A.M. NEWS TUESDAY 5-26-15

The 53rd General Clinton Canoe Regatta Was held this past weekend; paddlers from 25 states, Canada & even the Untied Kingdom participated.
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THE NEW 4 PERSON DIVISION SAW A MICHIGAN TEAM TAKE FIRST PLACE. JEFF KOLKA, TIM TREEBOLD, BILL TORON-JOE AND ROXANNE BARTON FINISHED THE 70-MILE COURSE IN 8 HOURS AND 18 MINUTES. WCDO’S CRAIG STEVENS SPOKE WITH TORON-JOE AFTER THE RACE:

(TORONJOE 2015)

Tim Triebold SAID HOW TOUGH IT WAS TO PADDLE THE 4 PERSON BOAT IN THE LOW WATER:

(TIM TRIEBOLD 2015)

TRiEBOLD’S SON ANDY FROM MICHIGAN AND STEVE LAJWA FROM QUEBEC won the 1st PLACE TROPHY FOR 7th TIME TOGETHER, TAKING HOME THE $3300 PRIZE. PRO PADDLER BOB ZAVERAL SPOKE WITH CRAIG STEVENS ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLE PRO TEAM:

(ZAVERAL 2015)

CRAIG SPOKE WITH TREE-BOLD AFTER THE RACE:

(ANDY TRIEBOLD 2015)

YESTERDAY’S 70 MILER WAS TREEBOLD’S 9TH VICTORY, PUTTING HIM 2nd all time BEHIND CANADA’S SERGE CORBIN. Lajoie NOW HAS 7 GENERAL CLINTON WINS.
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LOW WATER AND HOT TEMPERATURES MADE THE 53RD GENERAL CLINTON CANOE REGATTA A TOUGH RACE FOR BOTH PRO AND AMATEUR PADDLERS YESTERDAY DURING THE 70-MILE RACES FROM COOPERSTOWN TO BAINBRIDGE. NICK WALTON FROM MICHIGAN WON THE ONE-MAN PRO DIVISION BY ABOUT 7 MINUTES WITH A TIME OF 8 HOURS AND 42 MINUTES. HE SPOKE WITH CRAIG STEVENS AFTER THE RACE…

(NICK WALTON 2015)

TWO CANADIANS FROM ONTARIO, GAYTON PLOURD AND JEFF BRAINARD TOOK FIRST PLACE HONORS IN THE NYMCRA STOCK RACE…THEY ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE CONDITIONS…

(PLOURD 2015)

NEARLY 170 TEAMS RACED THE FAMOUS 70 MILER YESTERDAY
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State Police responded to a rollover accident that closed down a portion of I-88 Monday. Police reported that no one was injured when a pickup truck and the recreational vehicle it was towing rolled over in Oneonta, just past exit 15. Trooper’s diverted traffic off the interstate, it took about an hour for crews to clear the scene. The investigation is continuing.
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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will spend the day in Broome County today. Hochul will Join Broome County Executive Debbie Preston and Local Officials to Tour Small Businesses in Downtown Binghamton & the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena at 11:00 this morning, at 12:00 PM she convenes a Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council Meeting at Binghamton University Innovative Technologies Complex. At 1:00 PM Hochul Hosts an “Enough is Enough” Roundtable at Binghamton University to Combat Sexual Assault on College Campuses & at 3:15 PM Hochul will tour the Cornell Cooperative Extension and Discusses Local Agricultural Issues at their offices at 840 Front Street in Binghamton.
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P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 5-22-15

State Police will be increasing patrols to ensure the safety of the traveling public this Memorial Day weekend. Troopers will be out in force cracking down on impaired drivers, enforcing distracted driver laws, and they will be looking out for reckless & aggressive drivers. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, and more troopers on major highways during this holiday weekend, in marked & unmarked vehicles. On Memorial Day weekend in 2014 Troopers arrested more than 235 people for DWI and issued more than 12,000 tickets
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State Police responded to an Otsego County 911 report of a 1 vehicle fatal accident on State Route 80 in the Town of Otsego early Thursday morning. 24 year old Brandon Lane of Prattsville lost control of a 2001 Mitsubishi, he exited the roadway, the vehicle became airborne and struck a tree on the passenger side. Lane’s front seat passenger was 21 year old Julia Levandowski of Cooperstown, she was pronounced deceased at the scene, an autopsy will be performed at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton. Lane was charged with 2nd degree Vehicular Manslaughter & DWI, he was arraigned at the Town of Otsego Court and then remanded to the Otsego County Jail with no bail set at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
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The General Clinton Canoe regatta officials brought back the Wrestling tournaments that were hugely popular many years ago. Regatta Chairman John Harmon explains:

(John Harmon 5-22-15)

Harmon said that there is a nominal fee for the wrestling tournament, more information is available at canoeregatta.org.
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The YES! Safe Choices for Kids honored 566 Broome, Tioga and Chenango at the YES! Leaders Change Lives Recognition Reception. 1 of the 3 winners of the Jill Kavanagh Memorial Scholarships was Jennifer France, a senior from Bainbridge-Guilford High School:

(Jennifer France 5-22-15)

YES! Safe Choices for Kids is a partnership between Senator Libous and Lourdes Hospital, since 1989, more than 9,000 YES! Leaders have helped teach more than 110,000 elementary school students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. More information is available at YesSafeChoices.org.
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Rural fire departments can now apply for $400,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants, according to the State Department of Environmental Conservation. The grants help rural fire departments enhance their wildfire fighting capabilities. The deadline for applications to the federally funded program is June 30. Applications or further information is available at (518) 402-8839, or dec.ny.gov/regulations.
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The City of Oneonta Crews will be sweeping all 3 levels of the municipal parking garage, from Tuesday May 26th at 10:00 PM, to Wednesday may 27th at 11:00 AM. The garage will be closed on all levels during that time; lots at Dietz Street, Wall Street and the Westcott lot will all be open. The Clarion Hotel lot will be open for public use during that time; it can be accessed from south main street or Market Street. More information is available at 432-6465.
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A.M. NEWS FRIDAY 5-22-15

Broome County fire investigators have released the names of the 4 family members who died in a house fire on State Line Road in the town of Vestal Thursday morning. 33-year-old Nicole Tarbox, her son, 13-year old Evyn, and her two daughters, 9-year-old Mya, and 3-year old Mariah were killed, 15 year old Shawn Tarbox survived after he jumped out of a 2nd floor window. Investigators believe that the fire originated in the first floor kitchen near a stairway, which trapped family members inside.
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Saturday & Sunday will be the Rolling Antiquer’s Old Car Club annual 2 day car show & flea market at the Chenango County Fairgrounds in Norwich, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. Festivities begin with a downtown Norwich cruise in; Saturday will feature Muscle Cars & Street Rods. Sunday Antique & Classic Cars will be featured. More information is available at 336-1888 or raocc.org.
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Saturday’s will be the annual National Baseball Hall Of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field. The Hall of Fame Classic will feature Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Tom Glavine, Phil Niekro, Tony Pérez, Ozzie Smith and Robin Yount along with recently retired player representing all 30 MLB teams, beginning at 2:05 p.m. at Doubleday Field, with the Cooperstown Game Day Parade at noon on Main Street and the Legends Hitting Contest preceding the Classic at 1 p.m. at Doubleday Field.
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Free Car Seat Checks by Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, will be held this afternoon at Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney. The event will run from 1:00 to 3:00 pm & is sponsored by the State Police and Tri-Town Regional Hospital. More information is available at 561-7605.
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P.M. NEWS THURSDAY 5-21-15

Broome County Fire officials reported that 4 people died early this morning in a house fire at 439 State Line Road in the town of Vestal. Fire officials said that a mother & 3 of her children were killed in that fire, one 15 year child escaped, and the father of the children was at work. the fire was called in at about 2:00 AM this morning, 5 area fire departments responded, more details will be released at the conclusion of the investigation as well as family notification..
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Governor Cuomo announced that road and bridge construction projects on State highways will be suspended from 6:00 AM Friday, to 6:00 AM Tuesday, in order to accommodate travelers during the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. AAA predicts that of the more than 37 million people traveling more than 50 miles from home this weekend, an estimated 33 million of them will be traveling by car. This Memorial Day weekend is expected to have the highest travel volume of the past ten years. Travelers can call 511 or by access 511ny.org for details.
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Landowners & businesses along the I-88 corridor are now attending a second round of public meetings for a second pipeline proposal from Kinder Morgan, after the region already attended meeting for the Constitutition pipeline along the same pathway. Area Assemblyman Pete Lopez comments:

(Lopez 5-21-15)

The plans call for the Constitution Pipeline to provide access along the way to businesses & municiaplities, including Amphenol in Sidney, the Kinder Morgan pipeline initially calls for no such local offerings.
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Governor Cuomo announced that New Yorkers can now contact the New York State HOPEline addiction referral and support service by texting 1-877-8-HOPENY. The HOPEline is a free and confidential 24-hour service that connects people who are struggling with substance abuse and problem gambling to trained professionals for assistance in times of need. The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services has contracted with the Mental Health Association of New York to expand existing HOPEline services to include the texting feature.
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On Saturday, June 6th at 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm, Scoville-Meno in Sidney will partner with parents & teachers at parking lot of Unadilla Elementary School for a “Drive for the Kids” fundraiser, to raise money during the Playground Celebration. Parents and guests can earn a $10 contribution for the school from the Chrysler brand, by taking a test drive in a new 2015 Chrysler vehicle from Scoville-Meno. More information is available at drive4kids.com.
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The State DMV has seen a significant increase in the number of motorcycle permit holders who participate in motorcycle safety courses. DMV Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan announced that in 2014, 70% of motorcycle permits holders in New York State elected to take motorcycle safety courses, up from 51% in 2010. There are between 36,000 and 44,000 permit riders in a given year in New York State, which allows them to ride on the road under the guidance of a licensed motorcycle operator.

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A.M. NEWS THURSDAY 5-21-15

State Police responded to a 1-car accident on I-88 in the Town of Sidney early Wednesday morning, 25 year old Ericka Sa-Keema of Lorton, Virginia drove off the roadway on to the shoulder, over corrected, & lost control of her vehicle, into the center median where it over turned and rolled over several times coming to rest on the wheels. Sa-Keema was partially ejected and 2 two rear passengers were completely ejected, the front seat passenger remained in the vehicle. Ericka Sa-Keema was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City for head and internal injuries, state police reported this morning that she died from her injuries this morning. The Rear seat passengers were 2 year old Zavion Martin was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital for a chest injury and 1 year old Zamari Martin was air lifted by Life Net to University Hospital in Syracuse for a head injury. The front seat passenger: 27 year old Anthony Martin was transported to Wilson Hospital for an ankle injury. The 2 children were not secured in their child restraint seats. The investigation is ongoing.
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State Police arrested 69 year old Burnett Burnside of Kortright for Sexual Abuse & Endangering the Welfare of a Child. This arrest occurred after Troopers received a report of child abuse from the Delaware County Child Protective Services. Burnside is accused of sexually abusing a girl under the age of eleven, in his residence in December of 2014. He was arraigned & was released to reappear on June 16th; an order of protection was issued for the victim.
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The Tri-Town News will have new owners, as Paden Publishing is selling the paper & their other weekly newspapers to the River valley News group. River Valley owns several other local weeklies in New York & Pennsylvania; no changes are expected to the daily operation or staff.
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Delaware County Public Health, Early Childhood Direction Center, and Family Enrichment Network will host a conference today at SUNY Delhi featuring Lindsey Biel, regarding children’s sensory processing issues, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and other developmental challenges. The event begins at 9:00 AM.
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The Afton school board meeting originally scheduled for today has been cancelled. There will be no make up date.
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P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 5-20-15

Voters in New York State approved of all area school budgets yesterday, with the exception of the Walton district. Building projects were approved in Sidney & Unadilla Valley, Walton voters rejected a building project proposal by a better than 3 to 1 margin. Kjersti Van Slyke-Briggs, Marissa Orezzoli, Nancy Parsons & Thomas Hoskins won school board seats in Sidney. School Board seats in the Bainbridge Guilford district were Tina Ammon, Keith Hanvey & Rebecca Sullivan, in the Norwich district, Jennifer Collins, Robert Smith & Joseph Stagliano in Franklin Jamie Archibald was elected to the school Board.
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The Chenango county sheriff’s office arrested 24-year-old Brooke Snyder of Afton on a charge of 2nd degree burglary. Snyder & co-defendants are accused of unlawfully entering a Village of Afton residence and stealing an unspecified item, she was arraigned in the Town of Afton Court and was remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $5,000 cash; she will reappear in the Town of Afton Court at a later date.
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State Police at Troop C in Sidney are investigating an accident on Interstate 88 between Sidney and in Unadilla at about 6:30 this morning. The highway is open in both directions; more details are expected to be released shortly.
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The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 18-year-old James Shurock of Sherburne on 11 counts of Petty Larceny. Shurock is accused of stealing 109 library books from the Sherburne-Earlville High School Library, he was released on an appearance ticket to the Village of Sherburne Court at a later date.
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The Oneonta department of public Service announced that they plan to co0nnect the new Burnside Avenue water main to the existing water main On River street. The work will begin at 10:00 PM tonight, and crews will be working throughout the night. River Street will be closed to traffic between Wilcox & Mitchell; side streets may be used as detours. Officials said that about 40 customers would be without water, the trench across the street would be filled in & repaved tomorrow morning. Those with questions can call 432-6465.
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The State Senate passed legislation that would make the state’s property tax cap permanent. The legislation passed 4 years ago by Governor Cuomo & the legislature made the tax cap as only a temporary measure to cuts costs when the state was facing billions of dollars in deficits when Cuomo took office.
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The B-G Central School District is seeking 2 Community members interested in serving on a Varsity Football Coach Selection Committee. The first meeting will be held tonight at 6:00 PM in the District Conference Room. Candidates will be interviewed next week, with the appointment by the BG School Board expected at their June 18th meeting. Interested community members should contact the District Office at 967-6321.
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Governor Cuomo’s girlfriend & Food Network TV Chef Sandra Lee had successful double mastectomy surgery in New York City yesterday. The 48-year-old Lee found out that she had Breast cancer in March, she has urged all woman to get checked regularly for breast cancer.
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Rides, games & giveaways will all be part of the activities at General Clinton Park at this year’s canoe regatta. Regatta Chairman John Harmon explains:

(Harmon 5-20-15)

Harmon said that the General Clinton Canoe regatta brings thousands to the region from Cooperstown to Bainbridge each year over the Memorial Day weekend.

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A.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 5-20-15

Police in Broome County arrested 36 year old David Scanlin of Binghamton on a variety of drug charges, after they executed a search warrant. Police seized 504 bags of heroin, methamphetamines and over $18,000 in cash. Scanlin is charged with 3 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal mischief, and violation of parole, he is being held pending arraignment in City of Binghamton court.
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The Chenango County sheriff’s department arrested 51 year old Donald Scott of Afton, Tuesday on an active Bench Warrant issued out of Broome County for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Scott was located at his residence, he is accused of failing to appear in court to answer to a drug charge, and he was transferred over to the custody of Broome County Sheriff’s Office to be arraigned on the latest charge.
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A Town of Oxford resident was arrested by the Chenango County Sheriffs Department for criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. 21 year old Kimberly Wright was found to be in possession of heroin and 3 hypodermic instruments. During the investigation 25 year old Joshua Shurock was also arrested on an active arrest warrant from Vernon New York, for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Wright & Shurock were taken into custody & face court action at a later date
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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 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Family Planning, Dietz Street in Oneonta. Appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225.
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The Seventh Annual Bike to Work Day for Otsego County will be held today, with check-­in sites at more than 20 locations around Otsego County. The organizers of the event are the Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates, Otsego County Conservation Association, & the League of American Bicyclists. More information is available at 293-6654.

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P.M. NEWS TUESDAY 5-19-15

Oneonta Police Department arrested 18-year-old Ryan Rosario of the Bronx for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. The charges stem from an investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in July of 2014, Rosario is currently being held in the Greene Correctional Facility on unrelated charges.
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State Police arrested 56-year-old George Miner of Port Crane, for Sexual Abuse & Endangering the Welfare of a Child. State Troopers received a report of child abuse from the Broome County Child Protective Services, Miner is accused of subjecting a girl less than 14 years old to sexual contact, he will answer to the charges in Town of Fenton Court on May 28th.
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The state Assembly passed a bill this week to try to get young adults into continuing the state’s farming tradition, local Assemblyman Bill Magee Chairs the Assembly Agriculture committee:

(Magee 5-19-15)

Magee said that he also expects mandate relief & teacher evaluations legislation to be dealt with in the finale month of the legislative session in Albany.
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The Attorney General offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, have filed a lawsuit against 4 phony cancer charities. The lawsuit alleges that the Cancer Fund of America, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, and The Breast Cancer Society scammed more than $187 million from unsuspecting donors, including $3 million from New Yorkers since 2008. The Children’s Cancer Fund of America and The Breast Cancer Society have entered into settlements, Litigation is proceeding against the remaining defendants. The proposed settlement include judgments of $137 million and require that 2 of the charities be prohibited from working as not-for-profits.
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Governor Cuomo announced new initiatives to streamline regulatory burdens placed on the state’s farmers. The Strategic Interagency Task Force on Lessening Obstacles to Agriculture suggested an Easier Pesticide Registration Process, Faster Recertification Process for Pesticide Applicators & Simplifying Categories for Pesticide Applicators. The changes are expected to be placed into effect in the coming weeks.
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The State DEC is now accepting public comments through June 29 on 3 regulatory proposals for hunting and trapping of wild turkey, deer and fisher. The changes cover fall turkey hunting seasons in most areas of the state; modifications of antlerless deer hunting seasons in portions of the state, changes to the Deer Management Assistance Program procedures statewide & reduction of the current fisher trapping seasons in northern New York. regulation changes could be in effect this fall Pending review of the public comments, More information is available at dec.ny.gov.
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State Senator Jim Seward announced today that legislation known as “The Domestic Violence Protection Act – Brittany’s Law” received senate approval for a 5th time. The legislation would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry, which would require offenders to register with the State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. Seward said that the bill has never advanced out of committee to the floor of the assembly for consideration.
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