A.M. NEWS TUESDAY 6-16-15

The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings to women 40 and older who are uninsured, as the Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach will be available today in Sidney. The Bassett screening coach will be set up at the Sidney Great American store parking lot from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225.
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A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Norwich VFW at 61 East Main Street today. Blood donations will be accepted from 1:00 to 6:00 PM, appointments are requested at 1-800-REDCROSS or redcross.org
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The Otsego County Health Department will host another free rabies clinic today. The clinic will be held at the Edmeston Town Barn from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, for dogs’ cats & domesticated ferrets. More information is available at 547-4230.

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P.M. NEWS MONDAY 6-15-15

On Friday, State Police requested that the New York State Amber Alert system be activated after an investigation by State Police and Broome County Child Protective Services. The State Police was advised that 18-month-old Henry Kellam was with his father, Henry W. Kellam, and was endangered, as the father had all visitations with his child suspended by a court order. Kellan was also wanted on a warrant by the City of Binghamton Police Department for Criminal Mischief. Police reported that Kellam was involved in a domestic dispute with his son’s mother, in the Village of Oxford; he forced her from his vehicle and fled with their son. Kellam was located and arrested in Madison County with help from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. The child was located in good health and was returned to his mother.
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Governor Cuomo directed Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott to conduct a thorough investigation to determine all factors potentially involved in the escape of inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat from Clinton Correctional Facility. The Inspector General shall obtain the services of a respected outside expert in corrections and law enforcement on issues such as prison design, operations and security with a view toward identifying how these inmates were able to escape, and recommend any potential reforms and best practices to prevent future incidents. The Inspector General will then confer with law enforcement agencies & also refer any criminal conduct that may be uncovered to prosecutors.
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The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Village of Sherburne man for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. 27-year-old Donald McLain of Sherburne initially failed to comply with the stop and was later taken into custody, He was found to be in possession of heroin and a hypodermic needle. McLain was charged with Failure to Comply, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, & additional traffic tickets. He was arraigned in the Town of North Norwich Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $2,000 cash bail; he is due back in Sherburne Court at a later date.
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The Walton Central School Board of Education is putting the recently failed budget back out to voters on Tuesday. The Walton board of education opted to not go to a contingency budget, and voters will decide on a new plan Tuesday. The board opted to remove propositions that failed to get voter approval last time, the new budget plan will now lower taxes, by 5%, The budget vote is Tomorrow from 12:00 noon until 9:00 PM at the school bus garage.
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Governor Cuomo unveiled the Upstate Distressed Schools Fund to provide additional state support to New York’s neediest school districts, particularly those in Upstate with a high concentration of schools designated as “failing” by the State Education Department. The Fund complements the $75 million included in the 2015-16 State Budget to help turn around the state’s worst 27 failing schools. The Upstate Distressed School Fund will provide grants for capital and operating expenses that will enable districts to dedicate more resources to improve students’ test scores and graduation rates.
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State Police at Binghamton arrested 21 year old Zachary Boman of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs-Commercial Vehicle 1st and Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance 7th. This arrest occurred after Troopers received a Broome County 911 report of a Kenworth dump truck being driven erratically on Interstate 81 northbound in the Town of Kirkwood. An investigation determined that he was driving a commercial vehicle while impaired by drugs. Boman consented to a test of his urine for drugs and the lab results are pending. He was also found to unlawfully possess a small quantity of opiates and a syringe. Boman was arraigned in the Town of Kirkwood Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail or $3,000.00 property bond.
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A.M. NEWS MONDAY 6-15-15

NYSEG announced this morning that they were down to just 10 customers without power in the 9-county Oneonta division, following Friday night’s storm. Approximately 10,800 customers who were without power at the peak Friday night.
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State Police have arrested 51 year old Joyce Mitchell of Dickinson Center for providing material assistance to Richard Matt and David Sweat to assist them in escaping from Clinton Correctional Facility. Mitchell was charged with Promoting Prison Contraband and Criminal Facilitation
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A City of Norwich resident was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Deputies arrested 21 year old Jesse Dann following an investigation into the sale of drugs on the premises at a business in the Village of Sherburne, he was found to be in possession of heroin, Dann was taken into custody, processed, arraigned, and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional facility on bail & he is scheduled to reappear in the Village of Sherburne Court at a later date.
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Chenango County Sheriff’s department arrested 2 people on a variety of drug charges. Deputies arrested 25 year old Michael Mack of Utica following a traffic stop in the Town of Norwich, he was a passenger in the motor vehicle and was allegedly smoking marihuana during the traffic stop, and he was also accused of possessing an amphetamine based drug. Also charged was 31 year old Kristine Tiffany of Norwich, who was a passenger in the same motor vehicle, Mack & Tiffany was processed and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional facility on cash bail. Both will reappear in the Town of Norwich Court at a later date.
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P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 6-12-15

The “Greater Chenango Cares” event will bring many Medical, dental optical & veterinary services, performed by trained professionals from the military, to Norwich in July. Rena Doing of the Chenango County Planning department explains:

(Rena Doing 6-12-15)

Those who are interesting in volunteering at the event can do so through Chenango United way, spokesperson Elizabeth Monaco explains:

(Elizabeth Monaco 8-12-15)

Only Dental services will require an appointment, at 337-1643. The services will be available from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Norwich High School from July 13th through July 22nd.
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Governor Cuomo today announced the launch of an online training course for law enforcement officials to improve the initial response to child abuse allegations. The training is aimed to help officers better identity, understand and investigate child abuse causes to enhance prosecution and reduce trauma to victims. The training, covers the following topics: scope of the child abuse problem, the relationship between child maltreatment and child well-being, understanding the stages of child sexual abuse, how to speak with a child and conduct a minimal facts interview, forms of child abuse,
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Bainbridge Emergency crews have responded to a car & motorcycle 2-vehicle accident this morning. The accident occurred at about 10:40 at state route 206 & Lyons Road, with a serious injury reported, WCDO will have more details as they become available.
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32-year-old Mitchell McComas of Harpursville is facing several charges, following an incident at Otsiningo Park in the town of Dickinson. McComas was charged with reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing a police officer, and reckless driving, deputies reported that an officer attempted to stop McComas in a mini-van, when he failed to stop at a stop sign while exiting the Park. Police gave chase through residential streets; McComas’s vehicle struck one vehicle during the pursuit. He fled on foot after the vehicle got stuck op railroad tracks at state Route 7. McComas was apprehended & is being held in the Broome County Jail.
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An Afton man is accused of brandishing a knife while stealing an expensive dog in the Town of Dickinson Wednesday. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office responded to an incident on Sunset Drive in the Town of Dickinson, where 65-year-old Edward Panus allegedly pulled a knife on a dog breeder, and ran off with a Bulldog. Panus was spotted at the Broome County Airport, he was taken into custody before he could board a plane to Alaska and flee the state. The dog has not been recovered, & may be in the Afton or Harpursville area, anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 778-1196.
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The annual Algonquin Antique Auto show will be held this Sunday in Bainbridge. The show will run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at General Clinton Park, more information is available at 244-1822 or 967-5815.
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The annual Cullman Child development Center Fundraising Golf Tournament will be held Saturday at the Afton Golf club, beginning at 8:00 AM. The tournament is a fundraiser to assist with equipment purchases for the Cullman Center, more information is available at 563-7529.

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A.M. NEWS FRIDAY 6-12-15

5 People were arrested for drug trafficking by the Delhi Village Police Department. Officers executed a search warrant of a motor vehicle Wednesday; they seized 67 bags of heroin plus cash and hypodermic syringes. Police arrested 28-year-old Jason Arnold of Floral Park, & 36 year old Michelle Aloisi of Floral Park, for charged criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstructing governmental administration and endangering the welfare of a child. 3 local residents were arrested; 29-year-old Paul Fontana of Margaretville, 41-year-old George Robinson of Delhi, and 30-year-old Heather Countryman of Delhi faced lesser charges. Arnold and Aloisi were arraigned at the Delhi Town Court, and were sent to the Delaware County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.
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The Annual SFCU parade will be held tomorrow from the Sidney High School through downtown & over to Keith Clark Park, beginning at 12:00 Noon. SFCU Spokesperson Elise Glassett explains:

(Elise Glassett 6-12-15)

Sidney Police announced that Streets closed for the parade will be West Main from Loomis to Main Street, River Street, from main to Colegrove, the route 7 Sidney entrance to the traffic light, Pearl Street at Sunset, Circle drive at Fox Street & Union Street where it meets River Street.
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Tomorrow will be the 25th annual Chenango County Airport Day, at the Eaton Airport in Norwich, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A wide variety of events are scheduled throughout the day, more information is available at 337-1640.
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Commerce Chenango announced that today is the Annual Summer Golf Event at the Canasawacta Country Club, in Norwich. The event starts at 10:00 a.m. with Registration & a Continental Breakfast with an 11:00 AM Shotgun start.

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P.M. NEWS THURSDAY 6-11-15

P.m. news Thursday 6-11-15
19-year-old Thomas Schmiedel, of Prattsville has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault for allegedly driving drunk, and causing a head on collision that killed 71-year-old Elvira Vogt of Jefferson on Sunday in the town of Roxbury. Schmiedel was charged with DWI, on Monday, during the early part of the investigation into the crash on State Route 23. Vogt was pronounced dead at the scene, her passenger, 71-year-old Robert Vogt of Jefferson, suffered a broken arm and several other injuries; he was transported to Albany Medical Center. Schmiedel’s passenger, 18-year-old Tyler Hoyt of Maplecrest, was not injured. Schmiedel was arraigned at the Town of Roxbury Court and was released; he faces court action on July 1st.
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The State Assembly passed legislation to name a Town of Chenango bridge after fallen State Trooper Christopher Skinner. The Assembly unanimously passed the bill, sponsored by area Assembly members Cliff Crouch & Donna Lupardo, it passed in the Senate a few days earlier. The legislation has now been sent to the governor to be signed into law. Trooper Skinner was intentionally run down while conducting a traffic stop on I-81 between Exits 6 and 7 in Chenango in May of 2014, Almond Upton of Florida is facing multiple charges for Trooper Skinners death.
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State Police at Norwich arrested 22-year-old Michael Verry of Greene for 3rd degree Assault, after Troopers responded to a Chenango County 911 report of a dispute at a residence on Crestmont Drive in the Village of Greene. Verry is accused of punching a female victim in the face, causing a jaw injury. Verry was arraigned in the Village of Greene Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail in lieu of a $5,000.00 cash bail. The court issued an order of protection against him.
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Governor Cuomo today unveiled the newest license plates in the I LOVE NY Adventure Custom Plates series, which will make available for motorcycles nine designs that include hunting, fishing, and parks insignia. The motorcycle class plates are available to anyone holding a valid Department of Environmental Conservation sporting License or Parks Empire Passport, & can be ordered by mail, MV 414 form, which is available online. More information is available at dmv.ny.gov/cplates.
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Governor Cuomo today announced that nearly $2 million in Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program checks would be distributed across the state. The program provides checkbooks to low-income New Yorkers age 60 and older to purchase $20 worth of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ markets. In upstate communities, checks will be available for eligible seniors starting June 17 at county Agencies on Aging.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested 30-year-old Gregg Johnston of Walton & 31 year old Chad Stafford of Sidney Center for 1 count of Criminal Mischief. Both subjects were incarcerated in the Delaware County Correctional Facility on unrelated charges, they are accused of intentionally damaging property at the County Facility. Both subjects remain in DCCF custody on the unrelated charges and will be arraigned in the Town of Delhi Court at a later time.
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The Oneonta Stallions will play 3 Football games at the new Sidney High School filed this summer. Team Owner Angela Eardley comments:

(Angela Eardley 6-11-15)

Eardley has owned the team for the last 6 years, in the 15 team Northeastern Football Alliance, The Stallions play 10 regular season games from Late May through August, they fell just short of the league championship by 2 points last season.
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The Chenango Arts Council, Norwich Business Improvement District, and the Norwich Rotary Club announced that the Chenango Public Arts Initiative, Summer 2015 has been created to bring the arts to the public in everyday life. The Public Arts Initiative will showcase local talent and give artists exposure, be placing their artwork on display in the Chenango Arts Council’s Mariea Brown and Raymond Loft Galleries from June 26 to August 28th. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.
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NOON NEWS UPDATE-FUGITIVES 6-11-15

State Police continue to search for escaped Clinton Correctional Facility inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat. The focus of the ground search today is a heavily wooded area off State Route 374, east of Dannemora. Search teams are following up on a lead that was developed late Wednesday. More than 500 law enforcement personnel, along with K9 and aviation units, The State Police are being assisted by the FBI, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Department of Environmental Conservation, Forest Rangers, Clinton and Essex County Sheriff Departments, and the Plattsburgh Police Department.
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A.M. NEWS THURSDAY 6-11-15

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin held a joint news conference Wednesday afternoon in Dannemora, detailing the ways in which Vermont authorities are working to prepare in case David Sweat and Richard Matt headed there. David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from the maximum-security prison Saturday, by drilling through a steel wall, crawled through a pipe and then escaped through a manhole cover outside, & they may have had help from a prison employee, Joyce Mitchell, according to State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico:

(D’Amico 1)

Sweat and Matt are still at large, & a $100,000 reward has been offered for information leading to their capture, Superintendent D’Amico urged the public to not take the law into their own hands:

(D’Amico 2)

Sweat was in prison for the 2002 murder of Broome County deputy Kevin Tarsia; Matt was in prison for Kidnapping & murder in Niagara County.
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The Mayor Miller Memorial Task Force will hold their next meeting in Oneonta today. The task force was put together to recommend a way to memorialize former Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller, the meeting will be held at 5:00 PM at Oneonta City Hall today.

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