WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 8-21-15

The Otsego County Sheriff’s department arrested former New York Ranger NHL player Dale Purinton in Laurens, in connection with an assault case in Oneida County. Purinton was apprehended in Laurens, where he was reportedly staying with family members, he was turned over to Oneida deputies after a warrant was issued charging him with 1st degree burglary.
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The Broome County Sheriff’s Office, & Endicott Police located 15 year old Rebecca Shackelton, who had run away from a Broome County group home. Shackelton was located with a 16-year-old male acquaintance in Endicott Thursday, the 16-year-old male was found to have an active Family Court Warrant and both subjects were turned over to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office. Broome County Sheriff’s Office Detectives transported both subjects to Broome Family Court where the 16-year-old male was turned over to the custody of the court. Shackelton was transported to the Village of Bainbridge where she was returned to her legal guardian. Police said that Shackelton was not endangered or harmed during the timeframe and was willingly in the company of the 16 year old acquaintance.
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State Police arrested 30-year-old Nathan Tuttle of Deposit on 4 counts of Sexual Abuse and 3 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Tuttle is accused of having sexual contact with a 15 year old victim and sending the victim inappropriate pictures of himself. Tuttle was arraigned in the Village of Deposit Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 property bond.
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The Delaware county fair will have its biggest day on Saturday at the fairgrounds in Walton. Fair spokesman John Jackson explains:

(John Jackson Saturday)

Jackson said that they are hoping to break attendance records this year, because of the large line up of activities, good weather and Saturday nights line up with 4 acts at the grandstand.
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I-88 Speedway will host the Earl Halaquist memorial on Tuesday august 25th in Afton. I-88 Speedway spokesperson Denise Paige comments:

(Denise Paige 8-21-15)

Adult admissions will be $16.00, children 9 to 14 can get in for $8.00 & children 8 & under are free.
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The Chenango County fair was successful again this year in Norwich. Fair Spokesperson Mary Weidman comments:

(Mary Weidman 8-21-15)

The Chenango County fair was held August 11-16, at the fairgrounds in Norwich.
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The Norwich theater company will have 3 performances of “The Music Man” this weekend, Company spokesman Rich Heim said that tickets are still available for the performances:

(Rich Heim 8-21-15)

Performances are tonight & Saturday night at 7:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM at the Sherburne-Earlville high school.
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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. The Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach will be available today from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Family Planning of Oneonta, 37 Dietz Street in Oneonta & at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Walton Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225.
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The Guilford town board will hold a work session tonight for the purpose of budget preparation. The meeting will begin at 6:30 at the Guilford town hall at 223 Marble Road in Guilford center.
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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 8-20-15

The Broome County Sheriff’s Office, State Police Warrant Task Force and the State Parole apprehended Justin Knapp at a residence on Route 369 in the Town of Fenton. Knapp had a parole warrant for dangerous drugs violations; additional charges will be filed regarding a “one-pot” methamphetamine Knapp allegedly cooked. Knapp attempted to break out a rear window to escape police, who had surrounded the house, he dove out of a glass bedroom window, and he was subdued with a Taser & was remanded to the Broome County Correctional Facility. Knapp was charged on the Parole warrant, police seized Methamphetamine materials, he was then charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine.
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Governor Cuomo signed legislation that will make business easier for craft beverage companies in New York State. The 3 measures will allow farm distilleries to sell gifts and souvenirs, authorize retail stores to conduct tastings of liquor, beer and cider, and exempt micro-breweries from redundant tax filing requirements.
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The Afton Central School District Board of Education will hold their next meeting today. The meeting has been moved to 10:30 this morning at the Afton Central School.
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Governor Cuomo directed the State Police to ramp up enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on impaired driving. The 20-day campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from tomorrow through Labor Day, September 7th it is aimed at significantly reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs. On November 1, 2014, stronger penalties were enacted in New York to deter impaired driving. Drivers convicted of DWI or DWAI three or more times in 15 years face a Class D felony charge, up to 7 years in prison, and a fine up to $10,000.
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Former Broome County resident & escaped prisoner David Sweat appeared in court this morning for arraignment on 2counts of 1st degree escape and 1 count of promoting prison contraband. Sweat did not enter a plea in Clinton County Court in Plattsburgh, so the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility, they were on the run for 22 days, Sweat was found June 28th where he was shot and wounded by a state trooper. Matt was shot and killed June 26th. Sweat has been transferred to another state facility, he is serving a life sentence for the murder of Broome County Sheriff’s deputy Kevin Tarsia in 2002, and he faces court action again, on September 29th.
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Governor Cuomo announced that global technology leader AG plans to generate more than 1,000 new jobs and initially invest over $2 billion to support a cutting edge, 360,000 square foot wafer fabrication facility to be constructed at the Nano-Utica site in Marcy. Cuomo also announced that GE Global Research will expand its New York global operations to the Mohawk Valley, serving as the anchor tenant of the Computer Chip Commercialization Center on the campus of SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Utica. Nearly 850 jobs are expected to be created over the next 10 years.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has proposed an amendment to Federal Aviation Administration legislation, to prevent drones from flying within two miles of U.S. airports. Schumer said that a drone could get sucked into the engine of an airliner & cause hundreds of deaths.” Schumer’s proposal calls for installing additional software in drones that does not let them fly within 2 miles of an airport & does not let them fly above 500 feet high. Schumer’s request follows an FAA report that pilot sightings of unmanned aircraft have nearly tripled in the past year from 238 sightings last year, and already there have been 650 sightings this year.
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New York State’s private sector job count climbed by 19,300, or 0.2%, to more than 7.83 million in July according to statistics released today by the State Department of Labor. The State’s unemployment rate decreased from 5.5% to 5.4%, the State’s lowest rate since July 2008.
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Friday promises to be a big day at the Delaware county Fair in Walton spokesman John Jackson comments:

(John Jackson Friday)

Jackson said that the fair will wrap up with the Parmalee, Jana Kramer led concert Saturday night at the grandstand
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This Year’s Delaware County Fair Dairy Princesses Are Malorie Jordan & Sabra Warner of Franklin, they have been at the Delaware County Fair in Walton all week, to help promote the health benefits of 3 dairy servings per day. Jordan & Warner explain that 1 of their projects will be helping athletes refuel after this Saturday’s Fair 5K & 10 K running races:

(Jordan-Warner 8-20-15)

The full interview with Warner & Jordan will air tomorrow after the News at 10:00 AM on WCDO.
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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 8-19-15

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 35-year-old Robert Collins of Sherburne after he was found to be manufacturing methamphetamine along the banks of the Chenango River in the Village of Sherburne. Narcotics Detectives located Collins cooking methamphetamine using the “one pot” method; Collins was charged with Unlawful Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Material, as well as several other drug charges, he was arraigned and remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
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Governor Cuomo announced that New York State is expanding its efforts to prevent colorectal cancer, the state’s second leading cause of cancer death. Over five years, $8 million in federal grants will go toward new screening initiatives that will be administered by the New York State Department of Health. Each year, nearly 10,000 New Yorkers develop colorectal cancer and more than 3,000 die as a result.
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Governor Cuomo signed legislation that will require tattoo and body piercing studios in New York State to use single-use needles and single-use ink for all procedures performed within their establishments. Single-use ink and single-use needles come in sealed, sterile packages and are intended for only one use. This bill would take effect 120 days after becoming law.
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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will hold their next Business After Hours Event today from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm for the United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties at Roots Brewing Company at 175 Main Street in Oneonta. Non-perishable food items and Hygiene Items are requested for the United Way Food and Hygiene Items collection through September 14th, as part of their 2015 campaign.

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State Police arrested 39-year-old James Peart of Chenango Forks for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, following a traffic stop for speeding near the on ramp for State Route 17 in the Town of Dickinson. Peart was observed throwing a small metal object while stopping his motorcycle, Troopers located the object and found that it contained 4.4 grams of illegal methamphetamine. Peart was issued a ticket returnable to the Town of Dickinson on September 1st.
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The Delaware county Fair continues tomorrow at the fairgrounds in Walton. Fair Spokesman John Jackson told WCDO News what is planned Thursday at the fair:

(John Jackson Thursday)

The fair runs through Saturday night, concluding with the country music concert headlined by Parmalee & Jana Kramer.
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The Norwich theater company will have 3 performances of “The Music Man” this weekend, Company spokesman Rich Heim explains:

(Rich Heim 8-19-15)

Tickets are available online at Norwich theater company.org, or at Service Pharmacy in Norwich & Sherburne at Pires florist in Norwich.
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Sidney Village Superintendent of Public Works Mike Mercurio announced today that the traffic light at the intersection of Main & River Streets in Downtown Sidney is now in operation. Mercurio reminds motorists that the 4-way stop system implemented since March is no longer in effect & motorists need to obey the newly installed signals.
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The Bainbridge Fire Department responded to the report of a Tractor Trailer on its side, in front of 86 West Main Street this morning. The investigation is continuing & WCDO will have further details as they become available.
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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 8-18-15

Governor Cuomo today announced that emergency regulations have been adopted by the State Department of Health to prevent the spread of Legionella bacteria and protect New Yorkers from future outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease. The regulations take effect immediately. The Governor announced that the Department of Health has launched a general tip line; 1-888-769-7243, to respond to questions or inquiries regarding the regulations from members of the public, as well as engineers, technologists and technicians. These emergency regulations are in effect for 90 days, at which point they will be adopted into permanent regulations, the regulations can be amended before they become permanent.
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Governor Cuomo today announced the creation of “NY Responds” to strengthen the State’s emergency preparedness. Every county will have access to universal emergency management software, at no cost to localities, to enable both local governments and state agencies to submit and share vital disaster-related information, from incident reports and resource requests to real-time tracking of assets and weather conditions. The state is supplementing its stockpile of emergency response resources with an additional $50 million worth of equipment in advance of the winter storm season.
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Governor Cuomo signed legislation to protect children across New York State from exposure to second-hand smoke. The bill prohibits individuals from smoking near schools while after-school programs are in operation. This bill expands the ban on smoking within 100 feet of the entrances, exits or outdoor areas of public and private schools to prohibit smoking during after-school programs. The ban would be in effect only during those hours in which the after-school programs are in session. Residences or residential property within the 100 foot perimeter would be excluded from the new ban.
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On Saturday, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 41 year old Christopher Ross of Franklin, for Driving While Intoxicated, operating an ATV on a public roadway, operating without a helmet, and speed not reasonable and imprudent. This arrest was a result of a motor vehicle accident on Clark Road in the Town of Masonville. Ross was later released on tickets returnable in the Masonville Town Court at a later date.
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The Unadilla Rotary Club is presenting the 6th annual Unadilla Autumn Fest on Saturday, September 19th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on the Unadilla Community Field. Those who are interested in being a vendor will be able to get 10’ x 10’ stalls for $25 and local farmers and crafters can contact zoe@unadillarotary.org for an application or more details. Autumn Fest 2015 will include activities for kids; Animal Encounters by Animal Adventures, more information is available at unadillarotary.org or the Unadilla Rotary Facebook Page.
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Tickets are now on sale for the musical comedy “42nd STREET” at the Forum Theatre Tuesday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 7. Tina Niles of NAC Entertainment comments:

(Tina Niles 8-18-15)

Tickets for 42nd Street are on sale at the Arena Box Office and Ticketmaster. Season Tickets are still on sale at BroadwayinBinghamton.com or by calling The Broadway Theatre League at 772-1391.
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The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a SPECIAL Board of Education Meeting today in the District Conference Room at 5:30 PM. It is anticipated that the Board will move into Executive Session to discuss a particular personnel issue.

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Sidney Village Superintendent of Public Works Mike Mercurio announced today that work would begin at 8:30 tomorrow morning on the traffic light at the intersection of Main & River Street in downtown Sidney. Mercurio told WCDO News that the 1962 state installed light stopped working on March 11th, and parts were no longer available.
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The Norwich Fire Department reported that Route 12 just south of the City was completely shut down due to a hazard chemical spill earlier this afternoon. The highway had to be closed for several hours for the investigation & clean up; Businesses in area of Price Chopper Plaza have not been accessible since the spill. More details will be released as soon as possible.
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Wednesday is Day 3 of the Delaware County Fair; it will be Kids Day according to Fair Spokesman John Jackson:

(John Jackson Wednesday)

The Fair runs through Saturday night at the Fairgrounds in Walton, concluding with the country music concert headlined by Parmalee & Jana Kramer. Daily Schedules are available at DelawareCountyFair.org.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has been allotted a single ticket to the Joint Meeting of Congress with Pope Francis on September 24th in Washington, DC. Those interested must sign up by August 26th and enter the raffle for the chance to win either a pair of tickets to see the Pope in the Audience outside the Capitol or the single ticket to hear him speak before Congress. 1 Joint Session ticket winner and 100 winners of a pair of tickets to the Papal Audience will be notified on August 27th.
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State Police in Deposit arrested 20-year-old Shawn Stamper of Johnson City, for Driving While Intoxicated, following a report of an accident with injuries on Chestnut Street in the Town of Windsor. Stamper was charged with DWI after he crashed into a guide rail and overturned, he was transported to Wilson Hospital with lacerations to his face, he was issued tickets for Town of Windsor Court on August 24th.
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United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties is seeking donations of kid friendly foods and children’s hygiene items for its 2015 Food and Hygiene Supply Drive. Susan Kurkowski of the United Way told WCDO News what items can be donated:

(Susan Kurkowski 8-19-15)

The drive will begin tomorrow and run through September 14th, when the United Way officially kicks-off their 2015 Campaign. All donations will be given to backpack programs and food pantries in both Delaware and Otsego Counties. United Way will be partnering with Opportunities for Otsego and Delaware Opportunities to get the supplies delivered. More information is available at 432-8006.
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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 8-17-15

State Police are looking for 81-year-old Alfred Turshman of 232 Frye Road in the Town of German. Turshman was reported missing from his home since August 14th at approximately 1:00 PM in the hamlet of Cincinnatus. Turshman is an 81-year-old white male who has dementia. He is 5’08” and weighs about 180 pounds. He is bald and may be wearing a light blue and tan button down long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and brown loafers. Anyone with information should call the State Police at 561-7400.
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The City of Oneonta Department of public service will be flushing water mains today through Wednesday. Affected areas include the Wilber Park Apartments, East Street and around the East End of the city. During the flushing, water users may experience a change in water color or pressure temporarily, those with questions can call the department at 432-2100.
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Cobleskill Stone Products will be working in Bainbridge on State Route 206 today & tomorrow, weather permitting. Several streets will be closed to traffic during the work; they are Kirby, Juliand, Newton & Pearl Streets.
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The BG central school district is seeking community members interested in serving on a Capital Project facility Committee, to meet today at 5:30 PM ion the District conference room. The next meeting will be held on august 31st at 6:30 in the district conference room, interested participants can call 967-6321.
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the Sidney Village board is holding a special meeting tonight, the meeting will begin at 5:30 PM in the Sidney Civic Center.
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2 Deposit men have been arrested by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office on multiple felony drug sale charges following a 6 month investigation. Both men were indicted by a Delaware County Grand Jury and arrested on Arrest Warrants issued late Thursday afternoon by the Delaware County Court. 29 year old Clint Stevens of Deposit was arrested on a Sealed Indictment Warrant charging him with 3 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, prior to that he was arrested on several other charges, for allegedly selling Heroin in Deposit. On Friday morning, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year-old Todd Perrington of Deposit on a Sealed Indictment Warrant charging him with 3 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance; he was arrested at the Broome County Jail where he was being held on separate drug charges, for also allegedly selling heroin in Deposit. Stevens and Perrington were arraigned on the latest counts & were remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail pending future court appearances.
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State Police at Sidney arrested 36-year-old Celia Daniels of Oneonta for Aggravated DWI with a child less than 15 years old and Endangering the Welfare of a Child plus several other traffic violations. The arrest occurred after a trooper responded to a Chenango County 911 report of an erratic driver who struck a guide rail on Interstate 88 in the Town of Bainbridge. Daniels is accused of being intoxicated while having her 4-year-old daughter as a passenger. Daniels was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Bainbridge on August 24th.
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On Saturday afternoon at approximately 5:30pm, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 24 year old James Fontana of Ardsley for 3 counts of reckless endangerment, felony driving while intoxicated, felony aggravated driving with a blood alcohol content of.18% or greater, felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speed not reasonable and imprudent, and failure to stop for a stop sign. This arrest was a result of a UTV accident on Left Pines Brook in the Town of Walton. It is alleged that the defendant operated and subsequently crashed a UTV while in an intoxicated condition with three children inside the vehicle. Fontana was later arraigned and remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $2500 bail.
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State Senator Jim Seward and Assemblyman Cliff Crouch announced legislation they sponsored, allowing Delaware County to enact a “bed tax” on hotel and motel room rentals, has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The bill follows a home rule request from the Delaware County Board of Supervisors; it allows Delaware County to impose a “bed tax” of up to 2% on hotel and motel room rentals. The estimated return of between $200,000 to $250,000 will be dedicated to promoting County’s tourism. Governor Cuomo also signed into law a bill allowing Delaware County to maintain its local sales tax at 4%, which in 1% above the rate authorized in state law.
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The Delaware County Fair will continue for day 2 tomorrow at the County Fair Grounds in Walton. Fair Spokesman John Jackson told WCDO News what is scheduled for Tuesday:

(John Jackson 8-17-15)

The Delaware County Fair runs through Saturday night, Jackson said that they hope to break attendance records at the fair this year.
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Governor Cuomo signed legislation Friday banning the sale of powdered alcohol in New York. The bill prohibits the sale of any crystalline or powdered alcohol product, which includes Palcohol, which sells powder versions of rum, vodka and a few cocktails. The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 62-0, while the Assembly passed it by a 139-4 margin.
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Sidney Village officials announced today that the Sidney Municipal Pool would be closed until further notice, due to another incident of vandalism. WCDO will have the details when they are made available.
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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 8-14-15

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested a City of Norwich man for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. The sheriff’s Narcotics Division arrested 22 year old Stephen Reilly following a narcotics investigation which began in the Town of Plymouth. While investigating an unattended death in the Town of Plymouth, packets of heroin were recovered from the scene. It is alleged that Reilly sold ten packets of heroin to the deceased victim. Reilly was arraigned in the Town of North Norwich Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $30,000 bail. He is scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.
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A Binghamton man was killed after his SUV rolled over while trying to negotiate a sharp turn in the town of Dickinson Wednesday night. broome county’s sheriff’s deputies said 23 year old Kyle Wilcox lost control of his vehicle on Old State Rd. Tire tracks indicate that his vehicle veered across both lanes before rolling over and landing on it’s roof. Fire departments from 5 Mile Point and Port Dickinson assisted at the scene.
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Delaware County Sheriff Thomas Mills and Broome County Sheriff David Harder announced the arrest of a Deposit man on multiple felony drug charges. 29 year old Clint Stevens of Deposit, was arrested by members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, and Broome County Special Investigation Unit Task Force, and charged with felony Criminal Sale and felony possession of a Controlled Substance for the sale and possession heroin and cocaine with the intent to sell. A month long investigation was concluded yesterday with a sting operation conducted on Pine Street in Deposit that resulted in the arrest of Stevens. He was arraigned in the Town of Delhi Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail.
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A bridge in Broome County will be named in memory of State Trooper Christopher Skinner. In May 2014, Skinner was outside of his cruiser issuing a traffic ticket on I- 81 in the town of Chenango when a man from Florida intentionally struck and killed him. The I-81 north and southbound bridge crossing U.S. Route 11 will be named the “Trooper Christopher G. Skinner Memorial Bridge.” Gov. Cuomo signed the legislation and both the Assembly and Senate unanimously passed the measure in June.
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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was in Binghamton Thursday to discuss his efforts to keep Southern Tier families in their homes. The Attorney General’s Office released a report detailing the results of efforts to prevent foreclosures across the state. Over the last three years, with the help of the Homeowners Protection Program and the State Mortgage Program, more than 3,700 households have been saved from foreclosure in the Southern Tier region.
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A Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for Saturday in Afton. The Blood Drive will run from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Afton United Methodist Church at 34 Spring Street. Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED CROSS; blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
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The results for the 2015 Common Core tests have been released by the New York State Department of Education for grades 3 thru 8. the percentage of students who scored at the proficient level was 38 percent, a 7 point increase over 2013, but the percentage of students who opted out of testing increased dramatically. Locally, Sherburne had the highest opt out percentages with 68% in Math and 62% in ELA. Deposit had the lowest percentage of students refusing to take the tests at 2%. The New York State “opt out” average was 31%.
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WCDO News Thursday 8-13-15

AFTER A 5 YEAR INVESTIGATION, TWO BINGHAMTON MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED, INCLUDING ONE FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER. STATE POLICE ARRESTED 25 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY ELLIS AND 26 YEAR OLD DUSTIN BUCKLEY. BOTH ARE CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH A HOME INVASION BURGLARY THAT OCCURRED IN SEPTEMBER OF 2010 IN THE TOWN OF BARKER, NEAR BUFFALO. TROOPERS SAY A 50 YEAR OLD WOMAN WAS ASSAULTED AND SEVERLY INJURED, SUFFERING BLINDNESS IN ONE EYE AND PARTIAL HEARING LOSS. ELLIS IS CHARGED WITH 2ND DEGREE ATTEMPTED MURDER AND FIRST DEGREE BURGALARY. BUCKLEY IS FACING A FIRST DEGREE BURGALARY CHARGE. BOTH MEN ARE BEING HELD IN THE BROOME COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BAIL.

DELAWARE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE NEW YORK CITY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ARRESTED A BROOKLYN MAN TUESDAY. 31 YEAR OLD DONULD RUDD WAS ARRESTED BY MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK CITY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT UPON HIS RELEASE FROM RIKERS ISLAND CORRECTIONAL FACILITY. RUDD WAS THEN TURNED OVER TO DELAWARE COUNTY DEPUTIES IN KINGSTON, NY AND ARRESTED AGAIN ON A WARRANT ISSUED BY DELAWARE COUNTY COURT IN NOVEMBER OF 2014 AFTER HE FAILED TO APPEAR FOR HIS COURT HEARING. A FORMER BINGHAMTON RESIDENT, RUDD OWES MORE THAN 12 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION ASSOCIATED WITH 2010 CONVICTIONS FOR CRIMINAL MISCHIEF. RUDD IS BEING HELD IN THE DELAWARE COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY WITHOUT BAIL.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she doesn’t want to run for president or governor here in New York. Gillibrand has built a national profile in recent years, working on top-tier issues such as combating sexual assault in the military and allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve openly. Gillibrand would be a formidable Democrat should she enter the race for governor which is open once again in 2018. A strong campaign fundraiser, she would likely face competition for the Democratic nomination from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman should Gov. Andrew Cuomo not run for a third term.

18 year old Dayne Feehan didn’t know much about being a professional before this year. Now, he and a fellow Windsor High School student have received recognition for their management decision-making skills. Feehan and 17 year old Matthew Colosi competed June 29-July 2 in the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Chicago. They placed in the top 15, roughly in the top 2 percent of competitive FBLA chapters, in the Management Decision Making Competition

A man who was caught driving drunk did not have a license, according to the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office. 41 year old Zacharias Fuller of Schenevus, was arrested after a one-car accident on Race Street in the village of Schenevus. He was charged with DWI, as well as aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He also faces several other misdemeanors and traffic violations. Fuller will appear in the Town of Maryland Court at a later date

An estimated 40,000 people are expected to attend the Chenango County Fair in Norwich. The fair runs until Sunday. This year, more than ever, fair-goers will get a lesson in agriculture, which is one of the cornerstones of the county. Read more at chenangocountyfair.homestead.com

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS REMINDS ELIGIBLE BLOOD DONORS OF A BLOOD DRIVE TO BE HELD AT THE UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN WALTON TODAY, FROM 11:30 AM TO 5:30 PM. DONORS OF ALL BLOOD TYPES – ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH TYPES A, B, AND O NEGATIVE ARE NEEDED. VISIT RED CROSS BLOOD.ORG OR CALL 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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WCDO News Wednesday 8-12-15

Local leaders will hold a New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program in Sidney Today at 6:00PM at the Sidney High School Auditorium. The program provides citizens with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters. Each family that attends will receive a NYS Disaster Preparedness Backpack containing numerous essential items. This event is open to those who pre-registered; more information is available at 721-8751.
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Free rabies clinics will be held today for dogs, cats & domesticated ferrets. In Franklin at the Franklin Fire Hall from 4 to 6pm and in Oneonta at Neahwa Park from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Previous vaccination certificate must be presented to receive a 3 year booster.
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The New York City DEP announced operations at the Cannonsville Reservoir have returned to normal. On Monday, the DEP stated it had resumed downstream releases under the Flexible Management Program on August 5th. It is no longer diverting drinking water from the reservoir and is relying on the Pepaction and Neversink reservoirs to balance storage. A preliminary investigation indicated that drilling in the reservoir had released ground water under natural pressure and caused an upward flow of water and sediment into the West Branch Delaware River.
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The Delaware County Fair will be held in Walton August 17th through the 22nd. Fair representative John Jackson told WCDO about their popular children’s day Wednesday August 19th:

(John Jackson Fairkids)

Last year near 80,000 thousand people attended the Delaware County Fair in Walton. The Chenango County Fair in Norwich is running today through Sunday. Tonight there will be live music with “American Pride” Statler Brothers tribute.
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A Harpursville Man was charged with drug possession after being pulled over Tuesday evening for driving with a loud muffler. Broome County Sheriff’s deputies said 25 year old David Saruaw had been acting nervous during the traffic stop on Upper Court Street in Kirkwood. He ultimately admitted having heroin in the car after being questioned. Deputies then seized 20 packets of heroin and Saruaw was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He will appear in Kirkwood Town Court at a later date
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Both the leader of the State Senate and Speaker of the Assembly have been charged with crimes, but even if they are convicted of federal corruption charges, both Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver will still be eligible to receive their state pensions. This past spring, both the Senate and the Assembly passed bills that would revoke pension for elected officials convicted of a felony but they could not agree on the wording at this time. The Assembly wanted only elected officials to lose their pensions but the Senate wanted all state employees who were convicted of a felony to lose their pensions.
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The results are in for the 2015 Common Core tests. The state Department of Education released the numbers for the math and English language arts tests that were given to students in grades three through eight. Scores for math went up slightly since 2013. The percentage of students who scored at the proficient level was 38 percent. That’s a 7 point increase over 2 years. While the scores do not count towards the students’ grades, they are factored into teacher evaluations.

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