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P.M. NEWS MONDAY 11-19-12

The Otsego county sheriffs department arrested 3 people on drug charges Thursday in Oneonta.  Charged were 44-year-old John Nack and 23-year-old Kristin Manwarren face multiple charges for criminal possession of a controlled substance. Manwarren was also charged with criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument, 32 year old John Sanfilippo of Davenport, was charged with 3rd degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.  All face court action shortly.

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Oneonta officials reported that water service interruptions would be experienced during the repair of a water main break.  The Public Service Department will be repairing a water main break located in front of 243 Chestnut Street tomorrow; a temporary water service interruption will be experienced between North Fonda Ave and Lewis Ave, including Telford Street, Thorn Street and Lewis Ave.  City officials say these residents will be notified directly via the city’s automated telephone notification system. DPS plans to maintain one-lane traffic for the duration of the repair.

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State Police at Sidney arrested 19-year-old Rocco Parrella of Otego for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrest resulted from a vehicle stop in Otego; Parrella was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Otego Court on December 6th.  

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Syracuse based Byrne dairy announced that they would build a yogurt plant in Cortlandville in Cortland County.  Byrne is purchasing a 127-acre parcel of land to build that plant; they hope to be operational by the middle of next year.  

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State Police at Sidney arrested 27-year-old Brandon Behory of Deposit for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on State Route 7 in Afton; Behory was issued an Appearance Ticket for the Town of Afton Court on November 26th.  

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State Police at Sidney arrested 26-year-old Robert Harvey of Afton for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on Kelly Road in Bainbridge; Harvey was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable in the Town of Bainbridge Court on December 10th. 

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Governor Cuomo & state leaders are going to have to improve the state’s responsiveness in all aspects to severe weather, following 3 major storms and millions of dollars in damage all across the state, from hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Sandy:

(Cuomo)

Cuomo announced the formation of three commissions last week, who will study the issues and make recommendations to overhaul and improve New York State’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities, those recommendations are due to the Governor by January 3rd. 

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The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China will be live on stage at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center for the Performing Arts tonight at 8:00 PM.  The show features 48 contortionists, jugglers, aerialists and magicians; some tickets are still available at the Anderson Center. 

A.M. NEWS MONDAY 11-19-12

State Police investigated a car/pedestrian fatal motor vehicle Thursday in Windsor, where 37 year old Brenda Hadlick struck 4 year old Kenzee Wheeler as she was backing her vehicle in the driveway. The child was air lifted to Wilson Memorial Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Hadlick was charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide, and was arraigned in the Town of Windsor Court and released on her own recognizance to appear at a later date pending Grand Jury.

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Delaware county Sheriff Deputies arrested 24 year old SAMANTHA SONS of Bainbridge and charged her with 5th degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Instrument.  Sheriff Deputies and Probation Officers conducted a search of her vehicle and located a quantity of Crack Cocaine, Heroin and a Syringe. SONS will be arraigned Tuesday in Town of Sidney Court for the Probation Violation, she is currently being held in the Delaware County Jail without bail. 

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Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 27 year old Miguel Santiago of the Bronx, for 3rd degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Santiago was arrested when he attempted to sell 80 bags of Heroin, to an undercover officer in the Village of Walton. Santiago was arraigned in the Village of Delhi Court and remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in the Village of Delhi Court on Tuesday for further Court action.                                         

Twinkies go away-Craig & Rob 11-16-12

P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 11-16-12

Corning Fire department announced that the 2 victims of yesterday’s helicopter crash were 41-year-old Dale Crout of Watkins Glen, & 24-year-old pilot Mackenzie Bleth of Oregon.  The copter went down at about 12:10 PM Thursday during routine inspections of NYSEG power lines; the FAA and NTSB investigators are at the scene of the crash.  

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State Troopers arrested 36-year-old Kelly Jenkins of Sidney as a Fugitive from Justice. The arrest resulted from a Felony Warrant from the State of Florida for charges of Money Laundering and Scheming to Defraud.  Jenkins was arraigned in the Town of Guilford Court and was remanded to the Chenango County Jail pending extradition to the State of Florida.

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The Delaware County Board of Supervisors approved overriding a state property tax cap and providing raises to department heads during its regular meeting, this week in Delhi.  The budget calls for a tax hike of 4.4%.  County officials said that Contractual fringe benefits, including health care and retirement, and a flat $1,000 per employee raise, led to the tax increase.  A public hearing on the budget plan will be held on November 28th at noon at the county office building in Delhi, supervisors could pass it after the hearing.

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Governor Cuomo announced the formation of three commissions charged with undertaking a comprehensive review and making specific recommendations to overhaul and improve New York State’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities.  The recent major storms to hit New York State have revealed major weaknesses in the state’s transportation, energy, communications, and health infrastructures. The Commission’s recommendations are due to the Governor by January 3rd. 

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Bainbridge village officials reported a water main break on Terrace Hill road between Jericho Road and Main Street last night.  Crews worked over night & the water main was repaired late this morning.   

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The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced that HEAP would begin accepting applications for regular benefits on Monday, November 19th. This winter, the maximum regular HEAP benefit a household can receive is $650. Eligibility for HEAP is based on income and household size. Applications for regular benefits will be accepted through at least March 15th, 2013.   New York residents can check if they may be eligible for HEAP, and numerous other benefits, by answering a few questions online at myBenefits.ny.gov.  Last winter, 1.5 million households received HEAP benefits.

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4 Broadway Theatre League shows will have their tickets go on sale on Monday, Tina Niles From NAC Entertainment explains:  

(Tina Niles)

Tickets for Mannheim Steamroller Christmas on December 9th & SHREK the musical on December 15th are already on sale, with tickets still available, Tickets for all of the shows are available at the Arena Box Office and through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or at ticketmaster.com.

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The city of Oneonta announced that the enforcement of parking regulations have been suspended in the Dietz street lot and municipal garage. Area projects have been completed, signs have been re-installed, the existing regulations are located on those signs.  Anyone with questions regarding parking regulation can contact Oneonta police at 432-1111.

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A.M. NEWS FRIDAY 11-16-12

State Police investigated a car/pedestrian fatal motor vehicle accident at 488 Mountain Road, Windsor.  The investigation revealed that 37-year-old Brenda Hadlick of Windsor was babysitting the victim, 4-year-old Kenzee Wheeler of Windsor, when she accidentally struck the child as she was backing her vehicle in the driveway. The child was air lifted to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, where she succumbed to her injuries. The investigation is continuing.

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A pilot and a NYSEG employee were killed in a helicopter crash in Corning yesterday.  The helicopter was being used to inspect NYSEG power lines when it went down.  The names of the deceased have not been released, the investigation is continuing. 

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The world champion San Francisco Giants’ have donated numerous artifacts used this post season, to the national baseball hall of fames  Autumn Glory exhibit, which opens today.  The Museum acquired The bat used by Pablo Sandoval to hit the first two of his three home runs in Game 1, the jersey worn by Ryan Vogelsong, in Game 3, the warm-up jacket worn by manager Bruce Bochy, the glove used by Gregor Blanco, a bat used by Hunter Pence, Spikes worn by Marco Scutaro , a Cap worn by Brandon Crawford, & Spikes worn by Matt Cain. The exhibit will be on display through the conclusion of the 2013 Major League Baseball postseason.

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Farm Catskills has invited Jim Oldham of Equity Trust to come and speak on Saturday at 2:00 pm at Delaware Academy in Delhi.  Oldham will talk about the variety of farm protection projects that they have done around the country, and the various tools that are available to communities who are interested in protecting farmland and supporting a rural economy.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information about the event, call 746-6503.

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P.M. NEWS THURSDAY 11-15-12

The County of Chenango IDA announced that they have secured the additional funds needed to match a $4.7 million grant they hope to receive from the Economic Development Administration, for the rehabilitation of the Utica Main Line Railroad that runs through Chenango County.  Chenango county IDA Spokesman Steve Craig explains:

(Steve Craig)

The rail line has been out of service due to the damage suffered from the 2006 flood and the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. The CCIDA made this announcement after the County Board of Supervisors’ meeting Tuesday morning, where the Board passed a resolution agreeing to commit up to $200,000 toward the project. 

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The state labor department announced that the State’s economy added 5,900 private sector jobs in October.  The job growth brings the total to 110,300 private sector jobs added to the state’s economy this year, & sets an all-time high job count for New York at 7,340,100. The state’s unemployment rate fell in October by 0.2% to 8.7%. 

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The 19-year-old daughter of Jon Bon Jovi faces felony drug charges following an overdose of heroin in Clinton New York this week.  Heroin has made a comeback in popularity among illegal substances in the last decade, Erica D’Arcangelo of Narco-non explains why:

(Erica D Arcangelo)

Those who would like to learn more about heroin can find information at stop addiction.com.

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The Oneonta fire investigators have determined that the fire at 10 Murdock Avenue Tuesday was ruled as accidental & was probably started by discarded smoking materials or burning materials.  Homeowner Matthew Hill was not home when the fire broke out.  

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State Police have responded to a growing number of Meth-labs this year.  State police remind residents that many household items including cold medicine, paint thinner and batteries are among the ingredients used in making the methamphetamine. Last year State Police responded to 45 labs and/or incidents. This year that number is up to 127 with 6 weeks left in the year.  If anyone comes across a potential meth lab or have concerns of suspicious activity, they are asked to contact the New York State Police.

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The Sidney chamber of commerce announced that registrations for the Jolly Holly Days parade are due this Friday.   The parade is scheduled for Friday, December 7th at 6:30. Forms can be obtained at the chamber office on River Street or on the Jolly Holly Days Facebook page. More information is available at 267-8541.

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The Delaware County Sheriffs Department arrested Edward  Roberts of Arkville, for 4th degree Criminal Mischief.  Roberts is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge on November 26th.  

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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 34-year-old Diana  Leonard of Hancock on an arrest warrant from Deposit Village Court.  Leonard was arraigned and released on $250  cash bail.  She is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

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The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today in the Guilford Cafeteria.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM with committee meetings. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:30 PM.

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A.M. NEWS THURSDAY 11-15-12

Firefighters IN Norwich responded to a Structure fire at Dan Wesson Firearms located 5169 State Highway 12 Wednesday morning.  The fire started in the basement, with smoke damage to the rest of the building.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

State Police responded to a reported armed robbery at the First Niagara Bank, at 1115 Conklin Road, in Conklin yesterday afternoon at about 3:30 PM.  Police are currently seeking a suspect described as being a white male approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall; wearing a light purple/gray zipper type hooded sweatshirt, dark sweatpants and a dark purple knit hat with small brim. There was no weapon displayed and the suspect was last seen exiting the bank on foot.  Any person with information regarding this suspect is requested to contact the State Police at 775-1241.   

NYSEG sent 70 electric line crews and numerous support personnel to help the Long Island Power Authority and Con Edison restore service in areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Athena. NYSEG also has 15 gas fitters and three supervisors helping National Grid restore natural gas service in the Rockaway’s.  The Company has provided large quantities of poles, transformers and natural gas regulators to Con Edison to support power and natural gas service restoration in New York City. The company has also provided dry ice and bottled water to Con Edison. 

 

The Great American Smokeout is today, it’s an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society that encourages smokers to quit smoking for at least one day, and offers advice on how to permanently quit.  Any person trying to quit smoking is encouraged to call the New York State Smoker’s Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS (697-8487). The Quitline operates Monday through Thursday, 9am to 9pm; and Friday through Sunday, 9am to 5pm. More information is available at nysmokefree.com.

P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 11-14-12

Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order to establish a commission to investigate the response, preparation, and management of New York’s power utility companies.  Cuomo said that the responses would be for all of the major storms that struck the state over the past 2 years, including Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. The Commission will review all actions taken by the power companies before and after these emergencies, and make specific recommendations to reform and modernize oversight, regulation & management of New York’s power delivery services.

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State Troopers at troop “C” in Sidney  arrested 20-year-old Bradley Falkenmeyer of Unadilla for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. The arrest resulted from a complaint of a suspicious vehicle at the Extra-Mart store in Bainbridge, Falkenmeyer was arraigned in the Town of Bainbridge Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $2,000 bail.

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With congress back in Washington for a lame duck session, people in the agricultural field are hoping that the 5-year farm bill gets passed, or they risk waiting for almost another year waiting for a farm bill.  Chenango County Farm Bureau president Bradd Vickers explains:

(Bradd Vickers)

Vickers said that many of the safety nets that farmers needed to survive expired when the farm bill didn’t pass earlier this year, and that may cause more farms to shut down before the next farm bill could take effect.

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State Troopers in Sidney arrested 59-year-old Donald Caffery of Afton for Driving While Intoxicated.  The arrest was the result of a traffic stop on State Route 7 in the Town of Bainbridge, Caffery is scheduled to appear in the Town of Bainbridge Court on November 19th. 

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State Troopers arrested 29-year-old Chad Haynes of Masonville, on a charge of 2nd degree Harassment.  The arrest was the result of a  dispute in the Town of Masonville,  Haynes was arraigned in the Town of Masonville Court and released on his own recognizance.

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A group of Chenango Memorial Hospital’s employees organized an initiative to provide personal hygiene kits for distribution to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Employees organized a bake sale to help fund additional kits. Between sales of donated baked goods,  hygiene kit items and monetary donations, they had collected well over the number of items and amount of money needed to fulfill their hygiene kit goal of 150 kits, those were donated to the effort at the Norwich Howard Johnson’s.

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The Chenango county sheriff’s department reported a series of vehicle break-ins &  Larcenies from Motor Vehicles in and around the Town of Sherburne.  Deputies reported that during the evening hours of November 12th and early morning hours of November 13th there were several larcenies from unlocked motor vehicles. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriffs department at 337-1935. The department also encourages motorists to lock their vehicles at all times.

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The Berean Bible Church has started a coat drive for the ”Coats for the Community” winter coat give-away. The Collection is being held at the Berean Bible Church, 109 County Road 2 in Greene,  Bagged items may be dropped off all days from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Distribution of coats will be on Saturday, December 1st  and Saturday December 8th between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, more information is available at 843-9209.

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The next Chenango county free rabies clinic is being held today.  The clinic will be held at the Preston town garage from 5:30 to 6:30 PM for dogs, cats & ferrets at least 4 months old.  More information is available at 337-1673.

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Craig is back from a vacation at Disney World-11-14-12

A.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 11-14-12

Fire damaged a house at 10 Murdock Avenue in the city of Oneonta yesterday afternoon.  Firefighters from Oneonta, West Oneonta, Cooperstown and Worcester responded, one firefighter suffered a minor injury.  No one was at home at the time the fire broke out. The investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.

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The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 45 year old Raymond Lund of Columbus for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  Lund was charged following a traffic stop in the Village of New Berlin for a moving violation & was found to be in possession of Marihuana during the stop.  Lund was processed and released on appearance tickets to appear in the Town of New Berlin court at a later date.

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The Chenango County Sheriffs Office arrested 26 year old Jaymes Small of Smithville on an active Arrest Warrant issued out of the Chenango County Court, for Failure to Pay Child Support.  Small was arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court and was remanded to the Chenango County Jail  without bail. Small is to reappear before the Chenango County Court at a later date.

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P.M. NEWS TUESDAY 11-13-12

The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 22-year-old Joseph Harvey of Smyrna for 3rd degree assault & 4th degree criminal mischief.  Harvey was charged following a 911 Hang-up call, which was received by the Chenango County dispatch center from a Village of Smyrna residence.  Upon arrival the Deputies learned that there was a physical domestic dispute, which occurred, and the call was ended due to Harvey allegedly pulling the phone cord out of the wall, and causing physical injury to another person.  Harvey was arraigned in the Village of Smyrna Court, and was released on his own recognizance.

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The costs to new York state from Hurricane Sandy could be enormous, as the state just got out of one fiscal crisis and has been thrown into a new one, governor Andrew Cuomo comments: 

(Cuomo)

Cuomo has not called the state legislature back to Albany for  a special session, but the economics of Hurricane Sandy may force him to do so, as a deficit was starting to creep into the state’s budget before storm damage was an issue. 

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The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 21-year-old Timothy Grime of New Woodstock for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.   Grime was charged following a traffic stop in the Town of North Norwich for operating a motorcycle at a speed of 96 mph in 55 mph zone, he is accused of possessing marihuana during the stop.  Grime was processed and released on appearance tickets to appear in the Town of North Norwich court at a later date.

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The Delaware county sheriffs department arrested Keith Degraw on an arrest warrant issued by the Town of Walton Court for 4th degree Grand Larceny.  Degraw was arraigned in the Franklin Town Court where he was released on his own recognize and is to appear in Walton Town Court on November 14th, Deputies were assisted by the Delhi Police. 

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State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced a settlement of over $210 million with the Ivy Asset Management, who advised clients to invest with Bernard Madoff. The settlement is expected to return all or nearly all the original investment to those defrauded by the Ponzi scheme in this case, where Ivy will pay $210 million to return to investors, pay the fees and expenses of the Attorney General and private plaintiffs.

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Delaware County Deputies investigated a 2-car personal injury auto accident on State route 28 in the Town of Delhi Friday.  64 year old Leonard Sprinkles of Margaretville was traveling North on State Hwy 28 when he crossed the double yellow line striking a vehicle driven by 21 year old Andrew Gitner of Goshen.   Gitner was transported to O’Connor hospital,  Sprinkles was issued a Traffic Ticket for Failure to Keep Right, and will return to the Town of Delhi Court on November 20th.  

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The Chenango county sheriff department arrested 26-year-old Robert Youngblood of Norwich on an active bench warrant issued out of the Town of Norwich Court.   Youngblood was charged for failure to appear in court to answer to a charge of criminal mischief.  Youngblood was located at his residence and was taken into custody without incident, he was arraigned in the Town of Norwich and was released on his own recognizance.  

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A.M. NEWS TUESDAY 11-13-12

Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 31-Year-old Sean Eggers of Oneonta on an arrest warrant from Hancock Town Court.  Eggers was arraigned and sent to the Delaware County Jail on bail & is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 35-year-old Alexandros Perros of East Branch, for 4th degree Criminal Mischief.   Perros is accused of intentionally destroying the glass window in the front door of the house where he was staying.  Perros was arrested and arraigned in Hancock Town Court and released on his own recognizance & will return at a later date.  

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Binghamton Senators players will be loading up a bus with items collected from the team’s Hurricane Sandy Relief drive and departing for the New York City area this afternoon following practice. The players will hand deliver supplies to shelters and emergency responders who are helping two of the hardest hit areas of Long Beach and Staten Island.   Fans will be encouraged to come see the players off and are welcome to bring additional donations for the bus at 11:30 AM at the Broome County Arena.

P.M. NEWS MONDAY 11-12-12

The Broome County Sheriff’s Office arrested 27-year-old Sharome Scott of Binghamton for driving without a headlight.   Scott was found to be in possession of marijuana and several pills of ecstasy, he was taken into custody and arraigned in the Town of Chenango court & was sent to the Broome County Jail without bail. Scott was then found to have several bags of marijuana hidden on his person, & was additionally charged with 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd -degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, unlawful possession of marijuana, and felony promoting prison contraband. He faces court action at a later date. 

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State Police in Monroe responded to a 2-car accident on State route 17 near Goshen that killed 2 people. Troopers said that A Jeep Wrangler driven by 29 year old Julian Hermosillo of Chester crossed over the guide rail into the westbound traffic lanes colliding with an Audi driven by Vincenzo Avanzato of Oneonta.  Avanzato & 3 passengers were transported to Orange Regional Medical Center, 90-year-old Giuseppa Avanzato of Oneonta, succumbed to internal injuries at the hospital.  Vincenzo Avanzato remains in critical condition, the other 2 occupants, Ruth Avanzato and Marco Lelli, were treated and released.  Hermosillo was declared dead at the scene and the cause of the accident remains under investigation. 

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Norwich Police have charged an unidentified high school student with 3rd degree assault, following a bullying episode last week.  Police said that the unidentified victim was sent to Chenango Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City.  The names of the 2 youths are not being released due to their juvenile status.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to ask the federal government for at least $30 billion to help the state recover from Hurricane Sandy.  The governor said that the state also will have to learn from the latest weather emergency on how to prepare & build for future severe weather events:

(Cuomo)

Cuomo said that the damage is at least $3.5 billion to bridges, tunnels, commuter rails and the New York City subway system, which was flooded when the storm hit lower Manhattan on October 29th.   Cuomo officials said that $1.65 billion would help rebuild damaged homes and $1 billion would go to local governments to cover overtime costs.  

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The Otsego county department of emergency services announced that the main phone line that services Westford has been severed.  Verizon crews are responding to make the repairs as quickly as possible as the problem leaves town of Westford residents without 911 emergency service.  Cell phones are not affected.

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New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached a $9.5 million settlement with retailer SmartBuy and its affiliated companies over debt fraud aimed at soldiers.  Schneiderman says SmartBuy operated from a kiosk and small storefront near Fort Drum in Watertown, where their salespeople talked soldiers into payment contracts with hidden fees and exorbitant interest. The settlement wipes out $12.9 million in debt for more than 4,000 soldiers nationwide.  

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Commerce Chenango announced that on November 28th, they would hold their Annual Salute to Small Business Dinner at the Silo restaurant in Greene.  Chamber members are asked to RSVP by November 21st at 334-1402.

A.M. NEWS MONDAY 11-12-12

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a 1 car motor vehicle accident on Fuller Hill Road in the Town of Colchester.  53 year old Ronald Kiakis of Downsville drifted in the opposite lane of travel, applied the brakes and overcorrected the vehicle causing it to skid about 50 yards before striking a rock wall at a nearby residence.  Kiakis was ticketed for leaving the scene a property damage accident and failure to keep right on the roadway.

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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 59 year old James Rotzler of Hancock on 3 counts of offering a false instrument for filing, 3 counts of workers compensation fraud and 1 count of 3rd degree grand larceny.  Rotzler was arraigned in the Town of Deposit Court and was released on his own recognizance, he was ordered to reappear on February 4th.  Rotzler is accused of stealing over $12,000 in Workers Compensation Benefits.

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