P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 12-21-12

Adverse weather conditions overnight and this morning have led to numerous problems in the tri-county region.  NYSEG reports that about 1430 customers are without power, about 1000 of those in Franklin.  Police have responded to numerous accidents this morning due to slippery road conditions, they advise motorists’ drive with extra caution.


Former General Clinton Canoe Regatta chairperson Pam LeFever died Wednesday at her Unadilla residence, following a lengthy illness.  LaFever was an area business owner and had volunteered in a variety of local endeavors, including serving as the chair for the general Clinton canoe regatta for 6 years, and for supporting veterans serving in the military overseas.  Calling hours will be from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Friday December 28th at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Main Street in Sidney, followed by a memorial service there at 3:00 PM.  Family & friends will gather at 4:00 PM at the Sidney American Legion on Union Street.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, 13820.


Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a one-car motor vehicle accident on County Highway 12 in East Meredith.  29-year-old Chris Mathewson of Davenport failed to negotiate a curve in the road, striking a bridge abutment.  Mathewson had left the scene prior to the arrival of police & was ticketed for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and failure to keep right.  Mathewson will appear in Meredith Town Court.


The Mohawk valley regional development council will receive over 59 million dollars for submitting 1 of the winning entries that were announced by Governor Cuomo Wednesday.  State senator Jim Seward supports the Governor’s regional ground-up approach:




Seward said that the partnership from area colleges, business and government officials would go for projects to improve on the local assets of agriculture, education and tourism.


New York State’s economy gained 83,500 private sector jobs in 2012, according to the State Department of Labor.  The year-to-date gain of jobs was impacted by the loss of 29,100 private sector jobs in November 2012 due to the widespread impact of Hurricane Sandy on the greater New York City region. The State’s unemployment rate fell 4 tenths to 8.3% in October, but state officials noted that the monthly survey was completed a prior to Hurricane Sandy, next months report will reflect the effect of they storm.


The state Commission on Judicial Conduct reported that Gary Anderson of Bainbridge Town Court in Chenango County has resigned. Anderson is accused of mishandling cases in 2011 and 2012, failing to advise a defendant of the right to an attorney, inappropriately questioning defendants at arraignment and finding defendants guilty without a plea, trial or opportunity for cross-examination.  Anderson has served as Bainbridge court justice since November 2008.


State Police at Sidney arrested a 16-year-old male, of Afton for 2nd degree Harassment and Criminal Mischief. The arrest resulted from a domestic dispute complaint at a residence in Afton, The unidentified Teen was arraigned and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $5000 cash bail and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Afton Court at a later date.


The Sidney Elks Lodge will hold their annual Free Throw “Hoop Shoot” contest on Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Sidney in the Sidney Civic Center. Registration for the Elks “Hoop Shoot” will begin at 9:00 AM; the free throw Contest is free and open to all Tri-Town area boys and girls ages 8 to 13. More information is available at 563-2012.


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