P.M. NEWS MONDAY 2-18-13

State Police at Endwell responded to a reported armed robbery at Lupo’s Restaurant, in the Town of Union.  The investigation revealed a white male approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, medium build, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, entered the restaurant, displayed a handgun, and stole an undisclosed amount of money, the subject then fled on foot in an unknown direction. State Police request that anyone with information to call 754-2701.


A new audit by state comptroller Tom DiNapoli revealed that the state Department of Health’s Medicaid program overpaid health care providers by $7.8 million over a six-month period because of flaws with their computer system.   The Comptroller’s Office recouped about $7.5 million of the overpayments and took steps to prevent future payment errors, they also found 21 medical providers that remained in the Medicaid program although they had been charged with or found guilty of crimes that violate Medicaid program laws or regulations, the Health Department has terminated 20 of these providers.  A copy of the report is available at osc.state.ny.us/audits.


Following Governor Cuomo’s ambitious agenda laid out last month in his state of the state and budget presentations, state lawmakers have gotten right to work on the wide variety of proposals.  Assemblyman Pete Lopez comments:


(Lopez start of session)

Lawmakers have until the middle of June to tackle the broad agenda and they have until April 1st to pass a state budget.


The Chenango county sheriffs department conducted K-9 searches tat the Unadilla valley & Sherburne Earlville school districts.  The canine units searched for illegal drugs in school lockers, during the search a 17-year-old Sherburne youth was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, when a small amount of marijuana was located inside a student’s book locker.  The unidentified youth was given an appearance ticket for Sherburne court on March 7th.


Mollianna’s Mission has announced their  2nd Annual Family Day Festival, which will be held Saturday, May 18th at 12:00 Noon at the General Clinton Park located in Bainbridge.  The Mission works to benefit families suffering from pregnancy and infant loss, more information about the event is available at familydayfestival.org.


The American Red Cross is now accepting nominations for the 4th annual “Real Heroes Breakfast” to be held at the Binghamton Holiday Inn on May 9th.  Nominations can be submitted at redcross.org/ny/Endicott or by calling  785-7207.


The 2nd annual Rock in the Park is in the planning stages.  The fundraiser for Chenango County Toys for Toys will be held on August 10th at general Clinton park, organizers are looking to sign up bands, more information is available at the “Rock In The Park Facebook page or by calling Jason Hall at 972-6526.


The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Winter Fest Sleigh Rally this Saturday February 23rd from 1:00 to 3:00 at the General Clinton Park. There will be free horse drawn sleigh rides, hot chocolate and chili; a canned good donation is requested for the Bainbridge Soup Kitchen.



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