State police responded to the report of an accident in the town of Deposit early Saturday morning.  52-year-old Gerald Kamp of Deposit drove his Mercedes Benz off of airport road & into a tree, at about 6:00 AM Saturday, when he failed to make a sharp left curve in the road.  Kamp was pronounced dead at the scene, the investigation is ongoing.


43-year-old Darren Steele of Harpursville has been charged with 3rd degree assault, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, 2nd degree harassment & 3rd degree burglary following a domestic depute in Johnson City.  Police accuse Steele of hitting his wife and another woman who tried to intervene; he was apprehended after he returned to the area a short time later.  Steele was arraigned and was sent to the Broome County jail pending future court action.


State Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos announced today that State Senator Tom Libous of Binghamton is stepping down as head of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee as he deals with ongoing health issues.  Libous will remain as the 2nd most powerful Republican in the state senate, he continues to battle cancer, which was first diagnosed in 2009.


Delaware County Sheriffs Deputies arrested 32-year-old Joshua Faulkner, of the Town of Tompkins Friday, on an arrest warrant issued by Town of Tompkins court.  The charges resulted from a domestic incident which occurred at a residence on Dryden Road in the Town of Tompkins on July 20th Faulkner is charged with 1st degree Burglary, 4th degree Criminal Mischief 4th degree, Petty Larceny and 2nd degree Harassment.  Faulkner was arraigned in the Town of Tompkins Court where he posted bail and was released to re-appear at a later date.


The 3rd annual “Folds of Honor” fundraising concert will be held this coming Friday night at the Oneonta Theater.  Doug Decker of the opening act Just Throw Money explains:


(Doug Decker 8-5-13)


Tickets for the show are available at OneontaTheater.com or at the Green Toad Bookstore, Maxwell’s, Music Square or the 8th Note, all in Oneonta.


Governor Cuomo announced a new initiative to encourage individuals who owe significant back taxes to pay their bills.  A New York driver’s license can be suspended when a taxpayer’s past-due tax liability exceeds $10,000.  The Tax Department is sending the first round of 16,000 suspension notices to delinquent taxpayers, who have 60 days to pay up, if they fail to, the DMV will send a second letter providing an additional 15 days to respond. If they fail after that, the license is suspended until the debt is paid or a payment plan is established.  More information is available at tax.ny.gov.


New York is following the federal government in dropping the requirement that ATM’s have posted signs disclosing bank fees. The measure was signed last week by Governor Cuomo and effective immediately. Congress recently passed legislation to eliminate the requirement for notices on machines, and the New York law now conforms to federal legislation.


Former Binghamton Mets Jordany Valdespin & current B-Met Cesar Puello have accepted a 50-game ban for their connection to Biogenesis in Florida.  Both players’ suspensions were announced this afternoon from the office of Major Leaguer Baseball in New York City. Also accepting the 50 game suspension is New York Yankee Catcher Francisco Cervelli.



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