P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 3-21-14

The family of long time Franklin firefighter James Wilber, has established “Jim’s Fire Squad” where they plan to donate toy fire trucks to children battling cancer at Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  Wilber succumbed to a heart attack while responding to a call on February 9th tragically lost his life on the way to a call; he had served in area fire departments for 40 years.  Donated toy fire trucks in honor of Jim Wilber’s memory can be sent to: Jim’s Fire Squad 33 Watercrest Drive Franklin, New York 13775


Legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo continued budget discussions yesterday as lawmakers said they would seek to add $500 million in state spending,  $240 million of it would go toward extra school aid.  Lawmakers said that revenue is higher than Governor Cuomo’s projections; lawmakers have yet to determine where the extra money would be spent. The budget is expected to be passed by the April 1st deadline.


A former Walton teacher, who was indicted on charges of rape and having sex with 2 underage students, has been charged again for those crimes.  29-year-old Stephanie Fletcher is charged with 2 counts of 3rd degree rape and 4 counts of 3rd degree criminal sexual act.  Fletcher is accused of having sex with two minors under 17 between January and March 2012. The new indictment was filed on March 6th; Fletcher will be arraigned in Delaware County Court March 27th


Investigators from the State Police Troop C Violent Felony Warrant detail arrested 34-year-old Kalief Spriel on an arrest warrant, following an appearance at the Town of Chenango Court for an unrelated traffic ticket. Spriel was charged with  Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, 1st degree Identity Theft, Forgery, and Falsifying Business Records & Grand Larceny.   Spriel was wanted in Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, he was arrested without incident & was turned over to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office for processing.


The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 45-year-old Gail Boudreau of Norwich for DWI & Failure to keep right, during a traffic stop in the Town of Norwich. Boudreau is accused of driving under the influence of prescription drugs, she was released to a sober third party was ordered to appear in the Town of Norwich Court at a later date.


Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 26-year-old Jody Barnes of Franklin Thursday on 1 count of Criminal Mischief.  Barnes is accused of driving a vehicle on the Franklin Central School Athletic Field on March 13th, causing in excess of $5000 damage to the Field.  Barnes was arraigned in the Town of Delhi Court and released on recognizance pending a future court appearance.


The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year-old Natasha Donnelly of Otselic on charges of Criminal Mischief & 2nd degree Harassment.  Donnelly is accused of striking the victim in the face and damaging some of the victim’s property during a domestic dispute, she was arraigned in the Town of Otselic Court and was released; she will reappear in the Town of Otselic Court at a later date.


State Senator Jim Seward announced Senate approval of his legislation allowing the dissolution of the Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie Solid Waste Authority.  The bill also includes a plan for the distribution of the authority’s assets and liabilities among the 3 member counties. The bill has been sent to the assembly where it was introduced by area Assemblyman Bill Magee.


The Sidney class of 2015 will hold the 3rd Annual Faculty Basketball game at 7:00 PM tonight.  Students will play faculty members in the High School Gym, tickets will be $3 a piece, the community Is invited to attend, prizes & gift certificates will be given out during the evening.


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