The Broome County Sheriff’s Department announced that the Susquehanna County Sheriff’s Office has 39-year-old Aaron Powell in custody. Powell is the ‘person of interest’ in the double homicide in Powell’s house in the Town of Binghamton.  An autopsy ruled that the deaths of 35 year old Christina Powell, and 24 year old Mario Masciarelli were homicides, their bodies were found Friday at 4185 Lisi Lane Binghamton.  Powell was taken into custody at a store in the Montrose Pennsylvania.


State Senator Jim Seward announced senate passage of legislation he co-sponsored that would increase the penalty for killing or injuring a police animal.

(Seward 3-26-13)

The senate bill followed the shooting of FBI K-9 “Ape” in Herkimer at the conclusion of a standoff with 64 year old Kurt Meyers of Mohawk, who shot six people, four fatally earlier this month.  The bill has been sent to the assembly.


The Joint Landowners Coalition announced that they are seeking contributions to fund the “Takings” lawsuit against New York State.  Chemung Canal Trust Company in Binghamton will administer the fundraising account. Donations for the lawsuit can be made payable to “Landowner Defense Fund” and mailed to JLCNY, PO Box 2839, Binghamton, 13902, Donations can also be made by credit card at the Coalition website and clicking on the Landowner Defense Fund PayPal Link at jlcny.org.


State Troopers arrested 63-year-old John Peck of Colesville for Driving While Intoxicated. The arrest followed an investigation into a personal injury auto accident on Welton Street in Colesville; Peck was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Colesville Court on April 17th.


Governor Andrew Cuomo detailed an agreement to guarantee every school district has a permanent teacher and principal evaluation system in place by June 1st.   Last year, Governor Cuomo established a new statewide evaluation system based on multiple measures of performance including student achievement and rigorous classroom observations. The new law will ensure 100% compliance.


The state Department of Transportation plans a paving project on Oneonta’s Southside and on a portion of Main Street this year, DOT Region 9 Spokesman Dave Hamburg explains:


(Dave Hamburg 3-26-13)


Hamburg said that the work is scheduled for nighttime hours to ease congestion; Construction is expected to start in early June & be completed in about 45 days.


The New York Lottery presented a $3,000,000 scratch-off prize to Chadd Bill of Liverpool, who won a top prize on the 50X the Money scratch-off game.  Bill, bought his tickets a Sunoco station in Liverpool, he claimed his winning ticket at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Syracuse on February 28th.


Sidney Village police arrested 42-year-old Laurie Youngs of Norwich, on charges of petty larceny & endangering the welfare of a child.  Youngs is accused of stealing $180.00 in merchandise for the Sidney K-Mart, she faces court action at a later date.



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