State Police Reported that 71-year-old Barbara Cadwell died in the blaze at 311 Tunnel Road in the town of Fenton Tuesday morning.  Firefighters responded to the blaze at around 4:29 AM to find the home engulfed in flames, the cause of Cadwell’s death has been ruled as asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning, The manner of death was determined to be accidental.  The Investigation revealed the fire originated from a wood stove.  Firefighters from Sanitaria Springs, Port Crane and Harpursville fought Tuesday’s fire, no injuries were reported.


The State Labor Department released preliminary local area unemployment rates for March. The state’s unemployment rate was at 8.1% for March, locally Chenango County improved 6/10ths to 8.6%, Delaware County’s rate dropped 1% to 9.4% and Otsego County’s rate also dropped 1% to 8.2%.


The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office will again be partnering with the U.S. DEA on Saturday in the National “Take Back” Initiative.  The purpose of the initiative is to help prevent prescription drug diversion, & it prevents unused drugs from entering the ground water and municipal water supplies.  The Sheriff’s Office will be staffing collections at the Sheriff’s Office Sub-Station at the Coventry Town Hall on State Route 235.  The Sheriff’s Office will also be collecting unused medications at the North Norwich fire Station on State Route 12.  The collection sites are open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.


Congressman Chris Gibson announced the formation of a Watershed Advisory Group to l work on issues related to the New York City Watershed. Currently,  the entire Upstate portion is encompassed in one Congressional District, Gibson said that the group  would bring together  residents, state and local officials, farmers, small business owners and others – to gather feedback and identify solutions.  those wishing to participate can visit the Congressman’s website: gibson.house.gov/watershed.


The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 26-year-old Amber Towndrow of Oxford for  2nd degree Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Deputies reported that while at Towndrow’s residence arresting another person on an active arrest warrant, Amber Towndrow shoved a Deputy  while holding a 1 year old child & used profane language on several occasions during this incident in front of the child.  Towndrow was arraigned in the Village of Oxford Court and remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $5,000 Cash bail & will reappear in the Village of Oxford Court at a later date.


Officials with the NY Alert system announced that individuals in numerous states are receiving solicitation phone calls with a caller ID of NY-Alert  from the phone number 518- 292-6634.  officials said that these calls are not originating from NY-Alert & that   Caller ID spoofing is being used to display NY-Alert on the telephone display.  Officials said that hang up & never give any personal information to those callers.


New York State Safe Boating week is May 18th through the 24th, the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Boater Safety Course and “Ready, Set, Wear it” event. The “Ready, Set, Wear It” is a program set to encourage all boaters to wear life jackets while boating. Participants must register by contacting the Sheriff’s Office at 337-1920.   Registration is limited to the first 20, the course will be held at the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office on May 18th from 8:00am-4:00pm.


Flood issues are still a major concern for much of the upstate regions affected by hurricane Irene and tropical storm lee in 2011.  assemblyman Pete Lopez said that while hurricane sandy relief is important, upstate residents cannot be forgotten:


(Lopez 4-24-13)


Lopez said that 25% of the calls to his staff are related to the ongoing recovery of the 2 storms from 2011 that devastated much of his assembly district.




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