A.M. NEWS TUESDAY 6-2-15

The Matthews Auto Group is celebrating the Grand Re-Opening of the newly remodeled Matthews Ford dealership and the Grand Opening of the new Quick Lane of Chenango County with a ceremony today at 10:30 am at 175 East Main Street. The complete overhaul began in May 2014 as part of a Ford image program to upgrade facilities nationwide to current standards, with new interior and exterior lighting, flooring, expanded waiting areas, & rest rooms with baby changing stations.
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Another car seat safety check is scheduled today at the Home Depot on State Route 28 in Oneonta. The event will run form 3:00 to 6:00 PM. More information is available through the Otsego county Health department at 547-4230.
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The Oneonta common council will hold their next regular meeting today beginning at 7:00 PM. The meeting is open to the public & will be held in the 2nd floor common council chambers at Oneonta city hall.
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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will hold a meet the Oneonta Outlaws baseball team Networking Luncheon at Damaschke Field in Oneonta from 11:45am to 1:30pm. More information is available at 432-4500 Extension 207.

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P.M. NEWS MONDAY 6-1-15

The Otsego County sheriff’s department reported that State Route 23 in West Oneonta was closed following an early-morning tractor-trailer accident. The tractor trailer was traveling east on state highway 23 when the driver failed to negotiate a curve, causing him to overturn the vehicle, hitting trees, guard rails & a telephone pole, & knocked down utility lines. A deputy’s vehicle also became entangled in the downed wires for about an hour. No injuries were reported, several electric outages were reported, & State highway 23 was closed from West Laurens to the intersection with state highway 205 in Oneonta to allow for NYSEG to put up new poles and wires.
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Governor Cuomo continues his push with the “Raise The Age” campaign. New York State is only 1 of 2 states that automatically processes, prosecutes and incarcerates 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Cuomo said that a Task Force found that youths in Adult jail populations, increases the probability that they will continue in a life of crime after incarceration:

(Cuomo 6-1-15)

Currently, youths who are incarcerated with adults in local jails while awaiting trial, and then matriculated into the greater adult prison population if found guilty, 86% of those youth are incarcerated for non-violent offenses.
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Aaron Hicks and Jenna Johnson of Norwich were in serious condition at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, following a fire at 28 Fair Street in Norwich Friday night. Firefighters responded to the fire at about 10:30 PM Friday, Hicks & Johnson were rescued through a window after being trapped by the fire on the 2nd floor, they were first taken to Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich, and they were then airlifted to Syracuse. The fire has been ruled as accidental, and appears to be electrical.
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Governor Cuomo announced $3.3 million for re-entry task forces in 19 counties that coordinate and manage services for formerly incarcerated individuals to successfully transition back to their communities. The task forces are designed to reduce recidivism and enhance public safety by supporting community-based programs. The state Division of Criminal Justice Services administers the funding and works in partnership with the non-profit organizations that received the grants, in the Southern Tier, the Broome County Department of Mental Health will receive $101,760.
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State Police at Oneonta arrested 49-year-old Seth Clark of Oneonta, for the felony DWI. The arrest occurred after a traffic stop for failing to keep right on Church Street in the City of Oneonta, Clark’s charge was a felony because he had a prior DWI conviction within the last 10 years. Clark was issued tickets returnable to the City of Oneonta Court on June 29, 2015.

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A.M. NEWS MONDAY 6-1-15

State Police responded to a reported armed robbery at the Family Dollar Store at 68 West Front Street, Hancock, Saturday night. The suspect carjacked a Family Dollar employee at gun point after the store closed and had her re-open the store where an undisclosed amount of money was taken from the safe. The Suspect then had the employee drive him outside of town where he fled in a small late model dark colored vehicle. The Investigation revealed the suspect to possibly be a Hispanic male approximately 5 ft 10 inches to 6 ft tall, medium build, wearing a bandana covering his face, dark colored clothing with a black handgun. Anyone with information is requested to contact State Police at 775-1241.
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State Police are continuing to investigate the fatal accident that occurred on May 20, at 6:30 AM on I-88 in the Town of Sidney. Police are asking anyone who saw the accident happen, or had seen the vehicle being driven before the accident, to call the 561-7400. The vehicle involved is a white 2002 Ford Escape with Virginia license plates on it. 25 year old Ericka Sa-Keema of Lorton, Virginia, died from her injuries at Wilson Memorial Hospital. An autopsy is pending.
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Friday, State Police CNET members executed a search warrant at 221 Oak Hill Ave, in the Endicott, they Seized 40 expended “one-pot” methamphetamine labs, 3 ounces of methamphetamine oil, paraphernalia for smoking methamphetamine, and a pill bottle with suspected methamphetamine residue. Police arrested 29 year old Matthew Morrissey of Endicott for Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine; he was arraigned and was remanded to the Broome County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail / $2,000 property bond.
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Norwich Firefighters responded to 28 Fair Street in Norwich Friday night at 10:30 PM Friday, they rescued a man and woman trapped on the 2nd floor through a window, they were taken to Chenango Memorial Hospital and then flown to Upstate Medical University. The names of the injured residents has not been released, the investigation is ongoing.
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The Greater Afton Chamber of Commerce is holding its first annual Golf Tournament Captain and Crew on June 18th at the Afton Golf Club. Registration at 9:00 AM with a Shot Gun Start, more information is available at 639 -1905
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P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 5-29-15

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office executed a “no knock” search warrant at 134 Great Brook Potter Road in the Town of New Berlin Thursday. The search warrant stemmed from a lengthy investigation into the sales of heroin and cocaine in Chenango County. Deputies arrested 31-year-old Nathaniel Sherwood; approximately 70 packets of heroin were confiscated, along with over $2,000 in cash, a digital scale, and a Kawasaki motorcycle. Sherwood was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, he was arraigned in the Town of New Berlin Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash bail.
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State Police CNET members conducted a vehicle stop on McKinley Avenue in Endicott, & located an active one-pot methamphetamine lab with associated reagents and precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine in the vehicle. Police arrested 40-year-old Heather Callahan of Endicott, 53-year-old David Decker, of Vestal, 49 year old Christopher Decker, of Binghamton, & 22-year-old David Decker of Endicott, on a variety of drug charges. Police seized an active one pot methamphetamine lab, methamphetamine oil, & various other items used to manufacture methamphetamine, plus lab equipment, Marihuana smoking devices, Heroin, & Methamphetamine. All 4 were arraigned & were remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested 27-year-old Ryder Terpak of Unadilla Wednesday. Terpak was arrested on a Warrant issued by the State Division of Parole. Corrections Officials reported that Terpak was sentenced to 5½ years imprisonment in 2013 for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance; he was released from the Department of Corrections Willard Drug Treatment Campus in May 2014 subject to Parole Supervision. Terpak was remanded to the Delaware County jail pending completion of a parole hearing at a later date.
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A memorial service will be held for former Masonville Town Supervisor & Sidney Auto Body founder Jack Thomas, Saturday at 1:00 PM at the Sidney United Methodist church on Liberty Street in Sidney. Thomas died Tuesday at Bassett hospital in Cooperstown, he was 84.
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A lawsuit between the Binghamton Mets owners and Main Street Baseball of Florida has been settled, but no details of the settlement have been announced. Main Street Baseball contended that Binghamton Mets ownership reneged on a deal last year that would have moved the team to Wilmington Delaware; B-Mets Owner Michael Urda contended that his key stipulation to selling the team was that they could not be moved out of Binghamton.
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The Fagan Flyers will hold a Pancake Breakfast at the Sidney Municipal Airport Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Arts & craft vendors, live music, face painting and demonstrations by LifeNet are also scheduled.
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A.M. NEWS FRIDAY 5-29-15

Delaware county sheriff’s deputies arrested 3 men following a motor vehicle accident on Holmes Hollow Road in the town of Delhi. 42-year-old Zack Vannostrand of Delancey was charged with DWI, refusal to take a breath test & Obstruction of Governmental Administration. 27-year-old Alexander Klenck of Delhi was charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration, and he was also wanted on a warrant from Oneonta, and 18-year-old Jonathan Stein of Delhi was charged with trespassing after fleeing the accident scene. Vannostrand & Klenck were remanded to the Delaware County Jail on bail; Stein was issued an appearance ticket for Delhi Town Court.
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A Town of Afton resident was arrested by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office for an active Arrest Warrant for the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Deputies & State Police arrested 35-year-old Jennifer Livingston for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Livingston was arraigned in the Town of Afton court and is being held in the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $1,000.00 cash bail. Livingston is to reappear in the Town of Afton court on a later date.
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The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee announced that the State Police, county and municipal law enforcement agencies issued 1,186 tickets to motorists for illegally passing a stopped school bus on April 16th during the statewide Operation Safe Stop initiative. Studies estimate that some 50,000 motorists illegally pass stopped school buses in New York State each day.
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The Sidney Central School Observatory will be open Tonight, from 9:00-10:30PM. The featured attractions for the night will be the first quarter Moon, Jupiter, and Venus, several telescopes will be available for viewing, including the main scope inside the dome, weather permitting. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. The Observatory is located behind the high school building.
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P.M. NEWS THURSDAY 5-28-15

A trial date has been set for 60 year old Almond Upton of Florida. Upton is accused of purposely running down State Trooper Christopher Skinner, while he was conducting a traffic stop on I-81, on May 29, 2014, killing Trooper Skinner instantly. Upton’s is charged with 1st degree Murder, his trial is scheduled to begin November 10th in Broome County Court.
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Oneonta police arrested of 2 area homeless men for a recent fire of an abandoned house. 24-year-old Jon Speller & 23 year old Joseph Morelli were charged with 4th degree arson for the April 27th fire at a house on New Island. Both were arraigned and were remanded to the Otsego County jail on $5000 cash bail pending future court action.
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State Police & Emergency responders responded to a train derailment in Marathon this morning. The derailment occurred on West Main Street in Marathon, several cars tipped over at about 7:00 AM today, cranes have been removing the wreckage, and state police reported that no chemicals were spilled, haz-mat teams were not requested, and no injuries were reported.
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Fire Fighters from several area companies responded to a structure fire at 5200 State Highway 8 in New Berlin. The fire was reported at about 2:00 AM this morning, fire companies from New berlin, South New Berlin, Sherburne & North Norwich have responded, initial reports suggested that the occupants & pets all escaped without injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
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The Tri Town News announced the death of long time Publisher Ken Paden. Paden passed away Monday, he had announced the selling of the tri town news & his other regional weekly newspapers on may 21st, to the River Valley News Group. Paden was with the Tri Town News since the mid-70’s.
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Former Masonville Town Supervisor & Sidney business man Jack Thomas died Tuesday at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. Thomas served as the Masonville Town Supervisor & on the Delaware County Board of Supervisors for many years; he also opened Sidney Auto Body in 1960. Thomas was 84; funeral arrangements are being handled by C. H. Landers funeral home in Sidney.
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This year’s General Clinton Canoe Regatta ranked among the most successful of all time, Regatta Chairman John Harmon told WCDO News that there are numerous people to thank:

(John Harmon 5-28-15)

Harmon said that he anticipates being back next year as the chairman for an 8th year.
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Employees at the Chenango County Office building were evacuated for a brief period today, after an extension cord overheated in an office, and led to smoke throughout the building. Norwich Fire chief Tracy Chawgo told WCDO News that no one was injured, the situation was stopped quickly, the building was aired out, and all office are expected to be opened normal hours Friday.
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A Garfield New Jersey resident was arrested by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office for DWI. Deputies arrested 39-year-old Krzysztof Majewski for DWI following a traffic stop on County Rd 39 in the Town of Afton. Majewski is accused of operating the vehicle while intoxicated. Majewski was arraigned in the Town of Afton Court and held on $1,000 cash bail.
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A.M. NEWS THURSDAY 5-28-15

A Town of Unadilla resident was arrested by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Deputies & State Police arrested 39 year old Jacob Conklin on an active Arrest Warrant during a routine traffic stop in the Town of Bainbridge, he is accused of stealing a 1997 Toyota from a driveway in Afton and scrapping it for cash at Gary’s U-Pull it in Binghamton. Conklin was arraigned in the Town of Afton court and is being held in the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $10,000.00 cash bail. Conklin is to reappear in the Town of Afton court on a later date.
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The Chenango County Sheriff’s Department arrested an Afton man for 4th degree Grand Larceny. 45-year-old Russell Davis was charged following an investigation in which Davis allegedly stole a motor vehicle from a Town of Norwich woman and failed to pay her for the vehicle. Davis is to appear in the Town of Norwich court at a later date
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The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today, in the Guilford School Cafeteria at 6:30 PM. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:00 PM.
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The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings to women 40 and older who are uninsured today. The Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach will be available, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Walton Health Center, 130 North Street, Walton. Appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225 for your appointment.

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Former New York State Governor George Pataki announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination for President. Pataki served 3 terms as governor, including at the time of the 2001 Terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11th.
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P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 5-27-15

Delaware County sheriff’s Deputies investigated an accident on May 9th on county route 21 in the town of Walton, they have arrested 51 year old William Davis of Franklin for Driving While Intoxicated, Failure to Keep Right and Refusal to take Breath Test. Davis was arraigned in Town of Hamden Court and remanded to Delaware County Jail on $500 bail and is to appear in Town of Walton Court at a later date.
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The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for April. The state’s unemployment rate was 5.7%, the private sector job count increased by 126,000 over the last year, to 7,736,400. Locally, Broome County had 6% unemployment, Chenango County had 5.7%, Delaware County was at 6% and Otsego County had 5.2% unemployment.
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State Police arrested 24-year-old Monty Ramey of Binghamton for Public Lewdness. The arrest occurred after a Trooper responded to a complaint of a man exposing himself in a lewd manner in a boat in the Town of Windsor. Ramey was issued a ticket returnable to the Town of Windsor Court in June.
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Delaware County deputies arrest 34-year-old Joseph Galletta of Walton for Criminal Obstruction of Blood circulation or Breathing. Galleta is accused of impeded the blood circulation and breathing of another subject during a domestic incident in the Town of Tompkins, he was arraigned in the Town of Walton court and remanded to the Delaware County Correctional facility on $500 cash bail, pending court action in the Town of Tompkins court on June 4th.
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Lawmakers are expecting some changes to the way business is conducted in the State Assembly & State Senate, with the election of new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, & Senate Leader John Flanagan. Area Assemblyman Cliff Crouch comments:

(Crouch 5-27-15)

Crouch said that a flurry of activity is expected for the last 4 weeks of the session.
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State Police arrested 43-year-old Matthew Smith of Deposit for Criminal Possession of a Firearm. This arrest occurred after a Trooper was conducting an unrelated investigation at a residence on Main Street in the Town of Deposit, t was determined that Smith illegally possessed a loaded semi-automatic handgun he was arraigned at the Town of Deposit Court and released to reappear on June 5th.

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