P.M. NEWS MONDAY 12-30-13

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that 39-year-old Lucinda Knoll has died, from injuries sustained in an attack early Friday morning.  Knoll’s former boyfriend, 48-year-old William Danielson of Oxford is now charged with 2nd degree Murder & he was arraigned on the new charge this morning & continues to be held in the Chenango County jail without bail.  Anyone with information about the early Friday morning attack at the Maple Grove Trailer Park in Norwich is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 337-1921 or 337-1863.


Firefighters from Otego responded to a fire at 195 Downey Road this morning at around 6:45 AM.  The 1 story wood frame house was fully involved when fire fighters arrived & is a total loss.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.


State Police at Oneonta arrested 23-year-old Amanda Whitehill of Unadilla for Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC result of .21%, more that twice the legal limit.    Whitehill was issued traffic tickets returnable in the Town of Oneonta Court on January 21st.


Governor Cuomo today announced that nearly $500,000 in job training grants is still available to businesses that hire long-term unemployed New Yorkers. This funding is available through the On-the-Job Training National Emergency Grant , to get those who have been out of work for 26 weeks or longer connect to available jobs in their region. Businesses received an average of nearly $7,000 per hire, in the Southern Tier Region, 124 businesses have already hired 197 workers under the program.


Many new laws go into effect on Wednesday, New Year’s day.  The Family Tax Relief law means that over the next 3 years, Middle class families with at least 1 dependent child and a household income between $40,000 and $300,000 will receive $350 in direct tax relief each year.  Also,  the state’s corporate tax on manufacturers will be reduced by almost 10% in 2014 & will be fully phased-in by 2017-18.


Nearly a year after passage of the state’s new gun law, dealer sales of AR-15 semi-automatic rifles have ended in New York, and arrest data show more than 1,000 gun possession charges were boosted from misdemeanors to felonies because of the changes. 59 people were charged statewide for possessing large-capacity magazines.  A report from the Division of Criminal Justice Services shows only one person charged with the illegal sale or transfer of a gun defined as an assault weapon as of mid-December. Owners may keep their older weapons but must register them by April 15th.


State Police at Sidney arrested 45 year old Charles Cole of Sidney for Driving While Intoxicated following a traffic stop by troopers on Johnson Circle in the Village of Sidney.  Cole was released on appearance tickets returnable January 7th in Village of Sidney Court.


The Sidney Village Board of Trustees will hold a Special Board Meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center board room. The board anticipates going directly into executive session to discuss an employee matter.

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