P.M. NEWS MONDAY 11-25-13

The Otsego County Office of Emergency Services and the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Fire Investigators have determined that the fatal structure fire in Richfield Springs on November 16th was due to an electrical malfunction.   Richfield Springs Teacher Mary Weingates was killed in the fire, investigators believe that the fire started in the rear of the structure, which allowed it to spread to other section of the structure unnoticed.


Houndstooth Bakery of Sidney and the Delaware Valley Humane Society have teamed up  to bring toys to the animals at the sherlter in Sidney this Christmas.  Cassandra Vance of Houndstooth explains:

(Cassandra Vance 11-25-13)

More information about the program is available at 563-2275.


State troopers from Deposit arrested 39-year-old Theresa Serino of Deposit for aggravated driving while intoxicated with a reportable BAC result of .21%.  The arrest followed a 2-car accident on State Route 17 in Sanford.  Serino was issued tickets returnable to the Sanford town court on December 2nd.


The New York State economy added 33,800 private sector jobs in September and October 2013, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the State Labor Department.  The State’s unemployment rate increased from 7.6% to 7.7% in the fall, as Layoffs related to the recent federal government shutdown may have contributed to the increase.


A public hearing will be held tonight by the Oneonta common council, on their proposed 15.3 million-dollar annual budget plan.  The hearing will begin at 7:00 tonight in the Common Council chamber at Oneonta city hall.  More information is available at ONEONTA.NY.US.


New York consumers are being alerted about a phone or email scam from individuals claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service or the State Department of Taxation and Finance. Scammers are threatening New Yorkers with fines, deportation, arrest, and other penalties if they do not immediately pay a claim of owed taxes, through wire transfers or a pre-loaded debit card.  Officials said that many of the scam calls have come from the 530 area code. To report fraudulent activity, contact the State Tax Department at (518) 435-8523 or the State’s Division of Consumer Protection at (518) 474-8583.


Several fire departments responded to a fire at 333 Old Route 17 in Windsor this morning.  Fire fighters from Windsor, West Windsor, West Colesville, Harpursville and Oquaga responded.


Commerce Chenango and Chenango County businesses will celebrate Small Business Saturday this Saturday.  Commerce Chenango will be offering FREE coffee; tea or cider from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for shoppers who provide a sales receipt from a local retailer dated November 30th. Shoppers can also enter to win other prizes.  Any business that joins the Chamber between November 30th and December 14th will get $25 off their membership fee, more information is available at 334-1402.



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