The National Weather Service has a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Tuesday Night to Wednesday Night.  Sidney High School science Teacher & Meteorologist Rich Townsend comments:


(Rich Townsend 2-3-14)


The Storm will start out down south, & move up through the Mississippi Valley & head into the Southern Tier around Midnight Tuesday night.


Governor Cuomo today launched the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program that will train approximately 100,000 New Yorkers during 2014 in preparation for emergencies or disasters.  Governor Cuomo also announced the launch of a new website www.prepare.ny.gov, to serve as the digital home for the Citizen Preparedness Corps community. The website will offer information about additional trainings & disaster preparedness tips.


2 Binghamton men were indicted for an alleged robbery-turned homicide against a South Side man last year. 40-year-old Nigel Smith and 36 year old Calvin Bell, were named in an indictment as co-defendants for multiple charges, including second-degree murder, in the June 15 death of Bretnie Owens. Smith, who is being held on a parole violation, pleaded not guilty last month in Broome County Court. Smith and Bell allegedly caused Owens’ death while committing a robbery. The men are accused of aiding and abetting each other to commit the crime.  Bell is being held in the Broome County jail


A Chenango County woman has pleaded not guilty to a grand jury indictment alleging she caused the death of a 3-month-old girl she was babysitting.  38-year-old Geneia Rood of Pitcher, pleaded not guilty in Chenango County Court last month to an indictment charging a felony count of second-degree manslaughter. Rood is accused of recklessly causing the September 5th death of Brenna Quinn by giving her alcohol. Rood is being held in the Chenango County jail.


With stronger laws and greater enforcement, texting-while-driving tickets in New York rose 82 percent in 2013 compared to 2012. Police issued about 55,000 texting tickets statewide in 2013, up from about 30,000 in 2012. Gov. Cuomo proposed to suspend licenses for one year for people under age 21 caught texting behind the wheel. The current suspension is for six months.  Tickets for cell phone use still outpace texting tickets. Police last year issued nearly 207,000 tickets for using a cell phone while driving.


Governor Cuomo today announced that Jason Aldean would return to the New York State Fair Grandstand on Saturday, August 30th.  Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr will open; Tickets will go on sale at 9:00 AM this Saturday, February 8th at the State Fair Box Office and the Fair’s online ticket seller, etix.com.


State Troopers at Sidney arrested 58-year-old Randy Leizear of Bainbridge for driving while intoxicated with a reportable BAC result of .15%, almost twice the legal limit.  The arrest resulted from a vehicle and traffic law stop for a turn signal violation on Maple Street in Afton; Leizear was issued tickets returnable to the Village of Afton Court today.


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