Bail has been set at $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond for 62 year old Barry Renert, in connection with a shooting at the 7th inning stretch store in Cooperstown on December 23rd.  Renert was returned to New York after waiving extradition in Virginia, He was arraigned for 2nd degree burglary.  Renert fled the area & was picked up at a Richmond Virginia bus station a couple of days after the incident; he faces court action on January 8th.


State Police in Oneonta investigated a two-car personal injury motor vehicle accident involving a State Police patrol vehicle on State Route 28 in the Town of Meredith.  2 troopers were seated in a marked patrol vehicle with all emergency lights activated, assisting a motorist that slid off the roadway, when their patrol vehicle was struck from behind.  45-year-old Baburao Samudrala of Delhi, lost control of her vehicle on the snow-covered roadway, hit the patrol car, but was not injured.   The 2 troopers were transported to FOX Hospital and treated for minor injuries, the investigation is continuing.


The National Weather Service issued a wind chill warning until 7:00 PM Tuesday, with the coldest wind chill values of 25 to 35 below zero occurring tomorrow morning. Sidney High School Science Teacher & Meteorologist Rich Townsend comments:


(Rich Townsend 1-6-14)


The cold poses a risk of frostbite and hypothermia, even for people who are outside for a short period of time. Wear several layers of clothing, cover all exposed skin and wear a hat to guard against frostbite and hypothermia


Governor Cuomo will announce plans to legalize medical marijuana through an executive order. The governor is expected to legalize medical marijuana on a limited basis at 20 hospitals for specific conditions. Cuomo will make the announcement during his State of the State address on Wednesday. The legalization of medical marijuana has repeatedly passed the Democratic-led Assembly, but has failed in the Republican-controlled Senate


Gun-rights groups and the state vowed to continue their battle in federal court over New York’s gun-control law. The state’s Attorney General’s Office will appeal a portion of a federal judge’s ruling that tossed New York’s provision that limits a magazine to seven bullets as part of the SAFE Act. The state Rifle & Pistol Association filed its own notice of appeal. They plan to seek an appeals court ruling to overturn the entire law, claiming it is unconstitutional and impedes on citizens’ Second Amendment rights. Both sides anticipate the case may end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.


UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich is expanding hours for UHS Primary Care, after taking on new primary care providers. A Saturday morning convenience clinic is expected to open January 18th at 4 Newton Avenue in Norwich, with hours from 9:00 AM to Noon. The clinic will serve both pediatric and adult patients by appointment. UHS Primary Care practices will also expand office hours in some locations to allow earlier morning and later evening appointments.



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