Assemblyman Cliff Crouch will host another forum on SATURDAY from 9:00 A.M. TO 11:00 A.M. about the NY SAFE Act at Walton Central School. Crouch will be joined by Delaware County Sheriff Thomas Mills and Delaware County Clerk Sharon O’Dell.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Chenango County will get underway tonight and runt through tomorrow morning. The Relay For Life will begin 6:30 p.m. at the Chenango County Fairgrounds; more information is available at relayforlife.org/chenangocountyny.
State troopers in Oneonta arrested Samir Champaneri of Illinois for Felony Driving While Intoxicated with a child less then 15 years of age in the vehicle, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Consumption of an Alcoholic Beverage in a Motor Vehicle. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on State Route 28 in Oneonta, Champaneri was arraigned in Oneonta Town Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail in lieu of $2,500.00 cash bail/bond. He is scheduled to reappear before the Town of Oneonta Court on August 22nd.
State Troopers arrested 32-year-old Reginald Bridgeforth of Oneonta for 3rd degree Attempted Assault and Trespassing. The arrest resulted from an investigation into a reported altercation on Pine Cliff Circle in the Town of Davenport, Bridgeforth was arraigned before the Town of Davenport Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $8,000.00 cash bail/ $16,000.00 bond, and he will appear in the Town of Oneonta Court on July 23rd.
Tonight at 9:00 pm The Shire Pub in Delhi will be hosting a fundraiser for Habitat of Delaware County. Local band Betwixt Bothered & Bewildered will perform. Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County officials are planning for a building project in the Delhi area. Additional information regarding Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County is available by accessing delawarecountyhabitat.org or at 746-9987.
The annual Chenango County Republican Committee Lobsterfest will be held this Sunday in Norwich. The event will run from 12:00 noon until 4:00 PM at the Canasawacta country club in Norwich, the event is a top fundraiser for republican candidates for a variety of races involving Chenango county offices.
The Chenango county sheriffs department 35 year old Richard Taft of Greene for 2nd degree Unlawful Surveillance. Taft is accused of covertly recording a victim without their knowledge or consent, he was processed and arraigned in the Village of Green Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash bail.
Local organizers announced the inaugural 5K Run-Walk through the City of Norwich to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research. The 5K run/walk will be held on Saturday, September 28th where it will start and end at East Park, in the City of Norwich at 9:00 am. Registration is available at stbaldricks.org/events/2013Norwich5K.
The Ottawa Senators announced today that they have signed Binghamton Senators head coach Luke Richardson to a one-year contract extension. Also receiving one-year extensions are assistant coaches Steve Stirling and Matt Meacham. Richardson led an inexperienced Binghamton team to a 44-24-1-7 record in his rookie season as a head coach, finishing fourth in the AHL’s Eastern Conference.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch will host another forum on SATURDAY from 9:00 A.M. TO 11:00 A.M. about the NY SAFE Act at Walton Central School. Crouch will be joined by Delaware County Sheriff Thomas Mills and Delaware County Clerk Sharon O’Dell.
Governor Cuomo today announced $1 million in funding available to law enforcement agencies to video record criminal interrogations. The grants will be available through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), for either the purchase and installation of video recording equipment for police departments and sheriffs’ offices that have not yet implemented the practice, or allow agencies to upgrade older equipment to ensure it functions properly. More information is available at governor.ny.gov.
A group of people have been walking since Friday along state route 7 from Albany to Binghamton, to deliver a petition to the federal court house to judge Thomas McEvoy in Binghamton on July 23rd. the 133 mile “Journey For Justice” is sponsored by Project Salam, in support of Yassin Aref of Albany, whose supporters claim that he was entrapped through the efforts of the FBI in 2006, & convicted as a terrorist, and are seeking his release from prison. Recently, Aref’s attorneys filed for documents through a “Freedom of Information Law” request & learned about secret evidence used to misidentified Aref as an Al-Qaeda agent. The journey is expected to pass through the WCDO Listening area over the next several days. More information is available at projectsalam.org
State Troopers in Oneonta arrested 35-year-old Dennis Brown of Richmond, Virginia, for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on State Route 28 in the Town of Milford; Brown was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Milford Court on August 6th.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch will hold his 3rd forum on the New York Safe Act this Saturday; he discussed the likelihood of any more changes coming to the new law this year:
Crouch will be joined by Delaware County sheriff Tom Mills and others at the event Saturday at the Walton High School.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 22-year-old Nicole Curtis of Walton on a Family Court Warrant issued by County Court Judge Becker. Curtis was arraigned in Delhi Town Court and remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility to await further court proceeding.
The Oneonta common council will hold their next regular meeting tonight. The meeting gets underway at 7:00 PM in the 2nd floor council chambers at Oneonta City Hall.
The incidence of confirmed rabies cases of raccoons in the tri county area continues to increase. Free rabies clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets are taking place at the Coventry Town Garage today from 5:30 to 6:30pm, Wednesday at the Morris Fire Department from 6 to 8pm and Thursday, at the New Berlin Fire Station from 7 to 8:30pm.
State Troopers arrested 49-year-old Juan Cartagena of Windsor for Driving While Intoxicated. Cartagena refused a breath test after being pulled over during a traffic stop on State Route 11 in Kirkwood last weekend, he was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Kirkwood Court on July 30th.
Flooding issues from recent storms have forced some area waterways to spill over their banks. Chenango County Sheriffs department said that flooding in Sherburne has closed down state route 12, Otsego county officials report that Route 28 is closed from Schuyler Lake to Herkimer & Route 31 is closed from Cooperstown to Glimmerglass State Park due to flooding, and Otsego Express is canceling all public transportation today. Localized flooding was reported in Norwich around Prentice Street. Widespread flooding has been reported throughout the Mohawk Valley between Utica & Albany. Area River gauges can be accessed through our website at wcdoradio.com.
State police and other law enforcement agencies arrested 2 people after a two-month investigation into the sale of crack cocaine. Police executed a search warrant Thursday morning in Ithaca; they arrested 21-year-old CHRISTOPHER AROCHO and 22 year old MAIESHA HARRIS for 3rd degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Police seized 62 packets of crack cocaine, approximately $2,000 in cash, and materials used to package, weigh and cook crack cocaine. AROCHO and HARRIS were arraigned, AROCHO was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail and HARRIS was released on her own recognizance to appear at a later date.
Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 35-year-old Rachael O’Neill of Norwich, for 2nd degree Harassment, following an investigation into an incident involving a county social services worker. O’Neill is accused of threatening bodily harm to a County DSS worker during the course of a meeting, she was arraigned in the Town of Norwich court and is to re-appear in the City of Norwich court at a later date.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch hosted a roundtable “Education Summit” at the Chenango Valley High School last night. Crouch said that he would take the information gathered last night and share it with the Assembly Education Committee, and then translate that into legislation. Topics discussed were the Annual Professional Performance Reviews, Common Core, state testing, and the effect of unfunded mandates have away dollars from the classroom.
Governor Cuomo announced $30 million in the first round of funding for the implementation of regional sustainability plans, including the plan recently endorsed by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council. SOUTHERN TIER PLAN HIGHLIGHTS include various ENERGY CONSERVATION AND RENEWABLE ENERGY Recommendations, in order to reduce energy consumption by 40%. Other plans calls for Reinvestments in municipalities, to help attract new residents. Plans also call for additional support to the region’s agricultural economy; the complete Southern Tier sustainability plan is available at cleanergreenersoutherntier.org.
Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 18-year-old Rebel Whitman of Greene for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrest followed a traffic stop in the Town of Norwich on June 18, Whitman is accused of possessing marihuana in the vehicle, and he was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Norwich court at a later date.
The nonprofit Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office will be visiting various communities around the state in the coming weeks, to provide the counseling and claim filing assistance. The Mobile Service Office is free to all veterans and their families; it will be in Oneonta today from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at DAV Oneonta Chapter at 279 Chestnut Street.
Family Planning of South Central New York will mark National HIV Testing Day by offering free anonymous rapid HIV testing and counseling today at 4 area location. Spokesperson Ingrid Husisian explains:
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The testing will be available from Noon to 4:00 PM at 37 Pleasant Street, Sidney, 37 Dietz Street, Oneonta, The Eaton Center, Suite 208, in Norwich and at 117 Hawley Street, Binghamton. More information is available at fpscny.org or at 723-8306.
Oneonta homeowner Frank Monaco will discuss the Home Performance with Energy Star Program today at 12 Shepherd Avenue in Oneonta. Monaco will be joined at 11:00 am, by Oneonta Mayor Richard Miller, Assemblyman Bill Magee, area contractors, and Oneonta common council members regarding the program’s benefits to local property owners and contractors. Interested participants will be able to sign up for the program at the event.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch will be hosting a roundtable Education Summit this evening at 6:00 pm at the Chenango Valley High School. The roundtable will include Chenango Valley School District Interim Superintendent David Gill, New York State Regent James Tallon, area teachers and parents. Topics will include Professional Performance Reviews, Common Core, state testing, and how unfunded mandates.
Chenango county officials report that 57-year-old Rick Baker of Guilford died in the fire at 209 Joslyn Road, late Sunday night. Firefighters from Guilford & Oxford responded to the blaze in a trailer at around 11:40 Sunday night, fire investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire, their investigation is continuing. No injuries among firefighters were reported.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch will be hosting a forum today on the New York SAFE Act at the Port Crane Fire Hall. Broome County Sheriff David Harder & Broome County Clerk Richard Blythe will join Crouch at the forum, which will run from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
Delaware county public health will hold another Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic For dogs, cats, and ferrets today. The clinic will be held in Trout Creek, at the Tompkins town highway between 6:00 and 8:00 PM, more information is available at 832-5200 or at delawarecountypublichealth.com.
State Police at Sidney arrested 23 year old Joseph Sieger of Bainbridge, for Felony Driving While Intoxicated. The arrest resulted from a minor accident in the Hess parking lot in Unadilla, Sieger was arraigned in the Town of Unadilla Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail and is scheduled to return in court on July 8th.
The Summer Youth FNEC Program from Cornell Cooperative Extension will be bringing the nutrition education programs to various locations in Delaware County throughout July and August, for children 8 to 13 years old. The program will run from June 26th to August 7th in Sidney, more information is available at 865-6531.
Following a 5-month investigation by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Sealed Indictment Warrants were handed down by a Delaware County Grand Jury Friday. 8 people were arrested Friday on a variety of drug charges. Charged were 23-year-old Miguel Santiago of Stamford, for allegedly selling Heroin in the Village of Stamford, & 30-year-old Gerard Johnson of Walton for allegedly selling Heroin in the Village of Walton. Sidney police arrested 45 year old Nancy Tomao of Sidney was arrested for allegedly selling a prescription controlled substance in Sidney, she was turned over to Delaware County Deputies pending arraignment. State police arrested 20-year-old Jordan King of Unadilla for allegedly selling a prescription controlled substance in Franklin; he was turned over to Delaware County Deputies pending arraignment. Chenango county deputies arrested 56-year-old Kim Chlad of Sherburne for allegedly selling a prescription controlled substance in Sidney; she was turned over to Delaware County Deputies pending arraignment. Delaware county deputies arrested 25-year-old Sande Lower of Oneonta, for allegedly selling a prescription drug in Franklin; & 24-year-old Mandi Stratton of Walton, for allegedly selling Heroin in Walton having a child present. All were arraigned today in Delaware county court and they are being held without bail pending court action. 26 year old Jessica Woodcock of Walton, was arrested for endangering the welfare of c child for allegedly allowing her child to be present during a heroin transaction, she was arraigned Friday and was released on recognizance pending further court action. The Investigation is continuing and more arrests are pending.
The state legislature will wrap up their legislative session this week, with a flurry of bills expected to be acted upon. Area Assemblyman Cliff Crouch said that the last minute flurry of bills give lawmakers little time to accurately assess the proposals:
Among the bills that will make their way to the assembly & state senate this week, the new Tax Free NY proposal, the new Women’s Rights bill and the 2nd year vote on allowing for casinos to be placed upstate.
The Sidney Village Police Department arrested 25-year-old HEATHER WRENCH of Bainbridge, for criminal possession of a controlled substance. Wrench is accused of possessing SUBOXONE in an uncapped syringe; she was arraigned and was remanded to the Delaware county jail on $10,000 Cash bail, pending court action in Sidney court tomorrow morning.
Disgraced former state Senate leader Pedro Espada Junior was sentenced to 5 years in prison Friday in a federal courtroom, after pleading guilty to tax fraud and for stealing money from his own his taxpayer-subsidized non-profit Bronx health clinics. Espada was ordered to go straight to prison, he was also ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in back taxes and stolen money.
State Police at Sidney arrested 47-year-old Tina Thoms of Unadilla, for 2nd degree Harassment following an investigation into a dispute on Alton Deforest Road in the Town of Unadilla. Thoms was arraigned in the Town of Unadilla Court and released on her own recognizance, she will reappear in court on July 8th.
Binghamton City Police are investigating an apparent homicide at 11 Stone Street. Police reported that 44-year-old Bretnie Owens was found deceased inside his apartment, the autopsy performed over the weekend ruled his death as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call the Binghamton Police Detective at 772-7080.
Delaware County Deputies arrested 33-year-old Tanya Wood of Delhi for 2nd degree Harassment. Wood will appear in the Town of Delhi Court tomorrow to answer to the charge.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County will be sponsoring 3 farmers’ markets for the 2013 season in Sidney, Walton and Deposit. The Sidney Farmer’s Market will be held at the Video Entertainment parking lot, 89 Main Street from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM every Tuesday, from July 2nd to September 24th. Walton’s market will be open on August 7th & September 4th, at Delaware Valley Hospital, 2 dates have been chosen for markets in Deposit, August 15th and September 19th at the First United Methodist Church on 2nd Street. More information is available at 865-6531 or ccedelaware.org.
The American Red Cross will kick off the “Heroes for the American Red Cross” campaign today at 5:30 pm at Remliks in downtown Binghamton. “Heroes” is a grassroots campaign where businesses, school clubs, church groups, civic organizations and individuals pledge to raise at least $1,000 for the Red Cross Southern Tier Chapter, more information is available at 785-7207.
State Troopers in Oneonta arrested 37-year-old Nathaniel Young of Franklin for 2nd degree Criminal Mischief and 3rd degree Menacing. The arrest resulted from a dispute on State Route 23 in Oneonta; Young was arraigned in the Town of Oneonta Court and released on $750 cash bail.
Governor Cuomo and United University Professions union announced the ratification of a contract between the state and the union of 35,000 SUNY employees. 77% of UUP members voted in favor to the agreement, the State Budget Office estimates that the deal will save taxpayers $87 million in wages through a Deficit Reduction Program & changes to health benefits will save $99 million over the contract period.
The Walton Central School District & The Walton police state police & the Delaware county sheriffs department continue to work together following another threat to students posted on Facebook this week. No actual incidents have occurred at the district after any of the threats against Walton elementary school students. Security has been beefed up, and the investigation is continuing.
The Sidney central school district is holding their summer camp program again this summer, with registrations now going on through the school website. Sidney superintendent Bill Christensen comments:
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The Open House regarding the summer camp program is tonight at 6:00 in the Sidney high school auditorium, the summer camps are open for students outside of the Sidney district.
Binghamton police arrested a Brooklyn man on drug charges, following a routine traffic stop Tuesday. Police confiscated 19 grams of crack cocaine & 10 envelops of heroin during a traffic stop of 39-year-old Nicklas Williams of Brooklyn. Williams is currently being held until his arraignment, on a variety of felony drug charges.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch will be hosting an informational forum Tuesday, June 25th on the NY SAFE Act at the Port Crane Fire Hall. Crouch, will be joined by Broome County Sheriff David Harder & Broome County Clerk Richard Blythe at the Forum, which will run from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. More information is available at 518-455-5741.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced that he has adopted new regulations that will require nonprofit groups, “social welfare” organizations, to make better disclosures of their political campaign activities. Effective today, nonprofits that are registered with the state will now be required to report the percentage of their expenditures that go to federal, state and local electioneering. Groups that spend at least $10,000 to influence elections will be required to file itemized schedules of expenses and contributions. Those disclosures will be available for public scrutiny on the Attorney General’s NY Open Government website.
Fire destroyed Upturn Industries at 2 Whitney Way in Bainbridge this morning. The fire was reported at around 6:00 AM, crews from Bainbridge, Afton, Sidney, Masonville & Unadilla and several other departments responded, the cause of the fire is under investigation. Upturn manufactured aerospace components at the site, employing 30 people.
The state assembly is looking into ways to try to stop the continuing problem of state government leadership breaking the laws that they have implemented. Area assemblyman Cliff Crouch comments:
State senate leaders Joe Bruno, Pedro Espada, Hiram Monseratte, Malcolm Smith and John Sampson have all been investigated, arrested or prosecuted for crimes that were allegedly committed while in office, the Smith & Sampson cases are the most recent, both men face court action shortly.
The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County has included forms online for “Pledges” that parents of teenagers can use to try to get a handle on under aged drinking. Council executive director Dave Ramsey explains:
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Ramsey said that both pledges are available through the council’s “Facebook” page, also the latest information about alcohol & drug abuse can be found on the council website: adaconline.org.
State Police in Oneonta arrested 22-year-old Erin Grant of Oneonta for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. The arrest resulted from a complaint in Oneonta; Grant was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable in the Town of Oneonta Court on June 4th.
Governor Cuomo addressed 192 new members of the State Police at the 199th session graduation ceremony from the State Police Academy. The new troopers will report for field duty on June 3rd or July 8th, then for 10 weeks the new troopers will be evaluated under a field-training program supervised by senior Field Training Officers, about 35 recruits will be reporting to TROOP C in SIDNEY.
The American Red Cross announced that another Communities that Care Blood Drive is scheduled for June 7th from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM at the Howard Johnson’s, in downtown Norwich. Appointments are requested at 1-800-RedCross or at redcrossblood.org. All presenting donors will receive a coupon for Chobani yogurt, a FREE Red Cross tee shirt AND be entered to win a $200 gift card.
COMMERCE CHENANGO Will host their annual summer GOLF EVENT on June 7th at the Genegantslet Golf Club in Greene. The event begins at 10:00 AM pre-Registration must be received by tomorrow May 31st at 334-1402.
Lawmakers continue to work in Albany, and ethics reform bills are getting priority after the recent arrests of 5 lawmakers on a variety of charges. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch said that he wants to see the governor’s proposal to deal with the situation:
Among those waiting currently for their days in court are former democratic State senate leaders John Sampson for allegedly receiving $440,000 illegally & Malcolm Smith for allegedly violating campaign laws relating to a possible run for New York city mayor.
The General Clinton Canoe Regatta is expected to once again draw thousands of people to the region over the Memorial Day weekend again this year. One of the highlights this year will be the 2nd annual regatta Hall of Fame dinner & ceremony, Regatta chairman John Harmon comments:
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The “Meet & Greet” portion will be under the tent at General Clinton Park on Saturday May 25th at 4:00 PM, the dinner will start at 5:00 PM and the ceremony will follow that.
State Troopers arrested 44-year-old Stephen Thill of Colchester, on an active arrest warrant for 2nd degree Aggravated Harassment from the Nassau County Police Department. The arrest resulted from another complaint, which occurred in the Town of Colchester, Thill was taken into custody and turned over to the Nassau County Police.
Oneonta Troopers arrested 30-year-old Zujeily Ganio of Mount Vision for Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC of .13%. The arrest resulted from a vehicle and traffic stop in Oneonta, she was issued tickets returnable in the Town of Oneonta Court on May 21st.
Congressman Chris Gibson announced this morning that he voted in support of the 2013 federal 5 year Farm Bill. Provisions in the bill include a safety net for dairy producers through a new marginal insurance framework, Promotion and improvement of local agriculture markets, risk management options that level the playing field for specialty crop producers, support for organic farmers and specialty research, The Senate Agriculture Committee passed their version of the Farm Bill Tuesday, both versions now must pass their respective houses, and head for conference committee action.
Governor Cuomo announced today that a 14-day statewide “Buckle Up New York” campaign to crack down on drivers and their passengers who are not wearing seat belts will be conducted by law enforcement agencies shortly. The latest campaign will run from Monday May 20th through June 2nd. “Buckle Up New York” is part of the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign. During this year’s campaign, law enforcement agencies that share state borders will team up in what is being called “Operation Border to Border” to provide increased seat belt enforcement at border sites.
A rally against the proposed CONSTITUTION Pipeline is scheduled in downtown Oneonta later today. The rally will be in front of Foothills Performing Arts Center on Market Street in Oneonta at 5:00pm. The rally is in response to the Paradigm Liaison Services meeting inside Foothills for local government and business leaders.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch will be hosting an informational forum on the NY SAFE Act tonight. Crouch said that the law did receive a few changes during the budget negotiations:
Crouch will co-host tonight’s forum with Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr., Chenango County Clerk Mary Weidman and SCOPE President Steve Aldstadt, it will begin at 7:00 PM at the Oxford Rod and Gun Club at 214 Ingraham Road, Oxford. The meeting is open to the public.
The town of Unadilla is hosting a Spring Clean up at the town highway garage on Martin Brook Road, from 6:30 AM to 4:00 PM today. Accepted items include electronics, metal without rubber, white goods, clean waste oil, and tire. More information is available at 369-5466 or 369-4433.
Motorists are advised that State Route 17 eastbound between exit 71 Airport Road and exit 72 Front Street will be reduced from three travel lanes to one travel lane for pavement work again today. Traffic will be shifted to the left lane, the work will be performed between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Route 17 will be opened to two lanes of travel.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today in the Guilford Cafeteria to discuss district business. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:30 PM.