Fire crews from all over the region are responding to a fire on the top floor at Matteson Hall on the SUCO campus in Oneonta. The Fire was called in at about 4:00 PM, and early reports suggests that all students escaped the dorm without injury. WCDO News will have more information as it becomes available
Governor Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Christie, and Connecticut Governor Malloy released a joint statement regarding passage of the disaster relief package by the House of Representatives. The governors were pleased that the House finally passed the remaining 51 billion dollars in aid to the 3 states, following last year’s devastating Hurricane Sandy. Congress took 78 days to complete the aid package.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 41-year-old Stephen Amos of Otselic on an active Arrest Warrant. Amos was wanted on a charge of Driving While Intoxicated, he was arraigned in the Town of Otselic Court and was remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $500 cash bail; he will reappear in court at a later date.
The Chenango County Sheriffs Office arrested 23-year-old Caleb Wearne of Afton on a charge of 2nd degree Criminal Contempt. Wearne is accused of violating an order of protection by having contact with the protected party, he was arraigned in the Town of Bainbridge court and was released on his own recognize, and will appear in the Town of Afton Court at a later date.
The Chenango County Sheriffs Office arrested 23-year-old Nickole Hoyt of Norwich for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Hoyt is accused of possessing a stolen flat screen television set from the Norwich Wal-Mart; she was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Norwich Court at a later date.
State troopers in Sidney arrested 23-year-old Brian Smith of Vestal, for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, following a traffic stop on Interstate 88 in the Town of Afton. Smith was issued an Appearance Ticket to appear in the Town of Afton Court on January 28th.
The city of Oneonta will begin a water flow test at 9 p.m. today in front of the Clinton Plaza. Area residents may see changes to water pressure during the test period.
The regular meeting of the Oneonta planning commission will be held tonight at city hall. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the common council chambers, among the items on the agenda, a proposed apartment complex on Blodgett drive, and proposed additions at Stewart’s shoes on main street and Dewar hall at Hartwick College.
The Oneonta Farmers’ Market is currently accepting applications from new vendors selling farm products, hand-made crafts or other local specialty items. Prospective vendors must be located within 50 miles of Oneonta and carry liability insurance. The winter Oneonta Farmers’ Market is open throughout the winter and early spring in the Main Street Garage Walkway every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. More information is available at OneontaFarmersMarket.com or 437-0158.
The deadline to submit a comment regarding hydraulic fracturing returning to New York, ended Friday afternoon oat 5:00 PM. Thousands of comments were submitted over the course of the DEC accepting comments over the last few year’s, they may render their decision on hydraulic fracturing by February 27th.
Delaware County Public Health will be holding a Flu clinic on Monday, January 21, 2013 from 1:00 PM-2: 30PM by appointment only, at Delaware County Public Health, 99 Main St, Delhi, NY 13753. Public Health has a limited supply of Flu vaccine for ages 3 and up, the cost of the vaccine is $25.00, and insurances will not be billed. To make an appointment for the flu shot people must call Delaware County Public Health at 607-832-5200. More information is available at the State Health Department website at: health.ny.gov/diseases
Commerce Chenango announced that Development Chenango Corporation has been awarded $250,000 to establish a Main Street Grant Program in the Village of New Berlin. New Berlin Mayor Terry Potter commented:
The funding from the New York State Office of Community Renewal will leverage an additional $84,000 from the owners of the 6 downtown buildings that will be renovated. 4 other Chenango county projects were also funded Sunrise Family Farms in Greene; the Village of Greene to conduct a sewer collection engineering study; DCMO BOCES & Golden Artist Colors.
State Police at Oneonta arrested 22-year-old Koby Marble of Oneonta for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. The arrest resulted from a DWI road check in Oneonta, Marble was issued tickets returnable in the Town of Oneonta Court on February 2nd.
State DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala will deliver Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address in Norwich tomorrow. The presentation will be held at the SUNY Morrisville Norwich Campus at 20 Conkey Avenue beginning at 11:00 AM. RSVP is required at 721-8605.
State Police at Sidney arrested 21 year old Michael Brady of Long Beach and 20 year old Jeremiah O’Brien of Wantagh for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on Interstate 88 in Sidney, Both were issued Appearance Tickets returnable in the Town of Sidney Court on February 14th.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a one-car motor vehicle accident that occurred on State Highway 17. 24 year old Sarah Stenuf of East Syracuse was traveling east when her vehicle left the roadway and struck the guide rail, she was transported to Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris to be evaluated and was released.
State Police at Sidney arrested 30-year-old John Barriger of Walton, for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop in Masonville, Barriger was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Masonville Court on February 19th.
NYSEG is beginning a new round of stray voltage testing their service area, it involves hundreds of thousands of pieces of equipment from transmission, distribution, streetlight poles and traffic signals to substation fences, pad-mounted transformers and manhole covers. Stray voltage is an electric current in the earth, or in ground water, resulting from the grounding of electrical equipment or an electrical distribution system. This testing is required by the New York State Public Service Commission.
Governor Cuomo will deliver the 2013 State of the State Address this afternoon in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany at 1:30 PM. The address will be streamed at governor.ny.gov.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will announce this year’s inductees, who will be enshrined in the Hall later this summer. Among the possible inductees include former Mets Catcher Mike Piazza, Astros great Craig Biggio, as well as suspected Steroid users Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro & Roger Clemens. The Announcement is scheduled for 2:00 this afternoon.
The State DOT today announced that, crews would be conducting pavement repair and pavement striping operations on Route 17 and Interstate 81 today in the vicinity of Prospect Mountain in the City of Binghamton, between 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon. Traffic will experience rolling slow-downs administered by State Police, motorists should anticipate delays.
Oneonta police have arrested Kerry Dalton of Oneonta, for the alleged theft of $425 through the misuse of a city owned gas card, while working as an employee at the city garage. Dalton has been placed on administrative leave & will face court action at a later date.
The Oneonta city environmental board will hold their next meeting this evening. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM in the common council chambers at Oneonta city hall.
The Sidney chamber of commerce will hold their January Board meeting will be held this morning at 7:45 at Trackside Dining on Main Street. Chambers members are encouraged to attend.
Residents in the village of Bainbridge are being asked to conserve water, as a leak in the water delivery system has not yet been found and repaired. Mayor Chick Darling explains:
Darling requested that village water users refrain from using their washing machines, garden hoses & dishwashers until the leak is repaired.
Governor Cuomo today announced that New Yorkers would save more than $500 million on health insurance premiums in 2013 because the Department of Financial Services cut rate increase requests by insurers. Health insurers requested weighted average increases of approximately 12.4 percent, but DFS, cut the average increase to 7.5 percent. Additional Information is available at governor.ny.gov.
24-year-old Jovan Gresham of Vestal pleaded guilty to assault and weapons charges for shooting a man 8 times at the former Victoria’s Restaurant in Binghamton in 2010. Gresham pleaded guilty to 1st degree assault and 2 counts of 2nd degree criminal possession of a weapon, for the shooting of Karlshen Marks, and for unlawfully possessing a loaded handgun in the City of Binghamton. Gresham faces sentencing on April 1st; he was released on a cash bail bond of $50,000.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 55-year-old Mitchell Farwell on charges of 2nd degree Harassment and Resisting Arrest. Farwell was charged following an investigation into a noise complaint in the Town of Norwich, he is accused of pushing the responding Deputy during his investigation and then attempted to prevent an arrest from being made. Farwell was arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court and remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $500 cash bail.
Firefighters responded to a fire at 1065 Delaware County Highway 11 in Davenport Friday that destroyed a 2 story home. The Layton family escaped without injury, but they lost family possessions a few pets in the blaze. Firefighters from Davenport, East Meredith, Meridale, Oneonta, West Oneonta, Schenevus, Otego, Stamford and FAST units of Franklin and Worcester responded. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Children in the Walton central school district have been receiving death threats as well as Violent & suggestive images through Facebook. About a dozen students were targeted, through their Facebook accounts; Walton police hope to have an arrest shortly.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 19 year old Joseph Daring of New Berlin on a 2nd degree harassment charge. Daring is accused of grabbing of an unidentified victim by the neck during an argument. Daring will appear in the Town of Norwich Court at a later date.
State Senator Jim Seward & Congressmen Chris Gibson toured Otsego County today. Seward attended the Otsego County Chamber State of the State Breakfast in Oneonta, followed by tours of Ioxus, Corning, and Custom Electronics in through the afternoon. Both men were recently re-elected to their positions & were sworn in last week to serve their next terms.
A former Otsego county motel manager has turned himself in to local authorities, after allegedly cashing a forged check in Oneonta last year. 24-year-old Kyle VanDewerker is accused of cashing a $600 check while serving as the manager of the Amber Life Inn Motel in Colliersville, a warrant of arrest was obtained for VanDewerker from the Oneonta City Court following a complaint form the motel owner. VanDewerker faces court action shortly.
The Chenango Town Board’s rejected a proposed moratorium on natural gas development at their meeting last week. Board members at that meeting that a moratorium would be premature since the state has not yet approved high volume hydraulic fracturing, & a moratorium could expose the town to lawsuits and interfere with economic benefits and jobs that natural gas development could bring to the town. The town board decision came after the recommendation from the Broome County Planning Department that the proposed moratorium is denied. Meanwhile the state DEC missed a deadline to release the latest draft regulation on hydraulic fracturing in November, a decision may come early this year.
State Troopers arrested 26 year old Kari Hall of Delhi, for Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC of 0.13%. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop in Oneonta; Hall was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Oneonta Court on January 8th.
State Troopers arrested 45 year old Lisa Fazio of Sayre, Pennsylvania, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on State Route 7 in the town of Conklin; Fazio was arraigned in the Town of Conklin Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail in lieu of $250 cash bail.
This year’s January Red Cross blood drive at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is today, in the hospital’s Basement Conference Room 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Appointments are encouraged at 337-4028 or 337-4093. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Police and hospitals are noticing an increase in the abuse of prescription painkillers at an alarming increase. Dave Ramsey of the Alcohol & drug abuse council of Delaware county comments:
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New York state passed legislation last year to begin the “I-Stop” program, where prescriptions are sent electronically to pharmacies where databases can track the prescribing and dispensing of controlled prescription drugs to patients, in order to stop suspected abuse or diversion and provide doctors and pharmacists with real-time information on a patients’ prescription drug history, & who might be “doctor shopping”.
There will be a Sidney school district Capital Project Presentation open to the public on Tuesday, January 8th in the HS Auditorium at 6:00pm. Superintendent Bill Christensen told WCDO News about the project:
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At Tuesday’s open house, Christensen and the architects will be present to talk about the project and answer questions from the public.
The Tri-Town Theater is looking to unearth local talent, with their “First Saturday” open Mike nights starting tomorrow in Sidney. Spokesperson Andrea Whiteside explains:
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The First Saturday Coffee House nights will be held at the new location for the Tri Town Theater at the former Masonic Temple on Union Street in Sidney, more information is available at 563-8690.
Republican Assemblyman Pete Lopez will be sworn in as the representative for the new 102nd Assembly District. The ceremony will be held at the Schoharie County Courthouse in the Village of Schoharie at 6:00 p.m. tonight.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 19-year-old Justin Pezzino of Greene for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Pezzino was charged following a traffic stop in the Town of Greene, he was given an appearance ticket for the Town of Greene Court at a later date.
The Delaware County Sheriffs Office arrested Michael Janitz of Oneonta, on a New York State Parole Warrant. Janitz was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility to await further proceedings from New York State Division of Parole.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 26-year-old Diana Essig of Coventry on an active Arrest Warrant out of the Town of Bainbridge Court for 2nd degree forgery & Petty Larceny. Deputies arrested Essig after she was released from the Chenango County Correctional Facility on unrelated charges; she was arraigned at the Town of Bainbridge Court & was remanded back to the Chenango County Jail on $1,000 cash bail. She is to reappear in the Town of Bainbridge Court at a later date.
The Sidney town board has called a special meeting for Thursday January 10th at 7:00 PM in the Sidney civic center board room. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the draft moratorium on gas drilling, it will be distributed to board members, if it is acceptable to the majority of the board, it will be sent to Delaware county for a general municipal law review.
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:
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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.
State Senator Jim Seward will begin his 14th term in the state senate this year. Seward was optimistic that the bipartisan cooperation would continue in Albany, and more would be accomplished:
Seward took the oath of office Tuesday at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta; he was first elected to the state senate in 1986.
Broome County Sheriff’s deputies charged 22 year old Tyler Maddox of Port Dickinson with second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree attempted assault and second-degree menacing Tuesday> Maddox is accused of attacking an individual in the head with a wooden 2-by-4. Maddox is scheduled to answer the charges in the Town of Fenton Court at a later date.
The Delaware County Sheriffs Office arrested Todd Keck of Andes Monday on 1 count of 3rd degree Menacing, and 1 count of 2nd degree Aggravated Harassment. Keck was arraigned in the Town of Delhi Court and was released on his own recognized to appear in the Town of Andes Court at a later date.
State Police at Oneonta arrested 40-year-old Matthew VanBuren of Fairfield Connecticut for Driving While Intoxicated and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on State Route 23 in Oneonta; VanBuren was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Oneonta Court on January 22nd.
State Police at Binghamton arrested 29-year-old Michael Canfield of Windsor for Driving While Intoxicated, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Petit Larceny. The arrest resulted from a dispute on State Route 11 in Kirkwood; Canfield was issued tickets returnable in the Town of Kirkwood Court at a later date.
New Chenango county judge Frank Revoir was sworn into office Tuesday at the Chenango County Courthouse. Revoir was sworn in as Chenango County, Family and Surrogate Court Judge, for a 10-year term. Revoir replaces outgoing Chenango County Court Judge Howard Sullivan, who retired at the end of the year.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie released a joint statement, regarding the US House of representatives failing to go along with a senate proposal to send hurricane sandy aid to both states. The governors said that the continued inaction and indifference by the House was inexcusable & unprecedented. Hurricane sandy pounded the jersey shore and New York City and its suburbs in late October, causing an estimated 1 billion dollars in damage.
Vestal police are investigating the circumstances around the death of 54-year-old Christine Mapes of Vestal. Mapes was pronounced dead after her body was found in the Susquehanna River, police had responded to a missing person complaint, they followed a small trail behind the residence, & found a body under the ice of the river. The investigation is continuing.
UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich is the first in the region to acquire a new system, which makes procedures easier for both patients and physicians to assist in early detection of diseases. The system uses state-of-the-art electronics including a video processor, light source, endoscope and monitor to enable physicians to peer inside the human body to diagnose, detect and treat gastrointestinal diseases and other conditions, and at earlier stages than before. Those seeking more information about screenings with the new technology should consult their primary care providers.
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.