State Police at Binghamton investigated a home invasion burglary that occurred at 941 State Route 79, in the Town of Windsor. Two white male subjects entered the residence of 56 year old Kenneth Birdsill under the guise of needing to use his phone. Upon entering the residence, both subjects assaulted Birdsill and stole prescription medication and an undetermined amount of cash. Both subjects fled in a vehicle described as a 4 door gray or light green Nissan with driver’s side front quarter panel damage. The suspects are described as 2 white males, one with long brown hair approximately 6 feet tall and one with short blond hair, approximately 5’8”. The State Police are asking that anyone having information concerning this crime call the New York State Police at Binghamton at (607) 775-1241.
The next winter storm has a difficult track to predict at this point, the track will determine how much snow accumulation this are will receive Thursday, Sidney High School Meteorologist Rich Townsend explains:
(Rich Townsend 2-12-14)
Townsend said that if the track heads into the southern tier, the significant snowfall would be about 6 to 10 inches.
The autopsy on 39-year-old Richard McKee of Windsor was performed at Wilson Hospital, the cause of death was listed as a heart attack caused by cold-water immersion. State Police reported that McKee was walking his property when he entered onto a section of ice over open running water, the ice broke and he entered the water up to his chest. McKee was able to exit the water, but became unresponsive while walking back to his vehicle; he later died at Wilson Hospital.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a 1-car accident on County Highway 18 in the Town of Delhi last Thursday. 22-YEAR-OLD Joshua Kaplan of Clifton Park was unconscious in the vehicle, he apparently suffered a medical crisis causing him to lose control & leave the roadway, where he struck an embankment. Kaplan was transported to O’Connor Hospital, & was then airlifted to Albany Medical Center for treatment for a skull fracture and brain injury. 20-year-old Andriana Senti of Port Crane was a passenger in Kaplan’s vehicle; she was not injured but was taken to O’Connor Hospital for evaluation. The investigation revealed that Kaplan had been physically assaulted by his roommate, 21-year-old Jonathan Lora of Middletown, earlier that evening, and the injuries Kaplan sustained led to the medical crisis while driving. Deputies charged Lora with 2nd degree Assault; he was arraigned in the Town of Stamford Court and was released on recognizance pending further court action.
Governor Cuomo announced that more than 6,700 wage theft cases were resolved in New York in 2013, more than in any other year. This resulted in the disbursement of nearly $23 million to more than 12,700 workers who were not paid their proper minimum wage, overtime pay or fringe benefits. This represents an increase of more than 12 percent in the number of closed wage theft cases compared to 2012.
Tomorrow, Rotary District Governor Don Reese will be at the Sidney Fire Department on River Street, as the International Rotary organization collects fire turnout gear to donate to firefighters in Chile in South America. The Sidney Fire Department is donating 12 complete sets with helmets.
Governor Cuomo announced the start of business operations for the New York Green Bank, which will work to stimulate private sector financing and accelerate the transition to a cost-effective clean energy system. The New York Green Bank is seeking proposals from private sector lenders, investors and industry participants to facilitate the financing of clean-energy projects in the State.
6 former Binghamton Senators hockey players will represent their home countries, at the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi Russia. Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic & Latvia will be represented. The Olympic men’s hockey tournament begins today. In honor of the Olympics, the B-Sens will be wearing special USA Themed Jerseys during this Saturday’s game at the Broome County Arena. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game.
The state Board of Regents voted to delay Common Core graduation requirements for five years, but a change to the state’s teacher-evaluation system was tabled until April. The board adopted 18 changes to the state’s management of the Common Core. Now, the class of 2022—this year’s fourth-graders—will be the first to face the Common Core requirements for graduation, rather than the class of 2017—this year’s ninth-graders.
Smithville, Triangle, Greene, Oxford, and McDonough fire crews responded this morning to a house fire, that injured two occupants at 127 State Highway 220 in Smithville. A 71-year-old man and his 37-year-old grandson were living in the two-story home. The 71-year-old was airlifted to Upstate Medical in Syracuse for burns. The other victim was taken to Wilson Hospital for his injuries and then transferred to Upstate Medical. The severity of their injuries is unknown
U.S. Marshals, State Police & the Binghamton Police Department Warrant Squad, arrested 70 year old Theodore Johnson of Binghamton on a federal warrant for narcotics conspiracy. JOHNSON was turned over to the DEA for arraignment in Federal Court in New York City; his arrest was in connection with a large scale investigation involving an unsealed indictment in Manhattan federal court in which 24 people were arrested for Oxycodone trafficking in the Bronx.
State Police investigated an accidental death at the Forest Lake Campgrounds in the Town of Windsor. 39-year-old Richard McKee Jr., of Windsor was walking the property & entered onto a section of ice located above open running water, the ice broke and McKee entered the water up to his chest. Police reported that McKee became unresponsive while walking back to his vehicle, he was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. An Autopsy is scheduled for today.
State department of Taxation and Finance officials reported that e-filing continues to significantly advance over paper filing. So far, more than 1.3 million taxpayers have e-filed their income tax returns, only 8,000 paper income tax returns have been submitted. This year, almost all New Yorkers can prepare and e-file their State returns for free.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 AM for Franklin Assistant Fire Chief Jim Wilber, at the Franklin central School. A reception will follow at the Franklin fire Department. Wilber died from heart related problems Sunday morning while responding to a motor vehicle accident for the Franklin Fire department, he had served in the Franklin & Wells Bridge fire departments for 40 years. Fire departments planning to attend the funeral services should contact the Delaware county emergency services office at 746-9600.
Homeowners who receive an exemption under the state’s Basic STAR program faced a December 31st deadline to re-register in order to keep receiving the benefit as part of a plan to cut down on fraud. Since then, the state Department of Taxation and Finance has continued to accept late registrations on its website and will until March 7. But those who miss the March 7 deadline may not be out of luck. The governor’s sate budget proposal would allow the tax department to reimburse homeowners who register after receiving their school-tax bill this fall. Cuomo and lawmakers face an April 1st deadline to put a new spending plan in place
A state Board of Regents subcommittee adopted revisions to New York’s Common Core rollout, including making this year’s third-graders the first class to have to fully meet new state standards. If approved by the full board today, students will not need to hit new state targets on Common Core-based Regents tests in high school to graduate until 2022. Before then, students would still take the new tests, but will be able to graduate with lower scores. Previously, this year’s ninth-graders were to be the first to have to hit new state targets on the tests. A separate motion to freeze Common Core-based testing for grades 3-8 was defeated.
Businesses in the state can now save time and money by filing their Certificates of Incorporation and Articles of Organization online. The new online filing system allows business filings to be processed in minutes rather than a week, and eliminates the need to pay an expedited processing fee. Governor Cuomo said by streamlining the process, it will lure entrepreneurs to do business in the state and create more jobs. The online filing system is available thorough the Department of State’s Division of Corporations website at dos.ny.gov
The Broome County Sheriff’s Office arrested 16 year old David Chochishivili of Binghamton following an investigation of an assault on a Harpursville school District bus monitor. Chochishvili is accused off punching the monitor in the face, suffering an injured eye and cut lip. Chochishvili was charged with 3rd degree Assault & Criminal Mischief, he faces action in Town of Colesville Court at a later date.
Operation Merry Christmas has their Christmas trees at various locations, to get presents under Christmas trees for children in disadvantaged situations locally. Program coordinator Ginny Ireland explains how the program will work over the next 2 weeks:
(Ginny Ireland 12-3-13)
Some of the local businesses participating with trees include Acco Brands, Amphenol, NBT, Rainbow’s end, Trackside dining in Sidney, Village Variety in Unadilla and the Sidney library. More information about ”Operation Merry Christmas” is available at 563-8119 or 967-8119.
The Sidney Chamber of Commerce will have their annual Jolly Holly days parade this Friday night, followed by other activities leading up to Christmas. Chamber spokesperson Kerri Green explains:
(Kerri Green 12-3-13)
The children’s holiday party will be held on Saturday December 14th at the Sidney library, registration is requested by calling the chamber office at 561-2642 or 267-8541.
The Bronx Wanderers will be performing at the Chenango Arts Council Martin W. Kappel Theater this Friday night in Norwich. Chenango Arts spokesperson Victoria Kappel comments:
Tickets are still available for Friday night’s concert at chenangoarts.org or by calling 336 ARTS.
The Sidney Central School District Freshman Class is having a toy drive to help replace the Toys For Tots toys lost in the storage facility fire in Norwich last Friday. School officials said that the freshman class decided to do the toy drive, as many remember that Roger Barnhart, the Toys for Tots coordinator, donated toys to kids who lost toys in the flooding. Toys can be dropped off at the Sidney High School offices by Monday, December 9th.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch is hosting 3 town hall meetings this week in Kirkwood, Windsor and Triangle. Crouch told WCDO News about the town hall meeting and why he tries to schedule as many as he can each fall:
(Cliff Crouch 12-3-13)
The first meeting will be Today at 5:00 PM at the Kirkwood Town Hall, the 2nd meeting will be on Wednesday, at 6:00 PM at the Windsor Town Hall, and the 3rd will be on Thursday at 6:00 PM at the Triangle Town Hall on Liberty Street in Whitney Point.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is proposing cutting the excise tax on small breweries, to help them grow their businesses, hire new employees and revitalize communities. Schumer’s legislation would cut the excise tax on small breweries in half, from $7 to $3.50 per barrel for the first 60,000 barrels they brew per year.
The Supreme Court refused to consider throwing out New York State’s taxes on Internet purchases on websites like Amazon.com. The high court refused to hear appeals from Amazon.com LLC and Overstock.com, in their fight against a state law that forces them to remit sales tax the same way in-state businesses do. Amazon has been collecting sales tax in New York as it fights the state over a 2008 law that was the first to consider local affiliates enough of an in-state presence to require sales tax collection
The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings on December 9th, when the Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach will set up at the Walton Big M supermarket on Delaware Street, between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Screenings include pelvic exams, pap tests, clinical breast exams, mammograms, and take-home colorectal test kits for men and women 50 or older. Appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch is hosting 3 town hall meetings this week in Kirkwood, Windsor and Triangle. The first meeting will be Tuesday at 5:00 PM at the Kirkwood Town Hall, the 2nd meeting will be on Wednesday, at 6:00 PM at the Windsor Town Hall, and the 3rd will be on Thursday at 6:00 PM at the Triangle Town Hall on Liberty Street in Whitney Point.
Today is World Aids Day, and Family Planning of South Central New York is offering free services today & even later in the week at their area locations. Spokesperson Debra Marcus explains:
(Debra Marcus 12-2-13)
More information about Family Planning of South Central New York is available 723-5130 extension 232.
The Delaware County Fair Board announced that country music star Easton Corbin, with special guest Danielle Bradbery will perform in concert on Saturday August 16, 2014 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Walton. Easton has had a string of hits on the country charts; Bradbery charmed her way into the national spotlight during Season 4 of “The Voice”. Pre-sale TRACK ONLY ticket vouchers are now available for $30 at Hodges Sales and Service on Delaware Street in Walton today through December 24th.
Delaware County officials announced that it had received a grant from the New York State Office of Community Renewal in support of its efforts to attract Data Control Group LLC to Hancock. Data Control Group plans to make a $2.8 million investment in Hancock to renovate and equip a portion of the long vacant Becton Dickinson manufacturing building for the development of a call center and back office operation. This project is projected to result in the creation of 400 new full-time jobs over the next two years. More information is available at the County’s Economic Development website atwww.dcecodev.com or by phoning 746-8595
Delaware County Sheriffs Deputies Arrested 19 year old Devyn Clum of Kortright for 2 counts of 4th degree Criminal Mischief and 2nd degree Harassment. Clum was arrested following an investigation into a domestic incident; he is accused of destroying property and for not allowing the victim to call 911. Clum was arraigned in the Town of Delhi Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail, he will appear in the Town of Kortright Court at a later date.
The Oneonta Police Department arrested 57 year old Lafayette Alexander of Hollis Points, New York for 1st degree Forgery, 2 counts of 1st degree Identity Theft, 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, Falsifying business records, Attempted Identity Theft & Attempted Grand Larceny. Police were notified by NBT bank personnel of a fraudulent business loan application, Alexander allegedly used another person’s name, social security number, fake drivers license and fraudulent tax returns as well as other questionable information. Alexander was arraigned and held on $30,000 cash bail, or $60,000 bond pending future court action.
Sidney village police have arrested 27-year-old Jordan O’Neill of Sidney, following the report of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the hand Monday night. O’Neill was charged with 2nd & 3rd degree criminal possession of a weapon & falsely reporting an incident. O’Neill was arraigned in Sidney Village court and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $10,000 cash bail pending future court action. State police assisted Sidney police in the investigation.
The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce is recruiting for participants in their Christmas parade, to beheld on December 14th at 6:00 PM. Bainbridge Chamber President John Payne explains:
(John Payne 11-26-13)
The parade will end at the village green, where children can meet with Santa; the numbers to call to participate in the parade are 967-8700 or 316-6854.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch announced that he would be hosting 3 town hall meetings, in Kirkwood, Windsor and Triangle. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd at the Kirkwood Town Hall at 5:00 PM, at the Windsor Town Hall at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 4th and the Triangle Town Hall on Thursday, December 5th at 6:00 PM.
Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 36-year-old Brian Copeland of Norwich on a charge of 4th degree Criminal Mischief. Copeland was arrested after deputies responded to a domestic dispute in the Town of Norwich; Copeland is accused of destroying property of the victim during an altercation. Copeland was arraigned in the Town Norwich Court and was released and ordered to appear in the Town of Norwich Court at a later date.
New York lawmakers who pledged to go without salaries during the 16-day partial government shutdown in October never missed a paycheck. All members of Congress were paid on their usual salary schedules because of the timing of their pay periods. Most of New York’s 27 House members and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, made no pledge to forgo their pay during the shutdown.
New York has given state police 32 tall, unmarked SUVs to better peer down at drivers’ hands, part of an aggressive attack on texting while driving that also includes steeper penalties and dozens of highway “Texting Zones,” where motorists can pull over to use their devices. New York has banned text messaging for all drivers and prohibits using hand-held cell phones. this year The state toughened penalties for motorists caught using hand-held devices, increasing penalty points on the driving record from 3 to 5, along with tickets that carry fines of up to $200.
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is introducing legislation to toughen the penalties against telemarketing companies that violate the “do not call” rules. Schumer says spammers are taking advantage of new technology and legal loopholes, he proposes that the penalties be increased to $20,000 dollars for each violation and jail time for repeat offenders. Since August, the FTC has logged as many as 200,000 robo-call complaints a month.
A government watchdog group is calling for limits on money individuals and corporations can give candidates in state elections. The New York Public Interest Research Group blames the state’s political scandals on lax limits, poor enforcement and loopholes. They claim that individual limits per candidate should be $2,600 per election with a $1,000 corporate limit to any campaign committee during an election cycle. NYPIRG submitted its proposals to the state’s newly formed Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, which is scheduled to issue a preliminary report December 1st.
The Otsego County Office of Emergency Services and the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Fire Investigators have determined that the fatal structure fire in Richfield Springs on November 16th was due to an electrical malfunction. Richfield Springs Teacher Mary Weingates was killed in the fire, investigators believe that the fire started in the rear of the structure, which allowed it to spread to other section of the structure unnoticed.
Houndstooth Bakery of Sidney and the Delaware Valley Humane Society have teamed up to bring toys to the animals at the sherlter in Sidney this Christmas. Cassandra Vance of Houndstooth explains:
(Cassandra Vance 11-25-13)
More information about the program is available at 563-2275.
State troopers from Deposit arrested 39-year-old Theresa Serino of Deposit for aggravated driving while intoxicated with a reportable BAC result of .21%. The arrest followed a 2-car accident on State Route 17 in Sanford. Serino was issued tickets returnable to the Sanford town court on December 2nd.
The New York State economy added 33,800 private sector jobs in September and October 2013, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the State Labor Department. The State’s unemployment rate increased from 7.6% to 7.7% in the fall, as Layoffs related to the recent federal government shutdown may have contributed to the increase.
A public hearing will be held tonight by the Oneonta common council, on their proposed 15.3 million-dollar annual budget plan. The hearing will begin at 7:00 tonight in the Common Council chamber at Oneonta city hall. More information is available at ONEONTA.NY.US.
New York consumers are being alerted about a phone or email scam from individuals claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service or the State Department of Taxation and Finance. Scammers are threatening New Yorkers with fines, deportation, arrest, and other penalties if they do not immediately pay a claim of owed taxes, through wire transfers or a pre-loaded debit card. Officials said that many of the scam calls have come from the 530 area code. To report fraudulent activity, contact the State Tax Department at (518) 435-8523 or the State’s Division of Consumer Protection at (518) 474-8583.
Several fire departments responded to a fire at 333 Old Route 17 in Windsor this morning. Fire fighters from Windsor, West Windsor, West Colesville, Harpursville and Oquaga responded.
Commerce Chenango and Chenango County businesses will celebrate Small Business Saturday this Saturday. Commerce Chenango will be offering FREE coffee; tea or cider from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for shoppers who provide a sales receipt from a local retailer dated November 30th. Shoppers can also enter to win other prizes. Any business that joins the Chamber between November 30th and December 14th will get $25 off their membership fee, more information is available at 334-1402.
The Delaware county sheriffs department announced the arrest of 24-year-old Cameron Wentz of Delhi, in Minnesota last Thursday. Wentz was wanted on a Delaware County Grand Jury Sealed Indictment Warrant, he was charged as a Fugitive from Justice, he waived extradition and was returned to New York. Wentz was arraigned Friday on the Sealed Indictment for 1st degree Robbery, 1st degree Burglary, Criminal Mischief & Petty Larceny, in connection with a burglary at a home in the Town of Tompkins in June 2012. Wentz was remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail pending further court action.
State police at arrested 44-year-old Richard Sandell, of Texas. 24 year old Richard Sandell Jr. of Oklahoma & 25 year old Brynna Teague of Texas for criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marihuana. Troopers responded to the Fairfield Inn in the town of Dickinson, after a customer claimed he was in danger. Troopers interviewed that customer, his father and a woman in the room they had rented, the investigation revealed that all 3 possessed methamphetamines and marihuana. All 3 were arraigned and were remanded to the Broome county jail without bail.
The Delaware county sheriff’s department arrested 19-year-old Nathan Phoenix of Walton on a charge of 4th degree Criminal Mischief. Phoenix was charged following an investigation into a trespass complaint, which occurred at 61 Conklin Road in the Town of Walton last Saturday. Phoenix is accused of driving a Jeep Wrangler on a snowmobile trail and doing damage to two gates placed by Maywood Snowmobile Club. Phoenix was released & will appear in the Town of Walton Court at a later date.
The annual Chenango county Toys for Tots campaign is underway for the 2013 holiday season. Campaign organizer Roger Barnhart explains:
(Roger Barnhart 11-5-13)
Barnhart said that business that are interested in hosting a Drop Off box can contact him at 226-3814, the first drop off boxes are scheduled to be set up later this week.
New York has joined with other states and the federal government in a $1.6 billion settlement resolving civil and criminal allegations that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, promoted the sale and use of Risperdal and Invega for uses not approved by the FDA. The 2 medications are anti-psychotic medications approved by the FDA to treat schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, & not for hyperactivity disorders. Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay the states and the federal government more than $1.2 billion in civil damages and penalties to compensate Medicaid, Medicare, and other government programs for prescribing the drugs for issues other their approved usage.
Governor Cuomo detailed recent reforms in election night procedures for boards of elections to follow when closing polls & reporting unofficial election tallies. Cuomo signed legislation that authorized the use of portable memory devices to gather and transmit unofficial returns to the presiding Board of elections. The law also enables the consolidation of returns in poll sites with multiple election districts.
State police arrested 29-year-old Daniel Nichols of Windsor for DWI & aggravated unlicensed operation. The arrest resulted from a car & tractor-trailer accident on State Route 17 in Kirkwood. The investigation determined that Nichols was intoxicated when he crashed his car into the back of a stationary tractor-trailer that had pulled over. He was issued tickets returnable to the Kirkwood town court on November 12th.
New texting laws take effect today for drivers with commercial licenses, which bands them from using their phones even at traffic stops. The legislation was passed earlier this year, Governor Cuomo signed it in July, the law increases the penalty from 3 to 5 points on a license for texting. The new law also adds texting while driving to the infractions for probationary and junior licenses that can lead to a 60-day suspension.
Broome county Sheriff’s department responded to a 1-car crash early this ringing is dead after a car crash in the town of Chenango. 78-year-old Harold Sunshine of Chenango Forks, drove off the roadway at about 6:00 AM this morning, he drove through a yard & into a tree. Sunshine was found unresponsive in the vehicle, he was pronounced dead at the scene, he might have suffered from a medical emergency while driving. The investigation is continuing.
State Senator Jim Seward announced plans for his 2ND economic development summit in Otsego County. Seward is sponsoring the summit in conjunction with the Otsego County Development Corporation, the County industrial Development Agency, the Otsego County Chamber, and Citizens’ Voices. The summit is scheduled for November 14th at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in Oneonta.
Governor Cuomo announced the availability of $1 million in state funding to assist law enforcement agencies in Upstate New York with their efforts to reduce, solve and prevent crime. Operation IMPACT grants are available to law enforcement agencies in 40 Upstate counties that are not otherwise covered by the program, which provides funding in 17 counties that account for 80% of upstate crime. Agencies can cialis for sale apply for up to $50,000 for funding patrols; warrant sweeps, investigations and overtime. Applications for funding must be submitted by November 26th, they will be awarded in early 2014.
State officials are giving the public another month to weigh in on a proposal to allow new liquefied natural gas facilities in the state for the first time in 40 years. The comment period on the proposed regulations is extended until December 4th, Groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing claim that the new facilities would increase pressure to lift the state’s 5-year-old ban on fracking. Proponents say new liquefied natural gas facilities would allow truck fleets using the fuel to pass through New York. The proposal is available at dec.ny.gov.
Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy has withdrawn his name from consideration for a position with the Rochester Business Alliance and has committed to staying on as lieutenant governor through 2014. Duffy interviewed for the job on October 5th, state republican chairman Ed Cox is asking for the Moreland Commission to investigate any possible wrongdoing by Duffy, in not notifying Governor Cuomo of his interview.
4 State University of New York campuses will get more locally grown vegetables under a pilot project called Farm to College. The project is supported by a $99,000 federal agriculture grant to American Farmland Trust. The 4 SUNY campuses are the University of Albany, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Oswego and SUNY Oneonta. The grant will help New York farmers get more local produce into the state’s colleges.
State Police in Binghamton arrested 21-year-old Andrew Pello of Windsor for 3rd degree criminal mischief and 3rd degree criminal trespass following an investigation in which Pello allegedly damaged numerous athletic fields at the Windsor High School by driving a vehicle on the fields and damaging the grass and a pole. Pello was arraigned in Town of Windsor court and released pending a future court appearance.
State Police arrested 42-Year Old Thomas Ottoson of New Berlin Monday for 2nd degree Harassment. The arrest resulted from a dispute on County Road 29 in New Berlin, Ottoson was arraigned in Norwich town court and released on his own recognizance, he is scheduled to appear in the New Berlin town court on November 13th.