After nearly seven weeks on the run, suspected cop killer Eric Matthew Frein is in custody. Frein was arrested by US Marshalls Thursday when he was caught hiding in an abandoned hanger at the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. Frein, who was armed, was taken into custody without incident, and at least one weapon was recovered. Frein, 31, is suspected in the September 12 ambush shooting that left Cpl. Bryon Dickson dead and Trooper Alex T. Douglass wounded outside the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove. The manhunt involved as many as 1,000 officers at times, some from other states, and cost several million dollars. The FBI had named him one of its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
Peak Fitness on State Route 7 in Bainbridge is open for business today, one day after a shooting took place in the parking lot out front that resulted in 1 death & 1 injury. Peak Fitness Manager Aric McKown comments:
(Aric McKown 10-28-14)
State Police reported that 26 year old Derek Prindle of Afton died, his father 60 year old Derek Prindle of Afton was taken to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City for a gunshot wound, 56 year old John Guzy of Bainbridge has been charged with 2nd degree Murder & is being held without bail pending future court action, the investigation is continuing.
NBT Bancorp reported 3rd quarter net income of $10.9 million, down from $19.3 million for the same period last year. NBT’s core net income for the third quarter, however, was $19.8 million, up more than 2% from 1 year ago. As of September 30th, NBT Bancorp Inc. had total assets of $7.9 billion, 155 banking locations in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Maine.
A panel created by Governor Cuomo laid out a plan to guide the spending of a $2 billion bond for increasing technology in schools, but voters will have to approve the borrowing next Tuesday. If approved, school districts would submit specific plans on how they would spend their share of the bond, on equipment like whiteboards, laptops and tablets; installing high-speed or wireless Internet; or installing “high-tech security features” in schools.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman introduced a new program titled “Grandkids Against The Grandparent Scam.” The con involves grandparents receiving a phone call from someone purporting to be their grandchild, who is in trouble with the law and in need of money in a hurry, the unsuspecting grandparents wire money to a specific address under false pretenses. More information is available at oag.state.ny.us.
State Police will conduct a special traffic enforcement effort during the Halloween weekend. The effort will begin on Thursday and continue through Sunday, Drivers can expect sobriety checkpoints, additional patrols, underage drinking and sales to minor’s enforcement. Last year, there were more than 1,300 accidents, 6 people were killed, 324 were charged with DWI and more than 21,000 tickets for speeding, distracted driving & other traffic violations were issued.
State tax collections of $34.2 billion through the first half of the fiscal year were nearly $610 million higher than projected and the state collected nearly $3.5 billion from financial settlements through September, according to the state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. A copy of the mid-year report can be accessed at osc.state.ny.us.
New York State of Health has released an instructional video for New Yorkers currently enrolled in the state plan, detailing how they can stay enrolled or update their coverage for 2015. The video can be found at info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/RenewalVideo
State Police responded to a road rage shooting in the parking lot of 2907 State Route 7 in the Town of Bainbridge, Monday afternoon at around 1:30. 26 year old Derek Prindle of Afton was taken to Tri Town Hospital in Sidney, where he later died, his Father; 60 year old Derek Prindle of Afton was taken to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City and is being treated for a gunshot wound. 56 year old John Guzy of Bainbridge has been charged with 2nd degree Murder, he was arraigned in the Town of Bainbridge Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail. The investigation is continuing.
Governor Cuomo released guidelines for the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa, that he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered Friday. Cuomo said the health care workers who had contact with Ebola patients will be quarantined at home and receive twice-daily monitoring from medical professionals if they have no symptoms. Family members will be allowed to stay, and friends may visit with the approval of health officials. The state will also pay for any lost compensation, if they are not paid by a volunteer organization
The South New Berlin, New Berlin, Mt. Upton, Gilbertsville and Sidney Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at 1265 County Road 18 in Mount Upton last night around 7:30. First crews found a fully involved structure fire, Crews knocked the fire down, and the investigation is continuing.
The Delaware County Board of Elections announced that the last day to mail in an absentee ballot is today, for the upcoming Election. The last day to deliver in person an absentee ballot application is Monday November 3rd & the last day to postmark an absentee ballot is November 3rd. The Delaware county Board of Elections office in Delhi will be open this Saturday, November 1st; more information is available at 746-2315. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, Polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
John M. Guzy, 56, of Bainbridge, was taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 26-year-old Derek D. Prindle of Afton. The incident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. at Peak Fitness on Route 7 in Bainbridge on Monday. Derek S. Prindle, 60, of Afton is being treated at UHS Wilson Regional Medical Center for a gunshot wound. Guzy was arraigned in Town of Bainbridge Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail.
State police reported that there has been a shooting on Route 7 near Peak Fitness in the town of Bainbridge earlier this afternoon, with injuries reported. State police said that the suspect has been arrested and is in custody. They advise that motorists stay away from Route 7 near the Peak Fitness area as the investigation & evidence Gathering is continuing. Police believe that the shooter acted alone.
Oneonta city officials held a press conference this morning at City hall, regarding the death of Mayor Richard Miller Saturday morning. Oneonta Police Chief Dennis Nayor comments:
(Oneonta Police chief Dennis Nayor 10-27-14)
Oneonta city manager Martin Murphy also commented:
(Martin Murphy 10-27-14)
Murphy said that a grief counselor is available for city employees, previous scheduled meetings will continue, where appropriate. Russ Southard will operate as Mayor until the Common Council reaches a decision on Millers replacement
New York State Public Health has launched a new state information line to answer questions on Ebola. The info line is free and trained staff will answer questions 24/7, at 1-800-861-2280.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 37 year old Dawn Bermel of Queens on a bench warrant issued by Town of Colchester Court for Speeding, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Operating a Motor vehicle while Impaired by Drugs and Driving While Intoxicated. Bermel was arraigned in Town Of Colchester Court & was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $1500 cash bail or $5000 bond. Bermel is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Colchester Court on November 4th.
Hospitals and healthcare facilities across the state have a chance to receive additional funding, through a new program called the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program. Step one is to gather public input about health needs and the perceived value of the resources that are available. 130 organizations across ten counties in the Southern Tier are participating. Each location is asking patients and visitors to participate in a community needs assessment surveThe survey will allow them to see where community members are experiencing service gaps and other issues that need to be addressed. Go to snapsurveys.com
Honda Civic owners beware. You own the mostly frequently stolen car in New York state. Last year, about 16,000 cars were stolen in New York state, with the Civic being the most stolen car. The National Insurance Crime Bureau each year gathers statistics on the 10 most stolen cars for the nation and each state. For a complete list go to nicb.org
A survey by the NY Association for Pupil Transportation suggests more than 17,000 drivers passed a stopped school bus on October 21st. The survey was completed as part of National School Bus Safety Week. The survey involved 18 school districts across New York. The NPAPT said if the survey was expanded to the 50,000 busses on the road everyday in New York that would amount to 17,824 illegal passes on that single day. The NYAPT is calling upon the State Legislature and the Governor to enact legislation to allow the installation of Camera technology on school buses to enable law enforcment to apprehend illegal passers and issue tickets and fines
The City of Oneonta and its Common Council reported that Mayor Richard Miller died Saturday morning at 10:25 AM in his home. Miller served as Mayor of Oneonta since 2009, before that he served as President of Hartwick College in Oneonta. Otsego County Coroner James Hurley’s report stated that Miller died from a self-inflict gun shot wound.
State Police announced that 16 year old Paige Lott-Urich of Endwell has been located in the Binghamton area and in good health. the 16 year old was reported missing since July 16th, she was locate after a flurry of calls & activity following a posting by State Police on their Facebook page.
Chenango County Sheriff’s Department arrested 39 year old Laura Griffin of Bainbridge for driving under the influence of drugs, following a traffic stop for moving violations in the Town of Norwich. Griffin just concluded visitation at the Chenango County Jail, where she was allegedly impaired. Griffin was processed and released to appear in the Town of Norwich Court at a later date.
State Police arrested a 22-year-old Tyler Webb for 2nd degree Grand Larceny, for allegedly stealing more than $50,000 from a Town of Greene residence in September. Webb was held without bail and the investigation is ongoing, according to state police.
State police report that a Bainbridge man wanted on charges here was arrested in Montana. A 35-year-old Charles Brasington of Bainbridge was arrested on October 16th & was charged with 4 counts of 3rd degree grand larceny, 3 counts of 2nd -degree grand larceny & 1st degree scheming to defraud, for allegedly stealing a vehicle from the town of Guilford in November of 2013, Brasington is held without bail pending court action.
The Constitution Pipeline project cleared a hurdle today when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a final environmental impact statement that concluded its impacts would be within acceptable levels once mitigation measures are taken. In the report, the federal agency determined the pipeline would result in limited environmental impacts. The decision, however, also included a series of conditions that must be met for the project to win full approval from FERC. The project involves running natural gas pipeline that would begin in Susquehanna County, Pa., and go through parts of Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Schoharie counties
The Oneonta Outlaws announced a fundraiser full-length rodeo tomorrow at 1:00 PM at Damaschke Field in Oneonta. Millennia Entertainment is co-promoting and organizing the event. The Saturday Showdown Tickets are $30 and children under 12 are free. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com. More information is available at 316-2870 or the Oneonta Outlaws office at 432-6326.
The 2015 General Clinton Canoe Regatta kickoff meeting will be held on Tuesday November 4th. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM at the Highway 7 Bar and Grill in Bainbridge.
AngelJenny will host a SIDS awareness & fundraising walk tomorrow in Sidney. The event will run form 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and will begin at 70 River Street in Sidney. More information is available at angeljenny.com or at 383-0425.
Democratic incumbents in state races all have leads of at least 20 points over their Republican opponents heading into the closing days of the 2014 campaign, according to a new Siena College Poll. Governor Cuomo leads Rob Astorino 54-33% with Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins up to 9%. Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman increased his lead over John Cahill 55-35% & State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has a 58-31% over Bob Antonacci.
The 2nd round of New York State rebate checks have been delivered in recent days. The checks will provide rebates to homeowners on school property taxes if their local district stayed under the state tax cap, which limited the growth in taxes to less than 2% this year. In 2012, The State tax department sent about 1 million checks each worth $350 for people with a child under 17, who met the income eligibility.
The Chenango Arts Council will host the “Wee Witches and Wizards of Norwich” on Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public and will include a “Gothic Stories and Spoken Word Open Mic Contest” from 2:00 to 4:30, A costume contest will follow at 4:30 for ages 3-18, followed by the YMCA Parade at 7:00 pm. More information is available at 336-ARTS or at chenangoarts.org
The National Pastime’s marquee event will come home to Cooperstown as the World Series Gala returns to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Saturday. The Grandstand Theater will host the family-friendly event featuring ballpark food and soft drinks, trivia, raffles, prizes and screening of Fox’s live broadcast of Game 4 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants & the Kansas City Royals in san Francisco Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., Tickets are available at 547-0397 today from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Tri-County Tea Party Patriots will hold a Public Meeting tonight at 7:00 PM at the Bainbridge Town Hall Theater. Several guest speakers are scheduled, refreshments will be served.
43 year old Gabriel Bonacci of Sidney faces additional charges relating to his arrest & the execution of a search warrant at his Town of Sidney residence on Friday evening by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, State Police & Sidney Village Police. Bonacci has been charged with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a stun gun & Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, he remains at the Delaware County Jail without bail, he will be arraigned on the new charges in the Town of Sidney Court at a later time. Sheriff’s Investigators also arrested 64 year old Donna Bonacci of Sidney with an additional count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, for possessing cocaine, she was arraigned was remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail. Sheriff’s Investigators also arrested 24 year old Brittany Bonacci of Sidney, for 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Weapon & Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, she was arraigned in the Town of Sidney Court was remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail pending further court action.
Norwich police arrested 21 year old Jessica Lennox of Norwich for allegedly stabbing her 22 year old Domenick Lepera of Norwich in front of their child during a domestic dispute. Lennox was charged with 2nd degree assault, criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment. Lepera was charged with criminal obstruction of breath or blood, endangering the welfare of a child, 3rd degree assault and harassment. The couple was arraigned in Norwich city court & will face additional court action at a later date.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police are investigating an incident regarding vehicle reported stolen to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania on October 18th. The 2012 Porsche Cayman bearing PA registration DSN-8875 was recovered on Lee Hollow Road in the Town of Bovina, Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Undersheriff Craig DuMond at 746-2336.
The State Labor Department released local area unemployment rates for September. The state’s unemployment rate fell to 6.2%, Locally, Broome County’s unemployment rate is 6.0%, Chenango County 5.4%, Delaware County 6.0% and Otsego County had 5.0% unemployment.
The National Guard will be at SUCO in Oneonta tonight to present a Citizen Preparedness Corps Training program. Citizen Preparedness Corps Trainings are aimed at helping people prepare for weather-related challenges, respond safely and recover as quickly as possible after a storm, flood or other disaster occurs. The free training is open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. in the Hunt Union Ballroom. Participants need to sign at prepare.ny.gov
This winter after some snowfall, you might be surprised to see a Pink Plow blade on a truck at the Silo Restaurant in Greene. Silo Chef & Owner Gary Kurz explained that he did it for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
(Gary Kurz 1-23-14)
October is national Breast cancer Awareness month. More information is available at cancer.org.
The Otsego County Sheriffs department arrested 34 year old Harry Lee Wilkins of the Bronx following a traffic stop in Oneonta. Wilkins was found to be in possession of 770 envelopes containing heroin, he was charged with 2 counts of 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Wilkins was sent to the Otsego County Jail on $50,000 bail, more arrests are anticipated
State Police CNET Unit and Vestal Police Department arrested 38 year old Kendall Smith of Binghamton after a search warrant led to the seizure of 245 packages of heroin, packaging materials and cash. Smith was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia, Smith was arraigned in Binghamton City Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
New York State agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming its public defense system is under funded and violates poor people’s rights to counsel. The state will establish a cap on the number of cases court-appointed attorneys may handle and will ensure defendants have lawyers at their first court appearance, among other reforms. The NYCLU sued the state in 2007 claiming New York has neglected its duty to provide attorneys to poor defendants by passing the job on to counties, which do not have the resources to ensure adequate representation. Under the settlement, the state will provide funding to ensure lawyers have time to meet with their clients & thoroughly investigate their case.
State Senate Democratic candidate Anndrea Starzak will unveil her Environmental Platform today at the solar powered home of Ken Fogerty at 746 Gospel Hill Road in Guilford at 3:00 PM. Starzak will announce her endorsement by the Sierra Club & she will accept the challenge by Southern Tier environmental groups to tour fracking sites in Pennsylvania.