklin, Walton, and Treadwell & Sidney responded, the structure was heavily damaged & the investigation by State Police is continuing.
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The 2 missing babies from Cattaraugus County were found safe and 3 people were in custody Saturday. Suffolk County police say the 2 children, their mothers and another person were stopped by authorities on the Long Island Expressway, no charges will be filed for the 3 taken into custody. The Missing Child Alert went out around 9:30 a.m. Saturday when Salamanca police were notified that 3-month-old Malani Ventura and 29-day-old Londyn Richardson were missing. They were last seen with their mother’s 16-year-old Selena Ventura and 18-year-old Keshuana Boggs Saturday morning they had been living at the Zafron Home for Pregnant and Parenting Teens. The alert was canceled just before 1:00 PM Saturday.
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State Police arrested 22-year-old Nathan McDonald of Sidney for DWI, & Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, after a traffic stop on State Route 7, in the town of Unadilla. An investigation determined that McDonald was driving while intoxicated, & an inventory of his vehicle found that he unlawfully possessed a small amount of marihuana. McDonald was issued tickets returnable to the town of Unadilla Court on November 27th.
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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 11-17-17

A review of the Oneonta Police Department’s actions, following the recent death of a man in custody has been completed by the Oneonta Police Department & the Otsego County District attorney’s office. Oneonta Police had a search warrant for a city residence & to perform a strip search of 52-year-old Kenneth Faulkner of New Rochelle, following a lengthy drug investigation. Faulkner resisted the efforts of 4 officers; he swallowed a packet of cocaine, which led to his death several hours after the struggle on November 2nd. The results of the department’s report have been submitted to state officials.
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The Bainbridge Guilford Girls Volleyball Team plays in the State Class D Semi-Finals tomorrow in Glens Falls. Bobcats Head Coach Tami Selfridge told WCDO that the school and the community have rallied around this team:

(Tami Selfridge 11-17-17)

The Lady Bobcats begin Pool Play at 3:00 PM Saturday & if they advance they will play for the State Title Sunday at 2:00 PM. WCDO Sports Director Nate Lull will have live updates on Twitter or at WCDOSPORTS.COM from each BG game.
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State Senator Fred Akshar and Assembly Members Donna Lupardo and Cliff Crouch have released answers to the many questions posed by the community regarding the planned repurposing of the former Broome Developmental Center to bring new Addiction Treatment Services to the community. The document compiles questions raised at the October 26th Town Hall Meeting, with answers from the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Syracuse Behavioral Health, the Broome County Department of Social Service and the Broome County Health Department. The document can be found at Akshar.NYSenate.Gov; nyassembly.gov/Donna Lupardo or nyassembly.gov/Clifford Crouch.
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Officials with the Jericho Arts Council announced that the concert originally scheduled for Saturday night has been cancelled. The Council had scheduled Tony Holt & The Wildwood Valley Boys for Saturday night, a new date for a make up show has not been announced.
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State Police CNET & Binghamton Police executed a federal arrest warrant on Troy Clark of Whitney Point, as part of a federal indictment charging Clark with manufacturing Methamphetamines. Police discovered a meth lab with 30 “one pot” vessels, various methamphetamine laboratory components, a loaded 12 gauge shotgun & a Small amount of marihuana. Police arrested Orion Tanzini of Kirkwood, Brittany Clark of Whitney Point, Jamie Wilson of Whitney Point, Brian Mirra of Chenango Forks, along with Clark. A search warrant was also executed for Charles McNeilly, of Whitney Point, where police again seized meth making materials & arrested Thomas Cole of Whitney Point, Ashley VanOstrand of Whitney Point, along with McNeilly. All face court action shortly, the investigations are continuing and additional charges are pending.
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The Delaware County Solid Waste Management will hold an open house at the Solid waste center in Hamden tomorrow morning. Solid Waste Coordinator Sue McIntyre explains:

(Sue McIntyre 11-15-17)

McIntyre also said that the department’s ten-year plan is available for viewing & public comment, it can be found on the Delaware county Website
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The Bainbridge Girl Scout service unit 365 is having their community giveaway tomorrow from 9:00 Am to 12:00 Noon. Residents can drop off gently used items today from 4:00 to 6:00 PM or early Saturday from 8:30 to 9:00 AM. On Saturday, All items are free to take, at Greenlawn elementary school in Bainbridge. More information is available at 267-2378.
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New York’s statewide unemployment rate decreased from 4.9% to 4.8% in October, according to preliminary figures released today by the New York State Department of Labor. Private educational and health services added the most jobs (+51,900) of any major industry sector over the past year. Manufacturing lost the most jobs (-17,100) of any major industry sector in New York State, other losses were concentrated in durable goods (-12,800), especially fabricated metal products (-3,200).
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Bassett Healthcare Network is currently holding their annual “Coats for Kids” event. Interested residents can drop off new or gently used children’s coats at Bassett Healthcare Network locations or at any First Choice Cleaners before Monday. Coats will be cleaned by First Choice Cleaners, the Distribution of the items will be November 25th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Bassett Healthcare at 125 Main Street, Oneonta & November 27 to December 1st from 10 AM to 4:00 PM at the Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church Street, Cooperstown. More information is available at 547-3914

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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 11-16-17

An unidentified 16 year old has been arrested for the alleged sexual abuse of a 9 year old. The teen was arrested and arraigned in the Town of Laurens Court, he was released to an adult & an order of protection was issued for the victim, the teen faces action today in Town of Laurens Court & Otsego County courts.
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Students, educators, Law Enforcement officials and area families attended the tri town coalition on Substance Abuse Prevention’s viewing of the documentary “Chasing The Dragon” Wednesday night at the Sidney High School. Coalition Spokesperson Lorraine Keckeisen explains:

(Lorraine Keckeisen 11-16-17)

Keckeisen said that the Documentary can be found & watched on line, by googling “FBI Chasing The Dragon” she said that other area school districts are now also planning to have viewings of the film soon, the details will be released as the film is scheduled.
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The Bainbridge-Guilford Teachers’ Association is hosting its 7th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 9am to 1pm in the Greenlawn Elementary School Gymnasium. BG High School Teacher Amy LaFever said that the proceeds would help the BG Angel Fund:

(Amy LaFever 11-16-17)

LaFever said that there would be crafts for kids, a Chinese Auction, a bake sale, and $5 pictures with Santa, plus a pancake breakfast in the Greenlawn cafeteria, more information is available at 437-7896.
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The City of Oneonta Engineering Department is asking local residents that it is against the law to dump leaves, snow and debris into in any of the City’s waterways or into the Susquehanna River. Piles of debris and snow could cause blockages in the waterways, which could lead to localized flooding. The department said that area residents should also keep an eye on local catch basins to keep leaves & debris from blocking them.
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Today is “The Great American Smoke Out”, a day when smokers try to quit together for at least one day, in the hope of quitting permanently. More than 2.2 million New York adults still smoke and more than 26,000 die as a result each year, the State Smokers’ Quitline is still available as a free resource for all New Yorkers seeking help. Quit Coaches can be reached at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) to provide personalized coaching and support, and additional resources are available online at www.nysmokefree.com.
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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced today the sentencing in Broome County Court of Kenneth Cohn, Sharon Cohn, the owners of Yellow Medi-Van and Taxi, Inc., for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in Medicaid funds and knowingly operating transportation services without Worker’s Compensation insurance. The Cohns forfeited and released $455,604 currently being withheld by the State Department of Health, to the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The Cohns also agreed to pay $50,000 each in restitution, Kenneth Cohn was sentenced to 5 years’ probation, and Sharon Cohn was sentenced to 1-year conditional discharge.
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Commerce Chenango will be hosting a “Business After Hours” Event today, at the Chobani Norwich location. Chobani’s leadership team details performance & projects for this year & a look into next year, the event will be held at the Woods Corners facility from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
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The Sidney Chamber of Commerce will hold their next “Business After Hours” today. The event will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at ACCO Brands. 101 O’Neil Rd, Sidney NY 13838
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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 11-15-17

Joshua Underwood pleaded guilty to 1st degree manslaughter for the death of Mark Morrison on January 1st in Oneonta. Morrison died from blunt force trauma, Underwood then tried to cover up the crime by unsuccessfully setting fire to Morrison’s apartment doorway. Underwood faces Sentencing on December 15th.
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The Delaware County Solid Waste Management & Delaware County Chamber of Commerce are holding an open house at the Solid waste center on Saturday Morning from 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. Solid Waste Coordinator Sue McIntyre explains:

(Sue McIntyre 11-15-17)

McIntyre also said that the department’s ten-year plan is available for viewing & public comment, it can be found on the Delaware county Website
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State Police arrested 24-year-old William Deluca of Afton for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and other traffic violations. Deluca was pulled over by a State Trooper form driving without a front license plate on East Main Street in Afton, the trooper detected Marijuana odors from the vehicle & a subsequent search turned up methamphetamine powder. Deluca was issued tickets for town of Afton Court on December 4th.
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The State DEC is reminding hunters who take a deer, bear, or turkey to report their game harvest this hunting season. Hunters who fail to report their harvest can be subject to fines of up to $250. Reporting deer, bear, or turkey harvest can be done by calling 1-866-426-3778, or online to the DEC website, or on the DEC’s mobile app, “NY Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife”.
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The start of the 2017-18 skiing and snowboarding season is this Saturday, with both Whiteface Mountain and Gore Mountain opening their season. Belleayre Ski Resort is scheduled to open Friday, November 24th. Every winter, skiing and riding at New York’s 51 mountains attracts millions of visitors and generates $1 billion for the state’s economy.


The Tri Town Coalition on Substance Abuse Prevention will present the full length of the movie “CHASING THE DRAGON” tonight at the Sidney High School. Coalition Spokesperson Lorraine Keckeisen explains:

(Lorraine Keckeisen 11-15-17)

Keckeisen said that Superintendents from Sidney, Bainbridge Guilford & the Unatego Schools are participating, there will also be representatives from Truth farm, Fox Hospital, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County, M-Kat, SSAD & Yes Leads at the event, which will run from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the SIDNEY HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
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The investigation is continuing as to how 2 abandoned rail cars broke free & rolled along dead tracks before derailing at State Route 7 in Colliersville Saturday. The trains cars derailed when they reached route 7, as the tracks had been paved over, there were no injuries.
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The State Office of General Services announced a surplus vehicle, highway equipment, and miscellaneous property auction has been scheduled in Binghamton on Wednesday, November 15. Information on specific items and terms of sale are available at ogs.ny.gov, more information is available at (518) 457-6335. Next Wednesday Auction will begin at 9:30 AM at the Department of Transportation at 241 Colesville Road, Binghamton
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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 11-14-17

65 year old Ramadan Abdullah of Johnson City was found guilty this afternoon in Broome County Court, on a number of counts of criminal possession of a weapon. The man charged after a major weapons bust in Broome County in June has been found guilty of several counts of criminal possession of a weapon. The jury deliberated for about 8 hours starting yesterday through early this afternoon, Abdullah faces sentencing on December 19th, and he was transported back to the Broome County Jail.
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Senator Fred Akshar announced the expansion of the “Ag in the Classroom” program from 5 to 10 schools across the 52nd Senate District. In January, Akshar announced a pilot program through 5school districts including Harpursville, & Windsor locally, this week, Akshar announced that Bainbridge-Guilford, Chenango Valley, Deposit, Greene also joined the program. The Ag in the Classroom classes and curriculum are administered by Cornell Cooperative Extension.
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66-year-old Ronald Cook of Utica was scheduled to be arraigned back in Oneida County Court this afternoon. Cook was on the run from Law Enforcement from last Wednesday to Saturday, when he removed his GPS Ankle bracelet & failed to visit with his parole officer. Cook served jail time for the rape of a Binghamton woman in 1990, he was arrested at a Binghamton restaurant Saturday afternoon & was turned back over to Oneida county officials.
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State police are investigating a 3 vehicle crash last night on I-88 near the Harpursville exit. Preliminary reports suggests that a tractor trailer crashed into 2 pick up trucks that were on the shoulder of the highway, where the owner of one pickup was assisting the other with a mechanical issue. The investigation is continuing.
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CDO Workforce and BEAM are offering a free Interviewing Workshop on November 21st at 11:00 am at the CDO Workforce in the Sidney Civic Center. Also, another session for those interested in learning about College Degrees & Career Opportunities can attend a session on Thursday, November 30th at 1:00 pm, also at the CDO Workforce in the Sidney Civic Center. Alan Sessions of the BEAM program explains:

(Alan Sessions 11-14-17)

Reservations are encouraged for both sessions, but walk-ins are welcome, more information is available at 832-5776
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Chenango County Sheriff’s department arrested 51-year-old Scott Fitch of Preston for 2 counts of Harassment. Fitch is accused of subjecting a victim to unwanted physical contact during the course of a domestic dispute, Fitch was arraigned in the Town of Oxford Court and was released on his own recognizance, he will appear in the Town of Preston Court at a later date.
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An online petition has been gathering names to keep the name of the new Bridge over the Hudson River as the “Tappan Zee” Bridge. Earlier this year, proposals were made by Governor Cuomo’s political Allies to name the new bridge as the “Mario Cuomo” bridge after the former Governor, who of course was the current Governor’s father. The petition is located at change.org; it received 40,000 signatures in the first week.
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The Unadilla Town board is holding their next regular meeting this evening. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM at the Town Hall at 1648 State Highway 7.
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The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce invites the public to attend its inaugural “A Taste for Commerce” event, today from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Andes Hotel, 110 Main Street, Andes. Area restaurant owners and caterers will create a signature sample using locally sourced ingredients, which will be available for purchase for a nominal fee.
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The Hartwick College Nursing Department invites the public to an informational meeting about its 18-month Accelerated Nursing Program. The event is Today, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM in Johnstone Science Center, on the Hartwick College campus. More information on the event or the Accelerated Nursing Program is available at 431-4790 or 431-4324.
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The Broadway Theater League & NAC Entertainment present The Cyndi Lauper award Winning musical “Kinky Boots” tonight & tomorrow night at the Forum in Binghamton. Tina Niles of NAC Entertainment explains:

(Tina Niles 11-14-17)

Tickets for “Kinky Boots” are available at ticketmaster.com.
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Bassett Healthcare Network will host free smoking cessation seminars in recognition of the 2017 Great American Smokeout this week. Seminars will be located at November 15th at 12:00 noon at O’Connor Hospital, Delhi; at 6:00 PM at Tri-Town Regional Hospital; Sidney; & November 16th at 4:30 PM at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown; & November 17th at 6:00 PM at FoxCare Center. The clinics are Free to the public; registration is available at Bassett.org/smokeout.

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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 11-13-17

Closing arguments ended this morning & the Jury received their orders this afternoon, as the trial of Ramadan Abdullah draws to a conclusion in Broome County Court. Abdullah was originally charged in June & was indicted on 15 counts of Criminal possession of a weapon among other charges, for having a stockpile of weapons stored in various locations around Broome County.
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The State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services announced the availability of funding to establish or expand services for youth and young adults in recovery from addiction. Up to 15 projects will be awarded up to $12,000 each. This funding is part of the $25.2 million federal State Targeted Response Grant that New York State received in early 2017. More information is available at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov.
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The Oxford and McDonough Communities are invited to the 33rd annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner, served from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM on Thursday, November 23 at St. Joseph’s Church. Volunteers are needed to assist in serving and in the kitchen; more information is available at 843-6249. Free will donations will be accepted at the NBT Bank in Oxford.
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Several state lawmakers have written to Governor Cuomo and the state’s top corrections official to urge them to end solitary confinement of prisoners. More than 40 members of the Senate and Assembly claimed that the practice of isolating inmates for long periods of time amounts to torture, Cuomo’s administration insists it has taken significant steps to end traditional solitary confinement with new rules and standards for when a person may be placed in isolation.
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The 2017 regular deer and bear hunting seasons in New York’s Southern Zone begin at sunrise this Saturday through Sunday, December 10th. The Southern Zone regular season is New York’s most popular hunting season; approximately 85 percent of New York’s 575,000 licensed hunters participate. in the Southern Zone, late bow hunting and muzzle loading seasons will run from December 11th through December 19th this year. Hunters should refer to the 2017-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide at dec.ny.gov.
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Congressman John Faso of the 19th Congressional district announced a live meeting on the current tax reform proposal tomorrow evening at 6:55pm. Those who would like to participate can sign up by faso.house.gov.signs up will continue until 3:00 pm Tuesday

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Governor Cuomo signed 5 bills Saturday on Veteran’s day, to support the Veterans living in New York:

(Cuomo 11-13-17)

There are 770,000 veterans in New York State, 28 of the 29 states with medical marijuana programs will now allow patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to qualify. Other bills signed Saturday include Providing combat veterans employed by the State with additional days of paid leave to obtain health services, counseling and access to other benefits & Waiving the civil service examination fee for veterans who were honorably discharged;
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Binghamton Police arrested a 66-year-old Ronald Cook of Utica at the Little Venice Restaurant in Binghamton Saturday afternoon. Cook is a Level 3 sex offender who removed his GPS ankle bracelet and didn’t report to his parole officer Wednesday, sparking a state wide manhunt.  Cook was convicted of raping a 24-year-old woman in Binghamton in 1990; he was also convicted in 1988 of first-degree sexual abuse and impersonating a police officer.

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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 11-10-17

State Police CNET officers executed a search warrant at 1406 Union Center Maine Highway in the Town of Union, Police seized 125 pounds of processed marihuana, 12 dosage units of LSD, plus crystal methamphetamine, hydrocodone, liquid hydrocodone, concentrated Marijuana, plus scales and drug paraphernalia. Investigators arrested 31-year-old Nicholas Espe of Endicott, for Criminal Possession of Marihuana & Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Espe was arraigned & was remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail pending future court action.
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The State Department of Corrections is asking the public to be call 911 if they spot 66-year-old Ronald Cook of Utica. Cook is a paroled Level 3 Sex offender who is accused of removing his GPS ankle bracelet. Cook was last seen in Rome Wednesday, wearing a bright yellow windbreaker, he is described as a white male; 5′ 9″ tall, weighing about 240 pounds, with gray hair and hazel eyes. Cook was convicted of raping a 24-year-old woman in Binghamton in 1990; he was also convicted in 1988 of first-degree sexual abuse and impersonating a police officer.
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The State Labor Department is advancing regulations on “just in time”, “call-in” or “on-call” scheduling, common practices that allow employers to schedule or cancel workers’ shifts just hours before or even after they start. The practices often leave workers scrambling to find childcare and force them to miss appointments, classes or important family commitments. The full regulation can be viewed at labor.ny.gov/schedulingregs
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The Sidney Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the Sidney VFW, tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM. A light lunch will be served following the ceremony at 133 East Main Street in Sidney.
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The Out Of The Woodworks Players will present “NO OPERA AT THE OP’RY HOUSE TONIGHT” tonight & Saturday at 7:00 PM & Sunday, at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available prior to each performance; more information is available at 563-2582
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NYSEG reported that about 220 customers, mostly in Hancock were without power today, from downed trees & power lines from high wind gusts last night through today. NYSEG crews are working to get the power restored as soon as possible this afternoon.
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The Tri-Town Regional Hospital will hold a Blood Drive tomorrow from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The American Red Cross is experiencing a blood shortage and has issued an emergency request for all blood types. The blood drive will be held in the Conference Room, Appointments may be made at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RedCross.
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Farmers will have two opportunities to drop off used agricultural film plastic for recycling under a special program offered by Otsego County Solid Waste Department, the Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District, Otsego County Conservation Association, and Casella Waste Solutions. Collection dates are Saturday at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, November 16 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. both days. More information is available at 282-4087 or occainfo.org/recycling-agricultural-plastics.
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