A.M. NEWS FRIDAY 4-11-14

The Otsego County Sheriff’s Department & DEA Agents arrested 53-year-old John Laing of Unadilla for criminal possession of marijuana and unlawfully growing of cannabis by an unlicensed person.  Laing is accused of having a marijuana growing operation at his residence, investigators confiscated over 10 pounds of marijuana, 95 marijuana plants, 54 cloned marijuana plants, $10,000 in growing equipment, and $3,100 in cash.  Laing was taken to the Otsego County Jail pending court action; 36-year-old Steven Carpenter of Guilford was also arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.


About 2 dozen concerns are expected to apply to the state gaming commission, to get one of 4 upstate casinos to be built & operated, to help increase tourism revenue.  State senator John Bonacic comments:


(Bonacic 4-11-14)


Bonacic said that the 1 resort will be placed in each of the 3 regions, & the 4th license will be picked based on the best proposal.


The 9th annual Earth Festival will be held at the Milford Central School Saturday at 9:30 AM.  Bird Walks, Gardening workshops  & more 40-area businesses and organizations will participate.   Earth Festival 2014 is sponsored by Otsego County Conservation Association, the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and Central NY Mobile Marketing; more information is available at 547-4488 or occainfo.org.


The New York State Fair box office and online outlet will be open Saturday morning to sell tickets to the Tuesday, August 26 concert by Train & the Wallflowers at the State fair Grandstand. Ticket sales begin at 9:00 a.m. both at the box office, or at etix.com, or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849, option 1.


The 5th Annual Norwich Tea Party rally will be held tomorrow in downtown Norwich.  Coordinator Gilda Ward said that several speakers would participate:


(Gilda Ward 4-11-14)


The event will be held from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in East Side Park in downtown Norwich, live music & refreshments will also be part of the event.

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