WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 9-30-15

An Amber Alert issued early Tuesday afternoon in Binghamton ended late yesterday afternoon, with the child returned and the suspect in custody. 3 Month Old Lucios Mitchell was taken by 26-year-old Veronica Mitchell from the Chenango Street area at around 12:30 PM, at around 6:00 PM, Mitchell was in custody, and the child was safe.
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Governor Cuomo announced $3 million in prostate cancer research funding has been awarded to 20 research institutions across the state to explore new and innovative concepts in prostate cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment. Prostate cancer remains the second most common cancer among men in New York State, second only to skin cancer. An estimated 1 in 6 men will develop prostate cancer during his lifetime, occurring mostly in men aged 65 and older.
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The American Red Cross will host a blood drive in Norwich today. The event will be held at the American legion post 189 at 29 Sheldon Street from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Appointments are requested at 1-800-REDCROSS or redcrossblood.org.

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49-year-old William Danielson of Oxford changed his plea today in Chenango County Court, to guilty, as his murder trial was schedule to begin in Norwich. Danielson was charged with murder for the death of Lucinda Knoll of Norwich in 2013. The court has accepted the change in plea and sentencing will be scheduled shortly.
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The Delaware County Sheriff’s department arrested 31-year-old Sean Dingle of Queens on drug charges, following the execution of a search warrant in the Town of Sidney. The warrant was obtained following a 5-month heroin trafficking investigation conducted by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the Sidney Police Department, Delaware County Probation Department and the Broome County Special Investigations Task Force. Dingle was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell & Unlawful Possession of Marihuana after seizing 100 bags of heroin & a small amount of marijuana, that Dingle intended to sell at the Unadilla public fishing access lot in Sidney. Dingle was arraigned in Town of Sidney Court & was remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail pending a future court appearance.
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The Otsego County Department of Health announced today that a skunk in the town of Otego tested positive for rabies. Otsego County Health Department officials stated that 2 unvaccinated dogs were exposed & will be euthanized, the skunk was shot and the remains were sent to the state lab for testing. A free rabies clinic is scheduled for Otego at the fire department on October 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
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State Senate candidate Fred Akshar hosted more than a dozen local farmers, agriculture students and professionals at a roundtable discussion on challenges and opportunities for Southern Tier agriculture in Whitney point Tuesday:

(Akshar 9-30-15)

Akshar faces former Broome County Executive & State DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala in a special election to fill the seat vacated by the conviction of long time Republican State Senator Tom Libous.
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The State DEC has adopted amendments to update and consolidate Petroleum Bulk Storage and Chemical Bulk Storage regulations. The changes clarify existing requirements and make it easier for those who store bulk amounts of petroleum or chemicals in tank systems to comply with equipment and handling standards needed to prevent contamination of soil, groundwater, surface water and public water supplies.
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Governor Cuomo today announced $20 million is available for the construction of new affordable housing units damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. Qualified housing developers are invited to submit proposals for properties to be developed in the eligible counties, which locally includes: Broome, Chenango, Delaware, & Otsego Counties. Funding will come from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, out of its $4.4 billion federal allotment.
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The Taste of the Catskills Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 10th and 11th at the Maple Shade Farm in Delhi. The Festival will include food from local farms, restaurants & Micro-Breweries & Live music. On Sunday, October 11th Catskill Mountainkeeper will screen their documentary “Catskill Park,” More information & ticket purchases can be accessed at TasteoftheCatskills.com.
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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 9-29-15

Governor Cuomo today announced that 8,132 dangerous drivers have been kept off the road during the last three years as result of tough regulations implemented in 2012. Since the measures went into effect three years ago, the DMV has permanently denied licenses to: 1,792 people for accumulating 5 or more alcohol or drug-related driving convictions in their lifetime. 2,515 people for having three or four alcohol or drug-related driving convictions in the last 25 years, plus at least one other serious driving offense during that period. The DMV has denied licenses to 3,825 drivers for an additional five years after revocation due to three or four alcohol or drug-related convictions but no serious driving offense in the last 25 years.
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State Police arrested 18 Year old Austin Clifford of Shrub Oak for criminal possession of a controlled substance, & unlawful possession of marihuana. The arrest occurred after a traffic stop after Clifford was observed driving at 81 miles an hour on State Route 17 in the Town of Deposit, the trooper could smell marihuana inside vehicle. A search of the vehicle found that Clifford unlawfully possessed marihuana wax and almost 20 grams of marihuana. Clifford was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Deposit Court on October 12th.
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The Oneonta department of public service announced that they will be flushing water mains on the low service in the west end of the city. The affected areas will be along Chestnut streets and all other streets west of Clinton Street, included the city operated system into the Town of Oneonta. Water color & pressure may be affected during the flushing period, which will run for 2 weeks starting today.
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Governor Cuomo launched the Common Core Task Force from a group of education officials, teachers, parents, and state representatives, to review & recommend the overhaul the Common Core system. The

(Cuomo 9-29-15)

Task Force will complete its review and deliver its final recommendations by the end of this year.
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About 150 Sidney Village Residents attended last weeks meeting with village officials regarding plans to move people out of the River Street flood prone area, or to elevate their homes. Mayor Andy Matviak explains:

(Andy Matviak 9-29-15)

Those who would like to set up a meeting with village officials about their options can call 561-2324.
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Emergency Crews from Unadilla responded this morning to a 1-vehicle rollover accident. The accident occurred East of exit 11 in the eastbound lane of I-88, officials said that it was only a property damage accident, with no injuries reported. Traffic was slowed through the area for the clean up & investigation.
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Oneonta Police responded to the Town House Motor Inn Monday following the report of a disturbance. Police said that an infant suffered serious injuries, they arrested 29-year-old Heather Wright of Oneonta for 2nd degree assault, & endangering the welfare of a child, as the baby suffered injuries between Wright & 1 other person, Wright was being held pending arraignment in the City of Oneonta Court.
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The Delaware County Department of Economic Development will hold 3 public meetings to discuss the proposed “Bed Tax” for Delaware County in the lodging and accommodating businesses. The public meetings will be held in Delhi on October 5th, Margaretville on October 7th and Hancock on October 7th at 6:00 PM in each town hall. People who cannot attend this meeting, but have questions, or comments, can contact the Director of Economic Development, Glenn Nealis, at Delaware County Economic Development, 1 Courthouse Square, Delhi, or glenn.nealis@co.delaware.ny.us,
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State Police arrested 36-year-old Rose Gibson of Herkimer for 2nd degree burglary & false personation. The arrest occurred after troopers responded to a report of a suspicious woman inside a home on Lake Street in the Town of Cooperstown; Gibson is accused of entering the unoccupied home without permission, consuming an alcoholic drink then sleeping on the sofa. After being discovered by a worker she then walked away, when troopers located her, she gave a false name and date of birth. Gibson was arraigned and was remanded to the Otsego County Jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.
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The State Attorney General’s office will be doing a presentation on “Senior Scams” On Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM at St. James Manor, in Oneonta. This event is open to the public, RSVP are requested by emailing shelly@otsegocc.com or by calling 432-4500 extension 207.
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Cornell Cooperative Extension would like to invite members of the public to participate in a GET SET Energy Efficiency Workshop on Tuesday, October 6th from 6:00-7:30 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension 34570 State Hwy 10, Hamden, Registration, or more information is available at 875-6531. More information about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County’s is available at 865-6531 or ccedelaware.org.
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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 9-28-15

State Police responded to a Broome County 911 report of a hunting accident in the Town of Sanford. 2 separate groups of hunters were hunting when 45-year-old Duane Wayman of Binghamton failed to observe another hunter & shot him. 50-year-old Andy Patrick of Johnson City was injured near his right eye, the right side of his chest and his left shoulder. He was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. All hunters possessed valid licenses, the investigation is ongoing.
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State Police arrested 44-year-old Wayne Johnson of Oneonta for aggravated DWI with a BAC result of .23% and several other traffic law violations. The arrest occurred after troopers responded to an Otsego County 911 report of a vehicle in a ditch off of Emmons Hill Road in the Town of Oneonta. Troopers observed Johnson sleeping behind the wheel of a Pick Up stuck in a ditch, they accuse Johnson of being intoxicated when he tried to back his truck up and got it stuck. Johnson was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Oneonta Court on October 6th .
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Governor Cuomo announced a new funding opportunity for school districts across the State aimed at connecting them to farmers to increase the use of locally grown specialty crops. Through the Farm to School program, $350,000 in grants is now available for projects that will help school districts buy & serve locally grown foods on school menus.
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On Saturday afternoon Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 36-year-old Christina Regg of Davenport on 1 count of aggravated cruelty to animals. Deputies accuse Regg of intentionally placing a house cat into a paint bucket with a sealed lid, which allegedly caused the death of the animal. Regg was later released on an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Davenport Court at a later date.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 36-year-old Steven Keller of North Branch for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the Town of Hamden. Keeler is accused of driving with a suspended license due, with an insurance lapse & also operating a vehicle with a loud exhaust. Keller was arraigned and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.
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On Friday evening, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, and Hancock Police Department conducted a joint Traffic Safety Check on State Highway 97 in the Village of Hancock. A total of 68 traffic summons were issued, 5 for unlicensed operation, 2 for unregistered motor vehicle tickets, 7 for uninspected motor vehicle tickets, and 1 aggravated unlicensed operation ticket. 13 subjects were also arrested for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana:
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The identities of 2 women arrested by state police in Oneonta on Thursday have been identified as 30 year old Kelly Anderson of Maine, and 25 year old Amanda Castillo of Connecticut. . Anderson was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance; both Anderson and Castillo were charged with criminal possession of marijuana and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, they were held in the Otsego County jail pending court action.
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Delaware County Public Health continues its pertussis investigation; there are now 4 confirmed cases in the Walton area. Public Health is working with the school district and the community to identify and notify students and residents that have possibly been exposed. If you or your child has been around someone with pertussis, you may become sick with pertussis as well. More information is available by contacting the department at 832-5200.
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The city of Oneonta will have 2 committees meet later today. The FTO-CIC committee will meet at 4:00 PM, the Finance /Administration committee will meet at 5:00 PM, both meeting will be held in the Common Council chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall.

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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 9-25-15

Governor Cuomo’s job approval rating ticked up slightly from July, up to 50%, according to a poll by the Siena Research Institute Thursday. 42% view Governor Cuomo unfavorably.
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Oneonta officials announced that more tests are being conducted today on their water distribution system. Hydrant flow test & pipe condition tests will be conducted at numerous locations around the city; more information is available at 432-2100.
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The “Glow with the Flow benefit” walk/run will be held at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge Saturday night, to benefit Ken Long, of Binghamton, who is suffering from cancer & facing large medical expenses. Heather Bucalos is a Bainbridge native & is in remission from cancer herself, she is putting on this event:

(Heather Bucalos 9-25-15)

More details are available on the Glow with the Flow facebook page.
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The Chenango county historical society will unveil an agricultural education center in Norwich later this month, with the centerpiece being an 1800’s Oxford barn. Society Board of Directors President Joyce Zummo explains:

(Joyce Zummo 9-25-15)

The Loomis Barn was moved to the Norwich location following approval by the board and fundraising efforts, the grand opening & ribbon cutting would be tomorrow from 11:00 to 4:00 PM at 45 Rexford Street in Norwich.
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Tri Town Regional Hospital will host a Health Fair tomorrow, with a variety of representatives on hand, spokesperson Amy Beveridge comments:

(Amy Beveridge 9-22-15)

The event will run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the parking lot at tri Town Regional Hospital on Pearl Street in Sidney.
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The 13th Annual Sidney Alumni Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner & Ceremony will be held this weekend, Spokesman Greg Davie comments:

(Greg Davie 9-22-15)

The Hall of Fame inductees will be honored during & after tonight’s Sidney Football game, and Saturday with a dinner and ceremony at the Elks Lodge in Sidney beginning with the Social Hour at 5:00 PM.
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There will be 2 days of racing tonight & tomorrow at I-88 Speedway in Afton. I-88 Spokesperson Denise Paige explains:

(Denise Paige 9-25-15)

The last 2 days of action at I-88 Speedway will be on Friday October 9th & Saturday October 10th.
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Athelas Therapeutic Riding will be holding its annual Horse Show featuring riders with special needs. The event will be held Saturday beginning at 2:00 at 1179 County Highway 5 Briar Creek Road in Otego. More information is available at 723-2321.
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Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Chenango County Habitat for Humanity will be at the 29th Annual Applefest in Greene for the Habitat Skillet Toss, which is a fund raising activity to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s house builds. The event is open to all ages. The First United Methodist Church of Greene sponsors the Applefest; more information is available at fumcgreene.com/applefest.
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The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 30 year old Kendra McLain of Sherburne Thursday for burglary, grand larceny and forgery. McLain was arrested for unlawfully entering a residence and stealing property from within, for allegedly forging personal checks and receiving money from the vicitm’s bank account. McLain was arraigned in the Town of Sherburne Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.

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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 9-24-15

10 men were arrested Wednesday on federal charges of conspiring to distribute anabolic steroids and engage in international money laundering in Broome County. The defendants were arrested Wednesday morning in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia and Delaware. The case is being prosecuted by the US Attorney’s office, 4 of the 10 arrested were picked up in Broome County Wednesday, they have been identified as 37 year old Richard Progovitz of Port Crane, 32 year old Derek Strassle of Endicott, 31 year old Paul Boylan of Endicott, & 33 year old Jeremiah O’Brien, of Binghamton.
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State Police arrested 47 year old Thomas Jones of Binghamton, for driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation, & leaving the scene of a property damage accident, among other charges. The arrest occurred after troopers responded to a report of a property damage accident involving a red Ford F150 in the Town of Union, Prior to arriving, Jones had driven away in his pickup truck & struck another vehicle on Hooper Road in Endwell, and left the scene of that accident, he was located by the Johnson City Police & was eventuially arrested when the City of Binghamton Police followed him to his residence. Jones was arraigned & was remanded to the Broome County Jail on $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 property bond.
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The Siena Research Institute poll released Today, shows that 59% of voters back Cuomo’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, while 38% said they oppose the proposal. 47% of upstate voters favor the plan. Cuomo pushed to raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour after a fast food wage board recommended the same increase for workers at McDonald’s, Burger King and other national establishments. The state Labor Department accepted the wage board’s recommendations and the minimum wage hike for fast food workers will be phased in over the next three years for New York City employees and six years for the rest of the state.
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The Oneonta department of public service announced that they will be flushing water mains on the low service in the west end of the city next week. The affected areas will be along Chestnut streets and all other streets west of Clinton Street, included the city operated system into the Town of Oneonta. Water color & pressure may be affected during the flushing period, which will run for 2 weeks starting on Tuesday September 29th.
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Students from several area school districts went to SUNY Oneonta to hear Ishmael Beah (BAY-a) and his story of growing up during a civil war. Ishmael Beah is from Sierra Leon At the age of 13, he was forced to become a child soldier for almost 3 years before being rescued by UNICEF, he rose to fame with his acclaimed memoir, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.
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Governor Cuomo today announced the release of a Request for Information to help finalize guidelines for the New NY Broadband Program, which has undertaken the ambitious goal of substantially expanding high-speed broadband service in New York State by the end of 2018. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo made the Nation’s largest and most aggressive state investment in broadband with the commitment of $500 million in capital for the Program. The New NY Broadband Program is designed to correct this problem by ensuring that every New Yorker has access to high-speed Internet by 2018.

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Governor Cuomo today launched a statewide effort to recruit Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces to volunteer and assist immigrants who want to become American citizens. Veterans would teach newcomers English and help them prepare for the U.S. civics portion of the naturalization exam. The Division of Veterans Affairs will use the more than 80 Veterans Affairs offices throughout the State to serve as Veteran Volunteer Recruitment Centers to help veterans who are looking for opportunities to continue serving the public.
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The Government Office of Storm Recovery Meeting will be held on Tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Sidney High School Auditorium. Sidney Village Mayor Andy Matviak comments:

(Andy Matviak 9-24-15)

Matviak said that people who received the letter from Delaware County are encouraged to attend as well as any interested residents of the Village of Sidney.
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The State DOT announced that traffic will be stopped today around the Prospect Mountain Construction project, as 2 bridges over the Chenango River will be brought down with controlled blasts. Officials stated that Beginning at about 10:15 AM, State Police will have the traffic in the area slowed down or stopped for about 15 minutes on I-81 south at exit 6. I-81 North at exit 2, State Route 17 East at exit 71 & I-88 west at exit 2. The on-ramp to I-81S at exit 5 for Front Street & SUNY Broome & State Route 7 on-ramp to I-81 North, & Route 17 West will be closed.
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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 9-23-15

The next Government Office of Storm Recovery Meeting will be held on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Sidney High School Auditorium. Acquisition and Elevation will be discussed as well as the National Flood Insurance Program. People who received the letter from Delaware County are encouraged to attend as well as any residents of the Village of Sidney.
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The State Department of Labor released preliminary local area unemployment rates for August 2015. Locally, Chenango County’s rate dropped to 4.6%, Delaware County to 5.2% and Otsego County to 4.7%. The State’s unemployment rate decreased to 5.2% in August.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 36-year-old Robert Stutzer of Delhi, following a complaint from a Hobart business owner who had reported checks had been stolen from the business and subsequently forged and cashed. Deputies charged Stutzer with 3rd degree Burglary, Forgery, and 2 counts of Petty Larceny. Stutzer was being held in the Delaware County Correctional Facility on a Parole Violation, he will appear in the Town of Stamford Court at a later date.
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The trial of 49-year-old William Danielson of Oxford will begin next week in Chenango County Court. Danielson was arrested in December of 2013 for the murder of Lucinda Knoll in Norwich; the jury selection will begin on Monday. Danielson was indicted by the Chenango County grand jury for 2 counts of 2nd degree murder, 1st degree robbery & 2nd degree assault.
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Governor Cuomo today announced that more than 195,000 New Yorkers have registered to vote at dmv.ny.gov using the Department of Motor Vehicles automated online system, MyDMV. The service is the first and only online voter registration process in New York State. The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November general elections is October 9. More information is available at dmv.ny.gov.
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State Police raided 2 houses in Broome County on Wednesday following a lengthy investigation. The raids were conducted at 29 Walnut Street in Binghamton and 205 McKinley Avenue in Endicott, 4 people have been arrested on Federal Charges for allegedly operating Steroid labs at those addresses, more details are expected to be released shortly.
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The State DOT announced that traffic will be stopped tomorrow around the Prospect Mountain Construction project, as 2 bridges over the Chenango River will be brought down with controlled blasts. Officials stated that Beginning at about 10:15 AM, State Police will have the traffic in the area slowed down or stopped for about 15 minutes on I-81 south at exit 6. I-81 North at exit 2, State Route 17 East at exit 71 & I-88 west at exit 2. The on-ramp to I-81S at exit 5 for Front Street & SUNY Broome & State Route 7 on-ramp to I-81 North, & Route 17 West will be closed.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reminding policyholders who filed Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claims that the last day to request a review of their claim is October 15th. Property owners, who feel that their Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claim was underpaid, can ask FEMA to review the claim by calling 866-337-4262. Call weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The deadline to Call FEMA is October15th.
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State comptroller Tom DiNapoli released his list of counties, towns 7 other municipalities that are susceptible to fiscal stress, based on their annual financial reports. Local areas that face significant stress were Broome County & the town of Cherry Valley, those susceptible to fiscal stress were the town of Pitcher and the City of Norwich.
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Governor Cuomo today signed “Amanda Lynn’s Law,” to strengthen penalties against those who seek to unlawfully conceal or dispose of a body. The measure is named after a Western New York woman who died under questionable circumstances in 2009 & whose body was hidden in a garbage can to avoid discovery. Current law only regulates the manner in which cemeteries, funeral directors, and medical professionals can dispose of remains and fails to address situations where they are intentionally concealed, altered, or destroyed to prevent its discovery. The new law makes this offense an E felony punishable by up to four years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
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The New York Harvest Fundraiser At “ 6 On The Square” In Oxford will be this Sunday from 2:00 TO 4:00 PM. The fundraiser will Benefit 6 On The Square programming. Local foods, wines & beers will be showcased along with arts & craft vendors, & local musicians. The full Schedule is available at 6ONTHESQUARE.ORG.

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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 9-22-15

State Troopers arrested 20-year-old Christopher Nunez of Holbrook for reckless driving, unlawful fleeing a police officer and numerous other vehicle and traffic law violations, following a high-speed chase on I-81. Nunez is accused of traveling at over 100 mph on a motorcycle and then failing to stop, Nunez was later found driving his motorcycle in the City of Binghamton. Nunez was arraigned and was remanded to the Broome County Jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond pending court action on September 29th.
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A Hartwick College student fell from her 4th floor dorm room window Sunday morning. The unidentified 20-year-old student from Trumansburg suffered injuries that were not considered life threatening, campus security and Oneonta Police and Fire department officials are investigating.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested 44-year-old Robert Dibble of Sidney, on a bench warrant issued from the Village of Sidney Court for failure to appear in court. While executing the warrant, Dibble physically resisted and was also charged with resisting arrest, he was arraigned in Village of Sidney Court and was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail.
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Delaware county Public Health officials announced that there is 1 County resident that has been confirmed with Pertussis. Delaware County Public Health’s investigation is ongoing to identify possible exposures. Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air by cough; it usually begins with cold symptoms and cough, which becomes much worse over 1-2 weeks. Symptoms usually include “coughing fits”, followed by a whooping noise.
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State Police arrested 20-year-old Cory Meadows of Oneonta for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, after troopers responded to a report of a dispute on the roadway of State Route 7 in the Town of Milford. Responding troopers found Meadows walking alone on the roadway. Another motorist told them that they had seen her jump out of a moving vehicle during a dispute. Meadows refused to give her name or information and became disorderly to the troopers, she physically resisted as she was handcuffed. Meadows was arraigned and was remanded to the Otsego County Jail in lieu of $200 cash bail.
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Tri Town Regional Hospital will host a Health fair this Saturday, with a variety of representatives on hand, spokesperson Amy Beveridge comments:

(Amy Beveridge 9-22-15)

The event will run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and will feature representatives from At Home care, the Pharmacy, a health insurance navigator as well as the Sidney Police department with their child-fingerprinting program.
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The 13th Annual Sidney Alumni Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner & Ceremony will be held this coming Friday night as well as Saturday. Spokesman Greg Davie comments:

(Greg Davie 9-22-15)

This year’s inductees will be Liz Wagner from the class of 93. Steve Fessenden from the class of 76, Rick Cole from the class of 67, Tony Ferrera from the class of 88, and the Legacy Team will be the 2005 Football team, which won the New York State Class C Championship.
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State Police arrested 19 year old Stephen Counterman Jr., of Afton for assault and criminal possession of a weapon. The arrest occurred after troopers where advised of an assault that happened in the Town of Afton on September 19th, Counterman is accused of striking a 53 year old man in the back of the head with a tree branch, causing a laceration that required medical attention at Wilson Memorial Hospital. Counterman was arraigned in the Town of Afton Court and was remanded to the Chenango County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 property bond. His felony hearing is later today.
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The Oneonta department of Engineering announced that work would start on Wednesday to replace the traffic signal at Center & Maple Street. Powerline constructors of Clinton were awarded the bid, they will install new traffic signal & pole, new pedestrian crossing signals and they will be replacing the handicapped sidewalk ramps & some sidewalk. The project will to 60 days to complete, traffic will be controlled by flaggers.
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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 9-21-15

Colgate University officials and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office University have identified the students as Cathryn Depuy and Ryan Adams, both 18 years old and from Ridgefield, Connecticut. The 2 freshmen were killed Sunday after their small plane crashed in a wooded area in the Town of Eaton in Madison County, shortly after take off from Hamilton Municipal Airport. Officials said that Depuy was at the controls of the single-engine Cessna 150, Federal Aviation Administration officials & the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. A community vigil has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight at Colgate University.
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Broome County deputies responded Sunday to State Route 12 and Knapp Hill Road in Chenango Forks, for a reported motor vehicle accident. Patrols located the vehicle in a ditch, and a male, covered in blood, which ran from the scene. The male was taken into custody & was identified as 29-year-old Andrew Hessney of Chenango Forks; he was transported to Wilson Hospital for treatment of his injuries and later released to the custody of the Sheriff’s Office. Hessney was charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration, Resisting Arrest, moving from a lane unsafely, he was arraigned and was remanded to the Broome County Sheriff’s Correctional Facility in $500.00 bail pending future court action.
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State Police arrested 23-year-old Anthony Torre of Greene for aggravated harassment. The arrest occurred after troopers responded to a complaint of a threatening phone call being received at a home in the Town of Union. An investigation determined that Torre had called his girlfriend and threatened to pour gasoline on her and light her on fire. Torre was arraigned and was released without bail required.
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The Broome County Sheriff’s Office responded Sunday to an unknown injury motor vehicle accident on Smith Hill Road in the Town of Lisle. Deputies found a vehicle stuck in a yard in front of 429 Smith Hill Rd. The driver was also located & identified as 34-year-old Michael Quail of Lisle, he was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, as well as several other charges, and he was processed at the Broome County Sheriff’s Office and will answer charges in the Town of Lisle court at a later date.
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On Thursday, October 8th at 6:30pm there will be a Free training on Heroin / Opioid Overdose Prevention at the Sidney Fire Department at 74 River Street in Sidney. The training will be provided by the Southern Tier Aids Program, it will include how to learn the signs and symptoms of heroin and opioid overdose, how to use NARCAN to respond to an overdose situation & participants can receive a FREE Intranasal or intramuscular NARCAN kit to carry and use. The event is open to the community. Registration is requested at 829-3000.
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SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced the support of the SUNY Board of Trustees for an initiative, which would allot the in-state SUNY tuition rate to all United States veterans and their dependents. The bill would allow the Veterans & their dependants, regardless of whether or not they live in New York State, to attend SUNY Schools.
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Governor Cuomo announced the I LOVE NEW YORK fall foliage report is available for the 2015 season. The foliage report charts color conditions across the State and will be updated every Wednesday through the end of autumn. In addition, travelers are encouraged to share their unfiltered New York State fall photos for the 2015 Foliage Photographer of the Week social media campaign, by using the hashtag #NYLovesFall. The 2015 fall foliage report is available at www.ILOVENY.com/fall.

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Endicott Police and State Police Investigators uncovered a methamphetamine-manufacturing laboratory at a residence on West Wendell Street. Police arrested 22-year-old Paige Vymislicky of Endicott, for Burglary, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance & Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine. 24 year old Bradlee Bismark of Endicott was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia. Both suspects were arraigned in the Town of Union Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail with out bail.
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The age-adjusted suicide death rate for years 2011-2013 in Delaware County was 17.2 per 100,000 which are above the State average, and for that reason, The Suicide Prevention Network of Delaware County will be hosting “Let’s Talk about It” at 2 locations today, spokesperson Rene Stratton comments:

(Rene Stratton 9-21-15)

Let’s Talk About It will be held this morning at 9:00 AM at the Sidney Library and again at 6:00 PM at SUNY Delhi Sanford Hall.
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Oneonta officials announced that more tests are being conducted this week on their water distribution system. Hydrant flow test & pipe condition tests will be conducted today at numerous locations around the city, they will continue again on Friday, more information is available at 432-2100.
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