The latest winter storm to hit the area has been a complicated one for forecasters to pin down, Sidney high school meteorologist Rich Townsend comments:


(Rich Townsend 3-12-14)


WCDO will have area  delays or postponements tomorrow morning, demanding on what the storm leaves behind.


Efforts are being coordinated to assist Gordon & Jeanne Shields of Guilford, who lost their home to a fire early Tuesday morning at 459 Keech Road.  The family dog woke up all family members, at around 1:15 AM Tuesday, they all escaped, but the house was heavily damaged.  Monetary donations are being accepted through the Bainbridge branch of Sidney Federal Credit Union at 967-7101, clothing, toiletries, & bedding for the family of 3; plus dog & cat food are needed.  Investigators have not yet released the cause of the fire.


The passing of budget bills is underway in both houses of the state legislature this week, with good news for the region, according to area Assemblyman Bill Magee:


(Magee 3-12-14)


Magee said that once the budget bills are passed, the conference committees will get to work on various segments of the budget, Magee said he expects the budget to be on time for the 4th year in a row.


The state Labor department announced that local unemployment rates soared in January, opposite the state & national trends.  Locally, Chenango County’s unemployment rate was 7.4%, up 1.2 % from December, Delaware County’s rate rose 1.4% to 8.1% and Otsego County’s rate was 7.4%, also up 1.4% from the month before.  Statewide, the unemployment rate was 6.8%; nationwide it was at 6.6%


Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 45-year-old Robert Rice of Greene for DWI, Driving with a BAC of .08% or higher and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.  Rice was stopped in the town of Smithville for a moving violation. He was found to be operating the motor vehicle in an intoxicated state.  Rice was taken into custody; processed, and released to a sober third party he will appear in the Town of Smithville Court at a later date.


Norwich police arrested 27-year-old Jory Page of Sherburne following the investigation into a domestic dispute.  Page is was charged with 1st degree criminal contempt, 2nd degree menacing, reckless endangerment, 4th degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child and petty larceny, he is accused of violating an order of protection and threatening another person.  Page was being held pending arraignment on the charges.


State Troopers in Deposit arrested 29-year-old Nicole Mills of Deposit for Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance & Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Instrument.  The arrest occurred after a traffic stop on State Route 17 in Sanford, Mills was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant from the Town of Sanford Court, she was also found to possess a small amount of heroin and a hypodermic syringe.   Mills was arraigned in the Village of Deposit Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail on bail.


The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Jessica Levesque of Afton on 2 counts of endangering the Welfare of a Child.  A Deputy responded to the report of loose dogs, & while attempting to locate the owner of the dogs a young infant could be heard crying inside of a residence.   Numerous attempts to get someone to answer the door were unsuccessful.  Once inside Levesque was located with 2 infants, a wood stove was operating within feet of the infant, with a burning piece of wood hanging out of the stove & with a door that did not contain the fire.  Levesque was issued an appearance ticket for Afton Town Court at a later date.


State Police in Greene arrested 28-year-old William Ray of Greene for DWI with a BAC result of .17%, more than twice the legal limit.  The arrest followed a traffic stop for speeding on State Route 41 in Greene; Ray was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Greene Court on March 20th.


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