WCDO NEWS MONDAY 11-30-15

Governor Cuomo announced that the State is launching new security measures at Planned Parenthood sites across New York State. The State Police began increase patrols at Planned Parenthood locations across the state on Friday and on Monday will visit the more than 60 Planned Parenthood clinics and locations throughout New York to assist with security and emergency planning measures.
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Chenango County Sheriff’s office arrested 31-year-old Andrew Gould of Sherburne for 3rd degree Assault, following an altercation with a Town of Sherburne. Gould is scheduled to appear in the Town of Sherburne court at a later date.
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The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season. To make an appointment to donate blood, people can download the Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. A blood drive will be held in Oneonta today from 12:00 Noon until 6:00 PM at Hartwick College.
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The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting on Monday, November 30, 2015 in the District Conference Room at 6:30 PM. Please note the change of date from the original meeting schedule. The Board of Education will also hold an additional meeting on December 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the District Conference Room to meet with Alan Pole, Education Consultant, regarding the Superintendent Search.

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Oneonta Police Detectives arrested 24-year-old Montaville Richardson of Oneonta on charges of 1st degree rape, 2nd degree burglary, following an investigation into a sexual assault that in the City of Oneonta last Thursday. The investigation revealed that Richardson allegedly entered the home of an acquaintance without permission and performed sexual acts with the victim without her consent. Richardson was held at the City of Oneonta Police Department until arraignment at the City of Oneonta Court.
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Jury deliberations were underway in a Manhattan Federal Courtroom this morning, in the trial of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver’s trial is into the 5th week with the jury set to resume deliberations today. Silver was elected speaker of the New York State Assembly in 1994, he was forced to step down as speaker after his arrest in January on federal corruption charges.
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Governor Cuomo announced that Patricia Groeber (Pronounced “Grober”) has been appointed First Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Police, which places her second in command of the 4,800 member Division. The appointment, made by Superintendent Joseph D’Amico, marks the first time that a female member has been appointed to the position in the 98-year history of the State Police. First Deputy Superintendent Groeber will oversee the daily operations of all aspects of the Division, including Field Command, Administration, Employee Relations and Internal Affairs. She first joined the State Police on September 22, 1986
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The City of Oneonta Police Department is proudly hosting its 3rd annual toy drive for needy children in our community. If you would like to donate a toy for a boy or girl aged 1-15, we will gladly accept! Please drop off all toy donations to the Oneonta Police Department at 79 Main Street by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15th. All proceeds will be turned over to the Salvation Army for distribution.
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New York State allocated $1 million in the current state budget for the 2nd round of the New Farmers Grant Fund, to support beginning farmers. farms and farmers need to meet certain criteria, including having a farm operation of 150 acres or less, which produces an agricultural product as defined by the Guidelines; The 2015 Guidelines and Application for the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund are available at esd.ny.gov. More information is available at 746-8595.
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State Police arrested 26-year-old Bryan Eichhorn of Laurens, for Felony DWI, driving without a locking device & other traffic violations. This arrest occurred after troopers observed Eichhorn failing to stop at a stop sign & speeding on Otsego County Route 10 in the Town of Laurens. Eichorn has a conviction for DWI within the last ten years; he was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Laurens court on December 7th.

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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 11-27-15

State Police responded to an Otsego County 911 report of a 2 vehicle accident on State Route 166 in the Town of Roseboom. 35 year old Lillian Fuller of Roseboom attempted a U-turn & struck a Nissan driven by 52 year old Ray Coco of Mayfield, The Nissan struck a mailbox then came to rest as in a ditch. Fuller was transported to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown with a possible fractured foot and back pain, Coco was transported to Bassett Hospital with fractured ribs and a fractured back, His passenger 62 year old William Hayes of Gloversville, was transported to Bassett Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Alcohol and drugs where not a factor in this accident. The investigation is ongoing.
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Saturday is Small Business Saturday, where people are encouraged to Christmas shop with their local merchants. Commerce Chenango President Steve Craig explains:

(Steve Craig 11-27-15)

Commerce Chenango is also inviting the community to stop by their offices at 15 South Broad Street in Norwich, as they celebrate 1 year in that location with an open house from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Saturday.
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The Village of Oxford will meet in Lafayette Park for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Sunday, at 5:00 PM. Plans call for lights, music, roasted chestnuts, caroling, and refreshments, highlighted by the lighting of the 12-foot evergreen tree.
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An anti-Muslim activist from Arizona who may be armed and headed for the Muslims of America community known as Islamberg, in the town of Hancock. The FBI has issued a warning to area law enforcement agencies that Jon Ritzheimer could be headed to Hancock, according to a report in today’s “New York Daily News”. Ritzheimer posted a threatening video online last week after he learned of he was referred to as an American Terrorist in “The Islamic Post”. Former Tennessee Congressional Candidate Robert Doggart targeted Islamberg for an attack earlier this year; the FBI stopped him, he is under house arrest.
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State police has arrested an Oneonta man on two felonies counts. 57-year-old Richard Lindsley was charged Wednesday morning with menacing a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon, a loaded firearm, said troopers who were responding to a domestic dispute. He will face court action at a later date.
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A Town of Guilford resident was arrested by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office for Harassment, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Deputies & State Troopers arrested 21-year-old Gaven Nicholoff following a Domestic Disturbance in the Town of Guilford; Nicholoff is accused of damaging items in a residence and preventing the victim from calling 911. Nicholoff tried to flee the residence and resisted arrest, he was placed into custody and found in possession on his person to have drug paraphernalia, he was arraigned in the Town of Oxford court and is being held on $500 cash bail.
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The Chenango County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Town of Sherburne man for driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop in the Town of North Norwich. Deputies stopped a vehicle on State Hwy 12 in North Norwich operated by Matthew Quinn. Quinn was found to be operating the motor vehicle with more than a .18% BAC, he was arrested without incident and processed before being released on appearance tickets to family members. Quinn has a later date in the Town of North Norwich Court.
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The Sidney chamber of commerce announces that the holiday Business After Hours program will be held on December 15th, at SFCU at 42 Union Street in Sidney. RSVP’s are requested by Tuesday December 1st at 561-2642.
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The Bainbridge Chamber Of Commerce has a variety of scheduled events for Saturday,. Small business Saturday will be celebrated with a “Vendors without Store fronts” event at the town hall from 9:00 to 1:00, 5 new businesses will be highlighted for the New Business Meet & Greet & the Christmas trees lighting will be held at 4:30 for the trees on Main Street.

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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 11-25-15

State Police responded to an Otsego County 911 report of a fatal injury at a work site on Bissell Road in the Town of Otsego. 27 year old Adam Burgess of Laurens was working as part of a 3-man crew cutting and clearing roadside trees for the Town of Otsego Highway Department, Burgess was accidentally stuck by a falling tree, He was transported to Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, and pronounced deceased from injuries consisting of a skull fracture, no autopsy would be performed.
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Governor Cuomo today announced that New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies would crack down on impaired, distracted and speeding drivers during this Thanksgiving holiday. The State Police will incorporate fixed sobriety checkpoints, an underage drinker initiative and the “Operation Hang Up” initiative, which targets drivers talking or texting on handheld devices. During the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday period, troopers arrested 172 drivers for DWI, issued 4,237 speeding tickets and issued 565 tickets for distracted driving. The special traffic enforcement period is today through Sunday.
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DraftKings and FanDuel will head to court today to try to continue operation in New York, as Attorney General Eric Schneiderman tries to shut them down. Schneiderman said that both fantasy websites are misleading the public with deceptive advertising and violating the state’s gambling laws, while FanDuel and DraftKings argue that it’s not gambling, but a game of skill. If the judge decides to keep fantasy sports out of New York, it would affect more than 600,000 players based in the state who spent at least $200 million in entry fees in 2015
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Governor Cuomo announced that temporary lane closures associated with road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will not be permitted today through Monday, at 6:00 AM, in order to accommodate motorists during the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.
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The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season. Donors with all blood types are needed, and especially those with types O negative, B negative, A negative and AB. To donate blood, people can download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS; today’s blood drive is from 12:30 to 5:30 PM at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 1180 State Highway 206 in Gr

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State Police at Sidney arrested 35 year old Sarah Cahill of Greene, for driving while ability impaired by drugs, after troopers responded to a Chenango County 911 report of a car crashing into a the front porch of a home on State Route 12 in the Town of Greene. troopers accuse Cahill of driving off the road, through a field into the home, she passed out, came to & attemtped to leave the scene. teh arrest is a felony because Cahill had a prior conviction for driving while impaired by drugs in the last ten years. She was arraigned in the Town of Oxford court and was remanded to the Chenango County jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $2,000 property bond pending court action today.
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State Police at Sidney arrested 31-year-old Scott Frawley of Bainbridge for aggravated DWI with a BAC result of .22%. Frawley was observed driving a vehicle without a working tail lamp while on Maple Street in the Town of Afton, Frawley was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Afton court on December 7th.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 30 year old Cassandra Castle of Bainbridge, following a traffic stop on State Route 206, in the Town of Walton. Castle was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, she was arraigned in the Town of Walton Court & was released after posting $1000 cash bail & will appear in the Town of Walton Court at a later date.
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State police reported that 66-year-old Robert Homik of New Jersey was working his seasonal residence at 202 Vandeusen Road in Davenport when he tripped on the dock, fell into the pond & drowned Monday. Homik’s wife attempted a rescue, called 911 and yelled for help from a neighbor. Homik was declared dead at 1:48 p.m. due to accidental drowning.
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State police announced that they will host a community policing meeting on Wednesday December 2nd at the Stamford Fire Department from 700 to 9:00 PM. Police will discuss law enforcement operations, & the mission priorities of the state police, community concerns will also be addressed. There will be a question & answer period. Topics scheduled to be discussed include the school liaison program, traffic safety & community & police interaction.
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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 11-24-15

State Police arrested 38 year old Nathan Mower of Harpursville, for criminal possession of stolen property, and arrested 43 year old Kristina Shuldt of Windsor for criminal possession of stolen property, after investigating a theft of a safe and over $50,000 cash from a home in the Town of Windsor on August 3rd. Mower and Shuldt were arraigned in the Town of Windsor court and remanded to the Broome County jail with no bail set at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
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State Police arrested 18 year old Nathaniel Shaffer-Groover of Kirkwood, 17 year old Joshua Goetz of Windsor, NY and 16 year old Conor Collins of Kirkwood for 2nd degree burglary. Troopers responded to a Broome County 911 report of a burglary in progress at a residence on Dunbar Road in the Town of Windsor, after a caretaker saw teenagers stealing from it and fleeing in a red pickup truck. The 3 teens are accused of stealing a TV, binoculars and bullets; they were arraigned in the Town of Windsor court and remanded to the Broome County jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 property bond.
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Assemblyman Pete Lopez of Schoharie formally announced his bid to seek the Republican & Conservative nomination for the 19th Congressional District being vacated by House of Representatives Member, Chris Gibson of Kinderhook. Assemblyman Lopez travels extensively around his Assembly district each year, he has served in the State Assembly since 2007.
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The Oneonta common council will hold their next regular meeting this evening. The meeting will begin at 6:30; the council will continue discussing the 2016 city budget.
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The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings to women 40 and older who are uninsured today in Sidney. The screenings will be available from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Family Planning of Sidney, 37 Pleasant Street in Sidney, appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225.
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The American Red Cross is continuing with blood drives in Oneonta & Oxford today. A blood drive will be held from 1:00 to 6:00 PM at the Saint James Church at 305 Main Street in Oneonta, and the Oxford Blood drive will be held from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the New York State Veterans Home in oxford

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Former State Senator Tom Libous of Binghamton was sentenced in Federal Court today to 6 months of home confinement, a $50,000 fine and two years of probation. Libous was convicted in July for Providing a False Statement to the FBI during an investigation of his son Matthew. Libous’s attorney pleaded for leniency as Libous’s cancer has worsened & was told by his cancer doctors that he has maybe a year to live.
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Governor Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to protect themselves from identity theft and beware of scams on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and throughout the entire holiday shopping season. Cuomo said that Criminals would take advantage of the holiday shopping season to scam consumers and steal their money and identity. He urges New Yorkers to never give out any personal financial information to phone callers or through email to unknown entities. For more information or to file a complaint against a business, visit the New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection website at http://www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection/ or by contacting the Division’s hotline at (800) 697-1220. The Consumer Assistance Hotline is open Monday to Friday, excluding Federal Holidays, 8:30am to 4:30pm.
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The State Comptrollers office has completed their 3rd audit since 2000 of the Town of Sidney; the town supervisor does not review bank statements or canceled check images to verify that only those disbursements approved by the board are made, & that the board did not perform annual audits of the supervisor’s records. The Audit found no improper disbursements or unreasonable payroll payments, but the opportunity exists for inappropriate disbursements without oversight. The audit also questioned the Town paying 2 vendors for disbursements being paid over $16,000 a year. The Comptroller’s report stated that the Sidney Town Supervisor should Continue to review bank reconciliations and canceled check images, Approve payroll before checks are electronically signed and Maintain control over his signature & Perform a cost benefit analysis to determine if the bookkeeper Should be performing disbursements duties currently performed by the two vendors. The Board should perform the required annual audit of the
Supervisor’s records.
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The New York State Department of Labor released today preliminary local area unemployment rates for October 2015. Between September and October 2015, the State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 5.1% to 4.8%, its lowest level since November 2007. Locally, Chenango County’s unemployment rate was 4.6%, Delaware County was at 4.7% and Otsego County registered 4.3% unemployment for October.
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The state DEC Announced that $2,000,000 in grants are available to organizations for projects to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in New York State’s waterways, The grants are the latest action in the state’s comprehensive efforts to combat aquatic invasive species and aim to foster outreach to users of water bodies, install decontamination stations and provide steward training programs in high priority areas. Applications & more information are available at dec.ny.gov.
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Chenango County will be held next week, sponsored by Opportunities for Chenango. OFC Spokesperson Donna Wood-Craig told WCDO News about the panelists for the discussion:

(Donna Wood-Craig 11-24-15)

The community talk will be held at the Guernsey Library on December 1st at 6:30 and is open to all interested parties.

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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 11-23-15

State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico discussed a new App that will be an extension of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign, launched after 9/11:

(DAmico 11-23-15)

D’Amico said that the App is free to download, the news of the App follows a week of law enforcement meetings in Lake George regarding the latest terrorist attack in Paris France. D’Amico added that there was no current credible terroristic threat to New York State.
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Governor Cuomo announced that temporary lane closures associated with road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will not be permitted from 6 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, to 6 a.m. on Monday, November 30, in order to accommodate motorists during the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. AAA predicts that nearly 47 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home from Wednesday through Sunday. That number is up slightly from last year, spurred in part by lower gas prices this season.
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State Senator Jim Seward announced that legislation he sponsored establishing the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The bill adds portions of New York State Routes 28, 42, and 214 in Delaware and Ulster counties to the New York State Scenic Byways System. The Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway will be comprised of 65 miles primarily along New York State Route 28.
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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli reported that Total state receipts through the first 7 months of the fiscal year totaled just under $85 billion, $181.8 million lower than the Division of the Budget’s latest projections but $1.9 billion higher than April projections. The General Fund ended October with a balance of $11.4 billion, largely due to financial settlements. Year-to-date tax collections were $5.4 million over the latest projections and nearly $1.7 billion over initial projections from the Enacted State Budget.
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Starting November 30th, the Binghamton Mets will be accepting toy donations at NYSEG Stadium for the “Toys for Tots” drive this Christmas season. All fans that donate a new toy will receive one free ticket to the Binghamton Mets game on Opening Day in April 2016. Fans can bring new, unwrapped donations to NYSEG Stadium during business hours Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to claim their free 2016 Opening Day ticket. Donations will be accepted until December 18th.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer plans to renew the push for a bill that would no longer allow people on airlines’ no-fly lists to purchase guns in the United States. The bill Schumer is backing was originally proposed by former President George W. Bush in 2007 & would close the so-called “terror gap.” Under current federal law, suspected or known terrorists who are on a no-fly list can legally purchase firearms and explosives in the U.S.
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The remaining Broadway Theatre League shows go on sale today at the Arena Box Office and Ticketmaster, for JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT on February 14th, ANNIE on March 6th, & RIVERDANCE – THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR on May 3-5. More information is available at BroadwayinBinghamton.com
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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 11-20-15

State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker urged New Yorkers to talk with their health care providers before asking for antibiotics because they may not be appropriate and may even pose additional health risks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports said that at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics every year in the U.S. and at least 23,000 people die as a result of these infections, the over prescribing of antibiotics can Kill good bacteria in the body; Cause a serious allergic reaction that may require hospitalization; Result in an antibiotic-resistant infection. Resistant bacteria are harder to kill.
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The State DEC announced that the 2015 regular deer and bear hunting seasons open at sunrise on Saturday, November 21, in New York’s Southern Zone. These big game seasons close at sunset on Sunday, December 13. The Southern Zone Regular Season is New York’s most popular hunting season, with participation from about 85 percent of New York’s 550,000 licensed hunters. Harvest during this season accounts for nearly 60 percent of the total statewide deer harvest and 30 to 60 percent of the statewide bear harvest.
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The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season. Donors with all blood types are needed, and especially those with types O negative, B negative, A negative and AB. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. The next blood drive is today in Norwich from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at BOCES of Chenango County, located at 6678 Country Road 32.
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Literacy Volunteers of Chenango County is looking to increase enrollment in their classes currently. Program Director Ellen Hurtubise explains:

(Ellen Hurtubise 11-19-15)

Those who are of high school age or adults, whose level of reading math or even computers skills are low, can contact the program at 334-7114.
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The Chenango County Historical Society will open a new exhibit featuring the history of Preferred Mutual Insurance Company. The exhibit will be a permanent display at the museum located on 45 Rexford Street in Norwich. Preferred Mutual Insurance Company began in 1896, they have maintained many of their original artifacts despite a historic fire, multiple renovations, and years of use, and these items will be available for public viewing.
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State Police and Oneonta Police Department arrested 33-year-old Godfrey Little of Oneonta for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and 2 counts of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia. Police executed a Search Warrant, they Seized crack-cocaine, a set of digital scales, drug packaging material and over $22,000 cash and a Chevy Malibu, Little was arraigned in the Town of Oneonta Court and remanded to the Otsego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash/$20,000 property bail.
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State Police officially announced that they have located the 2 missing Afton teens in the Binghamton area at about 3:00 PM Thursday. Lindsey Seymour & Charles Weed were both in good health, the pair were missing after they left classes for the day on Tuesday. The investigation is ongoing.
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State Police announced that merchants in the Otsego and Delaware County area have received numerous counterfeit $100 bills since October 30th. The trend has been to make a small purchase and pay with a counterfeit $100 bill in order to receive as close to one hundred dollars in authentic US currency. Troopers are asking local businesses to be alert, & if a suspicious person attempts to make payment with $100 bills, they should contact their local police department immediately.
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This Sunday is the 34th Norwich Family YMCA’s Turkey Trot; officials will have over 550 runners participating in the 5K race, starting at 2:30 PM. This year’s race will start in front of the YMCA and will travel on North Broad Street, through Birdsall and Silver Street back on to North Broad to finish. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for local food pantries. Registration for the race will continue until 12:00 PM Sunday.
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The Bainbridge Guilford central school district board of education is currently seeking indivduals interested in filling a vacant seat on the board. Candidates must be a qualified voter in the district, 18 years of age, among other qualifications. Those interested should submit a letter to the Bainbridge Guilford school district clerk at 18 Juliand Street Bainbridge 13733 by November 30th, more information is available at 967-6321.

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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 11-19-15

State Police hosted the 7th annual State Intelligence Summit Wednesday & today in Lake George, along with Homeland Security, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the FBI. More than 250 leaders from federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement agencies from Canada and the United States attended to hear from law enforcement representatives experienced in current trends in terrorism, intelligence gathering and sharing, major crime trends, and counter terrorism programs. The event also provided an opportunity for the attendees to receive training in crime analysis, cyber threats, and current narcotics trends. Last week’s terror attacks in Paris and the State’s response to the potential increased threat of terrorism in New York have been ongoing topics of discussion at the conference.
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Oneonta Police along with the Delaware county sheriffs department executed a search warrant at 10 Meckley Avenue in Oneonta Wednesday, following an investigation regarding drug trafficking. Arrested were 30 year old Sophie Szczepanski of Oneonta, 43 year old Charles Haynes Jr. of Oneonta & 23 year old Orane Crawford or Queens for multiple counts each for criminal possession of a controlled substance, among other charges. Police recovered Crack cocaine, marijuana, hydrocodone pills & cash, all 3 were being held pending arraignment on Oneonta city court.
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State Police are currently looking for 2 missing Afton teens who have been missing since Tuesday afternoon & who may be traveling together. Lindsey Seymour is a 15-year-old white female; 5” 06” tall and thin build, with numerous piercings, with short dark hair in a Mohawk style. Charles Weed is 17-year-old white male who is medium build, with short dark hair that he recently dyed black, he has numerous piercings he usually wears black clothing. Anyone with information please contacts the New York State Police at (607) 561-7400.
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The State’s private sector job count increased by 30,300, or 0.4%, to 7,859,000, according to preliminary figures released today by the State Department of Labor. The statewide unemployment rate decreased from 5.1% to 4.8% in October 2015, reaching its lowest level since November 2007 and falling below the national unemployment rate.
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State Senator Fred Akshar is calling on state leaders to remember the upstate regions when they are budgeting for infrastructure projects:

(Fred Akshar 11-19-15)

Akshar and several area leaders held a press conference in Broome County yesterday at the site of a bridge in need of repair, previous studies have suggested that 30 to 40% of bridges need serious upgrades.
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The village of Bainbridge DPW announces that they will be repairing a water leak in front of the Scoville Meno Dealership starting at 2:00 AM on Monday. Water will be shut off is all 4 directions for about 200 feet of the leak, traffic restrictions will be minor, the work is excepted to take about 6 hours.
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65-year-old Gary Murphy of the town of Maryland was charged with 3rd & 4th degree grand larceny. And scheming to defraud for allegedly scamming residents in the town of Maryland and Laurens for getting paid for contracting work that he did not perform. Murphy was being held in the Herkimer County jail on separate charges, he was arraigned d& was returned to the Herkimer County jail pending court action on December 16th in Otsego County Court.

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Hancock firefighters responded to a house fire at 245 East Main Street Wednesday. The house was not occupied & had been undoing repairs, There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Governor Cuomo hosted the third New York State Tourism Summit in Albany Wednesday, where local and international tourism leaders met with State officials to explore new industry opportunities. At the summit, a commitment of $50 million was unveiled to promote statewide tourism, create jobs, and attract more visitors to every region of New York. This investment, which is one of the largest ever by the State, builds upon the historic investments in the tourism industry, which generated a $100.1 billion economic impact in 2014.
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Chobani will host its first Business After Hours at the Norwich facility at Woods Corners from 5:00 to 7:00 PM today, in partnership with Commerce Chenango. Guests may use the main entrance to the Woods Corners facility at 147 State Hwy 320, Norwich.
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The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting Today, in the Guilford Cafeteria at 6:30 PM.

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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 11-18-15

Rebuild New York Now is a coalition seeking to raise public awareness about the issues impacting New York State’s infrastructure, State Senator Fred Akshar and other local elected officials, members of organized labor, and private local businesses held a press conference at a bridge in disrepair in the town of Chenango & they called on the Legislature and the Governor to include funding parity between New York City & upstate in next year’s budget plan. Akshar was joined by Broome County Executive Debbie Preston, & Assembly members Cliff Crouch & Claudia Tenney.
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The town of Oneonta planning board completed the required environmental review process & the review of the proposal full-build-out of the remaining acreage at the Oneonta Business Park. The site plan provides for up to 3 buildings, 170 parking spaces & space for warehousing, distribution and small-scale manufacturing.
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The State DEC announced that the 2015 regular deer and bear hunting seasons open at sunrise on Saturday, November 21, in New York’s Southern Zone Through sunset on Sunday, December 13. The Southern Zone Regular Season is New York’s most popular hunting season, with participation from about 85 percent of New York’s 550,000 licensed hunters. Officials said that the current deer populations are higher than desired. Following the regular deer and bear seasons in the Southern Zone, late bow hunting and muzzle loading seasons will run from December 14 to December 22.
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The Otsego County Medical Reserve Corp is looking for volunteers to sign up & participate, in the event of an emergency. MRC Director Stefan Dunham comments:

(Stefan Dunham 11-18-15)

Dunham said that those interested in volunteering could show up a meeting on December 10th at 3:00 PM at the Meadows Office Building in Cooperstown, more information is available at 547-6477.
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The city of Oneonta will have 3 different meeting held today at city hall. At 4:00 PM, the Airport commission will meet in the Common Council Chambers at City hall; the City Planning commission will meet at 7:00 PM, also in the Common Council Chambers. Also the Environmental Board will hold an informal workshop at 7:00 PM that will be held in the basement Conference room
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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed an enforcement action Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court, seeking a preliminary injunction against DraftKings and FanDuel. The Attorney General’s suit details alleged violations of law by DraftKings and FanDuel, as the State Constitution has prohibited bookmaking and other forms of sports gambling since 1894.
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State Police arrested 45 year old Ronald Brennan of Oneonta for aggravated DWI with a BAC result of .25%, plus unlawful possession of marihuana and several other traffic violations. This arrest occurred after troopers observed Brennan driving without license plates in the Town of Milford. Brennan is accused of driving and unregistered and uninsured Honda Civic while intoxicated, he was found to unlawfully possess marihuana. Brennan was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Milford court on December 1st.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Department Investigators arrested 35 year old Wilber Tyrrell of Hancock Tuesday as a Fugitive From Justice from the State of Pennsylvania. Tyrrell was incarcerated at the Delaware County Correctional Facility on an unrelated charge at the time of his arrest, Tyrrell will be arraigned as a Fugitive From Justice in the Town of Delhi Court at a later time.
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The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season. Donors with all blood types are needed, and especially those with types O negative, B negative, A negative and AB. All those who come to donate a blood drive will be held in Oneonta from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Country Club Auto Group, 55 oneida street, appointments can be made with the Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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Sidney Senior athlete Connor Decker signed her National Letter of Intent yesterday at Sidney High School. Decker will be playing Softball next year at Division-2 Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. Before coming to Sidney, Decker played at Afton High School. Decker says her time at both schools has been key in her success and has helped her get to the next level:

(CONNOR DECKER 11-18-15)

Decker is a 3-sport athlete for the Warriors and will look to help Sidney defend their league Softball title this spring.

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