62-year-old Barry Renert has been apprehended by the Richmond City Police Department in Virginia, shortly after midnight. Renert was remanded to the Richmond City Jail, he was wanted for yesterday’s shooting at the 7th Inning Stretch store at 137 Main Street in Cooperstown.
A.m. news Tuesday 12-24-13
62-year-old Barry Renert has been apprehended by the Richmond City Police Department in Virginia, shortly after midnight. Renert was remanded to the Richmond City Jail, he was wanted for yesterday’s shooting at the 7th Inning Stretch store at 137 Main Street in Cooperstown. Renert is expected to be extradicted back to Otsego county to face court action.
Another gas station robbery was reported in Binghamton, as police were called to the Mirabito store at 1178 Vestal Avenue last night. A man armed with a gun walked into the gas station and demanded money, the suspect is described as white, standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall and with a thin build, wearing white sneakers, gray sweatpants, orange sun glasses, a black mask and a winter hat. Police said he was last seen on foot on Mitchell Avenue.
The River Club in Afton will offer a free Christmas day buffet again this year, for area families that may have fallen on hard times. Buffets will be offered from 12 noon to 2:30pm. Reservations, or requests to have meals delivered can be made at 639-3060.
Sidney Area churches are teaming up for a free Christmas dinner for those in need on Christmas day. The free Christmas Dinner will be held at the River Street Fire Station, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Christmas day.
State wildlife managers tallying results of the 2013 big game season said hunters killed slightly more deer than last year, but not enough to meet population reduction goals in targeted areas. The state DEC said the number of deer killed is about 1 percent higher than last year. The DEC tried to increase the number of antlerless deer killed to reduce deer populations in many areas.
Today is the latest deadline to sign up for the Federal Affordable Care act through the state’s health exchange, for coverage starting January 1st. About 135,000 people have enrolled and 363,000 have completed applications. The last day for enrollment in coverage for next year is March 31st. More information is available at nystateofhealth.ny.gov.
Schools and villages May face additional cuts to their budgets next year, as the property-tax cap will be 1.6%. The tax cap is calculated every year based on rate-of-inflation projections from the state Budget Division. The cap is either 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.
Governor Cuomo today announced that the locations of 116 winter farmers’ markets – the total at an all-time high in New York State – can now be found on the state’s open data website at Open.ny.gov. This comprehensive data transparency website will help provide New Yorkers with a user-friendly way to search for farmers’ markets near their homes this winter season.
Cooperstown police, State Police & The Otsego county Sheriff’s department are searching for a person of interest, identified as 62 year old Barry Renert, a former employee of “7th Inning Stretch” memorabilia store at 137 Main Street in Cooperstown. Police reported that Renert fired shots in the store, and shots were returned, at about 9:00 this morning. Police said that the owner of the shop, Vincent Carfagno was not injured. Renert is described as white, about 6’2” with gray hair, he is likely armed and dangerous, Main Street in Cooperstown has been re-opened to traffic.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies, with the assistance of the Walton Village Police Department, arrested 46-year-old Kevin Edwards of Walton following a lengthy investigation. Edwards was charged with 3rd degree Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, for allegedly selling Cocaine in Walton in April of last year. Edwards was arraigned in Delaware County Court & was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility without bail pending further court action.
The drug problem in Delaware County continues to accelerate at a dangerous rate & 39 County officials met at the Public Safety Building to establish a County Drug Task Force. Sheriff Tom Mills said that there are problems associated with new drugs like “Mollies” as well as some other drugs that have been around for decades:
(Sheriff Tom Mills 12-23-13)
The drug epidemic in Delaware County has grown by 223% in 2012 and in response to the continuing increase in drug arrests, the Sheriff’s Office is encouraging the public to get involved, by sending tips to the Sheriff’s email on the Delaware County website: co.delaware.ny.us.
Governor Cuomo today announced that the 2014 State of the State Address would be held in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on January 8th at 1:30 PM. New Yorkers wishing to attend should visit the Governor’s homepage to register: www.governor.ny.gov. The registration period takes place from today to Monday, December 30th at 5:00 PM. Guests will be notified of their selection via email by January 6th. Guests are reminded that weapons and controlled substances as well as bags, backpacks, luggage, parcels, briefcases, and like articles will be strictly prohibited from the event.
The town of Meredith has imposed a ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Meredith’s town board voted in favor of a ban last Thursday, their action follows the town of Andes as the other Delaware County town that has imposed a ban on fracking. The town of Sidney has a moratorium in place against the fracking.
Delaware County Sheriffs Deputies arrested 21-year-old Barbara Rico & 37-year-old Christopher Merwin, both of Delhi for 1 count each of Petty Larceny. Rico & Merwin are accused of stealing checks from a Town of Hamden home where Rico was staying as a guest. Rico was arrested at the Delaware County Jail & was issued an appearance ticket in the Town of Hamden Court; Merwin was arraigned in the Town of Hamden Court and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail. These arrests are a result of a joint investigation between the Sheriff’s Office and the Village of Sidney and Village of Walton Police Departments. Merwin and Rico face additional charges in the Village of Sidney and Village of Walton.
State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico announced that Service arrangements for Trooper David Cunniff have been set for today and tomorrow. Calling hours will be today from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at the Grace Fellowship Church in Watervliet, the Funeral Service will be tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM, also at the Grace Fellowship Church in Watervliet. Trooper Cunniff died from injuries sustained while conducting a traffic stop on the Thruway Monday night in Amsterdam.
State troopers of Sidney, Oneonta and Richfield Springs conducted an Underage Drinker Initiative detail, checking 8 convenient stores in Otsego County, the City of Oneonta, and in the towns of Oneonta, Otsego, Hartwick and Otego. All 8 stores were in full compliance with all State laws, they were Hess Express, Main Street in the City of Oneonta, all Mirabito Quickways, in the Towns of Hartwick, Oneonta & West Oneonta, the Pit Stop in Cooperstown, Taylor’s Mini Mart in the Town of Laurens, & Sunoco in the Town of Otego.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 28-year-old Amber Armstrong of Walton for 2nd degree Harassment & on an arrest warrant from the Walton Village Court for 2nd degree Coercion. The charges stem from an incident with a male acquaintance in the Town of Walton. Armstrong will appear in Walton Town Court at a later date.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced his office completed an audit of the Village of Deposit. The audit found that the village board did not effectively oversee and monitor their financial operations. The board did not have accurate information for their financial decisions and did not adopt reasonable budgets for the general, water and sewer funds. The report also said that the board cannot be sure that only authorized disbursements were made, that all moneys received were properly deposited, or that all transactions were properly recorded and reported.
New York State’s unemployment rate decreased from 7.7% to 7.4% in November, the lowest level since January 2009, according to the preliminary figures released today by the State Department of Labor. the state’s economy added 4,300 private sector jobs, to a record high of almost 7.5 million.
Governor Cuomo signed a law to increase state oversight of special education programs for preschoolers with disabilities. The law authorizes the state comptroller to audit all of the independently run programs at least once in the next 5 years. It establishes new reporting requirements for committees that place children in programs and for providers. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says fraud in the $1.3 billion program has cost taxpayers millions of dollars while depriving children of needed help.
It took just a fraction of New York voters to approve private casinos in the state. About 14.3 percent of the state’s 11 million registered voters cast a ballot in favor of the Nov. 5 casino referendum, according to the state Board of Elections. Nearly 1.19 million New Yorkers voted against it, or about 10.8 percent of the total electorate. More than 512,000 ballots left the casino section blank or void. The casino referendum, which allows the state to permit up to seven private casinos, was the first of six proposals on the back of all the ballots and received the most total votes
The American Red Cross of the Southern Tier will host a Babysitters Training Class for youth ages 11 to 15 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM this Saturday, at the Red Cross office at 620 East Main Street in Endicott. The cost of the class is $75, which includes a certificate from the American Red Cross, handbook and CD ROM. Space is limited and advanced registration is required at 1-800-733-2767, or at redcross.org.
Governor Cuomo announced more than $45 million in funding for the Vital Access/Safety Net Provider Program to support projects over the next 3 years by 37 facilities that were selected due to financial condition and critical role in providing services to their elderly population. The VAP program was established by the Medicaid Redesign Team, the Department of Health will immediately begin working with the facilities to establish goals & track progress, locally, Facilities receiving funding include A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta, with over $ 3 million dollars, and Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton, with $ 221,000.
New York Farm Bureau members along with the Feeding America Food Banks have donated almost 8.4 million pounds of food this year. Farm Bureau also handed over a nearly $1,000 cash donation from nine County Farm Bureaus within the Food Bank of Central New York’s 11 county area. The announcement was made at the first day of the Farm Bureau’s 2013 State Annual Meeting in Syracuse yesterday.
Family Planning of South Central New York will sponsor Free HIV & Free Emergency Contraception days today in Walton & tomorrow at their Sidney location. The event coincides with “World Aids Day”; more information is available 723-5130 extension 232.
The Otsego county Chamber of Commerce will host the Holiday Open House at NBT Bank today. The Holiday Open House will run from 5:00p.m. To 7:00 p.m. at the 1 Wall Street Oneonta location, more information is available at 432-4500 extension 207.
The Sidney chamber of commerce will hold their next regular meeting this morning. The December Meeting will begin at 7:45 am at the Sidney Golf & country club.
The Otsego county department of health will hold a free rabies vaccination clinic today in Cooperstown. The event will be held at the SPCA facility in Cooperstown between 4:00 & 6:00 PM. More information is available at 547-4230.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 41-year-old Paula Adams of Otsego County for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance & Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Adams was charged following a traffic stop in the Town of New Berlin, after an individual was spotted in the vehicle with an active arrest warrant for an unrelated charge, During the stop, Adams was found to be operating the motor vehicle with a suspended license, and she was also found to be in possession of the narcotic Suboxone. Adams was arraigned in the Town of Columbus Court; she faces court action at a later date.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is receiving items used in the World Series, which ended last night with the Boston Red Sox 3rd world championship since 2004. Officials at the Hall will receive a Bat used by David Ortiz, Spikes worn by closer Koji Uehara, a Jacket worn by Manager John Farrell, a Catcher’s helmet and mask worn by David Ross, a Glove used by shortstop Stephen Drew, batting gloves used by Xander Bogaerts & a bat used by Jonny Gomes. The Museum will open the exhibit dedicated to the 2013 Red Sox in early December in Cooperstown.
A new study on prison health care costs shows New York 13th among states in spending for inmate care. The study by The Pew Charitable Trust and MacArthur Foundation shows New York spending rose 33% to nearly $5,900 for a prisoner’s medical care in 2008. The report says inmates have higher incidence of mental illness and chronic and infectious diseases like AIDS and Hepatitis C than the general population that are costly to treat. New York was among the few states getting Medicaid reimbursements, getting $4.5 million through 2012
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s Office found more than 25% of the real estate is exempt from all local taxes, totaling $680 billion. The study found some municipalities had less than 10% tax exempt, while others had more than 60%, 41% is government-owned property, 28% individual homeowners with special exemptions and14% for non-profits. Industrial and commercial properties account for 9 percent, and agriculture and public housing another 8 percent of tax-exempt property.
The state smoking ban was toughened when a new law made it illegal to smoke on the grounds of hospitals and nursing homes. The new law will makes it illegal to smoke within 15 feet of a building’s entrance or exit and 15 feet from the start or exit of the property of the facility. The state Clean Indoor Act prohibited smoking indoors in almost all workplaces went into effect in 2003.
The state DEC is conducting a statewide deer hunter survey in an effort to provide improved deer hunting experiences. All who receive the survey are encouraged to take the time to complete and return it as soon as possible. The survey is being conducted for DEC by Cornell University in Ithaca. More information is available at dec.ny.gov
State police say New York cialis canadian drugs ammunition sellers will have to register with the state by January 15th. The law enacted this year banned large-capacity magazines, required federal background checks for private gun sales and banned selling some popular semi-automatic rifles while requiring current owners to register them by next April 15th. Once the database is established, dealers will have to record transactions and report them, complete with dates, names, ages, occupations and residences of buyers and sellers.
State Police at Oneonta are investigating a grand larceny at the Mirabito Convenience Store at State Route 23, Oneonta. Police stated that on Monday at 5:40 a.m., a lone black male entered the store and grabbed an undetermined amount of cash from the cash drawer when it was opened by the cashier. The suspect then left the store through the front entrance door and fled the scene on foot in an easterly direction. There were no weapons displayed or threatened. He is described as a black male, wearing jeans and a dark colored jacket. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police at 432-3211.
A new law prohibits people from smoking on a playground in New York. The law prevents smoking at playgrounds between sunrise and sunset. Also, people can not smoke when children under the age of 12 are present on a playground. The law aims to protect children from the dangers of toxic chemicals found in secondhand smoke.
By producing 692 million pounds of yogurt, New York surpassed California as the top producer in the US in 2012. A $1.5 million gift from Chobani to Cornell University in Ithaca will support research and workforce training in dairy quality to help maintain New York’s competitive edge. The funding will be used to create opportunities for faculty, students, and staff, including food safety and quality workshops as well as graduate student support for relevant research initiatives.
The Delaware County Office for the Aging will be conducting its annual public hearing, at 9:00 am at the Public Safety Building, at 280 Phoebe Lane in Delhi. Staff members from the Delaware County Office for the Aging and Delaware Opportunities will discuss their service plan for seniors in the year 2014. The hearing will be open to seniors, community leaders and the general public.
The Otsego county Chamber of Commerce will hold their 14th Annual Small Business Banquet tonight in Cooperstown. The Banquet is at The Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown. Congressman Chris Gibson will share some opening remarks. The dinner will start at 7:00 pm. More information about the chamber is available at 432-4500.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today in the District Conference Room overnight cialis at 6:30 PM. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:30 PM.
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.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office investigated a shooting at 427 Lyon Brook Road in the Town of Oxford. Deputies reported that a victim was shot at through the passenger side of the vehicle he was operating; he was then involved in a motor vehicle accident fleeing the area. A search warrant was executed, and 40-year-old Martin Provo was found in a wooded area. Deputies recovered the shotgun along with shell casings, seized approximately 1.75 ounces of cocaine, several pounds of marihuana, a digital scale, over $3,800 in cash, & several guns. Provo was charged with Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of Marihuana, he was arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash bail.
The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office arrested 33-Year-old Michael Buck of Cooperstown for 2nd degree murder, 1st degree assault, & criminal use of a firearm. Buck is accused of killing his father, 64-year-old Joseph Buck in the family home on Indian Run Road. Buck was arraigned Sunday morning at Bassett hospital, by Otsego County Court Judge Lambert, and was remanded to the Otsego County Jail without bail pending future court action.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an Armed Robbery at the Kwik Fill Gas Station on State Highway 12 in the Town of Norwich. A white male, 6 feet tall dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, dark shoes, black and white gloves, and a white knit hat and or a white face mask, displayed what appeared to be a handgun and left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect fled on foot& was last seen entering the plaza located on the east side of state route 12. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 334-2000.
Former Sidney mayor Elwood “Dixie” Davis passed away Thursday, at the Veteran’s home in Oxford. Davis served on the Sidney village board from 1966 to 1979; he served as mayor from 1979 to 1999. Calling hours will be on Friday, September 27th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at C.H. Landers Funeral Home.
State police reported that a toddler who fell from a second-story window in Hancock September 17th, died over the weekend, 18 month old Andie Johnson died Saturday, the autopsy performed Sunday showed that the child died of cardiopulmonary arrest due to severe head trauma. The manner of death was ruled accidental.
State Police Computer Crimes Unit and the U.S Secret Service arrested 67 year old Paul Mangum of Dryden for 1st degree Sexual Abuse 1st, Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child, and Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, in connection with an investigation involving the manufacturing of child pornography. Mangum was arraigned and was remanded to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $250,000 secured bond.
Otsego County held the annual Hazardous Waste Collection Day this past weekend in Unadilla & at the Meadows Complex in Cooperstown. 457 households took advantage of the program, with DEC officers supervising the collection of an estimated 300 pounds of unwanted pharmaceuticals to be incinerated. Approximately 50 automotive batteries were collected by Interstate Battery, Suburban Energy Services collected 92 propane cylinders & Volunteers diverted 270 gallons of latex paint from the waste stream, to be re-mixed by Golden Artist Colors for re-distribution to not-for-profit agencies.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a 2-car accident at Falls Mills Road and State route 10 in the Town of Delhi. A vehicle operated by 29-year-old Terina Touw of Roscoe was stopped at the intersection, waiting to make a left turn onto State 10 when a vehicle operated by 51-year-old Joanne Carey of Arkville rear-ended Touw’s Vehicle. Carey was issued a traffic ticket for inadequate brakes and following to close, no injuries were reported.
Tickets go on sale this morning for the “Addams Family” at the Forum Theater on October 13th at 3:00 & 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 AM at the Arena Box Office, Ticketsmaster at 800-745-3000 or on-line at ticketmaster.com. More information available at 778-6626 or BroadwayInBinghamton.com.