State Police at Binghamton investigated a home invasion burglary that occurred at 941 State Route 79, in the Town of Windsor. Two white male subjects entered the residence of 56 year old Kenneth Birdsill under the guise of needing to use his phone. Upon entering the residence, both subjects assaulted Birdsill and stole prescription medication and an undetermined amount of cash. Both subjects fled in a vehicle described as a 4 door gray or light green Nissan with driver’s side front quarter panel damage. The suspects are described as 2 white males, one with long brown hair approximately 6 feet tall and one with short blond hair, approximately 5’8”. The State Police are asking that anyone having information concerning this crime call the New York State Police at Binghamton at (607) 775-1241.
Oneonta police arrested 58-year-old James Hone of Oneonta following an incident earlier this month involving an envelope mailed to Oneonta City Court. Hone was charged with Aggravated harassment in connection with the February 3rd incident when court employees opened a letter containing a white powder. After an investigation, the substance posed no threat to court personnel. Hone was arraigned in Oneonta Town Court on Tuesday, he was sent to the Otsego County jail on $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond bail.
The problem of heroin addiction has come back again, as it seems to now regain popularity every 20 years, in spite of its deadly reputation. Dave Ramsey of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Delaware county comments:
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Those in need of help regarding heroin or other substance addictions can access information through the council’s website at adaconline.org or by calling 746-8300.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joshua Stilson of Guilford for 2nd degree Aggravated Harassment, following an incident in the Town of Norwich. Stilson is accused of harassing an individual numerous times by electronic means, he was arraigned in the Town of Norwich court and released on his own recognizance, pending future court action.
The Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its February Business Development Event today at 7:00 pm, in the Susquehanna Room of the Bolster Community Center, 105 Main Street in Afton. Virginia Thompson from the New York State Small Business Development Center at Binghamton University will be speaking about free business management assistance for start-up or established businesses.
The Tony Award winning musical “American Idiot” featuring the music of Green Day, will be coming to the Broome County Forum in Binghamton on Thursday March 6th at 7:30 PM. NAC Entertainment spokesperson Tina Niles explains:
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Niles said that good seats are still available at the Arena Box Office and Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Governor Cuomo said $9.4 million would be awarded to local organizations that fight teen smoking. The state Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Control will award amounts from $325,000 to $500,000. The money will go to 25 local organizations around the state over 5 years. Local organizations must submit applications by Tuesday. More information is available at health.ny.gov.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing legislation to help those wrongfully convicted of a crime, file claims against the state. Schneiderman said current law hinders those who were wrongfully imprisoned and then had their convictions overturned. The Unjust Imprisonment Act would strip away restrictions that block lawsuits, by people seeking financial damages, after being coerced into false confessions or exonerated by DNA evidence. The bill must pass the state Legislature to be enacted into law.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today in the District Conference Room at 6:30 PM. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:00 PM.
The Bainbridge chamber of commerce will be holding a meeting tonight to determine the fate of future General Clinton Canoe Regattas. Chairman John Harmon and race coordinator John Girton are stepping down from their roles after this year’s regatta, those interested in getting involved at are to attend tonight’s meeting at 7:00 PM at Bob’s Diner. More information is available at 967-8700.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 58-year-old Thomas Edwards of Oxford for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. Edwards was charged after an investigation into a motor vehicle accident that occurred in December in the Town of Oxford, Blood test results confirmed that Edwards had a BAC over twice the legal limit, he was arrested and was released on traffic tickets.
State police at Oneonta arrested 22-year-old Anthony Hill of Oneonta for 2nd degree harassment following a dispute at the Lantern Hill Trailer Park on State Route 23 in Oneonta. Hill was arraigned in Town of Oneonta Court and released to re-appear at a later date.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 56-year-old Warren Switzer of Sherburne for 2nd degree Harassment & Public Health Law violations. Switzer was charged for allegedly possessing a controlled substance not in its original container, and for engaging in a physical domestic dispute in the Town of Sherburne. Switzer was arraigned in the Town of Sherburne Court & was remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $500 cash bail.
State troopers arrested 31-year-old Emily Bixby of Norwich Tuesday for aggravated DWI, following the report of a disable vehicle in the town of Colesville. Troopers found that Bixby was intoxicated, and had driven her vehicle, with a five-year-old passenger, just off the roadway and was stuck in the snow; She refused to submit to a breath test. Bixby was arraigned in the Town of Colesville Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail on $1,500.00 cash bail. The five-year-old passenger was turned over to a family member.
State police at Sidney arrested 32-year-old Anthony Campisi of Bainbridge, for driving while impaired by drugs. The arrest resulted from a vehicle stop for not using his turn signal on State Route 7 in the Village of Bainbridge. Troopers determined that Campisi was impaired while driving, he was taken to Tri Town regional Hospital in Sidney, where he consented to a blood test. Campisi was issued tickets for the Town of Bainbridge Court on March 10th.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 31-year-old Crystal Gonsalves of Davenport for 1 count of 2nd degree Aggravated Harassment. Gonsalves is accused of making threatening telephone calls to another person, she was arraigned & was released on her own recognizance, to reappear at Davenport Town Court February 25th. ____________________________________________
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is recusing himself from any role Congress plays in Comcast Corp.’s planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable after learning his brother was one of the lead lawyers behind the $45 billion deal. Federal regulators and lawmakers will scrutinize how the acquisition would affect competition and consumers, issues that could have come before Schumer as a member of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a warning to New Yorkers after consumers were contacted by scam artists who were posing as representatives of Microsoft. The callers identify themselves with “P.C. Solutions”, their caller ID is “Windows Support.” The scam artists attempt to gain remote access to consumers’ computers by claiming that their units infected with malware or viruses, they extract a fee up to $300 by obtaining credit card information over the phone, or by directing consumers to enter PayPal, bank or credit card information on a website the scammers control. Schneiderman recommends hanging up the phone, never give out passwords to such callers, change your email & other passwords & file a complaint with Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-771-7755 or www.ag.ny.gov.
Greater Maywood Rural Community Services is holding The “Lasagna And Laughs” organic fund-raising dinner, this Saturday night in Sidney, with ingredients donated by area businesses. Group spokesperson Lisa Barr explains:
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Proceeds from Saturday night’s dinner will go for the group to preserve the former Sidney Center school as a rural community center.
New York’s draft energy plan was put to its first hearing yesterday, with dozens of speakers expressing concern about the state’s plans for natural gas, and the future of competitive energy markets. the New York energy planning board has to put out a long-term planning document every 4 years, documenting the state’s energy use, and offering guidance for future investment. Tuesday’s hearing is the 1st of 6 statewide, & it drew several groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing. The plan identifies 15 energy-related initiatives for the state to pursue while reaffirming New York’s goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
Governor Cuomo announced that New York motorists can now receive email reminders and text messages from the State DMV notifying them when their Vehicle registrations or inspections are due to expire. DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala explains:
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More information on the nearly 40 online services offered by DMV, visit the Department’s website at dmv.ny.gov.
The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings to women 40 and older who are uninsured. The Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach will be available today from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Walton Family Planning, 130 North Street, Walton. Appointments can be made at 1-888-345-0225.
The Amphenol Building Project in Sidney is progressing on schedule. Amphenol Project Manager Tom Czernicki explains:
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Czernicki said that they were able to get a roof on the new structure before the winter hit, so this rough winter did not slow them down. There are currently over 150 people working on the Amphenol project on Delaware Avenue.
The increased use of heroin continues to be a major problem locally and throughout the state, as emergency rooms continue to see increasing numbers of overdoses. Dave Ramsey of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County told WCDO News that the I-stop Program has cut down on people “Doctor Shopping” for painkillers; the next option for addicts has become heroin:
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Ramsey said that those who have a heroin problem, or who has a loved one with that addiction, they can contact ADAC at 746-8300.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 59-year-old David Mokay of Meridale on 1 count of endangering the Welfare of a Child and 1 count of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Circulation following a Domestic Incident. Mokay was arraigned in Town of Meredith Court and was remanded to Delaware County Correctional Facility on $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bail bond. Mokay is to reappear at Meredith Court on March 5th.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that 88% Of the 1,488 New York voters surveyed, support the legalization of marijuana for medicinal use, only 9% were opposed. The legalization of marijuana for recreational use was supported 57-39%. The poll was conducted between February 6th & February 10th, with a margin of error of +/-2.5 percentage points.
New York transportation officials are setting up public hearings to discuss options for high-speed passenger rail service between New York City and Niagara Falls has been the long time goal of industry leaders, elected officials and transit advocates. The public meetings will be held between March 4th and 14th in Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Utica & Poughkeepsie.
Governor Cuomo announced that all 112 New York Works accelerated bridge projects have been completed and open to motorists. The opening of the Western Gateway Bridge in Schenectady County marks the final finished project, the program allotted $212 million to address bridge replacement or rehabilitation on 112 bridges, $687 million was allocated for 9 projects that were delayed due to budget constraints. More than 2,000 miles of pavement were replaced in 2012 as part of the program.
Environmental, health and consumer advocacy groups are pushing back against plans by the Cuomo administration to restructure how pesticides are tracked. 38 groups protested a proposal that rolls back a requirement that commercial applicators report where pesticides are used. It would replace that with a new reporting requirement that collects pesticide data at the point of sale. Environmental Advocates say the changes impede the public’s right-to-know about the use of toxic chemicals. DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said the intent is to make the data more usable and accessible.
1 person was killed and another injured, in a fire at 71 Baker Street in Johnson City Sunday morning. 26-year-old Sarah Wenzinger died from smoke inhalation, an unidentified 38-year-old man was taken to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse for treatment of his injuries. Investigators are looking for the cause of that fire.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced legislation to restore accountability, and ensure access to the ballot box, by eliminating challenges to voter eligibility at the polls on Election Day. Under current law, voters who are challenged at the polls are required to recite an oath affirming their right to vote. Under the Voter Intimidation Prevention Act, those who mount challenges to voters at the polls will be required to provide the factual basis for their challenge, and attest their right to challenge a voter.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 3 City of Norwich residents for Petty Larceny and 6th degree Conspiracy. Charged were 25-year-old Aaron Hicks, 22-year-old Jenna Johnson and 29-year-old Samuel King for conspiring to steal items from the Norwich Wal-Mart and then returning the items for a gift card. Hicks, Johnson and King were issued appearance tickets and are scheduled to appear in the Town of Norwich Court at a later date.
Congressman Chris Gibson spoke about the new federal 5-year Farm Bill, at the Cobar Farm in the town of Unadilla this afternoon. Gibson said that the previous “MILC” protection for dairy farmers has been replaced with a new protection formula:
Gibson said that the new protection would be phased in by this September; farmers can get more information on the new farm bill through Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Governor Cuomo today launched “The State of New York,” a weekly video series that will recap the week’s news stories from across the state. The videos will be released on Fridays and will feature footage from events that took place over the course of the week, as well as information on recent state initiatives. The video can be accessed at governor.ny.gov.
Governor Cuomo announced a new statewide initiative to give incarcerated individuals the opportunity to earn a college degree through funding college classes in prisons across New York. Studies have shown that Those who earn a college degree while in prison are less likely to end up behind bars again, therefore decreasing the number of inmates in New York state prisons. The state will be issuing a Request for Proposal starting March 3, 2014 that will solicit responses from educational associations that provide college professors and classes in an accredited program in order for inmates to earn their degrees.
Commerce Chenango and NBT Bank will present the Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast at the Canasawacta Country Club in Norwich on February 25th at 7:30 AM. Ken Entenmann, the Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer at NBT Bank will speak at the annual event.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42-year-old Christopher Turner of Preston for 2nd degree Criminal Contempt for violating an order of protection in the Town of Preston. Turner is accused of entering the property of a person who had an active order of protection against him; he was arraigned in the Town of Preston Court and was remanded to the custody of the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. Turner is to appear in the Town of Preston Court at a later date.
A statewide program will start to expand opportunities for prisoners to get college degrees. Governor Cuomo said New York’s recidivism rate for incarceration is 40 percent, and the state spends $60,000 a year to house each prisoner. He said the program would help keep prisoners from returning to jail and will start by partnering local colleges with 10 prisons, mainly upstate. The program will provide college courses at the 10 prisons through a selection process and offer associates and bachelor’s degrees. The state will begin accepting proposals March 3.
New York lawmakers get a break this week after about a month of work. The state Legislature is not scheduled to go into session until next week. Lawmakers have been in a session at the Capitol in Albany for two or three days a week since Jan. 13th. They also convened on Jan. 8 to hear Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address. Legislative sessions in Albany typically begin slow then pick up steam as the deadline for adopting a new budget approaches on April 1. Lawmakers are due back Tuesday, Feb. 25
A section of I-88 west was down to one lane early this morning after a crash involving three vehicles. The accident happened at 5:45 a.m. between Exit 1 Binghamton and Exit 2 Chenango Bridge. There were 3 people involved in the crash, one in each vehicle, 2 were sent to the hospital for minor injuries. The lane reopened after crews cleaned up the area.
Congressman Chris Gibson will be at Cobar Dairy Farm in Mount Upton today to discuss the impact of the recent Farm Bill on dairy and family farms. The farm bill was passed by congress 2 weeks ago and was signed into law by President Obama on February 7th; it covers federal farm policy for the next 5 years.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested Thomas Prisco of Lattingtown for Strangulation, Unlawful Imprisonment, and Criminal Mischief. Deputies picked up Prisco in the town of Plymouth on a warrant for a domestic violence. Prisco was arraigned in the Town of Plymouth Court and was remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $75,000 cash bail pending future court action.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 37-year-old Christopher Palmatier for 4th degree criminal mischief. Palmatier is accused of destroying property during a domestic dispute; he was arraigned & was released and ordered to appear in the Town of Greene Court at a later date.
The Otsego County Sheriff’s Dept. arrested 47-year-old Rich Compitello of Worcester after officials seized $35,000 in drugs from his residence. Compitello was charged with criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon and unlawfully growing of cannabis by an unlicensed person. Deputies & agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency seized 6 pounds of marijuana, 10 grams of psychedelic mushrooms, a digital electronic scale, a blackjack, a dagger, $1,688 in cash and several loaded high-powered rifles and shotguns. An additional 17 marijuana plants and more than a pound of loose marijuana, as well as a loaded .22-caliber rifle, were seized from a separate building. Compitello was sent to the county jail on $2,500 bail to re-appear February 20th.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found the Constitution natural gas pipeline project could have numerous impacts on the environment during construction and operation. The Constitution Pipeline would span Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Schoharie counties, it would deliver natural gas from Susquehanna County Pennsylvania to markets in New York and New England. The commission released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement, it outlined additional mitigation measures that would be needed to minimize or avoid potential impacts on water bodies, wetlands, and wildlife. After the final environmental impact statement is issued, commissioners will take the recommendations under consideration when deciding project approvals
New York will add a bonus license plate and other perks to its lifetime hunting and fishing licenses and offer new lifetime state parks passes. The cost of a lifetime hunting license is about $535. A lifetime fishing license is about $460 and a lifetime pass to state parks would cost $750. The permits come with decorative fishing and hunting “I love New York” state license plates, which will help the state advertise the outdoors. Tourism is $100 billion industry and the fifth-largest employer in the state.
Governor Cuomo said applications are being accepted for the Empire State Fellows, a program that allows individuals to serve in high-level administration positions within the Executive Branch. Candidates selected will be appointed to a position that best suits their skills and experience, and will work alongside senior administration officials. The program hopes to recruit qualified professionals, college graduates and interns to serve in state government. To apply, email a cover letter, resume, personal statement and two letters of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free tax counseling will be available for some Delaware County residents through the Free Tax Counseling for the Elderly program. Senior citizens and low- and moderate-income residents can receive free tax preparation assistance for basic returns. Counseling will be available February 19th, March 12th and April 9th at the Sidney Civic Center. For more information call 563-2212
Oxford Academy High School senior Lorrin Parks has chosen to partner with the American Red Cross to help increase the blood supply, with a blood drive tomorrow from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Fort Hill American Legion Post 376 at 17 South Washington Avenue in Oxford. Walk-ins are always welcome but Appointments are requested at email@example.com; redcrossblood.org or at 1-800-RED CROSS.
State Senator Jim Seward has been named to 4 state senate budget sub-committees which will review the governor’s budget proposal and offer recommendations for modifications. Seward will serve on the education, general government/local assistance, health, and higher education & arts sub-committees. budget information can be accessed on Senator Seward’s website, senatorjimseward.com.