Sidney Firefighters, State Police & Sidney Village police responded to a multiple vehicle accident this morning at about 11:30, at west Main Street and Wood road in the town of Sidney. WCDO News will have further details as they become available.
A Brooklyn man was arrested after police found him with 424 bags of heroin at a motel in the Town of Dickinson. The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force arrested 28-year-old Angel Guadalupe after searching his motel room on Old Front Street. Police also found a digital scale used for weighing narcotics, packaging materials and a cutting agent. Guadalupe was charged with 2 counts of 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and 3 counts of 2nd degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned in Fenton Town Court and sent to the Broome County jail without bail.
Students don’t have to wait for a college tour to learn more about their higher education options. The 43rd Greater Binghamton College Day gives students a chance to speak to representatives from more than 175 colleges, universities, military groups and financial institutions. Tonight’s session runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton. College Day is free and open to the public. For more information, visit greaterbinghamtoncollegeday.org.
State Police arrested 21-year-old Logan Coss of Roxbury for 2nd degree burglary following a report of missing money from a residence on Lake Street in Roxbury. An investigation determined Coss had entered the residence and stole $230 cash. He was arraigned in Town of Roxbury Court and sent to the Delaware County Jail on $1,000 cash bail. Coss is due back in court October 20.
The State DEC is accepting comments on proposed changes to the freshwater fishing regulations through December 1st. The DEC modifies the sport fishing regulations every two years as part of DEC’s commitment to enhance fishing opportunities and protect the State’s freshwater resources. The new regulations are scheduled to take effect on April 1st. The proposals can be read and comments accepted at dec.ny.gov
Governor Cuomo signed a bill to designate yogurt as the official New York snack. Cuomo approved the legislation on the day of the state’s second Yogurt Summit, a public forum at Cornell University in Ithaca on issues facing dairy producers.
Sidney Firefighters, State Police & Sidney Village police responded to a multiple vehicle accident this morning at about 11:30, at west Main Street and Wood road in the town of Sidney. WCDO News will have further details as they become available.
Norwich police and Chenango county Sheriff’s deputies arrested 33-year-old Travis Rifanburg of Norwich and 30 year old Kajuan Bunn of Brooklyn, following an investigation into heroin trafficking in Norwich. Police officer & sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at 21 Plymouth Street in Norwich, Packaged heroin was seized during the search, Rifanburg was charged with criminal nuisance, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. Bunn was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and unlawful possession of marijuana.
The Broome County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division has arrested 21-year-old Eric Sturdevant of Port Crane for 2nd degree Burglary. Sturdevant is accused of burglarizing a home in the Town of Colesville on October 12th he was arraigned in the Town of Colesville Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail pending future court action.
The Platinum Street Ballers will be back in Sidney this year, as part of an annual fundraiser for the Sidney Boys & Girl’s club on Saturday November 9th at the Sidney High School Gym. Club Director Trish Tyrell comments:
Tickets are available at the boys & girls club in the Civic Center, the Sidney Great American, VEP, Sidney Flowers & Gifts, & Hometown Pizza in Franklin, the money raised will help the Boys & Girls club continue to operate their programs for area youth.
Chenango County Sheriff’s department arrested a Town of Colesville resident and a Town of Afton Resident on charges of 3rd degree Burglary 3rd, Conspiracy and Criminal Sale of Marihuana. The arrests followed a complaint from a civilian at Davy Field in the Village of Afton, who found 2 people inside a concession stand building; She was able to stop one of the subjects and contacted Sheriff Cutting, who responded to the location and took the 14-year-old male into custody. He was able to locate the second individual a short distance away and took the second 14-year-old male into custody as well. Both defendants were released on juvenile appearance tickets and released to the custody of their parents.
State Troopers arrested 18 year old Italyia Circelli of Arverne for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle & 20 year old Sydnee Girard of Freeport for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrests were the result of a traffic stop on State Highway 17, in Hancock; Circelli was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 property bond. GIRARD was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Hancock Court on October 21st.
New York state spending dropped for the 2nd year in a row, but its debt hit a record $63.5 billion in the last fiscal year. The annual Financial Condition report from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s report found state spending fell 0.3% in the 2012-13 fiscal year from the prior year. But since 2009, state spending outpaced inflation, growing a total of 9.5%. New York is the second most indebted state in the country.
Tuesday marked the beginning of the enrollment period for Medicare. Seniors can choose from a number of Medicare plans for their insurance or keep their existing plan through December 7th, each choice carries slightly different benefits and some plans have changed since the previous year. More detaisl are available at Medicare.gov
The Otsego County Sheriff’s department arrested 20-year-old Samantha Rinker of Nineveh for allegedly bringing heroin into the Otsego County jail while being booked on a petty larceny charge. Rinker was charged with a felony count of promoting prison contraband and criminal possession of a controlled substance, during processing Rinker was in possession of a small amount of heroin. Rinker was arraigned in Village of Cooperstown Court and was returned to the Otsego County jail on $1,000 bail, pending court action October 16th.
Veterans & their families are going to hold a rally at the veteran’s memorial in Bainbridge Park Sunday at 9:00 AM. Katherine Colley is the wife of a Vietnam Veteran; she said that veterans nationwide are frustrated at the federal government shutdown:
The Sunday rally in Bainbridge will start at the same time as the Washington DC Million Vets March, Vets are protesting the Federal government shutdown, and how it adversely affecting benefits and their intended Washington gathering in another location.
The State Department of Financial Services will investigate salary spiking in the state’s pension funds and potential conflicts of interest among consultants used to oversee the funds, which are still among the largest in the country. The agency will audit the public-pension funds and they have sent letters to the New York City pension fund, the state pension fund and the New York Teachers’ Retirement System.
Flu season is coming and the State Health Department is recommending people get their flu shots now. The health department recommends anyone older than 6 months of age should get the flu shot unless their doctor instructs them otherwise.
Federal courts will run out of money this month unless Congress ends their shutdown. The U.S. Northern District Court of New York is operating on carry over funds from previous budgets. The entire federal court system will run out of that option by October 15th if shutdown continues. Courts are considered essential services so many employees will still have to report to work without pay. The courts say there could be delays because of possible furloughs.
State police at Oneonta arrested Tyler Evans of Brooklyn for driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marihuana. Troopers on Southside Drive in Oneonta stopped Evans, during the stop Evans was found to be intoxicated and possessing 7 grams of marihuana, he was issued tickets returnable to the Oneonta town court on November 12th.
New York is not among the states affected by a recent salmonella outbreak, according to the CDC, but health officials warn the Federal government shutdown could hamper their efforts to combat outbreaks in general. The CDC said with more than two thirds of its staff cut by furloughs, they lack the personnel to find outbreaks. Making sure chicken is fully cooked is one way to prevent salmonella poisoning.
Chenango Street in Binghamton will be closed through 7 a.m. Saturday between Moffatt Avenue and Sturges Street, according to the state Department of Transportation. Crews are removing the remaining portion of the I- 81 southbound/Route 17 eastbound bridge over Chenango Street.. During that time period, Chenango Street will be closed to both motorists and pedestrians. A signed detour will be in place directing motorists around the road closure. The work is part of the DOT’s Prospect Mountain project, which is reconfiguring the area where the 2 highways come together.
Wet weather looks like it might continue throughout the rest of this week across upstate New York, which is making some residents nervous that a repeat of flooding may hit. Area Meteorologist Rich Townsend told WCDO News that he does not really see that scenario coming:
(Rich Townsend 7-1-13)
WCDO will keep you updated throughout the say of the wet weather patterns, also go to WCDORadio.com and click on the River Levels Icon to follow the height of the waterways near you.
Delaware County sheriff’s Department Investigators arrested 31-year-old Sylvester Dorvil of Utica on a Sealed Indictment warrant handed down by a Delaware County Grand Jury. Dorvil is charged with 1 count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, following a 5-month investigation. Dorvil is accused of selling Heroin in the Village of Walton; he was arraigned in the Delaware County Court, and remanded to the Otsego County Correctional Facility where he is currently being held on other charges. He is scheduled to re-appear in Delaware County Court today for further proceedings.
The band “Chicago” will perform in Oneonta tonight to benefit Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care. Spokesman Bob Escher comments:
(Bob Escher 7-1-13)
Some tickets are still available at www.cahpc.org. The event begins at 5:30; Chicago’s performance is scheduled to start at 8:30 tonight at the Wright Soccer campus in Oneonta.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department arrested 18-year-old Devyn Clum of Bloomville for 2nd degree Criminal Contempt. The charges stem from an incident that took place in May where Clum violated an order of protection. Clum will be arraigned at a later date.
The annual Chenango County Toys for Tots Golf Tournament will be held On August 9th this year, at the Canasawacta Country Club in Norwich. The Shotgun start will be at 9:00 AM. More information about Chenango county Toys for Tots will be available at norwich-ny.toysfortots.org
Delaware County Deputies arrested 26-year-old Tatsumi Suyama of Brooklyn for Criminal Possession of Marihuana, following an incident where Suyama is alleged to be in possession of marihuana at the Little Pond State Camp ground. Suyama was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Andes Town Court of July 11th.
A record amount of unclaimed funds, totaling $347 million, were paid out to individuals and organizations in the state’s last fiscal year, according to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. This new record surpasses the previous year by $33 million. Currently, there is $12.5 billion in lost or forgotten money that is still waiting to be claimed. New Yorkers can find out if they are owed some of the state’s $12.5 billion in unclaimed funds by visiting www.osc.state.ny.us or by calling toll free at 1-800-221-9311.
Commencement exercises continue Saturday& Sunday for tri-county area schools. On Saturday at 10:00, the Sidney school district graduation will begin at 10:00 am at the Transportation center, attendees will park in the high school parking lot & shuttle buses will be available. Other graduations include Harpursville at 10:00 AM in the gymnasium, Greene at 10:00 AM in the high school gym, other 10:00 AM graduations include Norwich, Delhi & Walton. Oneonta graduation exercises will begin at 10:45 AM, Oxford Academy at 11:00 AM; Gilbertsville Mount Upton has their graduation at 1:30, the Unadilla Valley 2:00 PM and Saturday evening, the Bainbridge Guilford exercises will begin at 7:00 Pm on the front lawn or multi-purpose room if there is foul weather. On Sunday the graduation exercises for the Edmeston district will begin at 1:00 PM.
State police, US Marshals, Binghamton Police, State Parole officers and Broome county sheriff’s deputies apprehended Michael Degnan yesterday, he was charged with 1st Degree rape and was additionally placed in custody on a Parole Violation warrant after being located at the Dell Motel in the Town of Kirkwood. Degnan was wanted for the June 8th rape of a 14-year-old female in Port Crane, he was arraigned in the Town of Kirkwood Court, and remanded to the Broome County Jail on no bail. The investigation is continuing.
The state Assembly passed all 10 point of Governor Cuomo’s women’s equality act Thursday, while the state senate was expected to vote on the individual pieces and possibly pass 9 of the 10 point. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver challenged senate leadership to pass all 10 points.
Governor Cuomo’s office said that the issue would likely be cleared up with Senate leadership by the end of the today.
State Senator Jim Seward announced that community libraries throughout the 51st senatorial district have been awarded a total of nearly $350,000 in public library construction grant funds. The Sidney Memorial Public Library will receive $36,600, for a project will include upgrading ramp access to include handicapped access to the library Community Room entrance and adding automatic door openers to library front doors.
A Broome county jury found Maurice Anthony of Brooklyn guilty for the murder of Eric Dantzler’s Thursday in Broome County Court. The jury found Anthony guilty of 1st & 2nd degree murder and 2 counts of 1st degree attempted robbery, Anthony was accused of buying marijuana from Dantzler & when he attempted to rob Dantzler, he shot him. Anthony will be sentenced on the charges in September.
State Police at Oneonta arrested 34 year old Jessica Bartholomew, of Chino Hills, California for Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC result of .17%. The arrest resulted from an investigation into a suspicious vehicle in the Wendy’s Parking lot, on State Highway 23 in Oneonta, Bartholomew was issued tickets returnable in the Town of Oneonta Court on July 9th.
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:
(Bill Christensen 6-5-13)
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.
3 SUNY Delhi Students were arrested on Sealed Indictment Warrants following a 3-month investigation conducted by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of the Delaware County Probation Department and SUNY Delhi University Police Department. 21-year-old Jerome Swaggard of Brooklyn was arrested for 3rd & 4th degree Criminal Sale of Marihuana, 21-year-old Matthew Balzano of Chester was arrested on 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, for allegedly selling a hallucinogenic substance known as “Molly”. Also charged was 20 year old Robert Plaut of Farmingdale for 2 counts of 3rd degree Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance & 1 count of 5th degree Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, for allegedly selling “Mollies”. All 3 were arraigned in Delaware County Court and were held without bail pending future court appearances. More arrests are anticipated.
The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force arrested 26-year-old Heather Brower of Bainbridge on Friday on 2 counts of prostitution, plus 1 count each of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument. Brower was charged after she allegedly agreed to perform sexual acts with undercover detectives in exchange for money, upon arrest, she was found to have hypodermic needles & a small amount of heroin. She was also wanted on active arrest warrants in the Village of Johnson City Court and the Town of Dickinson Court. Brower has been remanded to the Broome County Sheriff’s Correctional Facility.
32-year-old Benjamin Ildefonso of Walton was sentenced in Delaware County Court to serve 3 consecutive, 4-year prison sentences after being convicted on 3 charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. Ildefonso was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine as well as restitution to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, a court surcharge, DNA fee and Crime Victim Assistance fee.
The Delaware County Sheriff Deputies investigated a 1-car motor vehicle accident on Lower Third Brook Road in the Town of Walton. 42 year old Karin Hamlin of Walton was issued a traffic ticket to appear in the Town of Walton court on May 29th after the vehicle she was operating on Lower Third Brook Road slid out of control striking the guide rail causing damage to the guide rail, then crossing over the opposite side of the roadway and becoming stuck in a ditch. No injuries were reported.
Motorists are advised that the State Route 7 southbound on-ramp to Interstate 81 southbound is closed today. Motorists traveling south will be detoured to State Street to Bevier Street onto Broad Street, then to the Interstate on-ramp on Broad Street. Motorists are advised that State Route 17 between exit 71 and 72 will be reduced to one lane in both directions today, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM for work related to the Kamikaze Curve area projects.
Former State Senate Majority Leader John Sampson of Brooklyn was taken into custody by the FBI on federal corruption charges this morning. Sampson is accused of embezzling about $440,000 in funds involving the sale of foreclosed properties. Sampson was charged with embezzlement, obstruction of justice and witness tampering, he is the 5th downstate lawmaker to be arrested in recent weeks; he was the leader of the state senate during the administration of Governor David Paterson.
20-year-old Connor Casabonne and 20-year-old Bryan Lemoine of Schoharie have been arrested in an investigation into two burglaries in the town of Schoharie. Casabonne and Lemoine were each charged with 2 counts of 2nd burglary Friday by state Police, 1 of the burglarized homes is the residence of State Assemblyman Pete Lopez. Casabonne and Lemoine were arraigned & were remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on bail.
Police arrested 20-year-old Andrew Graham of Norwich for 2nd degree assault, resisting arrest and obstructing emergency medical services after allegedly biting a Norwich city police officer & hitting a firefighter who was rendering aid to him. Graham faces arraignment today on the charges in Norwich City court.
Sidney village police arrested 33-year-old Byron Byreitter of Sidney, following the report of suspicious activity by a neighbor. Byreitter was apprehended by Sidney police at the scene of a burglary on Colegrove, he was charged with 2nd degree burglary and attempted petty larceny, he was arraigned & was sent to the Delaware county Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond, pending action in Sidney court on May 21st.
State Police at Oneonta arrested 23-year-old Natasha Jeanniton of Delhi, for Driving While Intoxicated. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop on Case Hill Road in Franklin; Jeanniton was issued tickets returnable in the Town of Franklin Court on May 9th.
The Tri Town Relay for Life at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge raised another $92,000 for the American cancer society’s local efforts. Cancer society spokesperson Helen Gregory comments:
The goal was $100,000 dollars this year; anyone who would like to make a donation can contact the Sidney American cancer society office at 563-9634.
Binghamton City police are looking for a 25-year-old Michael Pruitt of Binghamton an arrest warrant from Binghamton City Court for third-degree criminal mischief. Pruitt is described as white, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 170 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes, anyone with information is asked to contact the Binghamton Police Warrant Division at 772-7044.
The annual Robert W. Harrold BOCES open house will be held this coming Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the campus in Masonville. BOCES Principal Mike Waters comments:
(Mike Water 5-6-13)
WCDO will be broadcasting live at the BOCES open house starting at 4:30 PM on Thursday.
The United Way of Delaware & Otsego counties will wrap up its annual fundraising campaign at the end of February. The campaign currently sits at 91% according to executive director Terry Capuano:
Those who would like to pledge can call 432-8006 or log on at unitedwaydo.org and make a contribution through Pay Pal.
The Broome County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division has arrested 19-year-old Emmanuel Peterson of Brooklyn in connection with the robbery of the Manley’s Mighty Mart in the town of Dickinson on December 18th. Peterson is accused of entering the store displaying a handgun and ordering the clerk to turn over money from the register, he is charged with 1st degree Robbery, and is currently in custody at the Broome County Sheriff’s Correctional facility on an unrelated robbery in Johnson City. Peterson will be ordered to appear in the Town of Dickinson Court for arraignment.
US Senator Charles Schumer said he successfully petitioned the USDA to increase the availability of Greek yogurt, made by several companies in New York, including Chobani, in school meal programs. The USDA committed to initiate a pilot program that could start in April, to increase school access to Greek Yogurts. Chobani President & CEO Hamdi Ulukaya was one of many who helped launch the effort late last year:
If the current push is successful, Greek yogurt could become a permanent part of the USDA foods list for schools nationwide, due to its higher protein content.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has approved the Cuomo administration’s contract for new driver’s licenses that will have black-and-white photos produced by the highest bidder. DiNapoli’s approval paves the way for CBN Secure Technologies of Virginia to produce the licenses with its winning bid of $38 million over the current contractor, De La Rue of England.
NYSEG reports that most of the power has been restored in the tri-county region, following last nights High winds. Chenango County, on a handful of homes were without power in Greene, oxford & New Berlin, the bulk of their outages were in Smithville, in Delaware County, 92 were out in the town of Tompkins.
Police agencies across the state are warning shoppers and business owners to be on the lookout for counterfeit money circulating. The United States Secret Service and other local police agencies are investigating approximately 50 reports of counterfeit currency being passed within the past month. Tips to detect counterfeit money can be found at secretservice.gov and moneyfactory.gov.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s popularity has plummeted following the passage of the state new tough gun law. The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows the Democrat dropped from an approval rating of 74% in December to 59%. Quinnipiac questioned 1,127 voters; the poll has a margin of about 3%
The Unadilla chamber of commerce announced several Christmas activities in the village of Unadilla tomorrow. Unadilla chamber president Jackie Carey explains:
Refreshments and special sales from Unadilla merchants will also be feature tomorrow during their annual Christmas celebration.
The Sidney center improvement group will host the annual “Holiday in the Hamlet” in Sidney center Saturday night. Group Director Michael Sellitti explains:
The Sidney center improvement group will also continue to work to improve surrounding waterways to prevent future flooding; the group was formed following the 2006 flooding of Carr’s creek.
A Sidney native will share the spotlight in an artistic exhibit at the Wilber mansion in downtown Oneonta, with the opening reception tonight. Beth Brown told WCDO news about the exhibit:
Brown is a photographer and educator currently based in Brooklyn; she previously had an exhibit at the Sidney library Smart community room.
The Oneonta Theater has shows scheduled tonight, Saturday night as well as later in the month, and on New Years Eve. Theater Director Tom Cormier explains:
Cormier said that a meeting is scheduled next week regarding future funding opportunities for the theater, to keep it open into 2013.
Mannheim Steamroller will perform live for two performances at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton Sunday, at 3:00 & 7:30 PM. Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, ticket master.com or at the arena box office.
The Chenango county health department has scheduled another free rabies clinic for dogs, cats & domesticated ferrets on Saturday. The event will be held Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 at the city of Norwich fire station. More information is available at 337-1673.
State Troopers arrested 27-year-old Manaseh Anim of Oneonta for Driving While Intoxicated and other Vehicle & Traffic charges. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on the Exit 14 ramp of Interstate 88 in Oneonta, Anim was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the City of Oneonta Court on December 19th.
State Troopers arrested 66-year-old Robert Hoag of Colliersville for vehicle and traffic charges and on an Arrest Warrant issued by the City of Oneonta Court for 2nd degree Criminal Contempt. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop on Interstate 81 in the Town of Dickinson, Hoag was arraigned in the Town of Fenton Court and was remanded to the Broome County Jail on $500 cash bail.