After nearly seven weeks on the run, suspected cop killer Eric Matthew Frein is in custody. Frein was arrested by US Marshalls Thursday when he was caught hiding in an abandoned hanger at the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. Frein, who was armed, was taken into custody without incident, and at least one weapon was recovered. Frein, 31, is suspected in the September 12 ambush shooting that left Cpl. Bryon Dickson dead and Trooper Alex T. Douglass wounded outside the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove. The manhunt involved as many as 1,000 officers at times, some from other states, and cost several million dollars. The FBI had named him one of its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
43 year old Gabriel Bonacci of Sidney faces additional charges relating to his arrest & the execution of a search warrant at his Town of Sidney residence on Friday evening by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, State Police & Sidney Village Police. Bonacci has been charged with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a stun gun & Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, he remains at the Delaware County Jail without bail, he will be arraigned on the new charges in the Town of Sidney Court at a later time. Sheriff’s Investigators also arrested 64 year old Donna Bonacci of Sidney with an additional count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, for possessing cocaine, she was arraigned was remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail. Sheriff’s Investigators also arrested 24 year old Brittany Bonacci of Sidney, for 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Weapon & Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, she was arraigned in the Town of Sidney Court was remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail pending further court action.
Norwich police arrested 21 year old Jessica Lennox of Norwich for allegedly stabbing her 22 year old Domenick Lepera of Norwich in front of their child during a domestic dispute. Lennox was charged with 2nd degree assault, criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment. Lepera was charged with criminal obstruction of breath or blood, endangering the welfare of a child, 3rd degree assault and harassment. The couple was arraigned in Norwich city court & will face additional court action at a later date.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police are investigating an incident regarding vehicle reported stolen to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania on October 18th. The 2012 Porsche Cayman bearing PA registration DSN-8875 was recovered on Lee Hollow Road in the Town of Bovina, Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Undersheriff Craig DuMond at 746-2336.
The State Labor Department released local area unemployment rates for September. The state’s unemployment rate fell to 6.2%, Locally, Broome County’s unemployment rate is 6.0%, Chenango County 5.4%, Delaware County 6.0% and Otsego County had 5.0% unemployment.
The National Guard will be at SUCO in Oneonta tonight to present a Citizen Preparedness Corps Training program. Citizen Preparedness Corps Trainings are aimed at helping people prepare for weather-related challenges, respond safely and recover as quickly as possible after a storm, flood or other disaster occurs. The free training is open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. in the Hunt Union Ballroom. Participants need to sign at prepare.ny.gov
This winter after some snowfall, you might be surprised to see a Pink Plow blade on a truck at the Silo Restaurant in Greene. Silo Chef & Owner Gary Kurz explained that he did it for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
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October is national Breast cancer Awareness month. More information is available at cancer.org.
The Otsego County Sheriffs department arrested 34 year old Harry Lee Wilkins of the Bronx following a traffic stop in Oneonta. Wilkins was found to be in possession of 770 envelopes containing heroin, he was charged with 2 counts of 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Wilkins was sent to the Otsego County Jail on $50,000 bail, more arrests are anticipated
State Police CNET Unit and Vestal Police Department arrested 38 year old Kendall Smith of Binghamton after a search warrant led to the seizure of 245 packages of heroin, packaging materials and cash. Smith was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia, Smith was arraigned in Binghamton City Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
New York State agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming its public defense system is under funded and violates poor people’s rights to counsel. The state will establish a cap on the number of cases court-appointed attorneys may handle and will ensure defendants have lawyers at their first court appearance, among other reforms. The NYCLU sued the state in 2007 claiming New York has neglected its duty to provide attorneys to poor defendants by passing the job on to counties, which do not have the resources to ensure adequate representation. Under the settlement, the state will provide funding to ensure lawyers have time to meet with their clients & thoroughly investigate their case.
State Senate Democratic candidate Anndrea Starzak will unveil her Environmental Platform today at the solar powered home of Ken Fogerty at 746 Gospel Hill Road in Guilford at 3:00 PM. Starzak will announce her endorsement by the Sierra Club & she will accept the challenge by Southern Tier environmental groups to tour fracking sites in Pennsylvania.
New York City DEP will build a new hydroelectric facility at the Cannonsville Reservoir. The 14-megawatt facility will generate enough electricity to power roughly 6,000 homes & avoids the emission of 25,620 metric tons of greenhouse gases each year. The facility is also expected to generate $2 million in revenue each year; construction of the $72 million plant could begin as early as 2016, it’s also expected to create 60 construction jobs and 5 full-time jobs to operate the plant.
Governor Cuomo announced an additional $55 million in funding for 5 economic development projects in the 3rd round of the competitive NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program. 1 of the 5 projects is the SUNY Bridge to Entrepreneurial Excellence will receive 6 million dollars. The facility will be housed at Broome Community College, within the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator and they will be partnering with SUNY Binghamton. NY SUNY 2020 funding will ensure that the space is constructed & equipped to launch outcome-oriented inventions.
The Sidney Alumni Sports Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will take place this Friday & Saturday. Sidney Alumni Spokesman Greg Davie explains:
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Alumni being inducted this year include Del Hodges, Roxie Birdsall, Rick Mirabito and Geri Mirabito.
The Chenango Arts Council has several shows lined up into next year, at the Martin W. Kappel Theater in Norwich. Chenango Arts Council Executive Director Diane Batson Smith explains:
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The return of the “Bronx Wanderers” is October 18th at 7:00 PM; tickets & memberships can be found at ChenangoArts.org.
The final Department of Energy report from a federal study on hydraulic fracturing, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in Pennsylvania. The report was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. Researchers found the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies. The fracking process uses millions of gallons of high-pressure water mixed with sand and chemicals to break apart rocks rich in oil and gas. That has led to a national boom in production, but also concerns about possible groundwater contamination.
Former Delaware County Board Chairman Ray Christensen of Davenport has died at the age of 76. Christensen was the Town of Davenport supervisor for 17 years and Chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors for 6 years.
Governor Cuomo announced the Farm to Fork Solutions Forum to focus on helping New York State food and beverage manufacturers grow their business. FuzeHub will host the forum and connect businesses with technical experts to identify solutions to overcome challenges; FuzeHub has assisted more than 450 manufacturing companies across New York. The Farm to Fork Solutions Forum will be held October 3rd at Rochester Institute of Technology, more information & registrations are available at fuzehub.com.
NBT Bank presented a $50,000 check to the Chenango County Historical Society on September 10th at their Business After Hours. The money will be used to continue the reconstruction of the Perry Loomis Horse barn. Once complete, it will be an Agricultural Education Center.
Governor Cuomo noted the importance of the state’s dairy industry, with June being celebrated as “Dairy Month”. Dairy accounts for ½ of the state’s total agricultural income, New York is the 3rd leading producer of milk in the country and also the is now the largest producer of yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese. New York is a net supplier of milk to the Northeast region, with 2.8 billion pounds of milk shipped from farms to out of state plants in New England, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; the state has also experienced a 16.4% increase in dairy-related employment from 2010 to 2013.
Mergers of school sports program will be implemented soon, for the Harpursville, Afton & for one sport, Bainbridge Guilford School. Harpursville Athletic Director Dave Groover told WCDO news about the sports mergers:
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Groover said that the school fell short in some of the sports in terms of the number of students participating, so merging those teams made sense. Groover said that cost cutting also factored into the decision. The changes will begin with Fall sports.
State police have arrested a Gilbertville man on felony weapons charges. 46-year-old Edward McCarthy was charged with 3rd & 4th degree criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. McCarthy was charged after a state police investigation into stolen property in the town of Butternuts Monday.
Otsego county sheriff’s department arrested 27 year old Justin Quakenbush on 3 counts of 2nd degree attempted assault, 1st degree promoting prison contraband, & 3rd degree menacing, following attempted attacks against Otsego county corrections officer, in the Otsego county jail. Quakenbush was being held in the county jail on separates charges, he had his bail increased to $5000 bail at arraignment in town of Middlefield court, he could face an additional 19 years in jail if convicted on all of the latest charges.
Congressman Chris Gibson is calling on federal regulators to make changes to the Delaware River Basin Flexible Flow Management Plan to better protect Upstate New Yorkers from flooding. Last week the Delaware River Basin Decree Parties extended the current Flexible Flow Management Plan for another year, delaying the implementation of measures to mitigate flooding in surrounding communities. Gibson said that releases from the Cannonsville, Neversink, and Pepacton reservoirs are regulated by a 1954 United States Supreme Court decision, where New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York City must agree on changes to the management of the Delaware River Basin.
The American Red Cross is urging people to donate blood this summer. It’s part of the Red Cross 100 Days of Summer Campaign. It encourages people to give blood to those in need. Organizers said one pint of blood can save up to three lives. In New York State, 1,200 units of blood are needed each day just to keep up with hospital needs. To find the schedule of local blood drives, go to redcross.org.
Governor Cuomo announced a wager with California Governor Jerry Brown on the matchup between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. If the Rangers win, Governor Brown will send Governor Cuomo the book “California: A History” by Kevin Starr and Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Cakes. If the Kings win, Governor Cuomo will send Governor Brown: A Taste NY Gift Basket, featuring products from businesses across the state, and a commemorative hockey puck from the 2013 “Hat Trick” of three on-time budgets in a row. Game one is tonight in Los Angeles.
Aaron Powell of Binghamton will face murder charges in Broome County Court starting May 19th. Powell is accused of murdering his estranged wife Christina and 24-year-old Mario Masciarelli in the family home in Binghamton on March 22nd of 2013. Powell was apprehended 4 days later in Pennsylvania after he turned himself in, he has been held in the Broome County jail pending the start of his trial.
The Sidney central school district announced that the Annual Public Hearing for the School Budget would be today, at 7:00pm in the High School Library. The District Budget Vote and Election is Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the High School Auditorium Lobby.
State University of New York Empire State College will hold public information session today about its associate and bachelor’s degree programs. The session will be held at the Binghamton location at the State Office Building, Room 505, 44 Hawley Street, at 4:30 PM. More information is available at 721-8651.
State Police arrested 29-year-old Kyle Whitfield of Greene, for 2nd degree Murder. The arrest followed the investigation into a physical altercation and the subsequent stabbing death of 33-year-old James Button Jr. of Greene, at Whitfield’s residence at 132 Loomis Lane in Greene. Whitfield was arraigned in the Town of Smithville Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail without bail. State Police were assisted at the scene by the Village of Greene Police Department.
State Police from Sidney arrested 37-year-old Bryan Ohara of Mount Upton for 2nd degree Criminal Contempt. Ohara is accused of violating a court order of protection by initiating unwanted communication with the protected party. Ohara was arraigned in the town of Guilford Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $30,000 cash bail or $100,000 secured bond.
Governor Cuomo today announced that New York State Police were successful in 15% of Automated External Defibrillators saves for individuals under sudden cardiac arrest, since 2007. Cuomo said that the success rate of state police was twice the national rate of 8%. All marked State Police vehicles and state buildings are equipped with the devices, and troopers are given comprehensive, special training to use them in emergency situations.
Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting announced that his office has launched a smartphone app that allows the office to communicate much more effectively with the community. The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office app is a free download and is available for both iPhone and Android smart devices, Users simply search “MobilePatrol” and after downloading, select the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office.
State Police from Oneonta arrested 27-year-old Natalie Hilyer of Erie, Pennsylvania for Driving While Intoxicated with a reportable BAC result of .14%. Hilyer was stopped by Troopers on state route 28 in the town of Oneonta for driving without her headlights; troopers determined that she was intoxicated. Hilyer was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Oneonta Court on March 18th.
The family of Michele Harris in Tioga county is hoping to gain new information on her 2001 disappearance. A confidential tip line is being set up by her four children and their father Cal Harris. Cal Harris was arrested for the murder of Michele in 2005, and has since had two convictions overturned on appeal. Harris will go to trial for a third time in Schoharie County, after a state appeals court granted a venue change. No trial date has been set. Michele’s body has never been found. The confidential tip line can be reached at (607) 215-5166
Former New York Governor David Patterson now has a permanent presence in the Capitol’s Hall of Governors. Paterson’s official portrait was unveiled Sunday afternoon. Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced Paterson at the event, hailing his leadership through a time of fiscal catastrophe. Paterson took office on March 17th 2008, just as the nation’s financial system began its meltdown. Paterson was lieutenant governor under Governor Eliot Spitzer and rose to governor when Spitzer resigned due to a prostitution scandal. Spitzer’s portrait has not been added to the Hall of Governor’s. Paterson’s did not to seek re-election in 2010, which cleared the way for Cuomo to successfully run.
The Broome County Sheriff’s Office investigates an armed robbery at the Sunoco station on Chenango Street in the town of Fenton last night. Deputies responded to the Report of an armed robbery at 11:00 PM, where a man entered the store, pulled a knife on a clerk and left with an unknown amount of cash. The man is described as approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a gray hoodie, black ski mask, sunglasses and black pants, he left on foot in an unknown direction. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sheriff’s Detectives at 778-2053.
The Chenango County Sheriffs Department responded to a tractor-trailer accident on state route 8 in the town of Norwich. Deputies reported that 30-year-old Joshua Schaller of Edwardsville Pennsylvania lost control, left the roadway & overturned, spilling food items into a cornfield. Schaller was taken to Chenango memorial hospital for the treatment of minor injuries; the cause of the accident is under investigation.
The Sidney Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Children’s Christmas Party tomorrow, Chamber Spokesperson Kerri Green comments:
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More information is available by calling the Sidney chamber of commerce at 561-2642.
The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce will hold their first Christmas Parade tomorrow night, Chamber president John Payne comments:
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More information is available at by calling the Bainbridge Chamber at 967-8700 or 316-6854.
The American Red Cross is holding a “Communities That Care” Blood drive in Norwich today. Today’s Blood Drive will run from 12:00 noon until 7:00 PM at the Howard Johnson Hotel at 75 North Broad Street. The Red Cross is asking eligible blood donors of all blood types to donate blood during the winter months to strengthen the community’s blood supply.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, for projects conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Act is made up of grant and loan programs, project authorizations and to mitigate flooding risks, improve drinking water, support water transportation, and protect wildlife. Area Congressman Chris Gibson voted in support of the bill, siting reforms to dam safety programs as a key reason for support. Projects in Gibson’s 19th district will study the effects of Superstorm Sandy; address Levee Safety, Flood Control & Dam Safety.
City of Norwich police arrested 54-year-old Dana Cowans for 2nd degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Cowan is accused of stabbing a man Tuesday night in a Midland Drive residence, The unidentified victim was treated for lacerations at Chenango Memorial Hospital. Cowans was released pending a future court appearance
The Chenango County Sheriffs department arrested 24 year old Andrea Chidester of Greene for Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated DWI, Operating a Motor Vehicle with .18 BAC or higher and Failure to Keep Right. Chidester was charged following a traffic stop in the Town of Greene for a moving violation, she was found to be operating a motor vehicle in an intoxicated state. Chidester was taken into custody without incident, and was processed to appear in the Town of Greene Court at a later date.
Motorists are advised that State Route 17 westbound will be reduced to one lane between the Interstate 81 interchange and Glenwood Avenue Thursday night, October 24, beginning at 6 p.m. Crews will be erecting steel girders for the new State Route 17 westbound bridge over the Prospect Connector road. Work will be performed 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday night, October 24 to Friday morning, October 25 and; Friday night 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday morning, October 26, weather permitting. Motorists will encounter a right lane closure in the work zone.
Delaware County Deputies arrested 45-year-old Patrick Dedman of Masonville on a criminal summons issued by the Town of Masonville Court for 2nd degree Harassment. The arrest followed a recent incident in the Town of Masonville; Dedman is scheduled to appear in court on October 29th.
Delaware County Deputies arrested 25-year-old Stephen Tanner of Lakewood Pennsylvania as a fugitive of justice on a warrant from Pennsylvania. Tanner was arraigned in the Town of Delhi Court and was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility without bail. He faces an extradition hearing shortly.
More than two-thirds of New Yorkers believe the real-estate market improved for both buyers and sellers in the last year, according to a Siena College poll. The survey asked respondents for their feelings on both the current and future buying and selling markets in New York and uses a statistical analysis to award a score from -100 to 100. The state’s overall real-estate sentiment was a 17.7, a number that Siena said reflects citizens feel more optimistic about the housing market.
Hundreds of business leaders and CEOs from around the globe met yesterday for the official launch of START-UP New York, governor Cuomo’s plan to jump-start the state’s economy, especially in the struggling upstate regions, and around the upstate colleges. Governor Cuomo commented at yesterday’s summit:
Governor Cuomo said that Businesses that are looking to startup or expand, and most importantly create jobs, should Visit www.startup-ny.com to learn more about the program.
The League of Women Voters of the Oneonta Area has set up debates tonight for a number of Otsego county races. The Debates will begin at 7:00 PM & will run until 9:30 this evening, at the Otsego Grille in Morris Hall at the State University of Oneonta. The debates may be viewed on Time Warner Cable public access channels or at lwvoneonta.org.
A state loan program to assist first responders is changing under legislation signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The legislation was sponsored by area State Senator Jim Seward; it increases the amounts of allowable loans under the emergency services loan fund. The program is financed by repayments to the fund, budget authority and a 911 surcharge on wireless telephone calls. Fire and EMS officials who are interested in the program may contact the Office of Fire Prevention and Control at 518-474-6746 or online at http://www.dhses.ny.gov.
Town of Guilford residents are invited to participate in a special planning workshop l on Saturday October 26th at 9:30 AM. The event will be held at the Guilford town hall on marble road, more information is available at 895-9966 or 895-6827.
Natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale region is growing faster than expected, according to a new federal report issued Tuesday. The Energy Information Administration report found production has now reached 12 billion cubic feet a day, which is the energy equivalent of about 2 million barrels of oil a day, and more than 6 times the 2009 production rate. The majority of the Marcellus gas is coming from Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the Marcellus shale is also under Ohio & New York, but Ohio has concentrated on oil production, and New York has a moratorium on shale gas drilling while comments were collected & health studies are continuing.
A new poll finds New Yorkers divided over whether the state is on the right track. A Siena College poll of registered voters found respondents evenly divided, 44 to 44% on whether the state is headed on the right or wrong direction. People who live in upstate New York tended to be more pessimistic, with 57% claiming that the state is headed in the wrong direction. 51 percent of New York City and downstate voters felt the state was headed on the right track.
Nearly 92% of teachers were rated highly effective or effective in the first year of a new evaluation system according to the state Education Department. The results are for 126,829 teachers outside New York City. The results come after the state released new student assessment scores as part of the Common Core program last summer, that showed just 31% of New York students in elementary and middle schools were proficient in math and reading.