P.M. NEWS Thursday 1-17-13
Yesterday’s fire at Matteson Hall on the SUNY Oneonta campus has been ruled accidental. The investigators from the Oneonta Fire Department reported that the fire started as from a malfunction and the improper use of an electric plug strip on the 3rd. Inspectors ruled tat Matteson Hall is structurally sound, but the electrical infrastructure and 3rd floor fire alarms have been compromised. Disaster Clean-Up from Endwell, has been retained to clean the third floor, which is expected to take at least two weeks. The college will continue to offer shelter at Chase Gymnasium for students displaced by the fire & a plan for long-term housing is under development now. 177 students were affected. No injuries were reported.
While the new state gun law passed by a wide margin in the legislature this week, area lawmakers voted against it. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch voiced his concerns over the bill on the floor of the assembly:
Area state senators Jim Seward, John Bonacic and Tom Libous voted against the new gun law in the senate this week.
State Police responded to a 1 car motor vehicle accident on Interstate 81 in Kirkwood, the investigation revealed the 3 Bronx residents in the vehicle possessed approximately 7 ounces of cocaine, marihuana, and various drug paraphernalia. Arrested were 21-year-old MAX OTANO for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, he was arraigned and committed to the Broome County Jail without bail. Police also charged 21-year-old STEVEN RIVERA for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana; he was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Kirkwood Court and released. Police also arrested 21-year-old JOSHUA CRUZ for Reckless Driving and other vehicle and traffic law violations. CRUZ was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Kirkwood Court and released.
The state labor department announced that in December, the State’s economy added 34,300 private sector jobs, the state’s overall job gain to 123,200. the state reached an all time high private sector job count of 7,353,000. the December unemployment rate fell from 8.3% to 8.2%. the upstate counties rate dropped from 7.9% to 7.8%.
Governor Cuomo’s approval rating continues to be high among new Yorkers, according to the latest Sienna Polls, which were conducted between January 10th and 15th. The poll found Cuomo with a 71% favorability rating, and a 60% job-performance rating, almost identical to December’s poll numbers. Those polled also supported strong bans on assault weapons and increasing penalties on illegal gun purchases, which were 2 key provisions in the states new gun laws that were passed by the legislature earlier this week & signed into law by Cuomo Wednesday in Rochester.
State troopers in Oneonta arrested 33-year-old Stephanie Couse of Oneonta for Aggravated Harassment. The arrest originated from a complaint on State Route 23 in Davenport, Couse was issued an Appearance Ticket to appear in the Town of Davenport Court on January 22nd.
The Binghamton Mets announced today that last years coaching staff would return. Manager Pedro Lopez returns for the 2013 season, along with batting coach Luis Natera and pitching coach Glenn Abbott. The home opener will be on April 11th against New Hampshire, and tickets details are available at binghamton.mets.milb.com.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting tonight in the Guilford Cafeteria to discuss district business. The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM with committee meetings. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:30 PM.
Fire fighters from all over the region responded to a fire at Matteson Hall dormitory at the state university at Oneonta yesterday afternoon. The fire broke out in a third floor dorm at around 4:00 PM, the building was safely evacuated the red cross was called in to assist dorm residents, the fire was extinguished in less than 2 hours, college officials believe that all residents were accounted for, the cause of the fire is under investigation.
State Police arrested 47-year-old CASEY CALLAHAN of Norwich for 3 counts of 1st degree Criminal Sexual Act & 1 count of endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest is the result of an investigation into sexual relationships the defendant allegedly had with underage victims, he was arraigned in the Town of Unadilla Court and remanded to Otsego County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. Anyone having further information is encouraged to contact the New York State Police at 561-7400.
State Police arrested 28-year-old ANTHONY RAGGI of Binghamton for 2nd degree Criminal Sexual Act, following an investigation into an alleged sexual relationship with an underage victim, while employed as a teacher for the Susquehanna Valley School District in 2012. Raggi was arraigned in the Town of Kirkwood Court and released on his own recognizance pending further court proceedings. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the State Police at 775-1241.
40-year-old Robert Wilsey of Harpersfield was arrested as a part of a continuing, joint investigation being conducted by the Delaware and Otsego County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Divisions and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in cooperation with State Police. Deputies charged Wilsey with 2nd degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, for allegedly possessing over 5 ounces of Oxycodone powder, with street value of $50,000. Wilsey is being held in the Delaware County jail without bail, officials said that Wilsey is expected to face additional charges and additional arrests are anticipated. Investigators continue to work with the Covidien to identify sources of diverted pharmaceutical narcotics from within the Pharmaceutical Company.
State Senator Jim Seward will be in Delaware County, at the County Office Building in Delhi. Senator Seward is touring his senatorial district this week to kick off the 2013 senate session and to outline his legislative agenda. Seward will begin at 3:00 PM in the Board of Supervisors Room.
Fire crews from all over the region are responding to a fire on the top floor at Matteson Hall on the SUCO campus in Oneonta. The Fire was called in at about 4:00 PM, and early reports suggests that all students escaped the dorm without injury. WCDO News will have more information as it becomes available
Governor Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Christie, and Connecticut Governor Malloy released a joint statement regarding passage of the disaster relief package by the House of Representatives. The governors were pleased that the House finally passed the remaining 51 billion dollars in aid to the 3 states, following last year’s devastating Hurricane Sandy. Congress took 78 days to complete the aid package.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 41-year-old Stephen Amos of Otselic on an active Arrest Warrant. Amos was wanted on a charge of Driving While Intoxicated, he was arraigned in the Town of Otselic Court and was remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $500 cash bail; he will reappear in court at a later date.
The Chenango County Sheriffs Office arrested 23-year-old Caleb Wearne of Afton on a charge of 2nd degree Criminal Contempt. Wearne is accused of violating an order of protection by having contact with the protected party, he was arraigned in the Town of Bainbridge court and was released on his own recognize, and will appear in the Town of Afton Court at a later date.
The Chenango County Sheriffs Office arrested 23-year-old Nickole Hoyt of Norwich for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Hoyt is accused of possessing a stolen flat screen television set from the Norwich Wal-Mart; she was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Norwich Court at a later date.
State troopers in Sidney arrested 23-year-old Brian Smith of Vestal, for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, following a traffic stop on Interstate 88 in the Town of Afton. Smith was issued an Appearance Ticket to appear in the Town of Afton Court on January 28th.
The city of Oneonta will begin a water flow test at 9 p.m. today in front of the Clinton Plaza. Area residents may see changes to water pressure during the test period.
The regular meeting of the Oneonta planning commission will be held tonight at city hall. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the common council chambers, among the items on the agenda, a proposed apartment complex on Blodgett drive, and proposed additions at Stewart’s shoes on main street and Dewar hall at Hartwick College.
The Oneonta Farmers’ Market is currently accepting applications from new vendors selling farm products, hand-made crafts or other local specialty items. Prospective vendors must be located within 50 miles of Oneonta and carry liability insurance. The winter Oneonta Farmers’ Market is open throughout the winter and early spring in the Main Street Garage Walkway every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. More information is available at OneontaFarmersMarket.com or 437-0158.
State Police arrested 37-year-old JOYCE PRINCE, of Johnson City, for 2ND Degree Criminal Sexual Act and endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent Person. The investigation revealed that PRINCE allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with a male resident at the Prospect 1 residential group home in the Town of Dickinson. Prince was arraigned in the Town of Dickinson Court and was released on her own recognizance pending further court proceedings. The investigation is continuing.
State Senator Jim Seward of Milford was 1 of the 18 state senators who opposed the states new gun control measure in Albany Monday:
The bill tightened up penalties for those who use guns while committee crimes, called for mental health professionals to report patients who may be dangerous & profess violent tendencies, the bill passed following the massacre at Sandy Creek Elementary school in neighboring Connecticut.
Voters in the Sidney central school district approved of both propositions yesterday. Proposition one , which called for auditorium & athletic field renovations and new boilers, passed by a 539 to 321 vote, proposition 2 dealt with a capital reserve fund, it passed by a 581 to 272 vote.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 20-year-old Travis Demuth of Oxford for 2nd degree Criminal Contempt. Demuth was located in a motor vehicle with the protected party of the order of protection, during a traffic stop in the Town of Norwich, he was taken into custody, arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court & was remanded to the Chenango County jail on $500 cash bail to reappear at a later date.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 28-year-old Nicole Macomber of Greene on active Arrest Warrants for the charges of 4th degree Grand Larceny, 2nd degree Burglary & Petty Larceny. Macomber was arraigned in the Town of Greene Court and released on her own recognizance to re-appear in the Town of Greene Court on a later date.
State troopers in Binghamton arrested 22-year-old Jesse Villella of Port Crane for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Villella was arrested as the result of a traffic stop on State Route 11 in the Town of Dickinson & was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Dickinson Court at a later date.
State Police at Stamford arrested 46 year old Sammy Truax of Hobart for Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC of .21%. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop in the Stamford, Truax was issued tickets returnable in the Town of Stamford Court on February 21st.
Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers agreed to changes to gun laws that would expand the state’s ban on assault weapons. The bill would broaden the definition of assault weapons; ban semiautomatic pistols and rifles with detachable magazines and one military-style feature, as well as semiautomatic shotguns with one military-style feature. The bill would require mental health professionals to report to local mental health officials when they believe that patients are likely to harm themselves or others, Law enforcement would then be authorized to confiscate any firearm owned by that patient; the bill stipulates that those who already own such guns could keep them. The legislation would increase penalties for multiple crimes committed with guns, would require background checks for most private gun sales, and create a statewide gun-registration database.
Hospice of Chenango County is looking for area people to volunteer this year. Kendall Drexler is the Volunteer Coordinator at Hospice, she told WCDO what a potential volunteer would do to become a volunteer:
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Drexler said that a Hospice Volunteer candidate is required to take a 23-hour training, which encompasses topics surrounding the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of death and dying. More information about becoming a hospice volunteer is available at 334-3556 calls will be accepted through April 1st.
State troopers from Norwich arrested 23-year-old Joshua Orth of Morrisville, on a charge of 3rd degree Assault. The arrest followed the report of an altercation in Lincklaen, Orth was arraigned in the Town of Pitcher Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500 cash bail pending further court action.
The Village of Sidney is seeking public input to help update the village’s Master Plan. Mayor Andy Matviak explains:
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The sessions will all be held at the Sidney high school Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, and on Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 5:00 to 7:00 PM, more information is available at 563-2324.
The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force announced the arrest of 25-year-old Diondre Smith of Binghamton. Police found three grams of crack cocaine, 10 grams of powder cocaine, three loaded hand guns and extra ammunition and over $5300 in cash during a traffic stop Monday in Binghamton, smith was arraigned in the City of Binghamton and sent to the Broome County Jail, police also charged 22 year old Tyrek McCarden on drug charges, he was a passenger in the Smith vehicle, and 14 small bags of marijuana were confiscated, he was released on an appearance ticket.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Department arrested 24-year-old Ashley Babcock of Norwich, For Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Instrument. Babcock Was charged following a traffic stop, where she was initially accused of operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license, She was found to be in possession of a Controlled Substance along with a Hypodermic Instrument. She is scheduled to appear in the City of Norwich Court at a later date.
Voters in the Sidney central school district will decide today on a proposition to renovate the high school auditorium, fix drainage problems at the athletic fields, replace old boilers, plus and on a proposition for a Capital Reserve fund. Sidney superintendent Bill Christensen told WCDO that he hopes for a big turnout:
The vote will take place from 7:00 AM to 8:00 pm in the High School Lobby outside of the Auditorium.
The state senate passed tough new gun laws yesterday, following last month’s shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in neighboring Newtown, Connecticut. Governor Cuomo announced late last night that the proposed legislation that made it to the Senate floor after 10:00 PM and passed by a 43-18 vote. The bill is expected to be taken up by the state Assembly this morning.
State DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala will deliver Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address in Norwich this morning. The presentation will be held at the SUNY Morrisville Norwich Campus at 20 Conkey Avenue beginning at 11:00 AM.
TCA Vision 21 will hold their next board meeting this morning, the meeting was moved from earlier this month, it will be held at 8:00 AM at the Sidney civic center in the 1st floor board room. TCA Vision 21 is a Facilitator and organizer for groups, organizations, businesses and local municipalities to coordinate among the tri town communities.
The deadline to submit a comment regarding hydraulic fracturing returning to New York, ended Friday afternoon oat 5:00 PM. Thousands of comments were submitted over the course of the DEC accepting comments over the last few year’s, they may render their decision on hydraulic fracturing by February 27th.
Delaware County Public Health will be holding a Flu clinic on Monday, January 21, 2013 from 1:00 PM-2: 30PM by appointment only, at Delaware County Public Health, 99 Main St, Delhi, NY 13753. Public Health has a limited supply of Flu vaccine for ages 3 and up, the cost of the vaccine is $25.00, and insurances will not be billed. To make an appointment for the flu shot people must call Delaware County Public Health at 607-832-5200. More information is available at the State Health Department website at: health.ny.gov/diseases
Commerce Chenango announced that Development Chenango Corporation has been awarded $250,000 to establish a Main Street Grant Program in the Village of New Berlin. New Berlin Mayor Terry Potter commented:
The funding from the New York State Office of Community Renewal will leverage an additional $84,000 from the owners of the 6 downtown buildings that will be renovated. 4 other Chenango county projects were also funded Sunrise Family Farms in Greene; the Village of Greene to conduct a sewer collection engineering study; DCMO BOCES & Golden Artist Colors.
State Police at Oneonta arrested 22-year-old Koby Marble of Oneonta for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. The arrest resulted from a DWI road check in Oneonta, Marble was issued tickets returnable in the Town of Oneonta Court on February 2nd.
State DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala will deliver Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address in Norwich tomorrow. The presentation will be held at the SUNY Morrisville Norwich Campus at 20 Conkey Avenue beginning at 11:00 AM. RSVP is required at 721-8605.
State Police at Sidney arrested 21 year old Michael Brady of Long Beach and 20 year old Jeremiah O’Brien of Wantagh for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on Interstate 88 in Sidney, Both were issued Appearance Tickets returnable in the Town of Sidney Court on February 14th.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a one-car motor vehicle accident that occurred on State Highway 17. 24 year old Sarah Stenuf of East Syracuse was traveling east when her vehicle left the roadway and struck the guide rail, she was transported to Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris to be evaluated and was released.
State Police at Sidney arrested 30-year-old John Barriger of Walton, for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop in Masonville, Barriger was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Masonville Court on February 19th.
NYSEG is beginning a new round of stray voltage testing their service area, it involves hundreds of thousands of pieces of equipment from transmission, distribution, streetlight poles and traffic signals to substation fences, pad-mounted transformers and manhole covers. Stray voltage is an electric current in the earth, or in ground water, resulting from the grounding of electrical equipment or an electrical distribution system. This testing is required by the New York State Public Service Commission.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared the State of New York in a Public Health Emergency in response to the severe flu season. The Executive Order that will allow pharmacists to give flu shots to anyone between the ages of six month and 18 years. More than 19,000 cases of the flu have already been reported in New York, 2 children have died as a result of the flu.
On Friday, Sidney school officials announced that during one of the high school lunch periods, 7- .22 caliber shells were found and given to a school administrator. At the time the shells were found, students were at lunch and contained in the cafeteria. Principal Eben Bullock was able to track down the source of the shells and was able to bring quick closure to the situation. At no time was there a threat, nor was there any reason to believe there was any type of weapon.
40 year old Robert Wilsey of Harpersfield was arrested following a joint investigation by the Delaware and Otsego County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Divisions and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in cooperation with State Police. Deputies charged Wilsey with 2nd degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance following the execution of a search warrant, for allegedly possessing over five ounces of Oxycodone powder, with a street value of $50,000. Wilsey was arraigned in the Town of Stamford Court and remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility without bail. Wilsey is expected to face additional charges shortly as the investigation continues.
The Chenango County Sheriffs Office arrested 57 year old Gregory Manwarren of Smyrna for 4th degree Criminal Mischief 4th and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Manwarren was charged after a domestic dispute in which he caused damage to a motor vehicle, He was arraigned in the Town of Plymouth Court and was released on his own recognizance to appear in the Town of Smyrna Court at a later date.
Police agencies in Tompkins County executed a search warrant in the Town of Lansing, leading to the seizure of crack cocaine and the arrest of a Lansing resident. The New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, and the Groton and Ithaca Police Departments announce the arrest of 27 year old Travis Anderson of Lansing, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree after police discovered 2 ounces of crack cocaine, a small amount of marihuana, a loaded 12 gauge shotgun, digital scales, and materials used to package and sell crack cocaine. Anderson was arraigned & was remanded to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash / $50,000 property bond.