The Oneonta Common Council will hold their next regular meeting tonight. The Meeting will begin at 7:00 PM at the Common Coiuncil Chambers at Oneonta City Hall.
The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings to women 40 and older who are uninsuredin Sidney Today. The Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach, health screenings will be available from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Tri-Town Regional Hospital, 43 Pearl Sttreet West, appopintments can be made at 1-888-345-0225.
The Oneonta Common Council will hold their next regular meeting tonight. The Meeting will begin at 7:00 PM at the Common Coiuncil Chambers at Oneonta City Hall.
Oneonta Police responded to a call of a fight in progress in the area of 368 Main Street Sunday. Officers found a victim on the ground bleeding from his head with labored breathing. Police arrested 18-year-old Joseph Schof from Bullville for 2nd degree Assault. The victim was later transported to Albany Medical Center with serious head injuries. Schof was arraigned in the City of Oneonta Court and released on $5,000 cash bail. The unidentified victim from SUNY Oneonta is currently listed in critical condition, the investigation is continuing.
The Unadilla Chamber of Commerce will meet on today at 8:00 am at The Unadilla Fire Station on Clifton Street. All directors and members are urged to attend
Delaware Opportunities will continue its participation in the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program for 4 more years through a contract with Hunger Solutions New York. The goal is to increase the number of eligible people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the School Breakfast and Summer Food Service programs. More information is available at 746-1670.
The Chenango county health department will hold a free rabies clinic today for dogs, cats & ferrets. The event will be held at the South New Berlin fire station from 6:00 to 7:00 PM more information is available at 337-1673.
The next meeting of the Oneonta Common Council will be held this evening at City Hall. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the Common Council Chambers.
The first day of the WCDO Fundraiser for the Chenango County Toys for Tots programs was very successful, with donations of toys, checks & cash coming into the WCDO studios throughout the day. A fire in Norwich Friday damaged about $8,000 of toys stored by the program for this year’s drive, Toys for Tots Coordinator Roger Barnhart stopped by yesterday to talk about the importance of the program, and how many people benefited last year locally:
(Roger Barnhart 12-3-13)
Barnhart left WCDO with $3148 yesterday, about 97% of the money collected goes directly for toy purchases. Donations are being accepted at WCDORADIO.com for toys for tots, toys are still being accepted at the WCDO Studios today, they will also be collected in Bainbridge this Saturday when the Toys for Tots train stops at noon.
A wood stove is blamed for a Saturday fire in Deposit. Deposit Firefighters & fire fighters from 7 other departments responded to 2941 China Road around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, the house was a total loss, the Red Cross is assisting occupants.
State police at Sidney arrested 31-year-old Howard Archer of Unadilla for unlawful possession of marihuana. The arrest resulted from a vehicle stop on Pine Hill Road in Sidney. Police searched Archer’s vehicle & confiscated 15 grams of marihuana and two smoking pipes with burnt marihuana residue, Archer was released on tickets returnable to the Sidney town court on December 12th.
State troopers arrested 32-year-old Nicole Caves of Beacon, New York Saturday, after a property damage automobile accident on State Route 17 in Hancock. Caves was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a reportable BAC result of .26%, more than 3 times the legal limit. Cave was issued tickets to appear in the Hancock town court on January 26,
The Oneonta Common Council approved a 2014 budget by a vote of 5 to 2 Last week. The $15.3 million dollar general fund budget for 2014 carries a tax levy increase of 1.5%, a public hearing on the plan Will be held tonight at Oneonta City Hall at 7:00, the council will then likely vote on the budget.
Commerce Chenango announces the NBT BANK ANNUAL HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR will be held tonight at their 52 South Broad Street Norwich location. The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, more information is available at 334-1402.
Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 42-year-old Terry Bartlett of North Norwich for DWI, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Endangerment & Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Deputies accuse Bartlett of driving onto a lawn attempting to hit an adult male victim while 3 children were playing in the yard. Bartlett then drove onto the public roadway attempting to hit the male victim again. Bartlett was arraigned in the Town of North Norwich Court & was remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $2,000 bail pending future court action.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a vehicle and traffic complaint last week on Pines Brook Road in the Town of Walton. It was reported that a Walton Central School bus, while stopped & was discharging students when a motorist disregarded the safety apparatus and passed the bus. The school bus’s video surveillance identified both the vehicle and its operator; deputies arrested 19-year-old James Copeland of Walton for Failure to Stop for School Bus & Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle. Copeland’s driver’s license was suspended at the time of the incident; he faces action in the Town of Walton Court Wednesday.
The Chenango County Sheriffs arrested 3 Town of Sherburne residents for drug related offenses. The Narcotics Division attempted to stop 46-year-old Steve Manwarren; he drove off & during the pursuit, his passenger 27 year old Randy Buck Jr. allegedly threw heroin packets out of the car. The vehicle was later stopped, the heroin recovered, and both men were arrested. Detectives discovered another 60 packets of heroin belonging to Manwarren, 56 year old Kim Chlad was also arrested as she attempted to discard the 60 packets of heroin from her and Manwarren’s residence. Manwarren was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Buck was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance & Tampering with Physical Evidence. Chlad was charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence. All 3 were released pending future court action.
The New York State Court of Appeals has ruled that people who live part-time in the state can get handgun licenses here. The Court of Appeals said New York pistol permits, which are issued by cities or counties, are not limited to people whose primary residence is in New York. The seven judge declined to rule on whether the state law as previously interpreted was unconstitutional.
The Oneonta common council will meet tonight to discuss the 2014 city budget. Other agenda topics include the performance review process for city manager, the airport commission and a motion to seek proposals for legal services to support collective bargaining. The council will also consider adopting the Otsego County hazard mitigation plan. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm in the common council chambers at city hall.
The 2013-2014 HEAP season will open November 18th. HEAP is a federally funded program, administered at the county level, which assists income eligible households in meeting their winter heating costs. All applicants are encouraged to apply at mybenefits.ny.gov.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 20-year-old Caden Cruz of Oxford on a charge of 2nd degree Burglary. Cruz is accused of burglarizing a residence in the town of Smithville last year, He was arrested & was arraigned in the Town Of Greene Court & was remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $7,500 cash bail.
The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force arrested 29-year-old Jamell Shannon of Binghamton, 41 year old Charles Jones of new Hartford Connecticut and 30 year old Natasha Castillo of Binghamton on a variety of drug charges, following the execution of a narcotics search warrant at 15 Williams Street, in Binghamton. Police confiscated crack cocaine, marijuana, a digital scale used to weigh narcotics plus various prescription pain killers. Castillo was processed and released on an appearance ticket for City of Binghamton Court on a later date. Shannon and Jones are both being held at the Binghamton Police Department pending arraignment in the City of Binghamton Court.
Lawmakers wrapped up the state budget on time, and Governor Cuomo vetoed more spending out of the plan last week. Area assemblyman Bill Magee said that the agriculture fared well in the budget:
(Bill Magee 4-16-13)
Magee represents the new 121st assembly district, which includes part of Otsego County, including the city of Oneonta; he chairs the assembly agriculture committee.
State troopers in Oneonta arrested 25 year old Eric Dorsey of Sidney for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th following a traffic stop on Interstate 88 in the Town of Otego. Dorsey was released with an Appearance Ticket to appear in the Town of Otego Court on April 25th.
The Oneonta common council will hold their next regular meeting tonight at 7:00 PM. Prior to tonight’s meeting, the trailblazer award reception will be held at the Oneonta middle school cafeteria, where Charlotte McKane and Sarah Patterson will be honored by the city Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights. The common council meeting will also be held at the middle School cafeteria.
Hartwick College announced that they will host an Open House program on May 4th geared toward current high school juniors who are interested in becoming part of Hartwick’s Class of 2018. The Open House will be on May 4th, it will provide opportunities to learn more about Hartwick’s campus, academic and extracurricular offerings, to meet with Hartwick staff, tour the campus and learn about the 3 year degree program instituted a couple of years ago. Those who wish to sign up can do so at hartwick.edu
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has stopped $21.2 million in questionable personal income tax refunds. DiNapoli stated that his office found more than 6,300 improper filings this year, but has approved nearly four million refund requests. Another 271,000 refunds are expected to be paid in the coming days.
State police in Norwich arrested 24-year-old Justin McLain of Smithville, for 4th degree Criminal Mischief. The arrest resulted from an investigation into a disturbance on Scribner Lane in Smithville; McLain was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable in the Town of Smithville Court on April 23rd.
The Binghamton Mets will host their annual “Welcome Back B-Mets” Dinner at the Binghamton Riverwalk Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Binghamton tonight. B-Mets players and mascots will arrive at 5:30 PM for the “Meet the Mets” autograph reception. Dinner will be served at 7:00 PM followed by a special baseball program with players & coaches introductions. The B-Mets home opener will be on April 11th at NYSEG stadium.
The next regular meeting of the Oneonta Common Council will be tonight. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM at the common council chambers on the 2nd floor of city hall.
State Troopers arrested 28-year-old David Childs of the town of Maine, for Operating a Motor Vehicle Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Possession of Marihuana, and 19-year-old Cassidy Canfield of Johnson City, for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrests resulted from a traffic stop in the Town of Union, Childs and Canfield were issued appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Union Court on March 26th.
State Police at Norwich arrested 53-year-old Debra Trudeau of Hubbardsville, for Driving While Intoxicated, following a traffic stop on State Route 12 in the Town of Sherburne. Trudeau was issued Tickets returnable to the Town of Sherburne Court on March 22nd.
The Oneonta common council will hold their next regular meeting today. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the council chambers on the 2nd floor of city hall.
The state DEC Commissioner Joe Martens addressed lawmakers yesterday in Albany, telling them that there is still no time table for finishing shale gas drilling rules, although a missed deadline in November forced the DEC to push back the next deadline to this February 27th. Martens said that he is waiting for the report from Health Commissioner Nirav Shah on Hydraulic Fracturing in a few weeks. If regulations aren’t finalized by the end of this month, they will expire again, and force another period for additional public comments. A moratorium on gas drilling has been in place for 4½ years.
Firefighters in Conklin had to return to the site if a Sunday night fire again Monday morning. Fire crews were recalled to Milburn Drive along the Susquehanna River at about 8:45 am Monday, the fire first started Sunday night due to an electrical malfunction. No injuries among firefighters were reported for either Sunday night or Monday morning.
The Oneonta common council will hold their next regular meeting this evening. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the Common Council Chambers at Oneonta City Hall.
A former Binghamton landmark has been destroyed by fire. Flames engulfed an empty warehouse at 115 Montgomery Street last night, with firefighters still on the scene this morning. The building once house Pa’s Woodshed and a series of clubs, it had been vacant for several years. Investigators will try to determine what caused the fire shortly.
The Oneonta Common Council hired a police officer Anthony Capristo at last night’s meeting at city hall. The council also approved 4th ward alderman Michael Lynch to be acting mayor, and approved members of boards and commissions at last nights meeting, the first meeting of 2013.
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was passed by Congress and signed by the President, extending deadlines for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) through December 2013. The legislation allows the program to continue the same, as before, more information is available at labor.ny.gov.
Oneonta city police charged 22-year-old Marissa Hetzel with 2nd degree vehicular assault, leaving the scene of a person injury accident & DWI and several lesser charges, following the report of a bicyclist being hit by a vehicle Tuesday morning on the Lettis Highway. Police reported that the unidentified bicyclist suffered multiple fractures, severe head and chest trauma, and was taken first to Fox Hospital and later to Bassett hospital in Cooperstown for emergency surgery. Hetzel was arraigned in Oneonta City Court and was released on $2,500 bail, pending re-appearance in court at a later date.
Oneonta police arrested an area woman on charges of DWI early Tuesday morning. 44-year-old Lisa Sperry of Oneonta was charged following an investigation into a property damage accident in the Clinton Plaza parking lot off of Main Street. Sperry faces court action at a later date.
The Delaware valley humane society is in need of bedding for the many animals currently house at the site on east Main Street in Sidney. Karen Crawford at the humane society explains:
(Karen Crawford 1-3-13)
Those who would like more information about the humane society’s needs, or the adoption process for the many animals there, can call 563-7780.
Some local high school athletes have reached elite status this year, being tabbed with “All State” honors. Unatego’s Tyler Butler earned first team honors for his play at Safety, second team honors went to Nate McDonald of Sidney, Jake Mazzarella of Bainbridge-Guilford and Mike Beers of Walton. Third team honors went to Brandon Walters of Sidney; honorable mention went to Sidney’s Austin Dean and UV’s Kody Homann.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced that his office has posted information online detailing charitable donations raised for Hurricane Sandy relief. The 88 charities that have responded to the survey reported raising approximately $400 million for Hurricane Sandy relief. The five charities reporting the most contributions and pledges are the American red cross at 188 million, the robin hood foundation at 67 million, The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City at 45 million dollars, the empire state relief fund at 15.4 million and the salvation army at 14.3 million. More information is available at charitiesnys.com.
Blood supplies are very low traditionally following the holidays and this year is no exception. A red cross blood drive is being held at Chenango memorial hospital’s basement conference room in Norwich on Monday January 7th from 10:30 to 3:30 PM, appointments care requested at 337-4028 or 337-4093, walk-ins are also welcome.
Yesterday meant that area lawmakers were sworn into office. In Oneonta, state Senator Jim Seward, and assembly members Bill Magee and Claudia Tenney were sworn in. In Broome County, County Executive Debbie Preston took the oath of office at the Forum Theater in Binghamton, along with All 15 county legislators.
Officials in Oneonta were delighted with the turnout for Oneonta First Night festivities on Monday night. Organizers said that the streets were filled with celebrants, with about 25 entertainments acts at 14 different downtown locations after main street parade at 4:00 PM Monday, and ending with fireworks at about 10:30.
Broome County arrested Laura Sturgeon, after she & a friend took a 2009 Toyota pick up truck for a test drive from an auto dealership in the Town of Union, and did not return it for more than 4 hours. Deputies say she took a four-hour test drive. Deputies found Sturgeon and the vehicle around 8:30 p.m. at a gas station in the Town of Union, deputies reported that Sturgeon had used the vehicle for shopping; she was charged with one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle & will appear in the Town of Union Court at a later date.
The Oneonta common council will hold their next regular meeting this evening. The council is expected to act on Mayor Dick Miller’s recommendations for appointments to city positions; the meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the common council chambers on the 2nd floor of city hall.