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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P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 6-26-15

Commencement exercises for area graduating high school seniors continues this weekend. Graduation ceremonies will begin locally at 10:00 AM for the Sidney, Delhi, Greene, Norwich, Walton & Harpursville seniors, at 10:30 for Gilbertsville Mount Upton Seniors, at 10:45 for Oneonta Seniors and 11:00 AM for Oxford academy graduates. Exercises continue Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM for Unadilla valley Grads, & Saturday evening at 7:00 for the Bainbridge Guilford district. On Sunday Afternoon at 1:00 PM, Edmeston seniors will graduate.
The State Legislature wrapped up their 2015 session early this morning in Albany. Area Assemblyman Cliff crouch comments:

(Crouch 6-26-15)

The legislative session went about week longer than initially expected, Crouch said that there are a few items left on the table, it’s unsure if Governor Cuomo will call lawmakers back for special sessions later in the year to deal with those issues.
The Broome County Sheriff’s Office responded this morning to the report of a tractor trailer hauling baby formula rolling over on I-88. The accident occurred at about 7:10 this morning in the town of Dickinson, near the ramp to I-81 South; about 34,000 pounds of powdered baby formula was in the truck at the time. 50 year old Allen Boudreau of Vermont apparently went off the right shoulder of the road on a sharp curve, The trailer tipped over and skidded along the Barrier over I-81, it eventually flipped onto its side at the end of the bridge and went down over an embankment in the area of Nirchi’s Pizza on Front Street. Boudreau was taken to UHS Wilson Hospital in Johnson City for minor injuries, he was issued tickets for speed not reasonable and prudent and failure to maintain lane, more charges may be forthcoming.
State Police arrested 47 year old Keith Barlow of Fly Creek for Driving While Intoxicated. The arrest occurred after a traffic stop for driving with a broken tail light on State Route 28 in the Town of Otsego. Barlow’s arrest became a felony due to a prior conviction for DWI within the last 10 years. Barlow was arraigned in the Town of Hartwick Court and was remanded to the Otsego County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.
19th district Congressman Chris Gibson will be in Franklin today. The Congressman will appear at 5:30 PM for the Franklin Veterans Memorial flag presentation at the Village Park, Gibson will present a flag from the U.S. Capitol to be flown over the park in honor of local veterans. At 7:00 PM, Congressman Gibson will deliver the commencement address to Franklin High School graduating seniors, at the Franklin High School.
The Oneonta Common Council will have a special meeting at 6:00 PM Monday. 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.
Matthews Ford of Norwich announced that the 10th Annual Mustang Rally, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been rescheduled to Saturday August 29th at 6pm due to the inclement weather forecast.

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P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 6-26-15

Graduation ceremonies will begin today at several area school districts. At 6:30 tonight, commencement exercises will be held in the Charlotte Valley & Windsor school districts, at 7:00 PM, graduations ceremonies will be held for seniors at Afton, Deposit, Franklin, Laurens, Milford, Morris & Unatego.
Governor Cuomo announced that New York State residents and visitors may fish for free without a fishing license in any of the state’s waterways this weekend. In addition to the June free fishing weekend, legislation signed by Governor Cuomo now allows for an increase in the number of authorized yearly statewide free fishing days. This year, Veteran’s Day, November 11, has also been designated as a free fishing day.
Matthews Ford is hosting the 10th Annual Mustang Rally at 175 East Main Street in Norwich Saturday at 6pm. Matthews spokesperson kathy Breno explains:

(Kathy Breno 6-26-15)

Admission is free; highlights include live music by the Jason Wicks Band, food and craft vendors, free giveaways and free fireworks at dark.
Delaware county public health will hold another free rabies clinic today. The clinic will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Masonville Fire Hall.

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A Unadilla area couple that has a service dog is looking to raise money to assist other vets in need of service dogs, with a Chinese Auction at the Unadilla Carnival of Sales on July 11th. Joshua Palmer currently has a service dog “Hampton” his wife Kristina Palmer told WCDO News what business & individual citizens can donate for the Chinese auction:


(Kristina Palmer 6-25-15)


Palmer said that it currently costs about $20,000 for a service dog, the Chinese Auction drawing will begin at 4:00 PM behind the Unadilla library on July 11th.


Nascar Truck racing star Joey Coulter will be making appearances at I-88 Speedway in Afton Friday Night, as well as the Tri-County Speedway & Microd club in Triangle Saturday.   Denise Paige from I-88 Speedway explains:


(Denise Paige 6-25-15)


There will be various giveaways & fundraising for the “CARS Racing For A Cause” Charity foundation, to raise money for children with terminal illnesses. More information is available at Joey Coulter.com or cars events.com


The Broome County Sheriff’s Office reported that 45-year old Christine Clark was pronounced dead on arrival at Wilson Hospital, after fire fighters pulled her from a house fire Wednesday evening in the Town of Dickinson. The fire at 127 Adams Drive was called in by a neighbor at about 7:00 PM.   The cause of the fire is under investigation, firefighters from the Town of Chenango, Port Dickinson, Choconut Center and Binghamton responded.


The city of Oneonta will officially re-open the Briggs pool bathhouse in Wilber Park, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at 12:45 PM. The city received funding from a state office of community renewal development block grant to renovate the bathhouse, which was built in 1938. The public is invited to attend.


The Broome County Sheriff’s Office arrested 25-year-old Adam Whittington of Port Crane on a charge of 3rd degree rape and criminal sexual act, following allegations that he performed sexual acts with a 16-year-old female earlier this month. Whittington was arraigned in the Town of Fenton Court and taken to the Broome County Jail without bail.


Broome County Sheriff’s department announced the swearing in of new Undersheriff Fred Akshar Wednesday. Akshar was appointed to the position following the retirement of Undersheriff Alex Minor.   Akshar began working for the Broome County Sheriff’s department as a deputy in 2002.



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46 year old Frank Vail of Oxford was arrested for 4th degree conspiracy, following an investigation by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Department of an incident where Vail is accused of transporting a co-defendant from the Utica area to the Norwich area to sell narcotics. Vail will be appeaing in the Town of Norwich Court at a later date.
The City of Oneonta announced that the department of public service would be paving West Street between ravine parkway and college terrace today. West Street will be closed between the 2 SUNY entrances during the work. Also NYSEG & Cornerstone Property Services plan to reinstall the traffic signal at the intersection of Chestnut Street and West End Avenue today, it has been out of service since the June 12th storm. More information is available at 432-6465.
The Guilford Town Board will hold a special executive session this evening. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM at the Town Hall at 223 Marble Road; the board will be discussing a contract.

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Governor Cuomo announced an agreement with state leaders on last minutes issues, as lawmakers wrap up the 2015 legislative session.

(Cuomo 6-24-15)

Cuomo said that the state leaders will meet with their conferences regarding these last minute issues, he said that the property tax rebates were important as many New Yorkers acknowledge that property taxes are the top reason that people look to leave the state.
State Police at Oneonta arrested 31-year-old Christopher Davis of Otego, for Criminal Trespass & Unlawfully Growing Cannabis. The arrest occurred after Troopers received a report of a man trespassing in a cabin on Washburn Road in the Town of Otego, the investigation determined that Davis had been allowed to stay a few nights at a cabin on the property, but refused to leave for over two weeks, Davis allegedly left marihuana plants that he was growing in the cabin. Davis was arraigned at the Town of Otego Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail on $1,500 cash bail or a $3,000 property bond.
High School Graduations and Graduation parties will be this coming weekend, and the Alcohol & drug Abuse Council of Delaware county is reminding celebrants that new York still has a zero tolerance for underage drinking of alcohol. Spokesman Justin Hamm comments:

(Justin Hamm 6-24-15)

Hamm also stated that New York has “Social Host Laws” which makes it illegal to serve alcohol in one’s home to anyone less than 21 years of age.
State Police at Binghamton arrested 30 year old Shirley Rogers of Liverpool, for Felony DWI, after Troopers responded to a Broome County 911 report of a one car accident on State Route 7B in the Town of Fenton. The investigation determined that Rogers was intoxicated when she drove off the roadway and into a ditch. The arrest was a felony due to 2 prior DWI convictions. Rogers refused to submit to a test of her blood alcohol content, she was arraigned at the Town of Fenton Court and then remanded to the Broome County Jail with no bail set.
Governor Cuomo today announced $658 million to support access to healthy food for some of New York’s most vulnerable residents. The funds will be awarded to 92 health and wellness providers that support approximately 400 WIC clinics across the state, reaching nearly 500,000 New Yorkers every month. This funding is administered over five years and is a combination of state and federal money. The grant awardees locally include the Broome County Health Department & Delaware Opportunities.
Another free Chenango County Rabies clinic will be held today. The clinic will run from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the firehouse in New Berlin, more information is available at 337-1673.

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State Senator Jim Seward announced final legislative approval of a bill he sponsored establishing the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway. The bill adds portions of State Routes 28, 42, and 214 in Delaware and Ulster counties to the New York State Scenic Byways System.
Delaware County Public Health and Delaware Opportunities will be providing a Car Seat Safety Event at Delaware Opportunities Children’s Festival 35430 St. Highway 10 in Hamden, today from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Certified child safety technicians will teach how to correctly install and use child safety or booster seats. More information is available at 832-5200.
The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings to women 40 and older who are uninsured. The Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach, health screenings will be available in Oneonta today from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Southside Mall parking lot, Appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225.

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