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Norwich Police arrested 4 people on a variety of drug charges, following the execution of a search warrant at 23 Silver Street Thursday. Police confiscated crack, heroin, and other drug paraphernalia, arrested were 23 year old Rodney MacLaury of Norwich, 17 year old Kamiel Fleury or Binghamton, 25 year old Amanda Strozier of Norwich for various felony drug charges, & 33 year old Kevin Dunmire of Norwich for Loitering for purpose of using controlled substances. Maclaury, Fleury, and Strozier were taken to the Norwich Police lock-up, until their scheduled arraignments in Norwich City Court, Dunmire was released on appearance ticket for city court on July 1.
Several area schools will hold their high school graduation exercises on Saturday & Sunday this year. Commencement exercises will begin at 10:00 AM in Sidney, Harpursville, Greene, Norwich, Walton and Delhi, 10:30 at Gilbertsville Mount Upton, 10:45 at Oneonta, 2:00 PM for Unadilla Valley and 7:00 PM for Bainbridge Guilford. On Sunday, Edmeston’s Graduation will start at 1:00 PM, and Cooperstown’s at 1:30.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 41-year-old John Burrows of Walton for Obstruction of Governmental Administration & Resisting Arrest. The charges are a result of an incident where Burrows allegedly refused to comply with Deputies orders to stop interfering with the Walton Dog Control Officer. Deputies reported that after being advised he was under arrest, Burrows had to be subdued with a Taser to affect the arrest. Burrows was processed and released on an appearance ticket to return to Walton Town Court at a later date to answer the charges.
A gun buyback will be held by the state attorney general’s office Saturday in Binghamton. Officials will be accepting working and non-working, unloaded firearms in exchange for compensation on site, at the VFW at 65 Carroll Street in Binghamton, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
In upcoming weeks, the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council will rank 179 project proposals vying for a share of $750 million in state funding. The Southern Tier region is competing against nine other economic development councils in the state. In 2013, the Southern Tier region, which includes Broome, Chenango and Delaware counties, as awarded $81.9 million in state funds for 87 projects. Projects will be scored during the review period. Scores are due to the state Aug. 15th. The state then makes a final determination on which projects will receive funding
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the launch of the New York State Mortgage Assistance Program, which will provide small loans to families struggling to avoid foreclosure. The loans will assist families in securing mortgage modifications and result in more families staying in their homes. The program is an enhancement to the Attorney General’s Homeowner Protection Program, which provides struggling borrowers with free legal and housing counseling services. For more information go to nysmap.org.
Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders announced an agreement on a bill that to establish a medical marijuana program with provisions to ensure that it’s reserved only for patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered in a manner that protects public health and safety.
The legislation grants the Department of Health the authority to issue regulations to implement the program, as well as set a price. The Governor would also be allowed to suspend or terminate any provisions of the program based on the recommendations of the Commissioner or Superintendent. The bill would take effect immediately and sunset in 7 years.
State Senator Tom Libous announced that an agreement has been reached with the Governor to keep the Greater Binghamton Health Center Open. This agreement commits funding to invest in community services, creates safeguards against potentially dangerous releases and includes a framework for long-term planning.
The Northeast Classic Car Museum and Matthews Ford Planet PreOwned will hold Mustang Mania Day in Norwich tomorrow. Marty Kuhn of the Northeast Classic car Museum explains:
(Marty Kuhn 6-20-14)
The celebration begins with 1/2 price admission to the Northeast Classic Car Museum from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. At 1:30pm, Professor Malinowski will speak at the Museum, at 6:00 pm; Matthews Ford Planet PreOwned is hosting their annual Mustang Rally at 175 East Main Street.
A Florida man was charged with attempted robbery, burglary and conspiracy in connection with a Dec. 23rd incident in Cooperstown. Stephen Janiszeski of Ocoee, Fla., was arrested at the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Florida after an investigation by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators determined Janiszeski had accompanied Barry Renert on Dec. 23rd when Renert entered the Seventh Inning Stretch in Cooperstown, where he confronted the owner and displayed a handgun. Janiszeski was arraigned in town of Otsego court and sent to the Otsego County Jail without bail. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges connected to the Cooperstown incident.
Chenango County Dairy Day is tomorrow in Norwich. The day’s activities include a 5K ‘Milk Run’ at 9am with the signup at 8:30, a parade at 10:30am, the ZooMobile from the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, Face Painting, a Duck Derby, a Hay Bale Maze at the Chenango County Fairgrounds.
The Delaware valley humane society will celebrate their 50th anniversary Saturday. The event will be held from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM at the shelter in Sidney.
New York legislators approved amending state law, to require agencies placing children in foster care, to first check whether prospective parents have done it before and provided poor or questionable care. The amendment, if signed by Governor Cuomo, would require all foster care agencies to check with the Office of Children and Family Services, to determine whether prospective parents ever had foster a child removed from their home, evaluate the reasons why and determine if the foster home should be reopened.
Today’s rainy forecast will move the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s 75thAnniversary Celebration Ceremony indoors to the Hall of Fame Gallery, featuring Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Cal Ripken, at 11:00 AM. The event will be open to those purchasing a Museum admission, it was previously scheduled to be held on the front steps, with portions of Main Street closed, it will remain open to vehicle traffic. Today’s Ceremony will mark the 75th birthday of the Museum, which opened its doors on June 12th 1939, as an estimated crowd of 12,000 fans packed Main Street to witness the Ceremony.
The New York State Senate passed Senator Tom Libous’s “Buy From the Backyard Act” to promote the purchase of locally grown and produced food. The bill requires that state agencies allocate 20% of their total contracts for food from within New York State. The bill has been sent to the Assembly. Senator Libous stated that a full list of local farmers markets and recipes that use local products are available at TomLibous.com/buyfromthebackyard .
The Oneonta Job Corps Academy will host a “Community Relations/Industrial Council” Meeting & Student Recognition Ceremony today. The event will run from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at the Oneonta Municipal Airport at 391 Airport Road, where the Oneonta Job Corps Academy and the Oneonta Airport Commission will celebrate the work that the students of the Job Corps put into the Oneonta Municipal Airport.
Nearly 1000 paddlers participated in the 4 day General Clinton Canoe Regatta over the Memorial Day weekend:
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The world famous 70-mile endurance races from Cooperstown to Bainbridge were held yesterday, including the new 4-person category. Bruce Barton of Michigan told WCDO’s Craig Stevens about paddling with all those partners:
(Regatta news 2014 Bruce Barton)
Barton & his team beat the 2nd place finishers by over 14 minutes. This year’s 1 man pro race was won by Canadian paddler Steve Lajoie, he talked about yesterday’s hot conditions:
(Regatta news 2014 Lajwa)
Lajoie also won the 2 person pro race 6 times with Michigan’s Andy Triebold, Triebold & his new partner Daniel Frigon placed 3rd in this year’s 2 person pro race.
Monday’s 70 mile pro race saw new 1st time winners Guillaume Blaise & Matthew Pellerin from Quebec win the $3300 1st prize, edging Matthew St. Pierre & Ryan Halstead of Michigan by just 1 second. The pair spoke with WCDO’s Craig Stevens at the finish line:
(Regatta News pro 1)
The pair was asked what it was like to beat 8-time regatta Champion Andy Triebold:
((Regatta News pro 2)
Paddlers from 28 state & 3 Canadian Provinces participated in this year’s General Clinton Canoe Regatta.
In the open stock aluminum class, brothers Bill & Brian Walley from Walton won their race by over 40 minutes, they spoke with WCDO’s Craig Stevens at the finish line:
(Regatta News 2014- Walley Brothers)
After finishing in 2nd place last year, Shawn & Todd Lefever took the 1st place trophy in the men’s competition cruising “Under 50 Years Of Age” category, they told Craig Stevens about the importance of winning in honor of their mother, long time regatta Chairperson Pam Lefever:
(Regatta news 2014 – Lefever Brothers)
After 8 consecutive 2-person pro wins, Andy Triebold came in 3rd place.
The Uncle/Nephew team of Fran & Mark Kopta from Sherman & Clymer New York raced in the men’s NYMCRA Stock Class & beat the 2nd place canoe by over 8 minutes. They spoke with WCDO’s Craig Stevens at the finish line:
(Regatta News 2014 Koptas)
1 man pro paddlers Mike Packard for Otego finished his 30th 70 miler & commented after the race:
(Regatta News 2014-Packard)
Over 300 paddlers attempted the 70-mile course yesterday.
The next 24-48 hours will bring periods of rain, heavy at times to the Tri-County area and the Northeast. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of Central New York and Northeast Pennsylvania this evening through Friday Night. While it is expected that there may be numerous issues on the small streams and creeks throughout our area, the rivers ARE expected to STAY WITHIN THEIR BANKS. You can always keep an eye on the rivers in the area with our river gages, located at WCDORadio.com. Here is the latest briefing from the National Weather Service for this storm.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, State Police & Norwich Police arrested 53 year old Allan Sheppard on Friday for criminal nuisance, and criminal possession of a weapon, following a drug investigation into illegal drug activity in Afton. Police recovered more than 6 illegally possessed long guns and an undisclosed amount of cash, Sheppard has a prior felony conviction, which prevents him from legally possessing a firearm, and the criminal nuisance charge alleges that Sheppard was using his residence to sell controlled substances. He was arraigned in the Town of Afton Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of $30,000 cash bail. More arrests are pending.
45-year-old James Leavelle of Mentor, Ohio was airlifted to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown early Friday afternoon after his small plane crashed in a field at North Montgomery Hollow Road in the town of Roxbury. The crash was reported at about 12:30 PM, A LifeNet helicopter transported Leavelle to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. The investigation into the crash is continuing.
The state Senate approved legislation to designate yogurt as the official state snack. The bills calls yogurt “an important economic driver” for the state, as New York is now the number 1 producer of yogurt in the country. The Senate voted 52 to 8 in favor of the bill, which now heads to the State Assembly
Several area organizations are teaming up to present a Health fair in Sidney on May 17th , Trish Tyrell of the Boys & Girls Club of Sidney explains:
(Trish Tyrell 5-12-14)
The event will be held at the Fireman’s Training Center on River Street in Sidney on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Other organization involved include Utica School of Commerce, It takes A Village, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County, Birthright of Sidney & Family Planning of South Central New York.
The 2014 spring turkey season opens today in all counties north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary. Approximately 100,000 turkey hunters will participate according to DEC Officials, Hunters must have a turkey hunting permit in addition to their small game hunting or sportsman license or hunting license, Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to noon each day. Successful hunters must report their harvest within seven days of taking a bird at 1-866-426-3778 or at dec.ny.gov/outdoor.
In 2012, the Village of Franklin was awarded funding through New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s New York Main Street program to rehabilitate buildings within the community’s historic business district. The target area for this program is comprised of the buildings between Maple Street and Water Street, along State Highway 357. The program provides grant funds to commercial building owners within the target area, $24,000 in grant funds remain available to building owners within this community, Applications will be accepted through today for eligible projects that can be completed no later than June 30, 2014.
The Otsego County Planning Department announced schedule changes at the Oneonta & Cooperstown Transfer Stations. The Oneonta transfer station will be open Monday through Fridays from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 AM to noon. The Cooperstown Transfer station will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 7:00 am to 12:00 Noon and Saturday from 8:00 AM to noon. Saturday hours will change from Memorial Day though Labor Day & for Saturdays after Holidays, with the Hours from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM at both locations. More information is available at 547-4225.
Motorists are advised that State Route 17 westbound between Mygatt Street and the Glenwood Avenue in Binghamton will be reduced to one lane of travel beginning at 8 a.m. today. Crews will be placing the concrete deck on the bridge over the Prospect Connector Road. This portion of work is expected to be completed by 3 p.m., weather permitting.
The 63rd Annual “National Day Of Prayer” Rally will be held today, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the East Side Park in Downtown Norwich. The event is sponsored by Norwich Tea Party Patriots.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today in the Guilford Cafeteria at 6:30 PM. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:00 PM.
State Senator Jim Seward announced that he will be hosting the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction on Monday, April 28th in Oneonta. The forum is 1 of 12 statewide to solicit local input on the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction. The public forum will take place from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM on Monday, April 28TH at the Hunt Union Ballroom on the campus of SUNY-Oneonta.
The Otsego County Planning Department will host a training class tonight from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, officials from the Department of State will discuss “How to hold productive and efficient Public Meetings and Hearings”, “Understanding the process of referrals” & “Understanding the Smart Growth concept” and how it relates to community planning efforts. Tonight’s workshop will be held at the Meadows Office Complex, County Highway 33W next to the County Public Safety building in Cooperstown.
14 people were taken into custody in Broome County Wednesday on a variety of drug trafficking charges. Arraignments began in US District court in Binghamton yesterday, Federal Prosecutors announced that all of those taken into custody were members of the Bloods Street Gang, & were known as “MacBallers.” Prosecutors accuse the arrested as being part of a large drug trafficking ring that operated out of New York City and into the Southern tier, distributing large quantities of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana since 2009.
A report of a missing Cooperstown woman had a favorable outcome this morning. 34-year-old Megan Hartmann of Cooperstown & Denver Colorado is a SUNY Oneonta graduate student, she was reported missing Monday, she has been found safe in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, according to the Cooperstown Police Department. The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation
Lawmakers are continuing to work on the state budget, as the deadline approaches early next week. Assemblyman Bill Magee is on the conference committee negotiating the Agricultural portion, which has some glaring omissions:
Magee continues to chair the assembly Agriculture committee, the state budget deadline in April 1st.
The Otsego County sheriff’s department arrested 24-year-old Kristen Rudnitsky of Oneonta for allegedly stealing & selling a vehicle last year. The investigation alleges that Rudnitsky forged the owner’s name on DMV documents and sold the vehicle to a Binghamton resident. Rudnitsky was already in the Otsego County Jail on drug charges, she was arraigned in town of Oneonta Court & was returned to the County Jail, faces action on the new charges in April.
Bassett Healthcare Network announced that Dr. Vance Brown or Portland Maine has been selected as President and Chief Executive Officer, starting July 1st. Dr. Brown will replace Doctor William Streck, who is retiring this year after 30 years at Bassett. Dr. Brown comes to Bassett from Maine Health in Portland, where he has been Chief Medical Officer since 2008.
State Police arrested 31-year-old Jason Barnhart of Bloomville on charges of DWI & reckless driving. Barnhart is accused of driving while intoxicated on state route 10 through Delaware county, at speeds around 100 miles an hour, and for throwing a beer can out of his vehicle. Barnhart will appear in Kortright town court on April 15th to answer the charges.
New York State is getting more than $28 million from the federal government to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects. That’s the state’s share of the nearly $1.1 billion in excise tax revenues, paid by sportsmen and sportswomen, that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute to state fish and wildlife agencies nationwide. The Fish and Wildlife Service allocates the funds to all 50 states, through two programs funded by excise taxes, generated by the sale of sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment and tackle, and fuel taxes on motorboats and small engines.
Girls on the Run of Central New York will host their 2nd Annual Guys Night Out at Brewery Ommegang on Saturday, April 5 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. This guys-only event is designed to create awareness of the program and to raise funds to support the nonprofit organization that provides a transformational learning program for girls in 3rd-8th grade to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. More information is available at girlsontheruncny.org.