Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting is confirming the identity of the body found on Tuesday February 26, 2013 on Center Road in the Town of Pharsalia.  The body had been identified by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office as Jennifer Ramsaran who was reported missing by her husband on December 11, 2012.  The Sheriff’s Office along with the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office is still investigating the cause of Jennifer’s death.  The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact them at 337-1924 or 607 337 1864.  All calls will be kept confidential.


The State DEC missed another deadline to finalize regulations governing natural gas development, & the Joint Landowners Coalition announced that they are moving ahead and seeking plaintiffs for its lawsuit against New York State.  Coalition Attorney Scott Kurkoski comments:


(Scott Kurkoski 2-28-13)


Kurkoski said that the coalition is seeking one plaintiff from 4 different categories of landowners in the Marcellus Shale region, more details are available at 584-5620.


The Oneonta Town Board will have a workshop meeting tonight on a proposed extension of a moratorium on natural gas drilling.  The meeting will be held in the Oneonta Town Hall in West Oneonta at 7:00 PM, A public hearing is set for 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 13th.   Last year, the Oneonta Town Board passed a 12-month moratorium; the new proposal would extend that for another 12 months.


The Otsego County Planning Department, the Otsego County Conservation Association, Opportunities for Otsego, and Sustainable Otsego, have teamed up for a series of workshops on how homeowners, small businesses, and non-profits can get an energy assessment.   The workshop series will kick off on Saturday March 9, in the Butternut Valley Room at SUCO’s Hunt Union. From 10 am till 1 pm, followed by workshops on March 20th in cherry valley, April 10th in Morris & April 27th in Edmeston.  More information is available at 723-0110.


After a week & a half vacation, state lawmakers got back to work today in Albany.  Lawmakers will spend much of their time this month working on the 142.6 billion dollar state budget, which is due by April first.  Other proposals from Governor Cuomo include a minimum wage hike to $8.75 an hour, mapping out where proposed casinos should be located,


US Senator Charles Schumer reintroduced the Metal Theft Prevention Act, to try to prevent the theft and sale of stolen scrap metal.  The bill would help make it harder for those who steal metal items to turn around & sell it. Reports of Metal theft has jumped more than 80 percent in recent years, with copper pipe regularly taken from vacant homes a& other structures, Between 2009 and 2011, the National Insurance Crime Bureau found over 25,000 insurance claims related to metal theft, Schumer’s bill has bipartisan support.


Police have nabbed a man who may have been involved in series of store robberies over the last few months across the southern tier.   62-year-old John Malowsky of Attica was arrested by the Tioga County Sheriff’s Department in connection with an armed robbery of the Owego CVS store last night, and a Maurice’s in Corning the night before.    Deputies apprehended Malowsky leaving the CVS Store; he is also accused of threatening Deputies with a knife.  Malowsky will be arraigned in Tioga County and is expected to be arraigned for armed robberies in Chemung and Steuben Counties shortly.



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