P.M. NEWS TUESDAY 7-7-15

State Police reported a plane crash Monday night at around 8:05 PM near South Martindale Road in the town of Milford. 55-year-old Edward Schoene of Springfield Center took off from the Oneonta municipal airport & had engine trouble, he landed the plane in a cornfield & was transported to Bassett hospital in Cooperstown, where he was treated fro injuries sustained in the crash. The FAA was contacted and will also be investigating this accident.
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Scammers posing as the IRS, are targeting Senior citizens or Naturalized citizens, they are trying to get money from unsuspecting taxpayers, under the threat of possible arrest if they do not comply. Area Tax preparer George McLain told WCDO News that the IRS does not call citizens:

(George McLain 7-7-15)

McLain said that people should never give out personal information to random callers, if they receive a call from these current scammers, to contact the Attorney General’s office to make a complaint.
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The annual Rock In The Park concert event will be held this Saturday at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge. Organizer Jason Hall explains:

(Jason Hall 7-7-15)

Tickets are available at “Snips & Snails Consignment in Bainbridge, the Chenango SPCA in Norwich, Bartles Pharmacy in Oxford or through Tickemaster, proceeds will go to the Chenango SPCA this year.
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Volunteers, known as “Gus Busters” are still needed for this weekend’s Gus Macker 3 on 3-basketball tournament in downtown Norwich. Macker organizer Tom Revoir comments:

(Tom Revoir 7-7-15)

Revoir said that those interested in being a referee this weekend can call the Norwich YMCA at 336-9622, extension 29.
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Governor Cuomo signed the “Enough is Enough” Legislation this afternoon in New York City. The legislation is designed to Combat Sexual Assault on private College Campuses, the bills are based on action already taken in the State University System, it passed both houses of the legislature this session, lawmakers hope to reduce the stigma of reporting sexual assaults, and make it easier to report the assaults to law enforcement agencies.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 report last Wednesday of a 1-car personal injury accident on State Highway 10 in the Town of Hamden. 68-year-old Thomas Jones of Hamden failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway after suffering an apparent medical emergency, he left the roadway and rolled his vehicle over an embankment, Jones was extricated from his vehicle & was airlifted by LifeNet Helicopter to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City for treatment of a head injury.
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State Police arrested 26-year-old Denise Marin of Tioga for 3rd degree Assault, following a physical dispute at the Mirabito Gas Station on State Route 23 in the Town of Oneonta. Marin faces court action in the Town of Oneonta Court on July 14th.
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A.M. NEWS TUESDAY 7-7-15

State Police at Oneonta arrested 28 year old Edward Cuevas of Oneonta for 2 separate incidents in the Town of Morris and the Town of Oneonta on July 5th. Cuevas was charged 1st degree Burglary & 2 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, for allegedly entering a residence in the Town of Morris brandishing a handgun and threatened the occupant, while 2 minor children were present. The investigation revealed that a domestic incident had occurred earlier that date in the Town of Oneonta. Cuevas was charged with Criminal Mischief, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Circulation, Unlawful Imprisonment & Endangering the Welfare of a Child, plus additional drug charges Cuevas was arraigned in the Town of Oneonta Court and committed to the Otsego County Jail.
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Oneonta City officials announce that Cobleskill Stone will be paving West Street between Clinton & College Terrace today, weather permitting. The Department of Public Service will be providing Flagged Personnel to regulate traffic in the work zone, more information is available at 432-6465.
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The Delaware county department of Public Health announces another free rabies clinic tonight. The clinic will run from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Deposit Town Clerk’s building at 3 Elm Street.
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P.M. NEWS MONDAY 7-6-15

1 man was killed & 2 others were injured in an incident early Sunday morning. Police said 21-year-old Seth Swindler of Conklin was killed while riding a mattress towed by a truck. Swindler was pronounced dead at the scene after a truck exited the field & struck the mattress. 2 unidentified 17-year-olds who were also on the mattress were injured. The incident occurred in a field off Route 267 in Choconut Township, Pennsylvania, just south of the New York state line. The investigation is continuing.
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The 129th annual Delaware county fair will be held in August at the Fairgrounds in Walton. John Jackson of the county fair board of directors’ comments:

(John Jackson 7-6-15)

The Delaware County Fair runs August 17th through the 22nd this year.
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Broome County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 20-year-old Mark Mackey of Windsor, for 3rd-degree burglary and 3rd-degree grand larceny. Mackey is accused of stealing a motorcycle; he was arraigned in Dickinson Town Court and sent to the Broome County jail.
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State Senators Jim Seward & John Bonacic announced $40,000 in state grant funding for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, The monies will be used for the purchase of a new police vehicle built specifically for use by the office’s K-9 drug and search rescue team. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is home to K-9 Officer Ozzie and his human partner, Sergeant John Demeo. Ozzie is trained in drug detection and patrol duties and has played an instrumental role in assisting officers in contending with the office’s escalating number of drug cases.
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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said that “Open Book New York” has been expanded to give New Yorkers increased access to local government financial data. Users can now download entire datasets at one time, where before there were limitations. Full details are available at openbooknewyork.com
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Governor Cuomo announced today the growth of solar in New York State has increased more than 300% from 2011 to 2014, twice the rate of U.S. solar growth overall. A total of 314.48 megawatts of solar electric was installed as of December 2014 across the state, equivalent to powering more than 51,000 homes. In the Southern Tier, the percentage increase of megawatts of solar capacity was 486% and projects installed in the Southern Tier from 2011 to 2014 increased 144%, more information is available at nyserda.ny.gov/solarcapacity.
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A.M. NEWS MONDAY 7-6-15

The results of the Otsego County Conservation Association’s “What’s In Our Water?” program are in and, the overall quality of Otsego County’s drinking water is very good. The report also results in a strong baseline of the water chemistry by which contamination can be detected. The full will be unveiled and made available to the public at the Otsego Lakes Festival on Saturday, July 12 at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown.
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The Chenango Arts Council’s Kids Summer Art Camp for students going into 5th grade and up, begins today, taught by Matthew Wilson, who is a Norwich Middle School Art Teacher and owner of Wilson Ceramics. The Camp is sponsored by NBT Bank, Golden Artist Colors and Chobani, and meets in Room 107 at the Chenango Arts Council facilities at 27 West Main Street, Norwich.
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The Oneonta parks & recreation committee will meet this evening. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM at the Common Council Chambers in City hall; the common council will meet next on Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM in city hall.
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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 7-3-15

State Police and local law enforcement will increase patrols to crack down on drivers who violate the law this Fourth of July weekend. Last year, State Police issued more than 10,200 vehicle and traffic tickets during the 4th of July weekend. Troopers arrested more than 180 people for DWI and responded to more than 650 accidents, two of which resulted in fatalities. During the enforcement, drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols. Law enforcement will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road when they travel New York roadways.
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“Fireworks Over The Fairgrounds” will be held on July 4th at the Chenango county fairgrounds in Norwich, Terry Potter of Millennia Entertainment comments:

(TERRY POTTER 7-3-15)

Tickets are available at Hummel’s in Norwich, Video Entertainment Plus in Sidney, The Artist’s Palette in Norwich & the New Berlin branch of NBT Bank, or at brownpapertickets.com.
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The First Night Oneonta committee will hold this year’s Oneonta July 4th Celebration. Activities actually begin tonight with “First Friday” activities, followed by a full slate of events Saturday, according to organizer Carol Mandigo:

(Carol Mandigo 7-3-15)

There will be a variety of vendors and activities set up around Neahwa Park Saturday for the July 4th celebration.

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Governor Cuomo directed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Emergency Management to enhance monitoring of celebrations and events on Saturday, July 4 in light of the recent terror warning issued by the FBI & the Department of Homeland Security. The Governor additionally urged New Yorkers to be alert and aware of any potential suspicious activity during the holiday weekend. Additional staff will operate the Emergency Operations Center and the New York State Watch Center, Reporting suspicious activity can be Performed By Citizens by calling the state Terrorism Tips Line at 1-866-SAFE-NYS.”
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The Otsego county office for the aging is conducting a needs assessment to help identify the needs of the elderly & their caregivers. A mailing is underway to a random sample of resident 50 & older; the information o0btained will be used to tailor the services for the county’s elderly for the next 4 years. The survey is also available on line at survey monkey.com/OFAOtsego. More information is available at 547-4232 or 547 4390.
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The Delaware County Department of Public Works announced that they will begin Oil & Stone operations in the northern towns of the county Monday. Work is scheduled on county routes 18, 5,6,1 & 2 in that order; work will then move south toe county routes 23, 35 & 44. The project is expected to last for 3 weeks motorists should reduce speed right after the completion of each road, and & to expect delays during the project.
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The 5th annual Sidney central school district summer camps will begin on Monday. A variety of interests will be covered through august 14th, and before & after camp care has been arranged with Cullman Day care.
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P.M. NEWS THURSDAY 7-2-15

State Police arrested 19-year-old Elizabeth Grace of Palm Beach, Florida for 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance & Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and Possessing a Controlled Substance in a Non-Original Container. The arrest followed a traffic stop for speeding, at about 110 mph, on I-88 in the Town of Maryland. Grace is accused of unlawfully possessing Amphetamine pills, Adderall pills, Ritalin pills, marihuana cigarettes and other drug related items, she was arraigned and was remanded to the Otsego County Jail on bail pending future court action.
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Governor Cuomo today announced advance ticket sales for the 2015 Great New York State Fair will begin July 13 at 9 a.m. with expanded online savings for advance admission, midway and bargain book items. For the first time, online purchases will be available throughout all 12 days of the Fair and fairgoers will be able to use an electronic ticket on their smartphone for easy entry. Tickets will be available online and in hundreds of stores across New York. 5 products will be sold online at www.etix.com, the State Fair runs from August 27th to September 7th this year.
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Governor Cuomo today announced the total economic impact of New York State’s tourism industry in 2014 reached an all-time high of $100.1 billion. The governor’s office said that the Direct impact was $62.4 billion; Indirect impact was at $18.5 billion, which is the secondary benefit to suppliers of goods and services, like food wholesalers that provide goods to a New York restaurant. The Impact to local economy is tabulated at $19.2 billion, which includes the incomes of those who directly or indirectly work for businesses that earn money from tourism. Tourism ranks 2nd to agriculture as the state’s top industries.
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The State Environmental Facilities Corporation & the State Department of Health announced that $50 million in water infrastructure grants is now available for local governments for critical water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. This year, $30 million will be available for wastewater infrastructure projects and $20 million will be available for drinking water projects, Applications for both are available and due by September 4th at efc.ny.gov/NYSwatergrants
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47 Baseball Hall of Famers are expected to return to Cooperstown for this year’s annual induction ceremony weekend, July 24th through the 27th. 2015 inductees Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martínez and John Smoltz, will be enshrined on Sunday, July 26th with the Induction Ceremony beginning at 1:30 PM.
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Pitchers Luis Cessa and Paul Sewald along with infielder Josh Rodriguez and outfielder Brandon Nimmo will represent the Binghamton Mets at the 2015 Eastern League All-Star Classic in Portland Maine on Wednesday, July 15th. It’s the 3rd straight season the B-Mets will send at least 4 players to the annual event. Nimmo is a former 1st round draft pick by the New York Mets, this will be his 3rd straight All-Star game selection.
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A.M. NEWS THURSDAY 7-2-15

State Police arrested 27 year old Jeffrey Demkovich of Endicott, for Kidnapping & 1st degree Rape & Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, for allegedly possessing over 200 packets of heroin. Demkovich was remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail set at this time. Also, during this investigation 24 year old Ryan Valcourt-Dean of Endicott was arrested for Forcible Touching. He was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Union Court and released. The investigation is ongoing.
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State Police arrested 50 year old Richard Ward of Castle Creek, for felony DWI, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. This arrest occurred after Troopers responded to a Broome County 911 report of an intoxicated man threatening a woman with a shotgun while driving. Troopers stopped the vehicle, the DWI arrest was a felony due to a prior conviction for DWI within the last ten years. Ward cannot legally possess a firearm because of a prior felony conviction. Ward was arraigned & was remanded to the Broome County Jail with no bail set at this time.
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Oneonta City Officials announced that the section of Maple Street between Walnut & Center Streets will be closed between 8:30 & Noon today for tree removal. The detour will be Elm Street, more information is available at 432-2100.
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P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 7-1-15

The US Department of Defense, the Chenango County Planning Department and the Chenango United Way have teamed up to bring medical professionals to the Norwich High School later this month for 10 days of free dental, medical, optical or veterinary services. Rena Doing of the Planning Department comments:

(Rena Doing 7-1-15)

Elizabeth Monaca of the Chenango United Way said that they are responsible for recruiting more volunteers to assist with all aspects of the event:

(Elizabeth Monaco 7-1-15)

Monaco said that those wishing to volunteer could do so at volunteer.chenangouw.org. Also, shuttle bus service will be available through area school districts to get patients to the Norwich High School for the Greater Chenango Cares event July 13th through the 22nd. Bus shuttle information is available at the Greater Chenango Cares facebook page.
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Governor Cuomo today announced that temporary lane closures associated with road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will not be allowed from 6 a.m. on Friday, July 3, to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 5, in order to accommodate travelers during the busy Independence Day holiday weekend. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. Travelers are reminded to check 511NY by calling 511 or by accessing www.511ny.org for road conditions.
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The New York State Department of Health is urging New Yorkers to take protective measures to avoid mosquito bites, after confirming the presence of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes collected in Suffolk and Rockland Counties. The 2 cases are the first in the state to test positive for West Nile this year, there have been no reported human cases. In 2014, 752 mosquito pools tested positive statewide, with 21 reported human cases and no deaths. The health department recommends to dispose of any outside items that collect & hold standing water, where mosquitoes breed. More information on West Nile virus is available at health.ny.gov.
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Governor Cuomo today announced that $3 million has been allocated to the Cooling Assistance Component of the HEAP Program to help low-income New Yorkers who suffer from medical conditions aggravated by extreme heat. The program will provide air conditioning units to eligible households for the summer months. Prolonged exposure to high indoor temperatures poses health risks that disproportionately affect those already suffering from medical ailments. Cooling assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Delaware County residents should call the local Department of Social Services at 607-832-5300.
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State Police arrested 35-year-old Justin Rifenbark of Davenport for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Criminal Mischief. This arrest occurred after Troopers responded to a 911 report of a dispute on Miller Hill Road in the Town of Davenport. An investigation determined that after Rifenbark had a physical dispute with his wife, his daughter took his phone from him. He then grabbed the girl and threw her to the ground trying to get his telephone back. Also, during this dispute he broke his wife’s automotive key fob. Rifenbeck was arraigned in the Town of Harpersfield Court and released without bail required. His next court date in the Town of Davenport is on July 14, 2015.
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The Chenango Arts Council will hold their first “Kids Summer Art Camp” which is geared to students going into 5th grade and up. Arts Council Spokesperson Alecia O’Neill explains:

(Alecia O’Neill 7-1-15)

The deadline to sign up is this Friday July 3rd at either the Council office at 27 West Main Street, Norwich, by phone at 336-ARTS or at chenangoarts.org.
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