State Troopers arrested 24 year old Denver Colegrove of Otego for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, after responding to a 1 car roll over accident on Dutch Hill Road in Otego. Colegrove was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Otego Court on August 21st.
ACCO brands in Sidney announced that they would be adding 25 full time hourly manufacturing positions at their Sidney facility immediately. Job growth was attributed to the recent relocation of ACCO brands day-Timer operations form Allentown Pennsylvania to the Sidney facility. More information is available at accobrands.com.
Governor Cuomo announced the recipients of $340 million in full-day pre-kindergarten funding for 81 school districts and Community Based Organizations statewide, opening full-day classroom slots to nearly 37,000 children. The funding is the first installment as part of the State’s commitment to invest $1.5 billion over 5 years to build a Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten program.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 56 year old Douglas Caesar of New Berlin for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance for allegedly possessing cocaine in the City of Norwich. Caesar was released on his own recognizance to return to the City of Norwich Court at a later date.
The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings to women 40 and older who are uninsured. The Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach, will be available today from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce at 5 Main Street Delhi, Appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225 for your appointment.
State Troopers arrested 24 year old Denver Colegrove of Otego for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, after responding to a 1 car roll over accident on Dutch Hill Road in Otego. Colegrove was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Otego Court on August 21st.
The probability of strong to severe storms in the WCDO listening area is very likely for Tuesday, 7/1/14.
Dangerously high temperatures are expected late afternoon/early evening for the Finger Lakes
region and the greater Syracuse area Tuesday. These conditions will be a primary driving force and contribute to the severity of storms as they begin reach our area in the mid to late afternoon. Damaging winds and potential flooding are the primary threats. However, large hail, and even an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions and stay tuned to FM 100.9 / AM 1490 WCDO for the latest updates. In the event of heavy localized rainfall, you can keep an eye on the water levels of our local rivers by visiting the river gages, located HERE at WCDORadio.com
Here’s a look at the likely timing of the arrival of severe weather potential:
Be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions and stay tuned to WCDO for the latest updates.
Area assemblyman Cliff Crouch announced his intentions to seek the office for another 2-year term in the 122nd district:
Crouch cited education, economic development, and mandate relief for taxpayers, businesses, schools and local governments as his main goals. Crouch was first elected to the Assembly in 1995 and serves as chairman of the Assembly Republican Conference. So far, no democrats have announced any intention to seek Crouch’s Assembly seat.
Engineers have determined the Ellis Brothers Furniture Building on Water Street in Binghamton is in danger of imminent collapse and must be demolished. An April 30th fire damaged the building & the Demolition is expected within the next few days. A portion of Water Street will be closed to traffic for at least a week as the building is torn down and debris is removed.
Otego resident Mike Packard will join the 2100-mile club after finishing his 30th 70-mile general Clinton canoe regatta race on Monday. Packard told WCDO News about the milestone and how he got started in canoe racing:
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28 time Regatta Champion Serge Corbin will not be racing this year, after 29 finishes at the General Clinton Canoe Regatta. The 57-year-old Corbin told WCDO that he is not racing currently:
Corbin continues to operate his Boat making business, and is enjoying his retirement from canoe racing.
The state Senate passed a bill to make the aggravated murder of a child punishable with a life sentence in prison without parole. The bill expands on the existing law of aggravated abuse of a child, which makes it a crime when someone causes physical injury to a child under the age of 14. Dubbed the “Protect Our Children Act,” the proposed bill also seeks to create a new felony for concealing the death of a child, and for failing to notify police when the whereabouts of a child are unknown for more than 24 hours. The bill was sent to the assembly
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced the first phase of a statewide database, to help track a rising epidemic of heroin use in New York. Schumer said the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, agreed to meet with state and local government officials within the next three months, to determine how to track heroin and other drug-related crimes. The database would help counties set up a database to track heroin and other drug-related overdoses, deaths, hospital admissions and crimes statewide, as well as help police identify patterns and crack down on distribution rings.
Governor Cuomo launched a new online platform called Business Mentor NY, the State’s first, mentoring program designed to help small business. The website located at businessmentor.ny.gov where participants may register online, review the profiles of potential mentors and communicate directly with them on an as-needed basis and at no charge.
The band Barenaked Ladies will play opening night at the New York State Fair on Aug. 21st. The band will perform at 8 p.m. at Chevy Court. Other acts announced for Chevy Court include Kellie Pickler, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone , John Kay and Steppenwolf, Bowzer’s Rock & Roll Party, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and The Doobie Brothers
The state budget contains 10 million dollars to get the Binghamton University School of Pharmacy project started. State Senator Tom Libous supports the plan:
Libous said that the school, slated to open in the fall of 2017.
State lawmakers wrapped up votes on the new state budget yesterday, assemblyman Cliff Crouch told WCDO News of some of the items of local concern:
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State Senator John Bonacic told WCDO News that he really liked the way this budget turned out:
The budget totaled 140 billion dollars, holding the spending increase to 1.6% as stipulated by the property tax cap law passed last year.
The state budget includes a measure that will no longer hold consumers financially responsible for surprise, uninsured medical costs. Those costs can arise when a consumer goes to a hospital for a procedure, by a doctor who is covered by their healthcare provider, but end up being treated by a doctor or specialist who is not covered. The new legislation will protect consumers from the surprise costs and sets up arbitration process that removes the consumer from billing disputes between out-of-network doctors and health insurers.
The Sidney Police arrested 31-year-old Herbert Bidwell Jr. of Sidney for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Grand Larceny, Forgery and Petty Larceny. Bidwell is accused of purchasing items with a stolen Debit card he was remanded to the Delaware County jail & faces court action shortly.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is holding public meetings this week, to gather feedback on the draft Environmental Impact Statement, for the proposed Constitution Pipeline. The pipeline would carry natural gas, from northern Pennsylvania across New York’s Southern Tier, to connect with other pipelines in Schoharie County serving Northeast markets. Meetings are scheduled tonight at 7:00 at the Oneonta High School, tomorrow night at 7:00 PM at the Afton High School, and Thursday evening at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford, Pennsylvania. If approved, pipeline construction could start in January.
The Otsego County Sheriff’s Department arrested 50 year old John Chapman of Otego on charges of promoting gambling, possessing gambling records and money laundering, following an 8 month investigation that included assistance from the state Department of Financial Services Criminal Investigation Unit. If convicted, Chapman faces up to 12 years in state prison.
Governor Cuomo announced a new multi-agency Cigarette Strike Force to help crack down on counterfeit and untaxed tobacco trade and sales. The state Tax Department is partnering with 12 state, local and federal agencies to expand and share their database of crime-related information to end illegal cigarette trafficking organizations. A pack of cigarettes in the state is taxed $4.35 and in New York City there is a $5.85 tax—both the highest in the country. The penalty for possession of illegal cigarettes is a $600 fine per carton. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office filed a $70 million lawsuit against Federal Express for unlawfully shipping nearly 80 million illegal cigarettes to consumers in New York. The lawsuit joins and expands upon a complaint filed in December by New York City.
State Police arrested 52-year-old Katrina Diamond of Otego for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a reportable BAC result of .21%. The arrest was made for failing to keep right on State Route 7 in Oneonta, Diamond was found to be driving while intoxicated and with an open bottle of vodka in the vehicle. She was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Oneonta Court on March 4th.
The Executive Budget continues efforts to control costs while tackling tough issues, according to a report released by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. The report also points out that details are lacking on spending changes required for balance in the coming years. DiNapoli stated that based on Division of the Budget projections, the state faces the risk of General Fund out-year gaps totaling $1.5 billion, $2.2 billion and $3.4 billion in the following 3 years, if unspecified savings from the 2% spending limit are excluded, the gaps would be smaller. The report is located at osc.state.ny.us.
Members of the Circle Drive Alliance Church in Sidney are holding a fundraising dinner shortly, to raise money for a trip to Peru this summer, to assist with people living & working at a Garbage Dump. Spokesperson Megan Owens explains about the dinner & the trip:
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Owens said that the trip would be for 10 days at the end of July into early August, more information is available at 437-5799.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is seeking proposals to establish and operate an Advanced Building Consortium in New York State made up of experts in the building trades, to make buildings more energy efficient and cheaper to construct. Funding of up to $7.5 million is available. More information is available at NYSERDA.NY.GOV.
In 2011, Governor Cuomo divided the state into 10 regional councils and awarded the Southern Tier close to $50 million for 58 projects, which are on track for completion. Locally, Norwich Pharmaceuticals is using $2 million for a new lab and equipment, allowing it to test and develop medications. It also retains 350 jobs in Chenango County
Members of Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County are planning to undertake a building renovation project in Delhi this summer. Currently the organization is looking for volunteers and volunteer organizations to assist with all components of the build. The existing structure is on 3 acres along Spring Valley Road, it was donated to the local Habitat Board last year and is in need of an addition to accommodate the average needs of a family. More information is available at 746-9987 or by email at: email@example.com.
Federal officials say the number of farms in New York fell slightly from 2007 to 2012. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said preliminary numbers, from its 2012 census, show there are 35,538 farms in the state, down from 36,352. The 2.2% decrease in the number of farms in the state compared favorable to the 4.3% drop nationally. The USDA said that decreases in farms continue to be a long-term trend.
The State Public Service Commission will develop a review process for future transmission projects that can be built within existing utility or State-owned rights-of-way. The plan stems from Governor Cuomo’s call in his State of the State address, to make upgrades to aging infrastructure, and address congestion problems that cost electric customers hundreds of millions of dollars in excess electricity costs. Upgrading the system to reduce congestion could enhance system flexibility and efficiency, reduce environmental and health impacts and promote lower cost generation in upstate areas
Oneonta Police reported that I-88 Westbound near Exit 13 has been shut down due to a jack-knifed tractor-trailer between exits 13 and 12 shortly before noon today. Traffic was diverted at Exit 13, motorists were detoured to State Route 7 or County Route 48, and were allowed back on the interstate westbound at exit 12 in Otego. The investigation is continuing.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will introduce a bill called ‘Avonte’s law.’ The bill would create a program that provides and pays for tracking devices for at-risk children with autism. Schumer said it would be similar to a Federal program that tracks seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. 14 year-old Avonte Oquendo disappeared after running out of his school last October. His remains were found in the East River last week.
The State Comptroller’s Office auditors found the Afton Fire Department is not providing adequate oversight of taxpayer funds & their bylaws are inadequate and not being followed with regard to financial oversight, and they did not have a code of ethics. The audit of the Harpursville Central School District showed that they raised taxes unnecessarily by maintaining a fund balance more than 5 times the legal limit. auditors found that the Harpursville District is not using enough of its leftover money at the end of each budget year to reduce taxes in the following year. The audits are available at osc.state.ny.us
Drivers will now be alerted to curves in the road along a section of State Route 8 in Chenango County. The State Department of Transportation installed flashing beacons in the towns of Norwich, New Berlin and Columbus, after they conducted a traffic study. The beacons became operational Friday to alert drivers to slow down ahead of the curves.
State Police arrested 59 year old Steven Coffey of Binghamton for aggravated DWI, with a BAC result of .25%, more than 3 times the legal limit following a traffic stop on I-81 in the town of Chenango. Coffey was arraigned and released without bail . a court date has not been set.
State Troopers from Oneonta and Margaretville conducted an Underage Drinker Initiative detail this weekend. The troopers conducted a check of retail convenient stores throughout Otsego County in the City of Oneonta and Towns of Oneonta, Otsego, Richfield Springs and Milford. all 12 stores were checked and all 12 were found to be in full compliance with all New York State laws.
Delaware County and SUNY Delhi will host the 2nd annual regional energy and sustainability symposium On March 8th, to educate residents and business owners on cost saving options. The symposium will be held in Farrell Hall on the SUNY Delhi Campus from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM. Pre-registration is required by February 21 at 746-8914 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Police at Oneonta arrested 27 year old Matt Jones and 32 year old Jeremy Ferguson, both of Oneonta, on charges of 4th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, following a traffic stop on Main Street in Oneonta Saturday night. Jones was also charged with 3rd degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving without a license. Jones and Ferguson were sent to the Chenango County jail on bail.
State police at Sidney arrested 56-year-old Martin Cornish of Bainbridge for aggravated DWI with a BAC result of .20%. The arrest followed a report of erratic driving on State Route 7 in Bainbridge, Cornish was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Bainbridge Court on February 10th.
“Menopause The Musical” will return to the Forum Theater in Binghamton, for 2 shows February 11th & 12th at 7:30 PM. Tina Niles of NAC Entertainment explains:
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Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 10-800-745-3000, more information is available at broadwayinbinghamton.com.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that 39-year-old Lucinda Knoll has died, from injuries sustained in an attack early Friday morning. Knoll’s former boyfriend, 48-year-old William Danielson of Oxford is now charged with 2nd degree Murder & he was arraigned on the new charge this morning & continues to be held in the Chenango County jail without bail. Anyone with information about the early Friday morning attack at the Maple Grove Trailer Park in Norwich is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 337-1921 or 337-1863.
Firefighters from Otego responded to a fire at 195 Downey Road this morning at around 6:45 AM. The 1 story wood frame house was fully involved when fire fighters arrived & is a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
State Police at Oneonta arrested 23-year-old Amanda Whitehill of Unadilla for Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC result of .21%, more that twice the legal limit. Whitehill was issued traffic tickets returnable in the Town of Oneonta Court on January 21st.
Governor Cuomo today announced that nearly $500,000 in job training grants is still available to businesses that hire long-term unemployed New Yorkers. This funding is available through the On-the-Job Training National Emergency Grant , to get those who have been out of work for 26 weeks or longer connect to available jobs in their region. Businesses received an average of nearly $7,000 per hire, in the Southern Tier Region, 124 businesses have already hired 197 workers under the program.
Many new laws go into effect on Wednesday, New Year’s day. The Family Tax Relief law means that over the next 3 years, Middle class families with at least 1 dependent child and a household income between $40,000 and $300,000 will receive $350 in direct tax relief each year. Also, the state’s corporate tax on manufacturers will be reduced by almost 10% in 2014 & will be fully phased-in by 2017-18.
Nearly a year after passage of the state’s new gun law, dealer sales of AR-15 semi-automatic rifles have ended in New York, and arrest data show more than 1,000 gun possession charges were boosted from misdemeanors to felonies because of the changes. 59 people were charged statewide for possessing large-capacity magazines. A report from the Division of Criminal Justice Services shows only one person charged with the illegal sale or transfer of a gun defined as an assault weapon as of mid-December. Owners may keep their older weapons but must register them by April 15th.
State Police at Sidney arrested 45 year old Charles Cole of Sidney for Driving While Intoxicated following a traffic stop by troopers on Johnson Circle in the Village of Sidney. Cole was released on appearance tickets returnable January 7th in Village of Sidney Court.
The Sidney Village Board of Trustees will hold a Special Board Meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center board room. The board anticipates going directly into executive session to discuss an employee matter.
State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico announced that Service arrangements for Trooper David Cunniff have been set for today and tomorrow. Calling hours will be today from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at the Grace Fellowship Church in Watervliet, the Funeral Service will be tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM, also at the Grace Fellowship Church in Watervliet. Trooper Cunniff died from injuries sustained while conducting a traffic stop on the Thruway Monday night in Amsterdam.
State troopers of Sidney, Oneonta and Richfield Springs conducted an Underage Drinker Initiative detail, checking 8 convenient stores in Otsego County, the City of Oneonta, and in the towns of Oneonta, Otsego, Hartwick and Otego. All 8 stores were in full compliance with all State laws, they were Hess Express, Main Street in the City of Oneonta, all Mirabito Quickways, in the Towns of Hartwick, Oneonta & West Oneonta, the Pit Stop in Cooperstown, Taylor’s Mini Mart in the Town of Laurens, & Sunoco in the Town of Otego.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 28-year-old Amber Armstrong of Walton for 2nd degree Harassment & on an arrest warrant from the Walton Village Court for 2nd degree Coercion. The charges stem from an incident with a male acquaintance in the Town of Walton. Armstrong will appear in Walton Town Court at a later date.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced his office completed an audit of the Village of Deposit. The audit found that the village board did not effectively oversee and monitor their financial operations. The board did not have accurate information for their financial decisions and did not adopt reasonable budgets for the general, water and sewer funds. The report also said that the board cannot be sure that only authorized disbursements were made, that all moneys received were properly deposited, or that all transactions were properly recorded and reported.
New York State’s unemployment rate decreased from 7.7% to 7.4% in November, the lowest level since January 2009, according to the preliminary figures released today by the State Department of Labor. the state’s economy added 4,300 private sector jobs, to a record high of almost 7.5 million.
Governor Cuomo signed a law to increase state oversight of special education programs for preschoolers with disabilities. The law authorizes the state comptroller to audit all of the independently run programs at least once in the next 5 years. It establishes new reporting requirements for committees that place children in programs and for providers. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says fraud in the $1.3 billion program has cost taxpayers millions of dollars while depriving children of needed help.
It took just a fraction of New York voters to approve private casinos in the state. About 14.3 percent of the state’s 11 million registered voters cast a ballot in favor of the Nov. 5 casino referendum, according to the state Board of Elections. Nearly 1.19 million New Yorkers voted against it, or about 10.8 percent of the total electorate. More than 512,000 ballots left the casino section blank or void. The casino referendum, which allows the state to permit up to seven private casinos, was the first of six proposals on the back of all the ballots and received the most total votes
The American Red Cross of the Southern Tier will host a Babysitters Training Class for youth ages 11 to 15 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM this Saturday, at the Red Cross office at 620 East Main Street in Endicott. The cost of the class is $75, which includes a certificate from the American Red Cross, handbook and CD ROM. Space is limited and advanced registration is required at 1-800-733-2767, or at redcross.org.
State police at Oneonta arrested 23-year-old Annamarie Davoulas of Oneonta for 2nd degree criminal contempt. The arrest resulted after a vehicle stop for speeding on I-88 in Oneonta; police then discovered that Davoulas had an order of protection issued against her by the front seat passenger. Davoulas faces action in Oneonta town court on November 19th.
State police at Sidney arrested 34-year-old Bobbie Davies of Butternuts on 2 counts of endangering the welfare of a child and 2 counts of 2nd degree harassment. The arrest occurred after an incident on Taylor Road in Butternuts, the investigation determined that Davies had kicked and stepped on 2 children during a dispute. She was arraigned at the Otego town court and remanded to the Otsego jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail. An order of protection was issued for the victims.
State police arrested 37 year old Jason Knapp of Franklin for felony aggravated DWI with a child, endangering the welfare of a child, and leaving the scene of an accident after state police investigated a one car accident on State Highway 7 in Otego in which the driver fled the scene with a child. An investigation determined Knapp was driving while intoxicated with a BAC of .14% and had his child in the car with him when he had the accident. Knapp was issued tickets for Otego town court November 14th.
There are over 24,000 pending VA claims in the state and US Senator Charles Schumer wants to reduce those numbers. Schumer said the DepartmeJason Knappnt of Defense and Veterans Affairs Administration health records systems don’t talk to one another and that is one reason for the slow processing of health claims. Schumer is calling on the two federal agencies to create interoperable, electronic health records for service members to address the delays in processing vets’ disability and other benefits
The State DEC is enhancing its web site. The DEC will make information available online for nearly 2,000 remedial sites. Sites to be added include: properties being investigated to determine if they may have been contaminated with hazardous waste at levels that could present a threat to public health or the environment; sites that have been, or are regulated, because they either generated, treated, stored, or disposed of hazardous waste; and Brownfield sites where an application to participate in a Brownfield program was submitted but either withdrawn or did not proceed. For more information go to dec.ny.gov
A new study estimates 779,000 New Yorkers are eligible for tax credits that would reduce premium payments for insurance coverage they can buy through the state’s new insurance exchange. The Kaiser Family Foundation analysis shows 17 million people, now uninsured or who buy insurance individually, will be eligible for credits when coverage starts in 2014. New York has about 2.7 million uninsured residents. Go to nystateofhealth.ny.gov
The Bainbridge town board will be holding a meeting on the Preliminary town budget. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the Bainbridge Town Hall.
Furloughed federal workers protested in front of the home offices of congressmen Richard Hanna and Chris Gibson yesterday. Protestors blame both representatives of being part of the congressional shutdown that has cost them their paychecks until the government shutdown ends.
State Troopers arrested 48-year-old Craig Jones of Norwich for Driving While Intoxicated. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop on State Route 8 in Guilford; Jones was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Guilford Court on October 22nd.
The Oneonta City Hall parking lot will be closed today to accommodate preparations for paving. Visitors to city hall may use the Dietz street parking lot, the Westcott lot, the municipal parking garage or on street parking spaces.
The Otego town board will hold a special meeting tonight at 6pm at the Municipal building on state highway 7 in Otego. The purpose of the meeting is to compile the tentative budget for 2014. The pubic is invited to attend
The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce will hold their next Business After Hours event today. The event will be held at the Bainbridge House Bed & Breakfast ion Chenango County Route 39, between 6:00 & 8:00 PM.
Commerce Chenango will co-host a “Meet the Candidates” Business After Hours event this evening, at the Sidney Federal Credit Union Norwich branch. The event will run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 PM, more information is available at 334-1402.