P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 4-17-15

State Police have released information in a fatal Otsego County motor vehicle accident that occurred yesterday on US Route 20 in the town of Richfield. 20 year old Kaitlin Mercier of Huntington, Massachusetts was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident. 22-year-old Amanda Conley of Brattleboro Vermont was a passenger in the vehicle; she was taken to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown with a broken right leg and bruises. The investigation is continuing, the results of an autopsy are expected shortly.
State Police arrested a Broome county man after uncovering another meth lab in Endwell today. 21-year-old Dakota Askew is charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine. State Police executed a no-knock search warrant at Askew’s home at 38 North Avenue B in Endwell, chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine were located & removed, Askew was
Governor Cuomo has been seeking a new way to evaluate teachers the last 2 years, by tying test scores to teacher effectiveness. Area Assemblyman Cliff Crouch said that this whole controversy about evaluating teachers was unnecessary:

(Crouch 4-17-15)

Governor Cuomo said earlier this year that the students were passing state tests at a 40 percent rate, but the teacher evaluation was at 98%, he contended that those numbers don’t add up, the state’s teachers union disagrees.
The Norwich Dollars For Scholars 5K Event will be held tomorrow at the Norwich High School Track, on Midland Drive. The event will begin at 10:00 AM, Prizes, water and snacks will be provided. more information is available at 334-5653 extension 3
The Sidney Federal Credit Union is offering free paper shredding services at their Sidney headquarters on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Those who would like to shred any unwanted papers, documents, junk mail cancelled checks or similar paper items can bring those in to have them destroyed. The service is for any interested area resident, it will be held at the 42 Union Street SFCU only.
The Chenango United Way is seeking donations to create a locally based Chenango County board game. This game will be similar to Monopoly and will highlight businesses and nonprofits across the county. 500 of the games will be produced by the Chenango United Way and sold at local events. Interested business can get more information at 334-8815.

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A.M. NEWS FRIDAY 4-17-15

Chenango County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 2-car accident on State Route 12 in the town of Oxford last night. 51-year-old Richard Swanson of Staten Island pulled out a driveway into the path of a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Heather Bradley of Binghamton, at around 9:20 last night. Swanson was charged with DWI; Bradley was taken to Wilson hospital with minor injuries.
The Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 2nd annual dinner meeting on Sunday, at 6:00 PM at the Afton Golf Club. The chamber will honor their “Citizen of the Year”, Gloria Harvey of Afton, and “Business of the Year”, MR Construction of Nineveh. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch will be the Guest Speaker.
The Morrisville State College Leadership Training Seminar will be held this morning in Norwich. The event runs from 10:00 to 11:30 at the SUNY Morrisville Norwich Campus, in the Community Room at Follett Hall.
The Otsego Academy at Pathfinder Village in Edmeston will hold their next Open House for prospective students Saturday. The event runs from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Kennedy Willis Center at Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, more information is available at 965-8377 extension 154.

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Federal officials are continuing the investigation New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam as part of a federal probe into corruption among state leaders. The current investigation follows the arrest of Skelos’s former Assembly counterpart Sheldon Silver on federal corruption charges, as well as charges filed over the last few years against deputy Senate leader Tom Libous of Binghamton, and former state senate leaders Joe Bruno, Pedro Espada and Hiram Monseratte. No charges have yet been filed against Dean or Adam Skelos.
A Chenango County Grand Jury indicted 27-year-old Jason Sigler & 50 year old Patricia Manwarren of Norwich for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. The 2 were arrested in February by The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office & Norwich Police after they executed a “no knock” search warrant at 12 Mechanic Street in Norwich. The Sheriff’s Office recovered cocaine, prescription pills, marihuana, digital scales, and Baggies during that search.
The Village of Sidney will hold their 23rd annual Sidney Arbor Day program on Friday, April 24 at 10:00 AM at Bill Ray field, behind the Moose Lodge off East Main Street. This year’s Arbor Day award will be in memory of Bill Ray; a Crimson King will be planted at the Bill Ray field in memory of Bill’s years of service and dedication to the Sidney Recreation Commission and the community.
Governor Cuomo today announced the craft beer industry in New York State grew 59% from 2013 to 2014, with a total economic impact estimated at $3.5 billion. The number of craft breweries has more than doubled from 2012 to 2015, from 95 breweries in 2012 and 207 in January 2015. Craft beer production is up 54% from 2011 to 2013, Tourists visits support more than 3,000 jobs that pay more than $77 million in annual wages and generate more than $450 million in revenue.
Congressman Chris Gibson announced the introduction of the Family Farm Relief Act of 2015, to move the H-2A Agricultural Visa program from the Department of Labor to the Department of Agriculture, to meet the unique labor needs of farmers. The Act Allows visa applicants to fill out H-2A applications and allows farm cooperatives and other agricultural associations to apply for workers for their members, & makes the program more workable for dairy and other livestock operations, it also requires reporting to Congress if delays occur in the H-2A Visa application process.

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Sidney Village Police & State Police arrested 17-year-old Joshua Hunt of Sidney, 1st-degree rape, 1st-degree criminal sexual act and two charges of endangering the welfare of a child. Hunt was arraigned in the Sidney town court and sent to jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
The DCMO BOCES campuses in Masonville will hold the 2015 Business Round Up Networking event tonight. Spokesperson Martha Ryan told WCDO News what is scheduled:

(Martha Ryan 4-16-15)

The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Robert W. Harrold BOCES campus on route 206 in Masonville tonight.
Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Town of Oxford man following an accident on Lower Ravine Road in the Town of Norwich. Gregory Collins is accused of operating the vehicle while intoxicated and without a license, he was charged with DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation & other traffic violations. He was arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $500 cash bail pending a Town of Norwich Court appearance at a later date.
The Sidney Central School District will be holding a meeting on today, at 6:30pm in the High School Library for any interested candidates for the open Board of Education seats. More information is available at 561-7700, option 3.

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36 year old Corrine Simmons of Deposit appeared in Oneonta city court yesterday, to answer to charges relating to last Friday’s bank robbery at the NBT Bank branch at 1 Wall Street in Oneonta. Simmons was arrested a short time later on Fonda Avenue; Oneonta police said that surveillance video in the bank and outside the bank help lead to the arrest. Simmons is being held on bail on a variety of charges in the Otsego county jail.
Delaware County Sheriffs Deputies arrested 45-year-old Ronald Conrow of Stamford for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, alcohol related, using motor vehicle without ignition interlock device and uninspected motor vehicle. Conrow was also arrested for violation of probation. He was arraigned in Village of Delhi Court and sent to Delaware County Jail without bail to await further action of court. The owner of vehicle Conrow was operating 44 year old Pamela Pitcher of Delhi was charged with facilitating unlicensed operation and loaning a vehicle without ignition interlock device, she will appear in Village of Delhi Court at later date.
Congressman Chris Gibson announced the introduction of the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, which seeks to protect the Delaware River watershed and strengthens the region’s outdoor economy. The bill creates a Delaware River Basin Restoration Program within the Fish and Wildlife Service, The legislation would require consultation between federal and state agencies and local governments and groups to develop a basin-wide conservation strategy that is science-based, cost-effective, and includes flood mitigation projects & public access and recreation. Congressman Gibson is one of 14 co-sponsors of the
Governor Cuomo announced the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance stopped 252,000 bogus refund claims in 2014, saving taxpayers $450 million. Already this year, the Department has stopped $331 million in fraudulent and erroneous refund claims–a trend projecting the total savings to taxpayers will exceed $500 million in 2015.
Main Street Baseball, LLC of Florida has filed a lawsuit against the Binghamton Mets for breach of contract, relating to a sale of the team & the backing out from that sale. Main Street seeks a 6-month injunction to keep the B-Mets ownership from selling the team, after they released emails from team president Michael Urda where he said that he had no problem selling to a group that would move the team out of Binghamton. Urda released a statement to the press Tuesday saying they did sign a Letter of Intent with Main Street Baseball in December, that contained the provision that the “Relocation to Wilmington Delaware would not be allowed under the conditions of the sale.” Urda stated that a second ownership group has come forward that wants to keep the team in NYSEG Stadium, and that he has faith in the court system.
State Police at Sidney arrested 36-year-old Larry Plows of Unadilla, for 1st degree Criminal Contempt. Troopers investigated a report that a victim was receiving harassing phone calls from Plows, which violated a valid court order of protection. Plows was arraigned in the Town of Butternuts Court and released after he made bail. His next court date is on April 23rd.
Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich has been appointed to the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group. Drugovich joins 15 others on the Advisory Group, which consists of one chancellor or president from each Division III voting conference not currently represented on the Presidents Council or by a chancellor/president on the NCAA Management Council. Drugovich’s term will run through January 2017.
State Police at Sidney arrested 21-year-old Shelbie Twiss of Walton for Criminal Trespass & Harassment, following Troopers responded to a residence on County Route 23 in Walton. Troopers accuse Twiss of barging her way into the residence and threatening the victim inside. Twiss was arraigned in the Town of Walton Court and released without bail, she faces court action on April 22nd, & an order of protection was issued.

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The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a motorcycle accident that occurred Tuesday afternoon on State Highway 10, in the Town of Walton. 61 year old Kenneth Kokoszka of Walton was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle on State Highway 10 when he lost control and left the roadway before overturning the motorcycle in the ditch. Kokoszka was airlifted to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City by LifeNet helicopter.
The Binghamton Senators have teamed up with Broome-Tioga Workforce New York to hold their first Annual Career Fair today from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Floyd Maines Broome County Arena. The first 500 people to present their resume at the Job Fair Information Table will receive a FREE TICKET to that night’s B-Sens game versus the Utica Comets at 7:05p.m. This free event is open to the public and is a great opportunity for both individuals in the area looking for employment as well as for local businesses to attract potential employees. Participating local companies include: Maines, Willow Run Foods, Mirabito Energy Products, Lourdes Hospital, Workforce New York and many more.
Nearly 500 people are expected to raise more than $53,000 to support Research, programs, and services for people living with MS IN Binghamton on May 3 at Otsiningo Park at 9:00 AM. There are an estimated 12,800 people living with MS in Upstate New York counties. Registrations are available at walkms.org.
Parents are choosing to have their children opt out of common core tests that are underway across the state. Districts across the state are reporting opt out rates as low as 15% & as high as 56%.

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P.M. News Tuesday 4-14-15

CNET & State Police arrested 2 people on a variety of drug & weapons charges in Delaware County. 28-year-old Jose Ozuna, of Newark, New Jersey was stopped in the town of Middletown, he was found to be in possession of $580 cash, 5 ounces of cocaine, a digital scale and a switchblade knife. CNET Southern Tier personnel then executed a Search Warrant at 60 Elliot Hills Road in the Town of Middletown, where they seized a loaded revolver, a 12 gauge shotgun, switchblade knife, digital scale, marihuana, drug paraphernalia and 4 cell phones, they also arrested 26 year old Dawn Hayden. Ozuna was charged with Criminal Possession Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Weapon & Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia, he was arraigned & was remanded without bail to the Delaware County Jail. Hayden was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia & Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, she was arraigned & was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $10,000 cash bail and $20,000 property bond.
The American Cancer Society will hold their annual Relay For Life event at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge on Saturday May 9th. Spokesperson & event coordinator Helen Gregory told WCDO News that people could still sign up their teams to participate:

(Helen Gregory 4-14-15)

Gregory said that the event would have different hours this year, starting with boys scouts pancake breakfast in the morning, and the relay for life event running from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, with the entire day’s activities open to the public. More information is available at 563-9634.
Governor Cuomo today announced the repeal of 57 nuisance fees as part of the 2015-16 State Budget. Businesses and individuals across New York State will save approximately $3 million annually as a result of this action. Cuomo stated that the nuisance fees created unnecessary red tape and placed an undue burden on businesses, & resulted in no significant revenues for the state, Governor Cuomo said. The fees being repealed include such items as a $20 license fee that is collected annually from farm product dealers, a $34 fee for the inspection of both seed potato plants and seed potato tubers, and a $50 fee paid by new trucking companies.
The Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 2nd annual dinner meeting on Sunday, April 19 at 6 p.m. at the Afton Golf Club. The chamber will honor their “Citizen of the Year”, Gloria Harvey of Afton, and “Business of the Year”, MR Construction of Nineveh. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch will be the Guest Speaker. Reservations are still available at 693-1025.

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Governor Cuomo will be submitting 184 vetoes, including 30 appropriations for items that had previously been fully paid out. 31 with remaining undisbursed balances under $1,000, 42 reappropriations that are more than 7 years old and there have been no disbursements during the period. 1 capital reappropriation is vetoed because the projects have been completed, & 2 were added by the legislature, as the organization for which the appropriation is made is now defunct.
The son-in-law of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been arrested and charged with defrauding investors out of $7 million in a Ponzi scheme, according to a complaint unsealed in federal court. 37-year-old Marcello Trebitsch is charged with 1 count of wire fraud and 1 count of securities fraud. He was released on bond, he is married to Michelle Trebitsch, Silver’s daughter, and she has not been charged. The complaint said Trebitsch suffered losses with the money he invested and that he hid them from investors by sending them bogus account statements and tax forms showing annual returns of more than 15%.
Governor Cuomo today announced that tickets issued to motorists for texting while driving increased 35 percent statewide from 2013 to 2014, as police continue to crack down on distracted drivers. Statewide, police agencies handed out 75,353 tickets in 2014 for texting while driving, compared to 55,673 in 2013. The biggest increase was in New York City, where tickets jumped from 31,835 in 2013 to 47,914 in 2014 – an increase of 50 percent.
DCMO BOCES campuses in Masonville & Norwich will hold the 2015 Business Round Up Networking events. The first event will be today at the Chenango Campus in Norwich, Spokesperson Martha Ryan told WCDO News what is scheduled:

(Martha Ryan 4-14-15)

The 2nd event will be Thursday at the Harold BOCES Campus in Masonville; both are scheduled to run from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
Commerce Chenango will hold their next Business After Hours event today from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Staffworks at 24 Conkey Avenue in Norwich. Staffworks is central New York’s largest provider of staffing services.

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