Several local fire companies responded to the fire at the Hillcrest roller Rink on West Main Street in Sidney last night. Fire fighters from Sidney, Wells Bridge, Deposit, Mount Upton, Walton, Trout Creek, Oneonta, Unadilla, Masonville, Franklin & Bainbridge responded to the fire, which was called out at about 11:30 PM. Sidney Fire Chief Greg peck told WCDO News that the cause of the fire is undetermined:


Peck said the Hillcrest fire fell on the same date as the Whitaker’s fire in Sidney in 2007.
State police will participate in a national crackdown “Drunk Driving, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The enforcement period will run from September 1st. Labor day weekend traditionally result sin heavy traffic, more accidents, serious injuries & fatalities. The State police goal is to maximize DWI Enforcement efforts to ensure that motorists are not injured or killed by an intoxicated driver. More than 10,000 are killed by drunk driving nationally each year.

Chenango county launched a new free “Have A Plan” Mobile App encourages people to have plan to get home safely if they’re impaired by alcohol or drugs.  The app operates on Iphone, Android & Windows platforms, and targets the 18-34 age range, with features such as designated drivers, find a taxi cab by GPS, alcohol impairment estimator, various motor skills tests to assess impairment levels, and a “Report DWI” button that connects users to local 911 services.  The App also offers a list of DWI facts, it can be found by searching the word “Chenango” in app stores.


State police arrested 32 year old Christopher Byrne and we year old Casey Jones of Coventry, for reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawfully growing cannabis, and possession of controlled substance outside its container. The arrests followed an investigation in the drug overdose of a 20-month-old child in Coventry; the child was initially treated at Wilson Memorial hospital in Johnson City & was transferred to Upstate Medical center in Syracuse. Byrne & Jones were arraigned in Coventry town court and were remanded to the Chenango county jail pending future court action; the child has been treated & released.
Binghamton University broke ground on their new $70 million dollars Smart Energy Research & Development facility this morning, at the Innovative Technologies Complex. The 114,00 square foot building will house the Harpur college of Arts & Sciences physics & chemistry departments, research will focus on energy efficient technologies including making solar power more economically competitive, reducing and using thermal energy generated by computers and other electronic device.
State police arrested 21 year old Samantha Smith of Oneonta for criminal impersonation & failure to have an interlock device, plus unlawful possession Marijuana, following a traffic stop for a defective tail light on state route 7 in Oneonta. Police accuse Smith of giving a false name to the trooper, the check of her identity showed that she was restricted to diving only vehicles with an interlock device due to a previous DWI arrest, she was also found to possess Marijuana. Smith faces court action in Oneonta court September 9th.
Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Candidate, Zephyr Teachout will appear at 5:15 PM today in front of the Court House at 92 Court Street in downtown Binghamton. Teachout is seeking to unseat Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary on September 9th. Teachout is a Law Professor at Fordham University in the Bronx and opposes Hydraulic fracturing.
Anndrea Starzak will host a party to celebrate the opening of her new campaign headquarters. Anndrea will address supporters on how she will bring good jobs, good schools, and good government back to the Southern Tier. The Official Office Opening Party is today 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Starzak for Senate Headquarters at 352 Clinton Avenue in Binghamton.
An Open House sponsored by Development Chenango will be held today at 17-19 South Broad Street, Norwich. The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The public is welcome to attend.

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