A.M. NEWS FRIDAY 7-17-15

Officials are investigating yesterday afternoon’s collapse of the Baldwin Street parking garage at Wilson Hospital in Johnson City. A number of cars were destroyed, but no one was found in any of the lower level vehicles. Work crews with cranes removed top-level vehicles overnight & the investigation is ongoing.
State Police responded to a call for a person in the water at the Whitney Point dam at Dorchester Lake. Trooper Donald Atkinson entered the water and swam to the dam’s outflow tunnels and located the 14-year-old victim, who was unable to swim out of tunnel due to the strong current. A Good Samaritan entered the water, throwing Trooper Atkinson a rope, Trooper Lawrence Gurdo entered the water, and assisted Trooper Atkinson, the victim grabbed a rope & was pulled to safety. The victim was transported to Lourdes Hospital for treatment.
The Sidney Alumni Association will hold their annual weekend of activities this weekend. Alumni Association spokesperson Amber Fogarty explains today’s activities:

(Amber AM)

Also, Sidney Historical Association invites the public to our Open House Alumni Weekend. Our museum will be open from 1-3 p.m. on July 17 & 18. Come to room 218 in the Civic Center on Liberty St. to tour the museum.
Delaware County Public Health will be providing a Car Seat Safety Event during Fair on the Square at The Delaware National Bank of Delhi at 121 Main Street in Delhi, today from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Certified child passenger safety technicians will teach how to correctly install and use child’s safety or booster seat, more information is available at 832-5200.

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Parking Garage Collapse – Johnson City – 7/16/15

BREAKING NEWS: There has been a parking garage collapse reported at the Baldwin St. Johnson City parking garage across from Wilson Hospital. A part of the second level of the parking garage ramp has collapsed into the first floor of the garage. Unknown if anyone is trapped at this time. *UPDATE* Early indications are that there was NOT anyone in the garage or in any parked vehicle at the time of the collapse! Crews continue to search the scene. WCDO News will update as the situation develops. Photo from the scene courtesy of Sandra Hacker.

parking garage, collapse, Johnson City, NY, New York, Wilson Hospital, 7/16

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The Greater Chenango Cares event has responded to 614 patients, providing over $330,000 in services in the first 3 days of the event in Norwich. 181 medical personnel from various Military organizations are in Norwich training fro responses to various emergencies that they may be called to, Colonel Gregory Kolb is the Commanding officer of the 48th combat Support Hospital, & is overseeing this event:

(Colonel Gregory Kolb 7-16-15)

The event came together through the combined efforts of the Chenango County Planning Department, the Department of Defense, Chenango United Way & both UHS & Bassett hospitals. Chenango County Planning Director Donna Jones commented:

(Donna Jones 7-16-15)

The Greater Chenango Cares event runs through Wednesday June 22nd at the Norwich High School complex. People can receive medical & optical care as walk-ins, appointments are necessary for Dental visits at 337-1643.
The State’s private sector job count climbed by 24,200, to over 7.8 Million according to preliminary figures released by the State Department of Labor. Over the past 2 months, the State has added 67,800 private sector jobs. In June the State’s unemployment rate decreased from 5.7% to 5.5%.
A Town of Sherburne resident was arrested by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office for Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Endangerment, Unlawful Manufacture & disposal of Methamphetamine, Tampering with Physical Evidence, plus other drug related charges. 26-year-old John Quinn was charged following a failure to comply pursuit, where he is accused of fleeing police & throwing several items from the vehicle, which were later recovered. Quinn was arraigned in the Town of Sherburne Court and was held on $50,000 cash bail pending action in the Town of Sherburne Court at a later date.
Governor Cuomo has more than $12.6 million in his campaign account; according to campaign finance filings released Wednesday. Cuomo raised $5 million in contributions and made another $195,000 from interest and contributions from the state Democratic Party. Cuomo has not commented on future campaigns on the state or federal level.
Delaware County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on State Hwy 10 in the Town of Delhi, 30 year old John Perez of Grayson, Louisiana charged with DWI, speed unreasonable and prudent, inadequate exhaust, no turn signal and a fractured windshield. Perez will reappear in the Town of Delhi Court at a later date.
The Sidney Village Police Department reminds village residents to lock vehicles & not leave valuables in the vehicle. There have been a string of larcenies from vehicles that were left unlocked. Anyone with information is asked to contact the village police art 561-2301.
The village of Bainbridge is experiencing water issues, where village residents may have outages or low water pressure. The Department of Public Works is working to repair the situation and is looking to complete those repairs as quickly as possible.

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Former Tennessee Congressional Candidate Robert Doggart pleaded Not Guilty Tuesday in federal court, for allegedly planning to attack Islamberg in the town of Hancock. Doggart is accused of planning murder & arson at the Muslim hamlet & recruiting others by Facebook & by phone to carry out the plan. Doggart was arrested by the FBI in April, & could face 10 years in prison if convicted.
A Meeting will be held tonight in Oneonta where Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff will conduct a scoping meeting for the Northeast Energy Direct Project, from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. All interested parties are invited to attend and present comments tonight at the Foothills Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:00 PM. The Tennessee Gas Pipeline project calls for a 2nd pipeline to come through the southern tier along the I-88 corridor; more information is available through FERC at 202-502-6088.
UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital will be hosting the first annual UHS Chenango Memorial Career Days. in August. All Chenango County students entering 8th or 9th grade in September 2015 are invited to attend the 2-day “camp” to explore different careers in the medical field. Applications or more information is available at 337-4285; the deadline to apply is tomorrow, July 17th.

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U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today $560,694 in federal funding for the City of Norwich Fire Department. The federal funding will enable the department to hire three new, full-time firefighters, allowing the City of Norwich to increase the number of firefighters on duty from a four-person shift to a five-person shift.
Oneonta Police Department responded to Luther Street for a reported violation of an order of protection. 32-year-old Keion Pierre of Oneonta is accused of violating an order of protection, Pierre fled the scene on foot with the officer giving chase, but he was taken into custody after a brief struggle. Pierre was found to be in possession of 24 Baggies of heroin, 3.9 grams of crack cocaine, plus marihuana and drug paraphernalia. Pierre was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Contempt, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia & Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, he was held pending arraignment at the City of Oneonta Court.
Governor Cuomo’s favorability rating dropped, according to the latest Siena College survey released today. 49% have a favorable view of Cuomo, down from 53% in May and 60% in January. 44% had an unfavorable view of Cuomo, 39% said Cuomo is doing an “excellent” or “good” job, 40% said “fair” and 20% said “poor.
The State Office of General Services announced that they would hold 2 surplus vehicle, highway equipment, and miscellaneous property auctions in Cortland & Unadilla next week. Information on specific items and terms of sale are available at ogs.ny.gov. or at (518) 457-6335. the auctions will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd at 9:30 AM at the DEC office in Cortland at 1285 Fisher Avenue, & on Thursday, July 23rd at 9:30 AM at the State Police Troop C Headquarters at 823 State Route 7, Unadilla.
the Otsego County solid waste department announced the dates & locations for this year’s household Hazardous Waste collection days. the 1st event will be on September 11that the Unadilla town highway building, the second will be at the Meadows Complex in Cooperstown on September 12th. There is no pre-registration is required for Otsego county residents, business are advised to call 547-4225 between August 24th and September 4th.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer reported that he will fight legislation that would allow for longer trailer trucks on the nation’s highways. Schumer opposes a provision in a Senate transportation bill would authorize twin 33-foot trailers. Current rules allow for trucks to pull two trailers that are each 28 feet long. Schumer said that trucks would stretch out to be the size of an eight-story building & would be a safety risk for other motorists and a place too much weight on bridges and roads.

The Oneonta Planning commission will hold their next meeting tonight, on the agenda is a proposal for demolishing 31 Clinton Street, the meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the Oneonta City Hall Common Council Chambers.

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The Greater Chenango Cares Event is continuing at the Norwich High School, with a variety of “no cost” medical services. Chenango County Planning Department Spokesperson Rena Doing comments:

(Rena Doing 7-14-15)

Dental appointments must be made at 337-1643, veterinary services were booked up in advance, there may be limited slots open, and more information is available at 334-9724, extension 6. The program will run through July 22nd.
A jury was seated in a federal courtroom in White Plains Monday in the trial of State Senator Tom Libous of Binghamton. Libous is accused of lying to the FBI about using his political influence in getting his son Matthew at a Westchester law firm. Matthew Libous faces prison time for tax evasion. Tom Libous still holds a seat in the New York State Senate.
Sidney village police department is asking for any information regarding the vandalism at the Sidney Pool Saturday night. Anyone with information can contact the Sidney police at 561-2301.
Federal officials have scheduled hearings on the 2nd natural gas pipeline proposal through the Southern Tier. The sessions hosted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will begin at 7:00 PM Thursday at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta, & at the Days Inn in Schoharie. Kinder Morgan proposes constructing a pipeline along the same corridor as the recently approved Constitution Pipeline, to move gas from Pennsylvania into New England. The Kinder Morgan Pipeline still needs approval from FERC.
The Chenango county health department has scheduled a free rabies clinic tonight in Coventry. The clinic will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Coventry Highway department, for dogs, cats & domesticated Ferrets.

State Police at Oneonta arrested 46 year old Nicholas Mihalik of Davenport for 3rd degree Assault. The arrest resulted from a complaint at a residence in the Town of Kortright, Mihalik was arraigned and remanded to the Delaware County Jail on bail.
Delaware County Public Health will hold a Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic For dogs, cats, and ferrets today. The clinic will run from 5:00 to 6:30 PM in the Colchester Highway Garage in Downsville.

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P.M. NEWS MONDAY 7-13-15

State Police responded to a report of a 1-car fatal rollover motor vehicle accident on State Route 17. 36 year old Fareeha Nausheen of Monticello was operating a Honda minivan in a construction zone, when she lost control of the vehicle, it skidded across the open westbound lane of traffic and continued into the lane of traffic under construction, causing the vehicle to roll over several times. 77 year old Muktar Began of Monticello was ejected and was struck by the vehicle prior to it coming to rest in the center median, Began was pronounced deceased at the scene. A 3-year-old rear seat passenger was also ejected from the vehicle and sustained a minor injury. 4 surviving passengers were transported to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Nausheen was ticketed for moving from lane unsafely and failure to use child restraint seats for rear seat passengers & faces court action in the Town of Windsor Court on August 11th.
The Oneonta Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at the Smokers Choice Sunday at 76 Chestnut Street in Oneonta. The investigation revealed that the clerk on duty at the time, with another person, had conspired to steal money from the Smokers Choice and intended to report the theft as a robbery. Police arrested 20-year-old Morgan Reichart of Oneonta, for 5th degree Grand Larceny, 5th degree Conspiracy, Making a Punishable False Written Statement and Falsely Reporting an Incident. 26-year-old Mark Briley of Oneonta was charged with 5th degree Grand Larceny, & 5th degree Conspiracy, both were being held until arraignment in Oneonta court.
State Senate Republicans have secured a legally binding memorandum of understanding with the governor’s office amending provisions of the New York SAFE Act. The document suspends a portion of the SAFE Act establishing a statewide database requiring purchasers of ammunition to undergo a background check. The MOU also ends the moratorium on Internet sales of ammunition.
Governor Cuomo announced that more than $350,000 is available to help low-income families and veterans to participate in the FreshConnect Checks Program, which increases the purchasing power of food stamps used at participating farmers markets. More than 84,000 checks have already been issued to 152 sites across the state to help eligible New Yorkers access healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables. The program has also been extended to operate year-round at participating farmers’ markets, providing the opportunity to use checks 12 months a year. A full list and map of participating venues can be found at freshconnect.ny.gov.
The Great New York State Fair is seeking singers to be the very first musical performers of each day. The contest is looking for New Yorkers to sing or play the National Anthem live twice in one day: once at 9:30 a.m. at Chevy Court to open the Fair, and again at 1 p.m. in the Toyota Coliseum to kick off afternoon equestrian competitions. Interested parties can upload videos to the contest site on the Fair’s Facebook page, or Email submissions to newyorkstatefair@agriculture.ny.gov. or drop off entries on DVD at the State Fair administrative office or mail them to the Fair at 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse NY, 13209. Entries must be uploaded, emailed, or postmarked by midnight, July 21st.
By a vote of 344-77, the House of Representatives adopted the 21st Century Cures Act, the legislation was authored by area Congressman Chris Gibson to combat Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses, prioritizing federal research, setting benchmarks for progress on treatment and cures, acknowledging chronic Lyme, and giving patients and physicians who treat tick-borne illnesses a voice in the process. The National Institutes of Health will receive an additional $1.75 billion per year for the next five years and the FDA will receive an additional $550 million to help combat the illnesses.

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A.M. NEWS MONDAY 7-13-15

State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision involving a passenger car and a motorcycle on Route 11 in the Town of Marathon. 42 year old Christopher Tanner of Marathon crossed the center of the roadway, striking a motorcycle being operated by 49 year-old Shanon Nasoni of Endicott. Nasoni was airlifted to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, where she was pronounced deceased. Tanner had a BAC of .21, he was charged with Vehicular Manslaughter, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, and Failure to Keep Right. Tanner was arraigned in the Town of Marathon Court and was remanded to the Cortland County Jail without bail.
The trial of State Senator Tom Libous of Binghamton is scheduled to begin today. Libous was indicted last year for allegedly making a false statement to the FBI, when he was questioned about using his political influence to get his son Matthew a job at a Westchester County Law firm. Matthew Libous was found guilty last week on 3 counts of falsifying federal tax returns & he faces sentencing at a later date.
The “Greater Chenango Cares” event begins today through Wednesday the 22nd at the Norwich HIgh School Complex. Area residents can receive free medical, dental, optical & even Veterinary services from trained Army personel from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.Chenango County Planning Department Spokesperson Rena Doing said that shuttle bus service is available:

(Rena Doing 7-13-15)

Walk-ins are allowed for Medical and Optical Services, more information about shuttle busses & how to make appointments for dental & veterinariy services, is available at the Greater Chenango Cares Facebook page.
Governor Cuomo today announced advance ticket sales for the 2015 Great New York State Fair will begin Today at 9 a.m. with expanded online savings for advance admission, midway and bargain book items. For the first time, online purchases will be available throughout all 12 days of the Fair and fairgoers will be able to use an electronic ticket on their smartphone for easy entry. Tickets will be available online and in hundreds of stores across New York. 5 products will be sold online at www.etix.com, the State Fair runs from August 27th to September 7th this year.

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