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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A.M. NEWS TUESDAY 5-19-15

State Police arrested 41 year old Donny Bennett of Blakely, Pennsylvania for Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Possessing a Controlled Substance not in an original container. The arrest occurred after a commercial vehicle inspection on Interstate 88 in the Town of Sidney, 2 passengers, 31 year old Kevin Torbeck of Dunmore, Pennsylvania & 34 year old Norman Artabane of Scranton, where arrested for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. All three suspects were issued tickets to appear in the Town of Sidney Court on May 28th.
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Oneonta Police Department responded to 9 Elm Street Sunday for a reported fight with injuries. 21 year old Andrew Burke of Valley Cottage New York was charged with 2nd degree Assault, Burke is accused of striking another person with a beer bottle, causing injuries that required medical treatment. Burke was held until arraignment in the Oneonta City Court.
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Oneonta Police arrested 23 year old Jayshawn Washington of Brooklyn Saturday for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Washington is accused of possessing 13.5 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of roughly $1,400, he was held without bail pending arraignment in the City of Oneonta Court.
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The Oneonta Common Council will hold their next regular meeting this evening. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM at the Council Chambers at Oneonta City Hall.

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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 5-18-15

Governor Cuomo announced a crackdown on drivers and their passengers caught without a buckled seat belt or transporting unrestrained children as part of the national Click It or Ticket – Border-to-Border enforcement mobilization. The initiative will run from today through Sunday, May 31st. Currently, 91% of New York motorists buckle up, which is 4% higher than the national average. 32% of the front seat occupants killed in crashes in New York State between 2011-2013 were unrestrained.
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FBI officials arrested former Congressional candidate & Minister Robert Doggart of Tennessee in connection with a plot to kill Muslim community residents in the town of Hancock. FBI officials arrested Doggart, back on April 10th. The complaint filed in federal court Doggart planned to commit mass murder using an M4 rifle, explosives, machete and snipers. Doggart was released after posting bail, and faces federal court action shortly.
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Voters in New York State will decide on their area school district budgets, school board seats, building & bus propositions on Tuesday. School board races will be decided in Sidney, Delhi, Bainbridge-Guilford, & Norwich. Building projects will be voted on in Sidney, Walton, & Unadilla Valley.
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Friday’s declared mistrial in Schoharie County Court ion the Cal Harris murder trial, likely means a 4th trial, which may bring the case back in court in August. The most recent trial was the longest of the Harris Trials at 11 weeks; it featured 11 days of deliberation with a hung jury, and 14 requests for a mistrial By Harris’ defense attorney since the 3rd trial began in February. Harris was convicted twice in Tioga County Court, both were overturned on appeal, the 3rd trial and the next trial are in Schoharie county court after a change of venue was granted.
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State Police arrested 22-year-old Jonathon Helmer of Hartwick Seminary for Aggravated DWI with a B.A.C. result of .20%. This arrest occurred after Troopers responded to a Delaware County 911 report of a single motor vehicle accident on State Route 23 in the Town of Harpersfield. An investigation determined that he was driving while intoxicated when he crashed into the guiderail and then a ditch. Helmer was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Harpersfield Court on May 25th.
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The Bainbridge chamber of commerce announced that the Pam Lafever Canoe parade would be held this Saturday on the Susquehanna River between Sidney & Bainbridge. Regatta chairman John Harmon explains:

(John Harmon 5-18-15)

Those who would like to participate need to be ready to line up at about 12:00 Noon Saturday in the old Whitaker’s parking lot on main street in Sidney.
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Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills announced that they are seeking funding to help acquire & give away Bicycle helmets to children whose family may not be able to afford one. Since 1999 the Sheriff’s safety program has acquired & given out 4000 free bike helmets, more information is available by calling the sheriff’s department at 746-2336.
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing legislation to remove legal barriers to adoption by lesbian, gay and transgender parents. Gillibrand will introduce legislation this week that would prohibit the discrimination, The “Every Child Deserves a Family Act” would prohibit any entity that receives federal funds from discriminating against adoptive or foster parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. New York is 1 of 7 states that explicitly bans adoption discrimination based on sexual orientation. Louisiana, Mississippi, and Michigan prohibit same-sex couples from jointly adopting, 4 other states restrict same-sex couples from using the second-parent adoption process.
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New York’s IDA’s provided $660 million in net tax exemptions in 2013, up $105 million from 2012 but estimated job gains were nearly 23,000 lower than the previous year, according to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. The report found that, despite this weakening growth in jobs, the state’s 109 active IDA’s provided $1.38 billion in total tax exemptions in 2013. The exemptions were partially offset by $723 million in payments-in-lieu of taxes, leaving the total net exemptions for the year at $660 million – an increase of $105 million, or 19% from 2012. DiNapoli has also renewed his call for improvements to IDA oversight and accountability. A copy of the report is available at osc.state.ny.us.

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P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 5-15-15

After 11 weeks of testimony, & more than 50 hours of deliberations, the jury in the 3rd Cal Harris murder trial has been dismissed & a mistrial has been declared. The jury reported that they were deadlocked on a decision regarding Harris’s guilt for the murder of his estranged wife Michele in 2001. Judge Bartlett and the attorneys for both sides will reconvene & they will have to decide if a new trial will be ordered. Harris was convicted twice before in Tioga county court, both of those convictions were overturned on appeal.
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19-year-old Joseph Mueller of Delhi has died from injuries sustained in the Wednesday night crash & explosion of a propane tank at the Delhi American Legion. Mueller died Thursday night at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse after suffering severe burns, after he drove a minivan into the propane tank, at about 8:25 p.m. Wednesday. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
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The General Clinton Canoe Regatta is still looking for volunteers for next weekend’s event for the gate and many other duties.

(John Harmon 5-15-15)

Those wanting to volunteer can call Lori McGraw at Snips & Snails in Bainbridge at 967-4393.
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The state Department of Environmental Conservation finalized the 2,000 page Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on Hydraulic Fracturing this week. The document was 7 years in the making, with thousands of public comments delivered to the DEC on the controversial issue. The documents discuss possible environmental effects, Governor Cuomo banned Fracking earlier this year, fracking was permitted in New York State from 1979 to 2008.
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The 31st annual Senior Council Barbecue and Pie Auction will take place on Tuesday, June 2nd, at the Delhi American Legion at 4:30 PM; the event will raise funds for programs and services for the elderly in Delaware County, and Tickets can be purchased from Senior Council members, or at the Office for the Aging, by Wednesday, May 27th.
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A.M. NEWS FRIDAY 5-15-15

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office & State Police arrested 27 year old Michael Pierce of Norwich following an investigation into the manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine in Chenango County. Pierce was located in the Lowes Parking Lot in the Town of Norwich; he possessed several items used to manufacture methamphetamine using the “one pot” method. Materials were also located in Pharsalia and Preston. Pierce was charged with Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Material, and Criminal Possession of Precursors of Methamphetamine. He was arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $50,000 cash bail. Additional charges are pending.
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THE SIDNEY CENTER IMPROVEMENT GROUP IS PLANNING A STREET TEAM CLEAN UP DAY TOMORROW, Group spokesman Mike Sellitti comments:

(Mike Sellitti 5-15-15)

Sellitti said that plans are also in the works for a stream clean up day later this summer to clean out debris from the Carr’s creek watershed.
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The Sidney American legion will show their appreciations for veterans on Armed Forces day tomorrow, with chicken barbecue dinner. Legions Spokesman Larry Halbert explains:

(Larry Halbert 5-15-15)

More information is available at 237-4762.
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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 or underinsured. The Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach will be available today from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Cooperstown Dreams Park on State route 28 during the Otsego County Relay For Life event, appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225.
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There will be a “Meet the Candidates” event on Sunday from 2:00-3:00 pm at the Sidney Memorial Public Library in the Smart Community Room for Sidney School district residents running for the Board of Education. The Sidney Teachers’ association and the Sidney Area Youth Advocate program are co-sponsoring this event; more information is available at 563-2952 or 563-2456.
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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 5-14-15

Governor Cuomo announced that New York State has extended the ban on residential brush burning until May 21 due to continued dry conditions across the state. the burn ban also prohibits outdoor fires, such as campfires and recreational fires, and open fires used for cooking. This year, 110 fires have already burned nearly 3,600 acres.
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Jury deliberations continued again today in the 3rd Cal Harris Murder trial in Schoharie County Court. The jury was back deliberating after a brief break at lunchtime, Harris is seeking to be exonerated for the murder of his wife, and after 2 Tioga county juries convicted him of the crime, even though Michelle Harris body was never found since her suspected murder in September 2001. Jury deliberations are into their 10th day, after 11 weeks of testimony.
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19-year-old Joseph Mueller of Delhi suffered severe burns last night, hen his vehicle went into a propane tank outside the Delhi American Legion hall. The tank exploded, and firefighters from several area companies responded Mueller was taken to the burn unit at Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse. The crash happened at about 8:30 last night, about 30 people successfully evacuated the Legion hall, the Hall & a pavilion had minor damage, 3 store units were destroyed.
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State Police at Oneonta arrested 43-year-old James Henderson of Franklin for Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation, Unlawful Imprisonment, Criminal Mischief and Harassment. Troopers responded to a Delaware County 911 report of a dispute at a residence on Rod & Gun Club Road in the Town of Franklin. An investigation determined that during a physical dispute with his girlfriend he grabbed her by the neck, kept her from using the telephone to call police and would not let her leave. Henderson was arraigned in the Town of Davenport Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 property bond pending a court date for the Town of Franklin is on May 28th.
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Dean Skelos resigned as State Senator Majority leader & State senator John Flanagan of Long Island was elected as the new Senate Majority leader, over Syracuse area State Senator John DeFrancisco, by the senate republican caucus. Area state Senator John Bonacic described how the causes went:

(Bonacic 5-14-15)

Skelos & his son face a number of charges of corruption following a federal investigation that also brought down former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver earlier this year. Both Skelos & Silver refused to resign from their seats in the respective houses.
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Otsego County has received a federal grant through the New York State Homes & Community Renewal to replace dilapidated owner-occupied mobile homes with new, energy-efficient manufactured homes. General eligibility is based on gross household income at or below 80% of the area median, ownership in the name of the applicant of the property where the existing mobile home is located, and poor condition of the home. Mobile homes on rented lots or in parks are not eligible. Interested families are asked to call Otsego Rural Housing Assistance at 286-7244.
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Chenango County Fire officials reported a Barn fire at around 1:00 PM this afternoon. The barn was located at 2065 state route 12 in the town of Greene; firefighters from Coventry and Brisben have also been called in. WCDO will have more details as they become available.
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In 1984, New York State became the 1st State to pass legislation requiring drivers and front-seat passengers to use seat belts. State officials reported that thousands of lives a year have been saved by seat belts, including 467 in 2012 and 446 in 2013. Tomorrow, representatives from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee will be hosting an event regarding the latest “Click it or Ticket – Border to Border” enforcement mobilization, to enforce seat belt laws in the Southern Tier of New York & the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. The event will be held at 11:00 AM at Broome Gateway Rest Area on Interstate 81 in Kirkwood.
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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will host a business after hours event tonight at ISD in Oneonta. The Business After Hours event will run from 5:30 to 7:00 pm it will feature demonstrations by RoboKronos & their robot, ISD is located at 98 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, more information is available at 432-7090.
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P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 5-13-15

A Schoharie county jury deliberated for only 2 1/2 hours this morning in the 10th day of deliberation in the Cal Harris Murder trial. The jury was sent home at about noon today, they are scheduled for a full day of deliberations tomorrow, unless a verdict is reached quickly. The testimony portion of the trial lasted over 11 weeks.
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Governor Cuomo announced that New York National Guard personnel and emergency officials from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services are traveling to Pennsylvania to assist ongoing response efforts after the fatal Amtrak accident last night in Philadelphia. 6 people were killed and dozens injured when a New York City Bound Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia.
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The dispute between the Binghamton Mets Ownership & a Florida based group that claims to have had a deal to buy the team, has moved on to mediation in front of US Magistrate Judge David Peebles. B-Mets Owner Michael Urda claims that Main Street baseball wanted to move the franchise out of Binghamton, Urda said that any sale of the team stipulates that the Mets stay in Binghamton and play at NYSEG Stadium. Urda claims that a new group has come forward & expressed a desire to buy the team & keep it in Binghamton.
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New York State Lottery has identified Jessica McLean of Oneonta as the $1 Million dollar winner of the “Cash Deluxe” scratch-off game. McLean won the top prize for the game on a ticket purchased by her boyfriend last month at Hannaford’s in Oneonta.
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The school year has concluded for the State University system, & Graduation exercises are underway throughout the 62-school system. SUNY Officials said that ten of thousand of graduates will move onto to careers or additional schooling, more than three million people have graduated from SUNY since its inception. The commencement festivities have already started and will continue through the early part of June. SUNY Binghamton will hold their commencement exercises this Sunday, SUNY Oneonta will hold their commencement this Friday, SUNY Delhi will have theirs on Saturday.
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The Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich announces the opening of another exhibit this weekend. On Saturday, May 16th, the “Muscle Cars, Motorcycles & Memories” Exhibit will open, featuring a 1965 Shelby Mustang and a 1970 GTO; the exhibit will run through April 2016. More information is available at 334-2886 or classiccarmuseum.org.
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State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli released a report showing that the Start Up New Yrok Campaign has had minimal return on the investment, especially after Television ads ran repeatedly in New Yrok last year. Area Assemblyman Cliff crouch comments:

(Cliff Crouch 5-13-15)

The start Up New York campaign promises new businesses that move to New york to operate here tax free for ten years, if they meet certain requirements.
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