Otsego county sheriffs Deputies arrested 29-year-old Brandon Empie of Milford for allegedly threatening to kill Otsego county judge John Lambert  & burn his house down.  The sheriff’s department Criminal Investigation Division investigated and consulted with the district attorney’s office, Empie was arrested Tuesday on charges of making a terrorist threat, he was arraigned in Town of Milford court & he was remanded to the Otsego county Jail on $10,000 bail.


Broome County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year-old Brandon Cole of Sidney on a number of charges early this morning.  Deputies observed Cole driving Bevier Street at a high rate of speed, running a red light, and eventually he struck a guide rail in the parking lot of the Expressmart on Old Front Street.  Cole was charged with Aggravated DWI, with BAC .18% or greater, Unreasonable and imprudent speed, Failure to maintain lane, Open container in a motor vehicle, as well as other charges, he will appear in the town of Dickinson court at a later date.


Chenango county sheriff’s deputies arrested 2 Madison County residents on a variety of charges Monday in Sherburne.  20-year-old Trever Scheckler of Hamilton was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Speeding, Improper Passing, and Reckless Driving.  Also charged was Scheckler’s passenger, 20-year-old Cody Smith, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  Both will appear in Sherburne town court at a later date.


Governor Cuomo today announced that $1.2 million in job training grants is still available to businesses that hire long-term unemployed New Yorkers. The campaign helps individuals who have been out of work for 26 weeks or longer, by connecting them to available regional jobs.  600 businesses have taken advantage of about $8.2 million in training incentives & have  hired more than 1,200 individuals. More information is available at governor.ny.gov.


The Sidney Central Schools announced the start of their after school enrichment program on October 22nd.  The model for this program is similar to the model used for the summer camps.  Programs such as Robotics, Math & Music, Guitar Lessons, Zumba, and many others, for students in grades 1through 8.  The programs will run in 5-week increments and change each session, hours are from 2:55 to 4:10 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  More information is available at the Sidney Elementary School  at 561-7701.


Fundraising efforts are underway for former tri-town area resident William Hurtubise, who traveled to India for work from Texas, he forgot to check his bag before leaving the states, and carried 8 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition into India.  Hurtibise was arrested on September 18th and taken into custody; family & friends in the area are trying to raise funds in the amount of $75,000 for legal expenses in order to obtain his release.  Details & fundraising can be found online at giveforward.com.


State Police arrested 34-year-old Megan Holbrook of Laurens for driving while intoxicated. The arrest followed an investigation of an accident on Wilber Lake Road in Oneonta, Holbrook was issued tickets returnable to the town of Oneonta court on November 5th.


A reward is being offered by a private citizen, after a number of signs promoting town of Sidney Democratic candidates were vandalized recently.  Ray Lewis of Sidney Center said that he is putting up a $1,000 reward:


(Ray Lewis 10-9-13)


Lewis said that if anyone finds any other vandalized signs, they should contact their local law enforcement.


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