WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 11-10-17

State Police CNET officers executed a search warrant at 1406 Union Center Maine Highway in the Town of Union, Police seized 125 pounds of processed marihuana, 12 dosage units of LSD, plus crystal methamphetamine, hydrocodone, liquid hydrocodone, concentrated Marijuana, plus scales and drug paraphernalia. Investigators arrested 31-year-old Nicholas Espe of Endicott, for Criminal Possession of Marihuana & Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Espe was arraigned & was remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail pending future court action.
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The State Department of Corrections is asking the public to be call 911 if they spot 66-year-old Ronald Cook of Utica. Cook is a paroled Level 3 Sex offender who is accused of removing his GPS ankle bracelet. Cook was last seen in Rome Wednesday, wearing a bright yellow windbreaker, he is described as a white male; 5′ 9″ tall, weighing about 240 pounds, with gray hair and hazel eyes. Cook was convicted of raping a 24-year-old woman in Binghamton in 1990; he was also convicted in 1988 of first-degree sexual abuse and impersonating a police officer.
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The State Labor Department is advancing regulations on “just in time”, “call-in” or “on-call” scheduling, common practices that allow employers to schedule or cancel workers’ shifts just hours before or even after they start. The practices often leave workers scrambling to find childcare and force them to miss appointments, classes or important family commitments. The full regulation can be viewed at labor.ny.gov/schedulingregs
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The Sidney Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the Sidney VFW, tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM. A light lunch will be served following the ceremony at 133 East Main Street in Sidney.
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The Out Of The Woodworks Players will present “NO OPERA AT THE OP’RY HOUSE TONIGHT” tonight & Saturday at 7:00 PM & Sunday, at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available prior to each performance; more information is available at 563-2582
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NYSEG reported that about 220 customers, mostly in Hancock were without power today, from downed trees & power lines from high wind gusts last night through today. NYSEG crews are working to get the power restored as soon as possible this afternoon.
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The Tri-Town Regional Hospital will hold a Blood Drive tomorrow from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The American Red Cross is experiencing a blood shortage and has issued an emergency request for all blood types. The blood drive will be held in the Conference Room, Appointments may be made at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RedCross.
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Farmers will have two opportunities to drop off used agricultural film plastic for recycling under a special program offered by Otsego County Solid Waste Department, the Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District, Otsego County Conservation Association, and Casella Waste Solutions. Collection dates are Saturday at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, November 16 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. both days. More information is available at 282-4087 or occainfo.org/recycling-agricultural-plastics.
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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 11-9-17

Today is the 2nd day of the trial of 64-year-old Ramadan Abdullah of Johnson City, in Broome County Court. Abdullah is accused of stockpiling weapons in various locations in Broome County; he was indicted for 15 counts of criminal possession of a weapon following his arrest in June
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Dr. Vance Brown announced that he is stepping down as President of Bassett Medical Center, but will stay on as CEO. Dr. William LeCates has been named as deputy President while a search is conducted to replace Dr. Brown. Dr. Brown announced that the move is part of a restructuring plan at Bassett.
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Governor Cuomo continues his push to get the entire New York Congressional Delegation to oppose President Trump’s Federal budget plans that would raise the taxes of New Yorkers:

(Cuomo 11-9-17)

Cuomo said that New York Sends 48 billion dollars more to the federal government each year than the state gets back in return, which is the highest amount of all 50 states>
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104-year-old Frank Doolittle of Bainbridge will be presented with the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony in Sidney on Saturday, Veteran’s day. Doolittle will receive his medal Saturday at 2:00 PM in a ceremony at the Thomas Z. Fagan Municipal airport from Congresswoman Claudia Tenney; Doolittle served in World War 2 in the US Civil Air Patrol.
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The votes have been tabulated, and New York Voters Approved of Proposition #3 Tuesday, which would allow for the forming of a Land Bank, to allow for some projects to move forward on a case by case basis. The move would allow for some projects like making some roads wider & for the construction of bike paths in the Catskills & the Adirondacks.


State Police responded to a report of 3 people attempting to burglarize a home in the Town of Union. Responding troopers observed the reported vehicle & conducted a traffic stop. Police arrested 20 year old Alfred Irish of Endicott, 20 year old Anthony Bennett of Apalachin and 20 year old Vincent Pitts of Vestal, were arrested on Burglary Charges, they were arraigned in the Town of Union Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail with no bail set. Their next court dates are pending.
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The State Office of General Services announced a surplus vehicle, highway equipment, and miscellaneous property auction has been scheduled in Binghamton on Wednesday, November 15. Information on specific items and terms of sale are available at ogs.ny.gov, more information is available at (518) 457-6335. Next Wednesday Auction will begin at 9:30 AM at the Department of Transportation at 241 Colesville Road, Binghamton
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State Senator Fred Akshar joined members of the Norwich Fire Department and Norwich Mayor Christine Carnrike to announce approximately $290,000 in State and Municipal Facilities Program (SAM) funding to purchase two new ambulances for the City of Norwich. The two ambulances were purchased this summer and have already been put into use, rotating into service to replace two older ambulances. Norwich Fire Department covers the City and Town of Norwich and the towns of Plymouth, North Norwich and Preston.
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Today, Hartwick College will host the 5th Annual Hartwick Hawks’ Night Fever, a pep rally for the entire College community, in Lambros Arena, Binder Physical Education Center, on the College campus. The event starts at 9 p.m., and is free and open to the community

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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 11-8-17

State Police arrested 37-year-old Charlotte Heath of Guilford for Menacing & Harassment. Troopers responded to a report of a dispute on Phillips Odell Road, in the Town of Guilford, where Heath allegedly threatened her husband while trying to strike him with an unspecified item. She was arraigned in the Town of Oxford Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 property bond. An order of protection was issued; Heath faces court action on November 14th.
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State Police, State Liquor Authority and Endicott Police Department conducted an Underage Drinker Identification Enforcement check Friday. They targeted 29 Broome County area convenience stores that sold alcoholic beverages, only 1 sold alcohol to an underage operative, at Kelly’s Gulf on State route 26 in the Town of Maine. 21-year-old store clerk Zonia Altamirano of Apalachin was arrested for selling alcohol to a minor; She was given an appearance ticket for Town of Maine Court on November 28th.
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The Hartwick College Nursing Department invites the public to an informational meeting about its 18-month Accelerated Nursing Program. The event is Tuesday, November 14, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM in Johnstone Science Center, on the Hartwick College campus. More information on the event or the Accelerated Nursing Program is available at 431-4790 or 431-4324.
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Plans have moved along nicely & the Hotel accommodations at Tioga Downs recently opened, as part of their overall expansion. Spokesman Jim Weed Explains:

(Jim Weed 11-8-17)

Tioga Downs was one of only a few upstate venues allowed to expand with a casino after state laws allowed for more casino gambling in upstate counties.
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NY State of Health enrollments are underway for those looking to purchase Health Insurance for 2018. The Chenango Health Network is assisting residents in area counties by meeting with a Navigator face to face, according to spokesperson Chris McAvoy-Paul:

(Chris McAvoy-Paul 11-8-17)

Assistance will be offered by the Chenango Health Network, through the end of the New York State Enrollment period, which ends January 31st 2018.
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The elections results are in for many of the key races in the Tri-County Area: Sidney Town Supervisor Gene Pigford is re-elected, for the 2 Sidney Council seats, the winners are Pete Cordes & Frank Selleck. Walton Supervisor Charles Gregory is re-elected, the Franklin Town Council winners were David Grant & Garret Sitts, Oneonta mayor Gary Herzig is re-elected, Oneonta Town Supervisor Robert Wood is re-elected, Oneonta town council Winners were Patricia Jacob & Randy Mowers, Butternuts town board Winners were Paul Irwin & Scot Lueck, for the Norwich City Council 4th Ward: Linda Kays Biviano wins, Norwich Town Council seats go to Stanley Foulds & Debra Cubbedge, the Otselic Supervisor is Marjorie Davis & Oxford Supervisor, incumbent Lawrence Wilcox wins. The proposition for all state voters: the Constitutional Convention was defeated, Cutting Public Pensions for convicted officials was approved, and allowing expansion of roads & bike paths in the Catskills & Adirondacks is too close to call. Candidates who won their races for seats on the Otsego County Board of Representatives include Ed Frazier, Michele Farwell, Kathleen Clark, Andrew Stammel, Margaret Kennedy, Peter Oberacker, David Bliss, Andrew Marietta, Keith McCarty, Adrienne Martini, Danny Lapin & Lizabeth Shannon.
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Governor Cuomo announced that applications for home heating assistance would be accepted beginning Monday, November 13 throughout New York State. The Home Energy Assistance Program is making $327 million in federal funding available to eligible older New Yorkers and low- and moderate-income New Yorkers to help cover heating costs. Households that are eligible can receive assistance of up to $726, depending on income, household size, and how the home is heated. Applications are accepted at local departments of social services, anyone living outside of New York City can apply for a regular Home Energy Assistance benefit online at myBenefits.ny.gov. Last year, nearly 1.5 million households received assistance through HEAP.
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Bassett Healthcare Network is currently holding their annual “Coats for Kids” event; new or gently used children’s coats can be dropped off at Bassett Healthcare Network locations or at any First Choice Cleaners before November 20th. Coats will be cleaned by First Choice Cleaners and the Distribution of the items will be November 25th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Bassett Healthcare at 125 Main Street, Oneonta & November 27 to December 1st from 10 AM to 4:00 PM at the Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church Street, Cooperstown. More information is available at 547-3914
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 17 year old Dylan Osonitch of Queens for unlicensed operator, operating with an expired registration sticker displayed, failure to keep right, and driving while ability impaired by drugs, following a traffic stop in the Town of Colchester. Osonitch was later released on tickets returnable to Colchester Town Court at a later date.
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Governor Cuomo today announced completion of a $2.3 million project to renew 9.2 lane miles of concrete pavement repair along Interstate 88 between the I-88/Interstate 81 interchange and exit 3 in the towns of Dickinson and Fenton. Interstate-88 serves about 25,600 vehicles use this stretch of highway every day.

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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 11-7-17

Today is Election Day, with polls open until 9:00 tonight. All New York voters will decide on 3 propositions on the back of the ballot regarding a constitutional convention, if convicted politicians should lose their pensions, and if forest land in the Adirondacks and Catskills can be used for wider roads or bicycle paths. In Delaware County there are significant races for Town Supervisor in Sidney & Walton, for town board seats in Sidney & Franklin, in Chenango County for town supervisor in the towns of Norwich, Plymouth, Oxford, Smyrna & Otselic, plus Norwich city justice & Norwich city alderman in the 4th ward. In Otsego County, there are races for the Board of Representative’s in all districts except the 10th & 11th, where candidates are running unopposed. There are also races for the Town of Oneonta Supervisor & Town Board & Oneonta City Mayor, there are 4 candidates running for 2 seats on the Town of Butternuts board.
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Businesses in Chenango County and beyond will be looking to fill hundreds of job openings at the 3rd Annual College & Community Job Fair tomorrow at Morrisville State College’s Norwich campus. Commerce Chenango CEO Steve Craig comments:

(Steve Craig 11-7-17)

The College & Community Job Fair will take place from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Morrisville’s Norwich campus, at 20 Conkey Avenue.
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A.O. Fox Hospital & Oneonta Job Corps Academy are partnering to bring the Oneonta community its first blood drive competition Wednesday & Thursday with the 1st Annual Donor Dash, to benefit the American Red Cross. Fox Spokesperson Gabby Argo explains:

(Gabby Argo 11-7-17)

Community members are encouraged to participate with employees at both locations, the Fox Hospital blood drive will be on Wednesday, at Fox Care Center. The Oneonta Job Corps Academy blood drive is on Thursday in the gymnasium, both events will be from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Donors can register at redcrossblood.org or 1-800-733-2767.
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An Autopsy performed at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton has determined that Kenneth Faulkner of New Rochelle died from a Cocaine Overdose. Oneonta Police had picked up Faulkner where they had warrants to search Faulkner & an apartment in Oneonta, following a drug investigation. Faulkner struggled with Oneonta Police officers & swallowed a packet believed to contain Cocaine, EMT’s brought him to Fox Hospital, and he died a few hours later, after the Police struggle Thursday night. The investigation into the incident is continuing by the Oneonta Police Department & the Otsego County District Attorney’s office.
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Delaware County Sheriff Deputies arrested 43-year-old Scott Burgess of New Jersey, for allegedly speeding on State Highway 268 in the Town of Hancock. Deputies accuse Burgess of driving while intoxicated, with a child as a passenger. Burgess was charged with Aggravated DWI & Endangering the Welfare of a Child, he was arraigned in the Town of Colchester Court & was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 secured bond.
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State Police arrested 75-year-old John Skerkis of Texas for DWI, and other traffic violations, after troopers responded to an accident on Main Street in Milford. Troopers accused Skerkis of being intoxicated when he drove into a ditch; he refused to submit to a breath test to determine his blood alcohol content. Skerkis was arraigned in the Town of Milford Court and was remanded to the Otsego County Jail in lieu of $3,000 cash bail or $6,000 property bond. His next court date is on November 7, 2017.
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The State Preparedness Corps will conduct disaster preparedness training Today at the Sidney Public Library. The Training is free, There will 2 sessions, one from 3:00 to 4:30 PM for senior citizens & another for the general public from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Tri County Senior Center Spokesperson Carol Allen explains:

(Carol Allen 11-7-17)

The Tri County Senior Center & The Sidney United Way are co-sponsoring the Disaster Training, pre-registration is requested at 563-8065, or in person at the Senior Center in the SIdney Civic Center.
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The Next General Clinton Canoe Regatta committee meetings will be held later today, at Galaxy Bowl, 105 North Main Street in Bainbridge. The Race Committee meeting starts at 6:30 PM, the General Meeting at 7:30 PM

 

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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 11-6-17

Tomorrow is Election Day, with many local town & city races of importance to be decided by voters. All voters Statewide will decide on propositions, which will be on the back of the ballots, to decide if a constitutional convention should be convened to overhaul state government, if politicians convicted of corruption should lose their pensions, and if forest land in the Adirondacks and Catskills can be used for widened roads and bicycle paths. Key Chenango County races include the Oxford town supervisor’s race between Canice Paliotta vs. incumbent Lawrence Wilcox, the Norwich town council race has 4 candidates for 2 positions, between Debra Cubbedge, Barbara Collins, Stanley Foulds & David law. For the Otselic town supervisor position, Marjorie Davis & John Myers are on the ballot. In Delaware County; For Town of Sidney Supervisor; incumbent Gene Pigford faces Bill Heath, & there are 4 Town board candidates for 2 seats, candidates on the ballot are Pete Cordes, Dan Cristelli, Frank Selleck & John Woodyshek, however Woodyshek announced that he is NOT seeking re-election. in the Town of Franklin Board there are 2 open seats with 3 candidates: Patricia Tyrell, David Grant & Garrett Sitts. In the Walton town supervisor’s race, Charles Gregory faces Bruce Dolph. In Otsego County races of note: there are Board of Representative’s races in all districts except the 10th & 11th where 1 candidate each is running unopposed. For Town of Oneonta Supervisor, Republican Mike Butler challenges Incumbent Democrat Robert Wood, for the Oneonta Town Board Incumbents Patricia Jacob and Randy Mowers, are being challenged by Dan Baker, and James McCue. In the city of Oneonta mayor’s race, Incumbent Gary Herzig faces write in candidate Don Scanlon. In the Town of Butternuts there are 4 candidates for 2 seats on the board, they are Scott Lueck, Paul Irwin, Donald Hunt & James Power. Polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM Tuesday.
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Delaware County Board of Elections reminds Sidney Center voters that that the polling site from District 1 & 3 this year, has been changed. Voters in those voting districts will go to the new Sidney Center Fire Department Building on County Route 35. More information is available 832-5321.
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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his office’s Election Day Hotline, which will help troubleshoot and resolve a range of issues encountered by voters at the polls during the general election on Tuesday, November 7. The Attorney General urges voters experiencing problems or issues at the polls to call the office’s hotline at 800-771-7755 or email civil.rights@ag.ny.gov at any time between 6:00 AM and 9:00 PM on Tuesday. Attorneys and staff in the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau will staff the hotline.
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Governor Cuomo and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer today held a conference call to discuss the devastating Republican tax plan and state and local deductibility.

(Senator Schumer 11-6-17)

Schumer & Cuomo are calling all members of the New York Congressional delegation to oppose the Trump New York Tax increase plan. New York pays 48 billion dollars to the federal government than they receive in return each year.
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Governor Cuomo today announced a statewide effort to prepare for the upcoming winter season, which includes the addition of more than 100 snow fighting vehicles to help clear roadways and highways. The DOT has acquired 44 new Two-Stage Plows that clear snow and ice from the roads more efficiently, with a 2nd plow located directly behind the main plow blade, removing more snow at a time, and allow for reduced road salt usage. Motorists are reminded to check 511NY by calling 511, or visiting www.511ny.org before traveling.
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Otsego County Farmers will have 2 opportunities to drop off used agricultural film plastic for recycling under a special program offered by the County Solid Waste Department, the County Soil & Water Conservation District, Otsego County Conservation Association, and Casella Waste Solutions. Collection dates are this Saturday, November 11, at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, November 16 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. both days. The collection is free, but pre-registration is requested. Registration & more information is available at 282-4087, or occainfo.org/recycling-agricultural-plastics.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 23-year-old Gary Goslee of New Milford, Connecticut, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, following a traffic stop for speeding on State Highway 17 in the Town of Hancock. Goslee was arraigned & was later released on $500 cash bail, and scheduled to appear in the Town of Hancock Court at a later date for further court proceedings.
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36 year old Jennifer Grenchus of Vestal pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in Broome County Court on Friday. Grenchus was impaired by drugs on April 24th, when police responded to the parking lot of Tom’s Cards and Gifts at 184 Main Street in Binghamton where they found that Grenchus hit 47 year old Ronald Richardson of Binghamton along Main Street and dragged his body underneath for several yards, before she turned into Tom’s parking lot, Richardson died at the scene. Grenchus will be sentenced February 6.
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State Police arrested 35 year old Bobby Goss Jr. of Stamford, for Criminal Mischief after troopers responded to the report of a dispute in the parking lot at the Deer Path Restaurant on State Route 8, in the Town of Columbus. Goss is accused of purposely driving his pickup truck into a woman’s SUV, following an argument inside, he also caused damage to a 3rd vehicle parked next to the woman’s vehicle. Goss was arraigned in the Village of Sherburne Court and was released on his own recognize. His next court date in the Town of Columbus is pending.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 31 year old Johnny Moxham of Delhi for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and criminal possession of a controlled substance following a traffic stop in the Village of Delhi. Moxham is accused of possessing heroin while driving without a license as well as operating a vehicle with a loud exhaust & an unsafe tire. Moxham was released on tickets returnable to Delhi Town Court at a later date.
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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 11-3-17

Oneonta Police Detectives arrested a 52- year-old man from New Rochelle Thursday afternoon following a 2-month investigation into narcotics trafficking. Search warrants were obtained for the suspect’s person and for an 85 Ford Avenue. The suspect was transported to the City’s Public Safety Building. A 2nd warrant was served that permitted officers to conduct a body search, the suspect became combative, officers observed that the suspect placed a substance believed to be cocaine in his mouth, which was swallowed after a struggle with 4 officers. EMT’s responded, the suspect was taken to Fox Hospital in Oneonta, where he died at 7:40 PM. The body was taken to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton for an autopsy and toxicology screening. The suspect’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The incident remains under investigation by the Oneonta Police Department under the supervision of the Otsego County District Attorney’s Office.
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Officials at SUNY Broome have confirmed that freshman Miranda Gifford of Rome, has died from injuries she sustained in a car crash on State Route 12 in Oxford Monday. The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office said Gifford veered in to oncoming traffic around 12:00 noon & struck a truck operated by Danny Hall of Barton. Gifford was extricated from her vehicle and airlifted to University Hospital in Syracuse, where she died Wednesday afternoon. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Gifford was enrolled at SUNY Broome, they are offering counseling for students affected by Gifford’s death.
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The Houston Astros are sending several items to the National Baseball Hall of Fame & museum, that were used their World Series championship. Artifacts donated by the Astros following Game 7 includes a Glove used by Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, a Jersey worn by Astros pitcher Justin Verlander in Game 6 & a Cap worn by Astros pitcher Charlie Morton in Game 7. The artifacts will be featured in the Autumn Glory exhibit, which will be on exhibit through the 2018 Postseason.
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The Village of Oxford Mayor Terry Stark has officially proclaimed November as “Oxford Recycles Month.” to coincide with the state’s “NY Recycles” and the national “America Recycles Day” held every year on November 15th. Mayor Stark calls upon the people of the Village of Oxford to observe November with appropriate programs and activities. Oxford Academy will be spreading the message of recycling with students during “Oxford Recycles Month.”
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Residents are reminded to set all clocks back 1 hour at bedtime Saturday night. Area Fire departments also remind residents to change their batteries in all smoke alarms & test them to make sure that they will work in case of a fire.
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Tomorrow, local Special Olympics athletes and coaches will join the Law Enforcement Torch Run in carrying the “Flame of Hope” to start the 6th Annual Binghamton Polar Plunge. Last year the Binghamton Polar Plunge raised over $21,000 with all proceeds helping to fund training and competition local Special Olympics athletes. This year, the Plunge for Special Olympics will be held at Bowman Lake State Park at 745 Bliven Sherman Road in Oxford; Registration will be from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, & the Plunge will start at 1:00pm. More information is available at PolarPlungeNY.org/Binghamton.


Governor Cuomo yesterday remarked about the unfairness of the Trump Republican Federal Tax plan that increases taxes on New Yorkers:

(Cuomo 11-3-17)

Cuomo said that 12 states took similar hits; New York pays 48 billion dollars more to the federal government than they receive back in services.
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The Arc Otsego will host the 3rd Annual Hot Cocoa 5K Run & 1K Walk, Run & Roll Event, at Neahwa Park, Sunday. The Hot Cocoa 5K will begin at 10 am in Oneonta’s Neahwa Park, through Oneonta, and end in Neahwa Park. An untimed 1K run will also be held, beginning at 9:30am, within Neahwa Park. Proceeds will benefit The Arc Otsego; more information is available at arcotsego.org or call 607-432-8595.
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Tri-County Tea Party Patriots will hold a meeting today starting at 7:00 PM in the Bainbridge Town Hall in the First Floor Meeting Room. There will be an explanation of the three NY State Ballot Proposals that will be voted on November 7th. including the vote on a NY State Constitutional Convention. A presentation by featured speaker George Phillips from Reclaim New York is also planned, there will be refreshments available. It is free to attend and open to the public.

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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 11-2-17

The Murder trial of Joshua Underwood will begin on December 4th in Otsego County Court. Underwood is accused of killing 52 year Mark Morrison of Oneonta on January 1st at Underwood’s Main Street Oneonta Apartment, and initially trying to cover up the fire by starting a fire that did not spread. Underwood has been held in the Otsego County jail on $100,000 bail since turning himself into police shortly after Morrison’s death.
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State Police arrested 39-year-old Bradley Branagan of South Otselic for Driving While Intoxicated with a B.A.C. result of .16%, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident and other traffic violations. The arrest occurred after troopers responded to a 1- vehicle accident with injuries on County Road 42, in the Town of Pharsalia, where Branagan crashed into a ditch and the left the scene without reporting it. He was located at his home and refused medical attention for his minor injuries. Branagan was issued tickets to appear in the Town of Pharsalia Court on November 9th.
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ACHIEVE Broome-Chenango-Tioga will welcome the public to visit their Chenango Day Habilitation facility at 214 County Route 44, Norwich today. Refreshments will be provided by Canasawacta Country Club and an introduction to ACHIEVE will be held, the event will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm.
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Governor Cuomo today announced the state has completed work on 80 bridges in its 542 million Empire Bridge program. The program is administered by the State DOT and includes replacing 100 aging & vulnerable structures across the state to make them more resilient against extreme weather. In Delaware County, completed bridges include the Route 97 bridge over the Pea Brook in Hancock, the Route 10 bridge over Platner Brook in Delhi, & the route 26 Bridge over the Tioughnioga River in Whitney Point.
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Country music star Joe Diffie will be performing at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta Saturday, Foothills spokesman Bill Youngs told WCDO News that the evening is a tribute to Military Veterans:

(Bill Youngs 11-2-17)

The show begins at 7:00 PM Saturday; tickets are available at 432-2080 or at foothillspac.org.
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The Delaware County Board of elections will be open extra hours again this Saturday in Delhi. The office will be open for Absentee Ballot voting from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. The General Election voting day will be Tuesday Novermber 7th.
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The Otsego County Sheriff’s Department responded to the report of a motorcycle & pickup truck crash Saturday afternoon on State Route 80 in the Town of Edmeston. 47 year old Sean Dill of Garratsville was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by a pickup truck driven by 25 year old Matthew Anderson of Elmsford. Anderson allegedly made a left hand turn onto County Route 49, into the path of Dill’s motorcycle. Dill took evasive action, causing him to be ejected and be struck by the vehicle. Elmsford was issues a traffic ticket for failure to yield the right of way while making a left hand turn. The investigation is continuing.
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The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today in the Guilford Elementary School Cafeteria. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:00 PM.

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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 11-1-17

Governor Cuomo announced this morning beefed up security measures all over the state, following yesterday’s Terror Attack in Manhattan. Cuomo stated that they would double the security at all places of congregation, airports, tunnels, & Penn Station. This was the second major attack in New York City where someone used a vehicle to mow down pedestrians in the last 4 months. Cuomo said that Flags would be flown at half-staff on Thursday, November 2 to honor the 8 lives lost in yesterday’s terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan.
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The New York State Preparedness Corps will conduct disaster preparedness training on Tuesday November 7th at the Sidney Public Library with a session for seniors from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, and another for the General Public from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Carol Allen of the Tri County Senior Center explains:

(Carol Allen 11-1-17)

The Training is free & is co sponsored by the Tri County Senior Center & The Sidney United Way sponsors the Disaster Training, pre-registration is requested at 563-8065, or in person at the Senior Center.
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A.O. Fox Hospital and the Oneonta Job Corps Academy are partnering to bring the Oneonta community its first blood drive competition on November 8th & 9th to benefit the American Red Cross. The competition is called The First Annual Donor Dash: Fox Hospital Spokeswoman Gabby Argo explains:

(Gabby Argo 11-1-17)

Registration is requested for either event at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-733-2767.
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New York State of Health begins its 5th Open Enrollment Period today. Consumers can enroll in Qualified Health Plans now through January 31, 2018. New York State extended the enrollment deadline beyond the federal deadline of December 15th to give consumers more time to consider their health plan options and enroll. Consumers can enroll in a health plan by: Calling the Customer Service Center at 1-855-355-5777, or be logging on at nystateofhealth.ny.gov.


Fox Hospital in Oneonta is looking for volunteer companions for patients at the Hospital; they will hold a special session today about their program. Fox Hospital Chaplain Reverend Judy Thistle explains:

(Rev. Judy Thistle 10-18-17)

The program will be held today in the Levine Conference room at Fox Hospital from 5:00 to 6:00 PM, more information is available at 431-5009.
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The Greater Afton Area Chamber Of Commerce announced that they are hosting the next 4-Chamber Meeting this evening at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Highway 7 Bar & Grill in Bainbridge; Commerce Chenango CEO Steve Craig will be the guest speaker.
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The Sidney Democratic Committee will have a “Meet the Candidates” session tonight at the Sidney Memorial Library. The candidates will be Supervisor candidate Bill Heath & Town Council Candidates Pete Cordes & Dan Cristelli, the event will run form 6:30 to 8:00 PM, election day is necxt Tuesday November 7th.
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The Sidney Chamber of Commerce will have their Monthly meeting this morning at the Sidney Golf Course; the meeting will begin at 7:45am. Chamber members & directors are urged to attend.
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