Broome County Sheriff department announced the arrest of a man wanted in connection with a recent homicide in Binghamton. Police chased Nigel Smith to 17 Pine Street in the Town of Fenton this afternoon. Smith was wanted by Binghamton police in connection with the murder of 44 year old Bretnie Owens at 11 Stone Street in Binghamton in June. Smith was taken into custody after a brief struggle, Broome County deputies were assisted by state police, Binghamton police & a SWAT Team, and Smith faces court action shortly.
Broome County Judge Joseph Cawley this morning found 25-year-old Jaclyn Wesley of Binghamton guilty of vehicular manslaughter. Wesley was accused of driving with a blood-alcohol content of .13 percent when her SUV left I- 88 in the Town of Fenton on May 20th 2011, and plunged into the Chenango River. Her passengers, 25 year old Rob Moorehead of Port Crane, and Binghamton residents 45-year-old Rob Marshall and 39 year old Carri Michalski were killed in the crash. Sentencing will be at a later date.
Governor Cuomo aims to reduce distracted driving by unveiling special “Texting Zones” along the New York State Thruway and State Highways. The new zones will give motorists a pull-off area to park and use their mobile devices, in many cases, Existing rest stops and parking areas will serve as Texting Zones, and signage will be placed along the highway to inform drivers where the Zones are located. New Texting locally will be located on I-81 in Whitney Point, New York route 17 at East Branch & Roscoe, & I-88 at Unadilla & East Worcester
Catholic Charities Of Chenango County will host “Bands, Brew & Barbecue” at the Chenango county fairgrounds in Norwich this Saturday. Executive Director Robin Beckwith explains:
(Robin Beckwith 9-24-13)
Several area bands will perform throughout the day, many micro breweries in the region will feature their products, and many area food services companies will being in their barbecue items, money raised helps out the “Roots & Wings” program.
Democrat Sean Eldridge has announced that he is running for Congress in the 19th district in 2014. Eldridge plans to challenge congressman Chris Gibson, who was elected to a 2nd term in congress last November.
State Police at Norwich arrested 24-year-old Patrice Ray of Plymouth for DWI and other vehicle and traffic law violations following an accident investigation in which Ray struck a parked and unoccupied vehicle on State Route 12 in Oxford. She will appear in town of Oxford court September 30th
The state DEC has a new online registration system for hunter and trapper education programs that are required before getting a license. The agency says the new system will make it easier for people to find a nearby course and sign up. The classes are free and taught by volunteers. Information on hunting and trapping education classes can be found on the DEC website at dec.ny.gov
September of Prostate Cancer awareness month, statistics show that 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. State Senator Tom Libous has been battling the disease for a couple of years, he said that his experience with cancer led to the partnership with Lourdes and UHS to create I Turned Pro, a Proactive program on Prostate Cancer. Details are available at ITurnedPro.com
FEMA has approved Otsego County’s Hazard Mitigation Action Plan 5-year update. The next step in the process is the adoption by resolution of the plan by all 35 municipalities and the Otsego County Government for it to be officially in-place. County officials said that having a FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation plan allows the County, municipalities, and identified stakeholders to be eligible for annual, and disaster declaration funding rounds. More information is available at the County Planning Department website available located at otsegocounty.com.
A motion to disqualify the Chenango County District Attorney from prosecuting the murder case against Ganesh Ramsaran of New Berlin woman has been denied. The motion would have required the appointment of a special prosecutor from outside the district attorney’s office, due to an alleged conflict of interest with the defendant. Chenango county judge Frank Revoir denied the motion. Ramsaran has been charged with 2nd degree murder in connection with the murder of his wife Jennifer late last year, she had been reported missing by her husband, her body was found several months later in a wooded area in the town of Pharsalia.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s department investigated a 1-vehicle accident on county road 2 in the town of Greene, at about 11:45 Tuesday morning. 24-year-old Jesse Ehlers of Greene left the pavement while operating a Jeep Cherokee, he struck an embankment & a tree. Ehlers & his passenger, 19 year old Makayla Heisler of Greene were not wearing seatbelts & were ejected from the vehicle, and suffered serious head and back injuries. Both were transported to Wilson memorial hospital in Johnson city, the cause of the accident was from unsafe speed for the curve in the road and road conditions.
State Police at Oneonta arrested 29-year-old David Sparaco of Oneonta for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. The arrest resulted from a complaint originating at Searle’s Garage in Davenport, who reported that several brake rotors & a radiator from a 1958 Mercury was stolen. Sparaco was arrested at Otsego Auto Crushers in Oneonta, when he tried to sell the stolen property as scrap metal. Sparaco faces future court action on the charges.
A federal judge has set a trial date of December 2nd for a new fraud trial for former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. The 84-year-old Bruno’s 2 fraud convictions from 2009 were overturned on appeal. Bruno is accused of accepting $440,000 from a businessman for helping with state grants.
Governor Cuomo announced the launch of “Every Student Present,” Tuesday, which is a public awareness campaign to help school leadership, parents, and communities promote school attendance. The campaign is focused on creating engaging school environments, using data to identify chronically absent students, and exploring ways to provide support that can help students and families. More information is available at everystudentpresent.org or governor.ny.gov.
The state Public Service Commission is urging income-eligible consumers to sign up for a discount telephone service through a program aimed at making New Yorkers safer at home. The Lifeline program provides discounts for monthly residential phone bills for basic telephone service. New Yorkers already receiving other benefits including Food Stamps, Veterans’ Disability, SSI and Home Energy Assistance Program help are eligible. more information is available at AskPSC.com.
Despite an overall drop in attendance at New York parks, Chenango Valley State Park had a steady flow of swimmers, campers, hikers, golfers and guests this summer. The park, in the Town of Fenton, recorded attendance of 94,136 from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends — a decrease of just 158 from the same time period last year. At Oquaga Creek State Park, in northeastern Broome and Delaware counties, attendance dropped 10.2 percent this summer. Overall, officials attributed the slight attendance decline at parks across the state to a rainy start of the summer season.
State Troopers arrested 21-year-old Brandon Duran of New York City, for having an outstanding warrant issued by Oneonta Court, and driving with a suspended learner’s permit. 22-year-old Hakiym Colon of the Bronx was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, following a traffic stop for speeding on I-88 in Bainbridge. Colon & Duran were issued tickets returnable to the Bainbridge Town Court; Duran was turned over to the City of Oneonta Police.
Binghamton fire investigators believe that an electronic cigarette is to blame for a fire last week at 19 Newton Avenue. Investigators reported that a failure of the cigarette’s battery while it was charging sparked the fire, which led to heavy smoke and water damage. The fire was extinguished quickly, 1 person escaped without injury, the fire has been ruled accidental.
State troopers arrested 66-year-old Dennis Graves of Binghamton for Aggravated DWI with a BAC of .20%, 2 ½ times the legal limit. The arrest resulted from a property damage accident in Fenton; Graves was processed and issued tickets returnable to the Town of Fenton Court on September 12th.
The school year begins this week for area students. Motorists are reminded that buses will be on the road transporting children, and to obey all traffic laws. Area Police remind motorists that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus with flashing red warning lights.
State police will continue to be out in full force for the July 4th holiday weekend. Patrols will be looking for speeders, drunk, drugged or aggressive drivers, those using cell phones for calling or texting while driving, they are also looking for all motorists & passengers to use their seat belts.
Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 22-year-old Joshua Crandall of Binghamton and a 15-year-old Sidney resident for endangering the Welfare of a child and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Deputies responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident in the Town of Guilford, where a vehicle went over an embankment, with both occupants fleeing the scene. Investigators accuse the 15 year old of taking the vehicle in Oxford, he lost control of the vehicle due to unsafe speed, and he was found to be in possession of marihuana and was released to the custody of his parents. Crandall was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and arraigned in the Town of Guilford court; he was remanded to the correctional facility on $1,000 cash bail.
State Troopers arrested 25-year-old Alexander Griffin of Bainbridge for Criminal Possession of a Weapon With Intent to Use and 2nd degree Menacing. The arrest resulted from the report of a road rage incident on Interstate 88 in the town of Colesville; Griffin was arraigned at the Town of Colesville Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
The Otsego County Sheriffs office is searching for 80 year old Robert Merkel, who was traveling from Virginia to the West end of Oneonta on July 2nd, he has not been heard from leaving Chesapeake Virginia Tuesday. Merkel is a white male, 5’10 inches tall, approximately 200 lbs, blue eyes, bald and wears wire-rimmed glasses, anyone with information is asked to contact the Otsego County sheriff’s office at 547-1692.
The New Berlin Main Street Grant Selection Committee would like eligible New Berlin property owners to register by August 1st for applications for the Development Chenango Corporation grant. Rough project cost estimates, demonstration of funding match availability, and a basic project proposal are required for the initial application. More information about the downtown New Berlin Main Street Program is available at 334-5532; technical assistance is available at 334-1401.
State Troopers arrested 50-year-old Todd Dickson of Chenango Forks, for Felony Driving While Intoxicated. The arrest resulted from a 911 call of a complaint originating at the Red Apple gas station in Port Crane; Dickson was arraigned in the Town of Fenton Court and is scheduled to reappear at a later date.
The Chenango sheriffs department arrested 27-year-old Dianna Essig of Afton on an active Bench Warrant for Petit Larceny. Deputies & state police arrested Essig; she was arraigned in the Town of Bainbridge Court and is being held on $2000 cash bail at the Chenango County Jail pending court action.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 49-year-old Rhonda Murphy of Downsville for Harassment. The charge stems from an incident between Murphy and a male subject. Murphy will appear in Colchester Town Court at a later date, a temporary order of protection was issued for the victim.
State Police in Binghamton arrested 41-year-old Eric Best of Kirkwood for Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated & Driving with a Child in the Vehicle. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop on State Route 7 in the Town of Conklin. Best was arranged in the Town of Fenton Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
Delaware County Deputies arrested 55-year-old Jeffrey Armstrong of Walton on a criminal summons issued by the Town of Walton Court for 2nd degree Harassment. The arrest resulted from an alleged dispute that occurred in the Town of Walton; Armstrong faces court action at a later date.
State Assembly minority Republicans are proposing a constitutional amendment that would allow voters the ability to remove an elected official from office through a direct vote before his or her term has expired, Assemblyman Cliff Crouch explains:
The legislation was revived following the continuing string of arrests and indictments of elected officials, 19 other states currently allow recall elections.
The Broome County Sheriff’s Office arrested 45-year-old Robert Bowers of Fenton following an investigation into a fight in the Town of Fenton. Deputies reported that after the fight was broken up, Bowers returned to his trailer, grabbed a shotgun. & fired one round through his ceiling. Bowers was charged with 1-Count of 2nd degree Reckless Endangerment & 1 Count of Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, he was processed at the Broome County Sheriffs Office and released on two appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Fenton Court at a later date.
State troopers from Sidney arrested 43-year-old Crezette Harris-Shoulders of Mansfield, Ohio for Improper Log Book. The arrest was the result of a report of a tractor-trailer blocking State Route 206 in Bainbridge, the Investigation revealed the tractor trailer had run out of fuel, State Police assisted with traffic control until the vehicle could be refueled, Harris-Shoulders was issued a Ticket returnable to the Town of Bainbridge Court on May 13th.
The town of Unadilla is hosting a Spring Clean up at the town highway garage on Martin Brook Road, on Thursday may 2nd. The event will run from 6:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Accepted items include electronics, metal without rubber, white goods, clean waste oil, and tire. More information is available at 369-5466 or 369-4433
The city of Oneonta will hold their annual Arbor Day ceremony tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM, in the lower level of Wilber Park. A tree will be planted in memory of Frank Stevens, who served on the city’s environmental board.
The City of Oneonta Police Department is attempting to identify a female subject who allegedly stole a laptop computer from a Min Street business and fled the scene in a silver Toyota sedan. Anyone with information, can contact the City of Oneonta Police Department at 607-432-1111, option 0. pictures of the suspect are available on the Oneonta police department facebook page.
The Broome County Sheriff’s Office arrested two persons after finding them trespassing on the property of the Greater Binghamton Health Center in the City of Binghamton. Charged were 34-year-old Yancey Powell of Tampa Florida and 30-Year-old Robert Felton of Johnson city, they are accused of attempting to steal a metal fence in order to sell it for scrap. Powell & Felton were each charged with trespassing, larceny and conspiracy, they were processed and released on appearance returnable to the City of Binghamton court at a later date.
29-year-old Kevin Buie of Endicott pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular manslaughter and 2nd degree assault, in connection with a crash that left killed 35-year-old Jonathan Pratt and seriously injured 35-year-old Joseph Dirig in downtown Binghamton last September. Buie is being held in the Broome County Jail pending sentencing on June 19th.
State police announced that one woman was killed in a fire in Port Crane. State Police, the Broome County Fire Investigation Team, the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and the Broome County Coroner’s Office are investigating a fatal structure fire occurring Tuesday morning at 311 Tunnel Road in the Town of Fenton. Fire Departments from Sanitaria Springs, Port Crane, and Harpursville responded to the blaze at 4:29 AM, they located a deceased female inside, the Identification is undetermined, The investigation is continuing.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a multi-count indictment resulting in the arrest of11 Syracuse-area residents on drug trafficking charges Tuesday. The 69 count indictment includes counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First, Second and Third Degree, as well as Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First, Second & Third Degree, as well as Conspiracy in the Second Degree. The drug network transported cocaine from Puerto Rico, Arizona and New York City for distribution in Syracuse and Watertown. The Attorney General office’s seized in excess of six kilograms of cocaine and approximately six ounces of heroin.
Today is “National Denim Day”, a day to wear jeans to commemorate a 1998 court decision in Italy that is viewed as a slap in the face to victims of rape. Mike Middaugh of the child advocacy center in Norwich explains:
(Mike Middaugh 4-24-13)
Those who would like more information on crime victims’ issues can log on at cc of cc.com.
Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County will be much closer to starting their next build, after receiving a generous gift toward future projects. The Habitat chapter plans call for a 41 acre property, located on Spring Valley Road in Delhi, for an affordable home and a separate parcel to accommodate a structure to store the inventory of building materials donated to the organization. More information about Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County can be accessed at 746-9987; or online at Habitatdelawarecounty.org.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today in the District Conference Room to discuss district business, vote on the DCMO BOCES Budget and Board Member Election. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:30 PM.
New York state passed “Social Host” laws a few years ago, that made it illegal for parents to host parties where underage alcoholic drinking in their homes. Dave Ramsey of the Delaware county alcohol & drug abuse council explains the law, as part of the recognition of April as “Alcohol Awareness Month”:
(Dave Ramsey 4-2-13)
Ramsey said that brain research in recent years shows that the brain does not reach its peak until around age 25, and the entering of alcohol to the brain prior to the age leads to cognitive difficulties and the stunting of an individual reaching their full potential. More information is available by calling the council at 746-8300.
State Troopers arrested 45-year-old Edward Ladd of Binghamton for Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC of .16%, twice the legal limit. The arrest followed a traffic stop on Interstate 88 for Failure to Move Over for an Emergency Vehicle; Ladd was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Fenton Court on April 18th.
State Troopers arrested 51-year-old Eve Pierson of Cooperstown for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. The arrest resulted from a 911 complaint of an erratic operator on State Route 28 in Milford; Pierson was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Milford Court on April 16th.
NYSEG reminds contractors and customers to call Dig Safely New York at 811 to have underground facilities marked before beginning any excavation work. Every year, there are dozens of incidents of third-party damage of NYSEG’s underground natural gas and electric facilities. These incidents can put people’s lives in danger, are costly and can interrupt essential utility service. More information is available at 1-800-962-7962 or at www.digsafelynewyork.com.
Delaware County Deputies arrested 24-year-old Kyle Alverson of Delhi for 3rd degree Criminal Mischief, following an incident on Glen Burnie Rd in the town of Delhi, Alverson released on an appearance for April 9th, in the Town of Delhi Court.
Binghamton police arrested 31-year-old Bryan Coole of Binghamton following traffic stop. Police confiscated 20 bags of heroin from Coole’s car during the traffic stop, he was charged with 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and is scheduled to be arraigned the City of Binghamton Court.
Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith of Queens, New York City Councilman Dan Halloran and Republican County Chairmen Joseph Savino of the Bronx and Vincent Tabone of queens, were arrested today by the FBI, for allegedly hatching a scheme to allow smith to run for New York City mayor under the less populated republican line. Smith Is accused of arranging for a real estate developer to fund bribes, and Halloran is accused of negotiating the payments to be $40,000, the developer was actually an undercover officer. More arrested are anticipated shortly. Smith previously served as the state senate majority leader, he scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Westchester County.
The Investigation is continuing into fatal shootings in Mohawk & Herkimer yesterday, where 64 year old Kurt Meyers of Mohawk apparently set fire to his apartment, entered into a nearby barber shop, shot 4 people unprovoked, killing 2, he then drove about 1 mile to a car wash & oil change establishment in Herkimer, and shot & killed 2 people. State police superintendent Joseph D’Amico released the names of the deceased:
(Superintendent Joseph Damico)
Governor Cuomo was briefed and addressed reporters at state police barracks in Herkimer this afternoon:
(Governor Cuomo in Herkimer)
Meyers was holed up in an abandoned bar on North Main Street in Herkimer overnight, gun fire had been exchanged at around 2:15 PM, and police have had no contact with Meyers.
43 year old Jeffrey Turner of Fenton pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Broome County Court to 2nd degree rape, 2nd degree criminal sexual act, use of a child in a sexual performance and promoting a sexual performance by a child, for alleged sex crimes against a 14-year-old girl. Turner was arraigned & was remanded to county jail without bail; turner also faces 32 federal charges in connection with the case.
The state Supreme Court’s rejected a request for an injunction to overturn the NY SAFE Act. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stated that the court rightfully rejected an attempt to halt the State’s efforts to reduce gun violence and prevent the tragedies from the use of military style weapons and high capacity ammunition devices. Schneiderman said that he would continue to defend the law against multiple lawsuits.
The Concerned Residents of Oxford, C-DOG & C-CARE will co-host a forum regarding natural gas issues today, at the united church of Christ on west Main Street in Norwich tonight at 6:30 PM. Guest speakers include Ellen Harrison of Fleased.org and attorney Joseph Heath. More information is available at 226-6483.
Today at 4:00 pm is the Deadline to submit nomination to the Sidney chamber of commerce for the Citizen & Business of Years awards. Winners of each award will be honored at the chamber’s annual dinner meeting in June.