State Police arrested 29-year-old Kyle Whitfield of Greene, for 2nd degree Murder. The arrest followed the investigation into a physical altercation and the subsequent stabbing death of 33-year-old James Button Jr. of Greene, at Whitfield’s residence at 132 Loomis Lane in Greene. Whitfield was arraigned in the Town of Smithville Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail without bail. State Police were assisted at the scene by the Village of Greene Police Department.
State Police from Sidney arrested 37-year-old Bryan Ohara of Mount Upton for 2nd degree Criminal Contempt. Ohara is accused of violating a court order of protection by initiating unwanted communication with the protected party. Ohara was arraigned in the town of Guilford Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $30,000 cash bail or $100,000 secured bond.
Governor Cuomo today announced that New York State Police were successful in 15% of Automated External Defibrillators saves for individuals under sudden cardiac arrest, since 2007. Cuomo said that the success rate of state police was twice the national rate of 8%. All marked State Police vehicles and state buildings are equipped with the devices, and troopers are given comprehensive, special training to use them in emergency situations.
Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting announced that his office has launched a smartphone app that allows the office to communicate much more effectively with the community. The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office app is a free download and is available for both iPhone and Android smart devices, Users simply search “MobilePatrol” and after downloading, select the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office.
State Police from Oneonta arrested 27-year-old Natalie Hilyer of Erie, Pennsylvania for Driving While Intoxicated with a reportable BAC result of .14%. Hilyer was stopped by Troopers on state route 28 in the town of Oneonta for driving without her headlights; troopers determined that she was intoxicated. Hilyer was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Oneonta Court on March 18th.
The family of Michele Harris in Tioga county is hoping to gain new information on her 2001 disappearance. A confidential tip line is being set up by her four children and their father Cal Harris. Cal Harris was arrested for the murder of Michele in 2005, and has since had two convictions overturned on appeal. Harris will go to trial for a third time in Schoharie County, after a state appeals court granted a venue change. No trial date has been set. Michele’s body has never been found. The confidential tip line can be reached at (607) 215-5166
Former New York Governor David Patterson now has a permanent presence in the Capitol’s Hall of Governors. Paterson’s official portrait was unveiled Sunday afternoon. Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced Paterson at the event, hailing his leadership through a time of fiscal catastrophe. Paterson took office on March 17th 2008, just as the nation’s financial system began its meltdown. Paterson was lieutenant governor under Governor Eliot Spitzer and rose to governor when Spitzer resigned due to a prostitution scandal. Spitzer’s portrait has not been added to the Hall of Governor’s. Paterson’s did not to seek re-election in 2010, which cleared the way for Cuomo to successfully run.