Police agencies in Tioga County executed a search warrant in Newark Valley, leading to the seizure of an active meth-amphetamine lab and the arrest of 6 people. Charged were 23 year old Scott Cole, of Newark Valley, 29 year old Jamie Swackhammer of Newark Valley, 31 year old Bryan Burkard of Berkshire, 48 year old Theresa Cochran of Caroline, 23 year old Kara Smithgall, of Endicott, & 28 year old Melanie Short of Berkshire. police executed a search warrant at the Cole and Swackhammer residence Tuesday at 5:00 PM and confiscated items used to manufacture methamphetamine, all were charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance; they were arraigned and remanded to the Tioga County Jail without bail. Further charges are pending and the investigation is continuing.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch will participate in the Legislative day from 9:00 A.M. to 12:45 PM at the LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING in Albany today, followed by a noontime rally in the West Capitol Park. Crouch said that the passing of the New York Safe Gun control act has angered constituents:
Crouch said that Governor Cuomo pushed through the Safe Act following the Sandy Creek Elementary School shooting in neighboring Connecticut.
The Unatego United Group will hold a rally today at 7:00 pm at the Otego Elementary School. The group is seeking help from area lawmakers, to make the state’s school aid formula more equitable to small rural district like Unatego and many other area school districts.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today issued an open letter to doctors, pharmacists and other medical professionals alerting them that the prescription painkiller hydrocodone is now a Schedule II controlled substance under New York State law. The change was mandated as part of Attorney General Schneiderman’s I-STOP law, which creates an online database that enables doctors and pharmacists to report and track controlled narcotic substances in real time by the Internet. The I-STOP database, be mandated to use starting this August. More information is available at health.ny.gov/professionals/narcotic.