60-year-old Almond Upton of Florida was indicted in Broome County Court on 11 charges, including 1st degree murder.  Upton is accused of killing State Trooper Christopher Skinner during a May 29th traffic stop, Upton intentionally struck Skinner with a pickup truck while the trooper was conducting a routine traffic stop on I-81. Upton will also be arraigned on the indictment in Broome County Court.


The State Office of Mental Health and the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Coalition are sponsoring a “safeTALK” Suicide Prevention Training on Thursday August 14th at Delaware County Public Safety Building in Delhi.  Delaware county public heath director Bonnie Hamilton told WCDO News that the program was planned as statistics show that suicides are up significantly in Delaware County this year:


(Bonnie Hamilton 8-7-14)


Registration for this training is due tomorrow through Delaware county public health at 832-5200.


Fire officials have determined the cause of a fire in Windsor Monday morning at an apartment building on Old State Route 17. Investigators said a seven year old child found a lost lighter and set a couch on fire. When fire fighters arrived on scene, they saw flames coming from the first floor of the building extending into the second floor. Fire officials said three of the four apartments were occupied, but everyone made it out safely.


Firefighters from South New Berlin, Mount Upton, Norwich & New berlin responded to a structure fire at 2364 State Highway 8 in the town of Norwich.   Initial reports suggested that one person may have been trapped inside, that was later confirmed as false. Emergency crews shut down route 8 for about 4 hours.


Congressman Richard Hanna announced a nearly $2 million federal loan for the City of Norwich to make upgrades to its water storage facilities.  Norwich also received a $750,000 grant through the USDA for the project.  The funds will be used to demolish the old storage tank and valve vault, and replace them with new ones; Work is also scheduled on an access road from Wheeler Avenue to the new tank.


Governor Cuomo signed legislation to better protect children by adding school coaches to the field of professionals required to report suspected abuse to authorities. This bill will also require coaches who currently hold or apply for a temporary coaching license or professional coaching certificate to complete two hours of training regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment.  The law had previously been unclear on whether individuals in these positions must report suspected cases of abuse.


State Police at Norwich arrested 53-year-old Todd Stockton of Sherburne for 3rd degree Grand Larceny and Falsifying Business Records, following a State Department of Labor investigation, which determined he had stolen $9,261 in insurance benefits from the State Department of Labor.  Stockton was issued tickets for Village of Sherburne Court August 14th


Governor Cuomo signed legislation to better protect school crossing guards from assault while on the job, offering them similar protections to that of police officers and firefighters. Any assault on a school crossing guard, resulting in physical injury while performing his or her duties, will now be raised to a violent felony.



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