WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 7-9-15

State Police issued over 10 thousand tickets to drivers statewide over the July 4th holiday weekend, which began on Friday and ended on Monday. State Police were cracking down on drunk drivers as well as other violators. Of the tickets issued, 4,523 were for speeding, 621 for seatbelt and child restraint violations, and 186 for failure to move over and 310 for distracted driving. Troopers arrested 198 people for DWI during the crackdown. They investigated 722 accidents where 198 people were injured and two people were killed.
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A federal grand jury has indicted former Tennessee congressional candidate Robert Doggart for allegedly soliciting others in a plan to commit arson & murder at a Muslim community in Hancock. Doggart is accused of recruiting others through Facebook & by phone, to burn buildings and kill members of the community. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is prosecuting Doggart, following the investigation by the FBI, who arrested Doggart in April. Doggart was released on $30,000 bond and is currently subject to home confinement.
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Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 147, which appoints the New York State Attorney General as a special prosecutor in matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement officers.

(Cuomo 7-9-15)

The executive order allows the special prosecutor to review cases where there is a question whether the civilian was armed and dangerous at the time of his or her death. Cuomo said that the Assembly passed a bill this year dealing with the issue, the State Senate did not pass a bill due to small differences of opinion, Cuomo said the he expects a permanent law to be passed in 2016.
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The Sidney Emergency Squad has undergone a reorganization recently, and they are planning an open house later this month for local residents. Board of Directors President Ray Baker told WCDO News about the Squad’s changes:

(Ray Baker 7-9-15)

The Open House will be held on Saturday July 18th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Sidney fire Station of River Street.
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A group of Parents in the Harpursville Central School district, known as “STOP” has sued the school Board for violating open meeting laws. The lawsuit claims that the board voted to remove one administrator and reassign another in the elementary school, despite a number of parents voicing opposing the plans, the lawsuit also claims that the school board has not maintained the legally required minutes.
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A New Siena Institute Poll shows the Upstate New York Residents feel that their economy is still lagging behind the rest of the country. The survey found that 41% claimed that gasoline prices are having a very serious or somewhat serious on their finances, 65% indicate said that the amount spent on groceries is having a very serious or somewhat serious effect on their finances.
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Governor Cuomo announced that more than $18 million in economic development funding for 19 projects state wide. In the Southern Tier Region, Corning Diesel will receive $3,000,000 for the purchasing of machinery and equipment to support the company’s facility expansion in Steuben County. The Broome County IDA & Indian Valley Industries, will get $728,500 to acquire a manufacturing facility and to relocate within Broome County. The site of their existing facility is slated to be used for a new Pharmacy School in Johnson City.
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The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold the re-organizational meeting of the Board of Education tonight. The meeting will be held in the Guilford School Cafeteria at 6:30 PM.

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P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 7-8-15

Governor Cuomo signed the “Enough is Enough” Legislation Tuesday in New York City, to Combat Sexual Assault on private College Campuses:

(Cuomo 7-8-15)

The bill is based on action already taken in the State University System. The law is expected to become a national model on the issue of sexual assaults on college campuses.
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The Broome County Sheriff’s Office is actively looking for a 16-year-old run away. Deputies responded to the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference in the Town of Fenton, where Mia Rosado took a bus to the Elmira, area – but could still be in the Broome County area. Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 778-1911. Mia is 16 years old; light skinned Hispanic, brown hair & eyes, 5’5” tall, 130 lbs. Mia was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt.
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Tioga Downs Owner Jeff Gural is now the only one left with a proposal before the state gaming commission for a casino in the Southern Tier. Gural said that his plan calls for a 125 million dollar expansion, and should add about 500 jobs; a previous group out of Albany has dropped their proposal for a Broome County facility.
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Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced that the City of Binghamton has reinstated Police Chief Joseph Zikuski. Mayor David stated that they reviewed an independent review of accusations against Chief Zikuski by the law firm of Coughlin & Gerhart. Mayor David said that the there were no complaints or evidence of harassment or discrimination by Zikuski, who was on a 60-day unpaid suspension that ended today.
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Greater Chenango Cares is a partnership with the Department of Defense to provide an opportunity for residents of Chenango County & neighboring counties to participate in a no-cost military training program July 13th. through the 22nd, for Medical, Dental, & Eye care, plus veterinary services. the Chenango United way is assisting with lining up local volunteers from many different functions during the event, Spokesperson Elizabeth Monaco explains:

(Elizabeth Monaco 7-8-15)

Monaco said that volunteer opportunities and sign ups are available on-line at volunteer.chenangouw.org. Appointments are needed for veterinary services are available at 334-9724 ext. 3, dental appointments can be made at 337-1643, more information is available at the Greater Chenango Cares Facebook page.
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The Chenango Arts Council is launching the Norwich Preparatory Theater this month. Council Spokesperson Alecia O’Neill explains:

(Alecia O’Neill 7-8-15)

The deadline to sign up is this Friday July 10th, more information is available at the Arts Council at 336-ARTS.
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A.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 7-8-15

On Friday July 3rd, members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and Village of Hancock Police Department conducted a joint traffic safety check on State Highway 97 in the Village of Hancock that was funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Police Traffic Services grant. 13 traffic tickets were issued, including 1 for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle & 2 tickets for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. On the same day Deputies participating in an Aggressive Driving Campaign issued 14 additional tickets for speeding and various other violations of vehicle & traffic law.
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Delaware County Sheriff Deputies arrested 41-year-old Michael Carey of Oneonta for 1 count of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the town of Sidney,  Carey was found to have 11 active suspensions in effect. Carey was arraigned in the Town of Sidney Justice Court, posted bail and is scheduled to reappear on July 25th.
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Delaware County Public health will provide a child car seat safety check during the Fair on the Square event at Delaware National Bank of Delhi on Friday July 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at 121 main street. 73% of child car seats are not used or installed correctly, more information if available at 832-5200.
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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 in Delhi today. The Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach will be available, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Price Chopper Parking Lot in Delhi. Appointments are available by calling 1-888-345-0225.

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P.M. NEWS TUESDAY 7-7-15

State Police reported a plane crash Monday night at around 8:05 PM near South Martindale Road in the town of Milford. 55-year-old Edward Schoene of Springfield Center took off from the Oneonta municipal airport & had engine trouble, he landed the plane in a cornfield & was transported to Bassett hospital in Cooperstown, where he was treated fro injuries sustained in the crash. The FAA was contacted and will also be investigating this accident.
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Scammers posing as the IRS, are targeting Senior citizens or Naturalized citizens, they are trying to get money from unsuspecting taxpayers, under the threat of possible arrest if they do not comply. Area Tax preparer George McLain told WCDO News that the IRS does not call citizens:

(George McLain 7-7-15)

McLain said that people should never give out personal information to random callers, if they receive a call from these current scammers, to contact the Attorney General’s office to make a complaint.
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The annual Rock In The Park concert event will be held this Saturday at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge. Organizer Jason Hall explains:

(Jason Hall 7-7-15)

Tickets are available at “Snips & Snails Consignment in Bainbridge, the Chenango SPCA in Norwich, Bartles Pharmacy in Oxford or through Tickemaster, proceeds will go to the Chenango SPCA this year.
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Volunteers, known as “Gus Busters” are still needed for this weekend’s Gus Macker 3 on 3-basketball tournament in downtown Norwich. Macker organizer Tom Revoir comments:

(Tom Revoir 7-7-15)

Revoir said that those interested in being a referee this weekend can call the Norwich YMCA at 336-9622, extension 29.
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Governor Cuomo signed the “Enough is Enough” Legislation this afternoon in New York City. The legislation is designed to Combat Sexual Assault on private College Campuses, the bills are based on action already taken in the State University System, it passed both houses of the legislature this session, lawmakers hope to reduce the stigma of reporting sexual assaults, and make it easier to report the assaults to law enforcement agencies.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 report last Wednesday of a 1-car personal injury accident on State Highway 10 in the Town of Hamden. 68-year-old Thomas Jones of Hamden failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway after suffering an apparent medical emergency, he left the roadway and rolled his vehicle over an embankment, Jones was extricated from his vehicle & was airlifted by LifeNet Helicopter to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City for treatment of a head injury.
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State Police arrested 26-year-old Denise Marin of Tioga for 3rd degree Assault, following a physical dispute at the Mirabito Gas Station on State Route 23 in the Town of Oneonta. Marin faces court action in the Town of Oneonta Court on July 14th.
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A.M. NEWS TUESDAY 7-7-15

State Police at Oneonta arrested 28 year old Edward Cuevas of Oneonta for 2 separate incidents in the Town of Morris and the Town of Oneonta on July 5th. Cuevas was charged 1st degree Burglary & 2 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, for allegedly entering a residence in the Town of Morris brandishing a handgun and threatened the occupant, while 2 minor children were present. The investigation revealed that a domestic incident had occurred earlier that date in the Town of Oneonta. Cuevas was charged with Criminal Mischief, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Circulation, Unlawful Imprisonment & Endangering the Welfare of a Child, plus additional drug charges Cuevas was arraigned in the Town of Oneonta Court and committed to the Otsego County Jail.
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Oneonta City officials announce that Cobleskill Stone will be paving West Street between Clinton & College Terrace today, weather permitting. The Department of Public Service will be providing Flagged Personnel to regulate traffic in the work zone, more information is available at 432-6465.
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The Delaware county department of Public Health announces another free rabies clinic tonight. The clinic will run from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Deposit Town Clerk’s building at 3 Elm Street.
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P.M. NEWS MONDAY 7-6-15

1 man was killed & 2 others were injured in an incident early Sunday morning. Police said 21-year-old Seth Swindler of Conklin was killed while riding a mattress towed by a truck. Swindler was pronounced dead at the scene after a truck exited the field & struck the mattress. 2 unidentified 17-year-olds who were also on the mattress were injured. The incident occurred in a field off Route 267 in Choconut Township, Pennsylvania, just south of the New York state line. The investigation is continuing.
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The 129th annual Delaware county fair will be held in August at the Fairgrounds in Walton. John Jackson of the county fair board of directors’ comments:

(John Jackson 7-6-15)

The Delaware County Fair runs August 17th through the 22nd this year.
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Broome County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 20-year-old Mark Mackey of Windsor, for 3rd-degree burglary and 3rd-degree grand larceny. Mackey is accused of stealing a motorcycle; he was arraigned in Dickinson Town Court and sent to the Broome County jail.
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State Senators Jim Seward & John Bonacic announced $40,000 in state grant funding for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, The monies will be used for the purchase of a new police vehicle built specifically for use by the office’s K-9 drug and search rescue team. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is home to K-9 Officer Ozzie and his human partner, Sergeant John Demeo. Ozzie is trained in drug detection and patrol duties and has played an instrumental role in assisting officers in contending with the office’s escalating number of drug cases.
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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said that “Open Book New York” has been expanded to give New Yorkers increased access to local government financial data. Users can now download entire datasets at one time, where before there were limitations. Full details are available at openbooknewyork.com
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Governor Cuomo announced today the growth of solar in New York State has increased more than 300% from 2011 to 2014, twice the rate of U.S. solar growth overall. A total of 314.48 megawatts of solar electric was installed as of December 2014 across the state, equivalent to powering more than 51,000 homes. In the Southern Tier, the percentage increase of megawatts of solar capacity was 486% and projects installed in the Southern Tier from 2011 to 2014 increased 144%, more information is available at nyserda.ny.gov/solarcapacity.
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A.M. NEWS MONDAY 7-6-15

The results of the Otsego County Conservation Association’s “What’s In Our Water?” program are in and, the overall quality of Otsego County’s drinking water is very good. The report also results in a strong baseline of the water chemistry by which contamination can be detected. The full will be unveiled and made available to the public at the Otsego Lakes Festival on Saturday, July 12 at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown.
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The Chenango Arts Council’s Kids Summer Art Camp for students going into 5th grade and up, begins today, taught by Matthew Wilson, who is a Norwich Middle School Art Teacher and owner of Wilson Ceramics. The Camp is sponsored by NBT Bank, Golden Artist Colors and Chobani, and meets in Room 107 at the Chenango Arts Council facilities at 27 West Main Street, Norwich.
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The Oneonta parks & recreation committee will meet this evening. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM at the Common Council Chambers in City hall; the common council will meet next on Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM in city hall.
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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 7-3-15

State Police and local law enforcement will increase patrols to crack down on drivers who violate the law this Fourth of July weekend. Last year, State Police issued more than 10,200 vehicle and traffic tickets during the 4th of July weekend. Troopers arrested more than 180 people for DWI and responded to more than 650 accidents, two of which resulted in fatalities. During the enforcement, drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols. Law enforcement will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road when they travel New York roadways.
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“Fireworks Over The Fairgrounds” will be held on July 4th at the Chenango county fairgrounds in Norwich, Terry Potter of Millennia Entertainment comments:

(TERRY POTTER 7-3-15)

Tickets are available at Hummel’s in Norwich, Video Entertainment Plus in Sidney, The Artist’s Palette in Norwich & the New Berlin branch of NBT Bank, or at brownpapertickets.com.
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The First Night Oneonta committee will hold this year’s Oneonta July 4th Celebration. Activities actually begin tonight with “First Friday” activities, followed by a full slate of events Saturday, according to organizer Carol Mandigo:

(Carol Mandigo 7-3-15)

There will be a variety of vendors and activities set up around Neahwa Park Saturday for the July 4th celebration.

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Governor Cuomo directed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Emergency Management to enhance monitoring of celebrations and events on Saturday, July 4 in light of the recent terror warning issued by the FBI & the Department of Homeland Security. The Governor additionally urged New Yorkers to be alert and aware of any potential suspicious activity during the holiday weekend. Additional staff will operate the Emergency Operations Center and the New York State Watch Center, Reporting suspicious activity can be Performed By Citizens by calling the state Terrorism Tips Line at 1-866-SAFE-NYS.”
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The Otsego county office for the aging is conducting a needs assessment to help identify the needs of the elderly & their caregivers. A mailing is underway to a random sample of resident 50 & older; the information o0btained will be used to tailor the services for the county’s elderly for the next 4 years. The survey is also available on line at survey monkey.com/OFAOtsego. More information is available at 547-4232 or 547 4390.
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The Delaware County Department of Public Works announced that they will begin Oil & Stone operations in the northern towns of the county Monday. Work is scheduled on county routes 18, 5,6,1 & 2 in that order; work will then move south toe county routes 23, 35 & 44. The project is expected to last for 3 weeks motorists should reduce speed right after the completion of each road, and & to expect delays during the project.
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The 5th annual Sidney central school district summer camps will begin on Monday. A variety of interests will be covered through august 14th, and before & after camp care has been arranged with Cullman Day care.
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