P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 7-11-14

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office arrested 36 year old Matthew Parker of Walton Thursday on a Sealed Grand Jury Indictment Warrant charging him with 3  counts of Criminal sale of a controlled substance.  Parker  was indicted by a Delaware County Grand Jury following a month long heroin trafficking investigation in Walton and Delhi.  Parker was found to be in possession of 293 bags of heroin, along with several hundred dollars cash, which was subsequently seized by Investigators.  Parker was also in possession of public assistance benefit cards from the State of New York as well as the State of Virginia.   Parker was arraigned in Delaware County Court before Honorable Judge Cark Becker on Thursday afternoon and was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility without bail pending future court appearances.


State Police arrested Former Greene Police Chief Steven Dutcher of Greene on 3 counts of Grand larceny. 1 count of offering a false instrument for filing, falsifying business records, petty larceny & 2 counts for official misconduct.  Dutcher is accused of stealing 2 Greene Police Department patrol rifles, a vehicle dog cage, filing a false receipt with the Village of Greene for the purchase of 4 vehicle tires, attempting to conceal the theft of 4 vehicle tires, using the tires for personal use, & purchasing tires and a vacuum cleaner with Village funds for personal use.  Dutcher faces action on July 22nd.


State Police arrested 21 year old Jesse Emmett of West Davenport for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Possession of a Weapon & Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and 29 year old Heidi Morgan of Knoxville, Tennessee for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance & Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.  Emmett & Morgan were issued tickets returnable in the Town of Oneonta Court on July 22nd.


An Afton man was found with 221 bags of heroin after a recent traffic stop in Sanitaria Springs. 49-year-old John Tipler was seen by police driving on I 88 and then pulled over. Investigators received information that Tipler would be transporting narcotics, which were found in his vehicle and found to be packaged for sale. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office detectives along with a highway patrol unit conducted the arrest. Tipler was charged with a felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, arraigned in Fenton Town Court and sent to the Broome County jail without bail.


A retired Delaware County Sheriff’s sergeant was arrested after a domestic disturbance.  52-year-old Ted Tiska of Masonville was charged with 4th degree criminal mischief and 2nd degree harassment. Tiska is accused of breaking a windshield on a vehicle and pushing another person.  He was arraigned in Walton town court and released, pending an appearance in Masonville town court at a later date.


The House of Representatives passed legislation co-sponsored by area congressman Chris Gibson to prohibit the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from implementing, administering, or enforcing their decision to create a new capacity zone.  The bill also seeks to secure specific language in the report that requires FERC to reexamine and reform the way that they conduct this type of decision-making to ensure that the Commissioner’s hear and consider the concerns of local ratepayers. The House is expected to pass the fiscal year 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill later this evening.


Just 7% of roads in rural New York counties were in poor condition in 2012 while 14% of bridges were structurally deficient. New York’s rural bridges ranked 17th in the nation for their condition. The data is based on road and bridge ratings from various federal agencies, including the FHA and the NHTSA. In New York, 49% of roads in the rural counties were rated “mediocre” or “fair,” above the national rate of 40%.  The state is facing up to an $89 billion shortfall for infrastructure upgrades over the next 20 years, according to a report by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. That includes clean water and sewer and transportation upgrades.


Governor Cuomo believes the damage caused by storms in Madison County, where four people were killed, and in other Central New York communities will not qualify for federal disaster aid. The governor said if that happens, the state could step in instead. Four people were killed Tuesday night when a tornado hit the Goff Road area in the Madison County village of Smithfield. Other areas hit by Tuesday’s storm would also not qualify.




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