State Police have released new details about the attack that killed 47-year-old Lori Bresnahan of Liverpool and the sexual assault of a child. Troopers said that Bresnahan, and a 10-year-old girl were leaving a gymnastics class last night when they were accosted by a man. 29-year-old David Renz allegedly bound the woman and raped the child inside the vehicle, and then drove the victim’s vehicle a short distance, where the child was able to escape and was found by a passing motorist. Bresnahan suffered multiple stab wounds and later died at Upstate University Hospital, the child is being treated at the hospital for her injuries. Renz was charged with 1st degree rape, 1st degree kidnapping, as well as 1st & 2nd degree murder. The investigation is continuing.
New England Wood Pellet of Deposit was fined over $17,000 by the occupational safety & health administration, for allegedly exposing workers to hazardous conditions at their Delaware county facility. Problems sited at the deposit plant include improper ventilation, lack of spark detection and extinguishing systems.
Assembly minority Republicans voted against raising the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour this week. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch said that in recessionary times, it could prove to be costly:
(Cliff Crouch 3-15-13)
Assemblyman Pete Lopez also voted no:
(Pete Lopez 3-15-13)
The bill passed in the Assembly, but it’s not expected to pass in the senate, Governor Cuomo has supported the idea of an increase in the minimum wage, but not as high $9.00 an hour.
New York State Labor Commissioner Peter Rivera announced that New York still has nearly $4 million available in federal funding to help businesses hire long-term unemployed workers through the On the Job Training Program. Past grants are responsible for 445 businesses hiring 844 workers since 2011. The grant provides training subsidies of up to $23,000 per worker, they target long-term unemployed New Yorkers who have been unemployed for 20 weeks or more and go to employers to cover 50-90 percent of training-related expenses. More information is available at labor.ny.gov.
The Chenango County Habitat for Humanity is preparing for their 2nd annual “Souper Bowl” to be held at the Family YMCA on North Broad Street in Norwich tomorrow. Officials are looking for donations of soup and bread from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, plus the public is invited to taste and evaluate more than 20 soup choices, and breads donated by the county’s restaurants. More information is available at 656-8155 or habitat.chenango.org.
On Sunday, ecologist & Architect Bryan Quinn will make a special presentation on “Planning for Flood Events in the Butternut Valley.” The event, which will take place at the New Lisbon Town Hall on County Route 16, Garratsville & is sponsored by the Butternut Valley Alliance.
The Boys & Girls Club of Sidney will be hosting its 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Bowl-a-thon at 6:00 PM Saturday at 20th Century Lanes in Sidney. The Bowl-a-thon is 1 of the Boys & Girls Club biggest fundraisers. The Club has 450-area youth regular attending, they hope to raise more than $5,000 to continue to fund their programs.