P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 10-11-13

The Otsego County Sheriff’s department arrested 20-year-old Samantha Rinker of Nineveh for allegedly bringing heroin into the Otsego County jail while being booked on a petty larceny charge.  Rinker was charged with a felony count of promoting prison contraband and criminal possession of a controlled substance, during processing Rinker was in possession of a small amount of heroin. Rinker was arraigned in Village of Cooperstown Court and was returned to the Otsego County jail on $1,000 bail, pending court action October 16th.


Veterans & their families are going to hold a rally at the veteran’s memorial in Bainbridge Park Sunday at 9:00 AM.  Katherine Colley is the wife of a Vietnam Veteran; she said that veterans nationwide are frustrated at the federal government shutdown:


(Katherine Colley)


The Sunday rally in Bainbridge will start at the same time as the Washington DC Million Vets March, Vets are protesting the Federal government shutdown, and how it adversely affecting benefits and their intended Washington gathering in another location.


The State Department of Financial Services will investigate salary spiking in the state’s pension funds and potential conflicts of interest among consultants used to oversee the funds, which are still among the largest in the country. The agency will audit the public-pension funds and they have sent letters to the New York City pension fund, the state pension fund and the New York Teachers’ Retirement System.


Flu season is coming and the State Health Department is recommending people get their flu shots now. The health department recommends anyone older than 6 months of age should get the flu shot unless their doctor instructs them otherwise.


Federal courts will run out of money this month unless Congress ends their shutdown. The U.S. Northern District Court of New York is operating on carry over funds from previous budgets. The entire federal court system will run out of that option by October 15th if shutdown continues. Courts are considered essential services so many employees will still have to report to work without pay. The courts say there could be delays because of possible furloughs.


State police at Oneonta arrested Tyler Evans of Brooklyn for driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marihuana.  Troopers on Southside Drive in Oneonta stopped Evans, during the stop Evans was found to be intoxicated and possessing 7 grams of marihuana, he was issued tickets returnable to the Oneonta town court on November 12th.


New York is not among the states affected by a recent salmonella outbreak, according to the CDC, but health officials warn the Federal government shutdown could hamper their efforts to combat outbreaks in general. The CDC said with more than two thirds of its staff cut by furloughs, they lack the personnel to find outbreaks. Making sure chicken is fully cooked is one way to prevent salmonella poisoning.


Chenango Street in Binghamton will be closed through 7 a.m. Saturday between Moffatt Avenue and Sturges Street, according to the state Department of Transportation. Crews are removing the remaining portion of the I- 81 southbound/Route 17 eastbound bridge over Chenango Street.. During that time period, Chenango Street will be closed to both motorists and pedestrians. A signed detour will be in place directing motorists around the road closure. The work is part of the DOT’s Prospect Mountain project, which is reconfiguring the area where the 2 highways come together.



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