P.M. NEWS MONDAY 3-17-14

3 people were arrested on drug-possession charges Friday, after a search warrant was executed, and 70 to 90 small packets of heroin was seized.  29-year-old Kathryn Gorman of Oneonta, and 29-year-old Ian Barbar of New York City, was charged with 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. They were arraigned in Oneonta City Court and bail was set at $25,000. Also 51-year-old Rich Gormandy of Oneonta was charged with 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument and failure to obey a court order. Gormandy, who also allegedly possessed heroin, was released.


State Troopers at Oneonta arrested 34-year-old Michael Bennett of Oneonta for the 1st degree Criminal Contempt, False Personation, Unlawfully Dealing with a Child, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Harassment and Disorderly Conduct.  The arrest resulted from a complaint of two youths drinking alcohol in the parking lot at the Rite Aid on Chestnut Street in Oneonta, Troopers arrived & observed a man and younger woman consuming alcohol, the man gave a false name, but he was determined to be Michael Bennett. & he had an order of protection against him by the younger woman he was with.  Bennett resisted arrest, he was arraigned in the Town of Oneonta Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. The 17-year-old female was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Alcohol – Person Under 21 Years of Age and given a ticket returnable to the Town of Oneonta Court on March 25th.


Celebrity billionaire Donald Trump said he won’t run for governor in New York, citing the inability of the Republican Party to unite around his potential candidacy. He said he would need the GOP to clear the field of potential Republican challengers, and last week Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino entered the race. Polls show Cuomo with about a 40-point lead over Trump and Astorino


About 430 residents of the Broome County area attended Saturday’s event at the SUNY Binghamton Events center, where state leaders are urging residents to be prepared for weather emergencies.  Governor Cuomo commented about helping New Yorkers to be ready for adverse weather:


(Cuomo 3-17-14)


Families that attended received a variety of items that households should have, in case of emergencies.


New Yorkers who are looking to get their high school equivalency diploma this year, will have a different set of circumstances in order to get their GED this year.  June White of the Afton Adult education program explains:


(June White 3-17-14)


Those who would like additional information about the changes, or the program can call 639-2811.


The State DOT will auction 5 parcels of land locally,  as part of the state’s Surplus Property Program aimed at returning properties no longer needed.   The auction will be held on Thursday, at 10:30 a.m. in the NYSDOT Regional Office, at the State Office Building in Binghamton, 44 Hawley Street, room 1005.  Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.  The auction is open to the public.  The lands are located in the   Town of Colesville, village of Stamford , town of Oneonta, Prospective bidders may obtain more information at 721-8736.


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