State Police arrested 27 year old Jeffrey Demkovich of Endicott, for Kidnapping & 1st degree Rape & Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, for allegedly possessing over 200 packets of heroin. Demkovich was remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail set at this time. Also, during this investigation 24 year old Ryan Valcourt-Dean of Endicott was arrested for Forcible Touching. He was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Union Court and released. The investigation is ongoing.
State Police arrested 50 year old Richard Ward of Castle Creek, for felony DWI, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. This arrest occurred after Troopers responded to a Broome County 911 report of an intoxicated man threatening a woman with a shotgun while driving. Troopers stopped the vehicle, the DWI arrest was a felony due to a prior conviction for DWI within the last ten years. Ward cannot legally possess a firearm because of a prior felony conviction. Ward was arraigned & was remanded to the Broome County Jail with no bail set at this time.
Oneonta City Officials announced that the section of Maple Street between Walnut & Center Streets will be closed between 8:30 & Noon today for tree removal. The detour will be Elm Street, more information is available at 432-2100.

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The US Department of Defense, the Chenango County Planning Department and the Chenango United Way have teamed up to bring medical professionals to the Norwich High School later this month for 10 days of free dental, medical, optical or veterinary services. Rena Doing of the Planning Department comments:

(Rena Doing 7-1-15)

Elizabeth Monaca of the Chenango United Way said that they are responsible for recruiting more volunteers to assist with all aspects of the event:

(Elizabeth Monaco 7-1-15)

Monaco said that those wishing to volunteer could do so at volunteer.chenangouw.org. Also, shuttle bus service will be available through area school districts to get patients to the Norwich High School for the Greater Chenango Cares event July 13th through the 22nd. Bus shuttle information is available at the Greater Chenango Cares facebook page.
Governor Cuomo today announced that temporary lane closures associated with road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will not be allowed from 6 a.m. on Friday, July 3, to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 5, in order to accommodate travelers during the busy Independence Day holiday weekend. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. Travelers are reminded to check 511NY by calling 511 or by accessing www.511ny.org for road conditions.
The New York State Department of Health is urging New Yorkers to take protective measures to avoid mosquito bites, after confirming the presence of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes collected in Suffolk and Rockland Counties. The 2 cases are the first in the state to test positive for West Nile this year, there have been no reported human cases. In 2014, 752 mosquito pools tested positive statewide, with 21 reported human cases and no deaths. The health department recommends to dispose of any outside items that collect & hold standing water, where mosquitoes breed. More information on West Nile virus is available at health.ny.gov.
Governor Cuomo today announced that $3 million has been allocated to the Cooling Assistance Component of the HEAP Program to help low-income New Yorkers who suffer from medical conditions aggravated by extreme heat. The program will provide air conditioning units to eligible households for the summer months. Prolonged exposure to high indoor temperatures poses health risks that disproportionately affect those already suffering from medical ailments. Cooling assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Delaware County residents should call the local Department of Social Services at 607-832-5300.
State Police arrested 35-year-old Justin Rifenbark of Davenport for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Criminal Mischief. This arrest occurred after Troopers responded to a 911 report of a dispute on Miller Hill Road in the Town of Davenport. An investigation determined that after Rifenbark had a physical dispute with his wife, his daughter took his phone from him. He then grabbed the girl and threw her to the ground trying to get his telephone back. Also, during this dispute he broke his wife’s automotive key fob. Rifenbeck was arraigned in the Town of Harpersfield Court and released without bail required. His next court date in the Town of Davenport is on July 14, 2015.
The Chenango Arts Council will hold their first “Kids Summer Art Camp” which is geared to students going into 5th grade and up. Arts Council Spokesperson Alecia O’Neill explains:

(Alecia O’Neill 7-1-15)

The deadline to sign up is this Friday July 3rd at either the Council office at 27 West Main Street, Norwich, by phone at 336-ARTS or at chenangoarts.org.

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49 year old Jeffrey Feldman of Worcester is facing a 14-count indictment in Otsego County for allegedly performing sexual acts repeatedly with two underage girls. Feldman was indicted by an Otsego County grand jury on 8 counts of criminal sexual act, 4 counts of first-degree rape and 2 counts of course of sexual conduct against a child. Feldman was arrested by state police following the presentation of evidence to the grand jury. Feldman is being held at Otsego County Correctional Facility for lack of $250,000 cash bail or $500.000 bond.
Oneonta Public Transit’s SUNY route will operate only once per hour starting july 6th. the bus will leave on the half-hour from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM, the regular schedule will resume on Monday august 17th. more information is available at 432-7100 or optrides.com.
The Binghamton Senators announced that the 2015 Open House is set for Saturday, July 11th from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM. Fans can reserve their seats before the home opener on Saturday, October 10th, Binghamton Senators staff members will be on hand to give fans guided tours around the Arena as well as offering locker room and skybox tours. Ticket Plan information is available at 722-SENS, or bsens.com.

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Rena Doing of the Chenango County Planning Department & Elizabeth Monaco of the Chenango United Way, discuss the availability of free medical, dental, Optical & Veterinary Services at the Norwich High School July 13th to July 22nd.

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State Police at Oneonta arrested 28-year-old Andrew Scheiner of Worcester Sunday, for Aggravated DWI with a B.A.C. result of .22%. Scheiner was charged after Troopers responded to an Otsego County 911 report of a vehicle being driven the wrong way on Interstate 88 eastbound in the Town of Oneonta, just prior to their arrival Scheiner, struck the side of a bus at mile marker 59. No one was injured, the investigation determined that he was intoxicated and had a suspended driver license. Scheiner was arraigned at the Town of Oneonta Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 property bond. His next court date is on July 16th.
The Broome County Sheriff’s department arrested 2 men in the Town of Lisle for manufacturing methamphetamines. Deputies arrested 28-year-old Anthony Scott of Lisle & 37 year old Marcus Vanvorce of Berkshire both are accused of possessing over the county decongestants & other materials used to manufacture math. Both are being held in Broome County Jail without bail.
The number of counties overriding New York’s property tax cap has declined by more than half over the past four fiscal years, dropping from 15 in 2012 to only 6 this year, according to a report issued today by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. The report also noted that the counties’ average tax levy increase has remained at or below 2 percent in each of the past four years. DiNapoli’s report revealed the property tax levy collected by the 57 counties outside of New York City increased 5.3%. 27 counties have exceeded the tax cap at least one time. Delaware County exceeded the cap in each of the 4 years and 5 counties exceeded the cap in 3 out of the 4 years.
State Senator Jim Seward today announced his opposition to plans to site a 2nd gas pipeline through portions of his district. Seward said that the proposal submitted by Tennessee Gas Pipeline should be rejected, as the area is already under FERC approval by the Constitution Pipeline, which is slated to will supply natural gas to Amphenol, the Village of Sidney, and other local interests. No such plan exists with the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposal from Kinder Morgan. Seward also echoed a demand made by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors that, should the project be approved, a formal agreement be executed to ensure that all local costs attributable to pipeline construction, be paid for by Kinder Morgan.
Delaware County Fair officials announced that there will be the 2nd Delaware County Fair Queen crowned this year. Stacy Van Tyle is organizing the pageant:

(Stacy Van Tyle 6-30-15)

More information is available at 287-9228 or by email to Stacy_Dibble @ yahoo.com. The Delaware County fair will be August 17th through the 22nd.
The First Night Oneonta committee is putting together this year’s Oneonta July 4th Celebration. Activities actually begin Friday July 3rd, according to organizer Carol Mandigo:

(Carol Mandigo 6-30-15)

Saturday’s activities include a 5K-mud run, parade, car show, a free Oneonta Outlaws baseball game and fireworks at dark.

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State Police arrested 31-Year-old Yishiro Hamata also known as Tyrell Rogers of Morris for Making a Punishable False Written Statement, following a 10-day investigation into his disappearance on June 18th. Police said that on Saturday, Hamata was found in good health at a State Park in the Town of New Berlin, he is accused of giving police a false written statement when he told them he had been the victim of a racially motivated assault & abduction. Hamata is accused of misdirecting Troopers of his whereabouts during the previous week and the circumstances leading up to his reported disappearance. Hamata was arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court and was remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $5,000.00 cash bail or $15,000.00 property bond pending court action on July 9th.
The Chenango County Deputies arrested a Town of Sherburne man Sunday for Menacing and Criminal Mischief. 22-year-old Michael Beckwith was arrested after an investigation of a Domestic Dispute in the Town of Sherburne. Beckwith allegedly possessed a wooden axe handle, & threatened and damaged the victim’s property; he was arraigned in the Town of Sherburne Court and released with a temporary order of protection issued.

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P.M. NEWS MONDAY 6-29-15

Governor Cuomo released details last night in Malone, regarding the escape of David Sweat & Richard Matt from the Clinton County Correctional Facility in early June.

(Cuomo PM)

Matt was killed by Police Friday, Police caught Sweat last night, he is being treated in an Albany area hospital for 2 gunshot wounds. On June 27, 2015, an autopsy was conducted on the remains of Richard Matt at Albany Medical Center. The autopsy on Matt determined the cause of death to be severe skull fractures and brain injuries due to gunshot wounds to the head, Toxicology results are pending.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation today officially prohibited high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State by issuing its formal Findings Statement, completing the state’s 7-year review of this activity. The DEC claims that after their research and examination, Fracking may pose significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated.  Hyrdo-fracking was allowed in certain portions of the state from 1979 through 2008, a copy of their “Findings Statement” is available at dec.ny.gov.
State Police confirmed that 31 year old Yishori Hamata, also known as Tyrell Rogers of Morris was found Sunday, in good health, A missing person investigation began June 18, when Hamata’s abandoned car was found in New Berlin, More details are expected to be released & the investigation is continuing.
Delaware County Sheriff Deputies arrested 62 year old John Morton of Treadwell on 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, for allegedly owning a weapon, that he was prohibited from possessing. Morton was arraigned before the Delhi Town Court and released on his own recognizance to reappear on 7/1/15 at Meredith Town Court.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released 2 audits revealing more than $70 million in questionable Medicaid claims and payments. DiNapoli’s auditors found the state reimbursed providers for excessive services, including 41 dental exams for one patient over three years and identified about a dozen providers that should have been kicked out of the system for wrongdoing. DiNapoli recommended the Department of Health review the overpayments identified and make recoveries, strengthen controls over claims processing to prevent improper payments for excessive services; and review the duplicate Medicaid payments identified and recover, as appropriate. DOH officials generally agreed with the recommendations, but indicated that certain findings were outdated because actions have already been taken to address system shortcomings.
Governor Cuomo announced the availability of free summer meals sites throughout the state to provide children from low-income households with fresh, healthy food when schools are out of session. about 360,000 children received free summer meals in New York in 2014, an increase of 9% from 2013. Children ages 18 and under, and disabled young adults over 18 who are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities, can receive the meals & snacks at the summer meals sites, a list of sites can be found at 1-800-522-5006 or visit summermealsny.org.

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A.M. NEWS MONDAY 6-29-15

The hunt for fugitives David Sweat & Richard Matt ended yesterday, with Sweat being captured by State Police, 2 days after Police fatally shot Richard Matt. Governor Andrew Cuomo gave details of yesterdays apprehension at a press conference in Malone last night:

(Cuomo AM)

Sweat will be arraigned on a host of charges after his release from an Albany area hospital, the investigation into how Sweat & Matt escaped the Clinton County Prison continues.
Congressman Chris Gibson announced that Hannah Sell is the winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for the 19th Congressional District. Hannah’s acrylic painting “Deployment,” depicts American troops riding aboard a vehicle in the fading sunlight, it will be part of a year-long exhibit at the U.S. Capitol featuring works by students from across the country. Hannah and her mother met with Congressman Gibson June 24th and attended a reception for contest winners at the Capitol. Congressman Gibson encourages students from the 19th District to submit original photos, paintings, or drawings for entry in next year’s Congressional Art Competition; more information is available at 202-225-5614.
The Delaware County Sheriffs department announced that following a recent change in state law, Fireworks remain illegal in Delaware County. The Sale and use of Sparkling Devices is legal only in counties and cities that have enacted a local law, and Delaware County has not enacted such legislation. Firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, spinners and aerial devices, remain illegal statewide.
The Oneonta Common Council will have a special meeting at 6:00 PM today. The Council will consider approval of the applications for certain grants relating to the operating of the Oneonta Municipal Airport. The meeting will be held in the Common Council chambers at City Hall it will be open to the public.

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