P.M. NEWS MONDAY 1-27-14

Oneonta Police reported that I-88 Westbound near Exit 13 has been shut down due to a jack-knifed tractor-trailer between exits 13 and 12 shortly before noon today.  Traffic was diverted at Exit 13, motorists were detoured to State Route 7 or County Route 48, and were allowed back on the interstate westbound at exit 12 in Otego.  The investigation is continuing.


U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will introduce a bill called ‘Avonte’s law.’ The bill would create a program that provides and pays for tracking devices for at-risk children with autism. Schumer said it would be similar to a Federal program that tracks seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. 14 year-old Avonte Oquendo disappeared after running out of his school last October. His remains were found in the East River last week.


The State Comptroller’s Office auditors found the Afton Fire Department is not providing adequate oversight of taxpayer funds & their bylaws are inadequate and not being followed with regard to financial oversight, and they did not have a code of ethics.  The audit of the Harpursville Central School District showed that they raised taxes unnecessarily by maintaining a fund balance more than 5 times the legal limit.   auditors found that the Harpursville District is not using enough of its leftover money at the end of each budget year to reduce taxes in the following year. The audits are available at osc.state.ny.us


Drivers will now be alerted to curves in the road along a section of State Route 8 in Chenango County. The State Department of Transportation installed flashing beacons in the towns of Norwich, New Berlin and Columbus, after they conducted a traffic study. The beacons became operational Friday to alert drivers to slow down ahead of the curves.


State Police arrested 59 year old Steven  Coffey  of Binghamton for aggravated DWI, with a BAC result of .25%, more than 3 times the legal limit following a traffic stop on I-81 in the town of Chenango.  Coffey was arraigned and  released without bail . a court date has not been set.


State Troopers from Oneonta and Margaretville conducted an Underage Drinker Initiative detail this weekend.   The troopers conducted a check of retail convenient stores throughout Otsego County in the City of Oneonta and Towns of Oneonta, Otsego, Richfield Springs and Milford.  all 12 stores were checked and all 12 were found to be in full compliance with all New York State laws.


Delaware County and SUNY Delhi will host the 2nd annual regional energy and sustainability symposium On March 8th,  to educate residents and business owners on cost saving options.   The symposium will be held in Farrell Hall on the SUNY Delhi Campus from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM.  Pre-registration is required by February 21 at 746-8914 or by email at  kelly.blakeslee@co.delaware.ny.us.


State Police at Oneonta arrested 27 year old Matt Jones and 32 year old Jeremy Ferguson, both of Oneonta, on charges of 4th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, following a traffic stop on Main Street in Oneonta Saturday night.  Jones was also charged with 3rd degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving without a license.  Jones and Ferguson were sent to the Chenango County jail on bail.


State police at Sidney arrested 56-year-old Martin Cornish  of Bainbridge for aggravated DWI with a BAC result of .20%. The arrest followed a report of erratic driving on State Route 7 in Bainbridge,  Cornish was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Bainbridge Court on February 10th.


“Menopause The Musical” will return to the Forum Theater in Binghamton, for 2 shows February 11th & 12th at 7:30 PM.  Tina Niles of NAC Entertainment explains:


(Tina Niles 1-27-14)


Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 10-800-745-3000, more information is available at broadwayinbinghamton.com.


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