Archives for November 2017

Charter Offers Low Cost Internet For Qualified Households

Charter Communications unveiled a new internet service for those with reduced income. According to the company Spectrum Internet Assist offers speeds of 30 megabytes per second downstream and 4 Mbps upstream at a monthly cost of $14.99 for new customers who qualify. Families with children participating in the National School Lunch Program or Community Eligibility Provision along with eniors age 65 and older who receive Supplemental Security Income are eligible for the program.

Three Busted For Trying To Bring Drugs Into DC Jail

Three people are arrested for trying to smuggle drugs into the Delaware County Jail when they were there visiting inmates. Police say Maureen Storrs of Delhi along with Mary Ellen Chukoloski of Binghamton and Britney Fraser of Davenport all tried to deliver contraband to prisoners. All three defendants were arraigned in the Town of Delhi Court then booked into the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $40,000.00 cash bail or $80,000.00 secured bond. The inmates who were suspected of receiving the contraband are also facing new charges.

Spotted Lanternfly Reported In NY

The state department of agriculture confirms the presence of a new invasive insect which can threaten crops like grapes, apples, hops, and forest products. Officials say the spotted lanternfly causes harm by sucking sap from plant stems and leaves. The first discovery of the insect was three years ago in Pennsylvania and is believed to have made its way into New York on an interstate shipment. Contact the agriculture department if you become aware of the spotted lanternfly in your area.

Fire Destroys Pittsfield Barn

A barn fire Wednesday off Route 80 in Pittsfield resulted in several fire companies being called in to get the blaze under control. Authorities say the barn was not occupied by any animals and only being used for storage. It took several hours for crews to put the fire out and Route 80 was closed in both directions from County Route 17 to Camp Road. The barn was described as a total loss. No injuries were reported and the fire’s cause remains under investigation

Fall 2017 Dance Showcase At SUNY Oneonta

The SUNY Oneonta Theater Department presents its Fall 2017 Showcase on Friday at the Fine Arts Center on Ravine Parkway beginning at 5:00 p.m. Students in the fall 2017 dance classes will present their work on the Goodrich Theater stage. Admission is first come, first serve and no tickets are required. Call 607-436-3414 for more information.

SUNY Oneonta Craft Show Is Saturday

You’ll have an opportunity to shop for some unique holiday gifts at Saturday’s SUNY Oneonta Holiday Craft Show. It takes place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Hunt Union. Organizers say there will be all handmade items including some of the favorites as well as some brand new artisans participating in this year’s show. There will be a several small door prizes and one grand prize drawing.

Edmeston Gets Smart Schools Bond Act Grant

The Edmeston school district is sharing in $2 bilion in state grants to pay for upgrades in classrom technology, high-tech security and internet connectivity as part of the Smart Schools Bond Act. The district was awarded just over $608,000. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says this funding equips students across New York with the skills and technology they need to succeed in the 21st century economy. The Smart Schools Bond Act was proposed in 2014 and passed by voters that year.

Schneiderman Issues Report On Professional Fundraiser

Coming on the heels of Giving Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office issued a report saying professional fundraisers keep anywhere from a third to a half of the money they collect for charity. In the annual report Schneiderman’s office says New Yorkers donated over $1.2 billion through almost 900 fundraising campaigns conducted by professional fundraisers on behalf of charities that used a range of methods including special events, direct mail and telemarketing. Schneiderman says his office’s Charities Bureau will continue to hold unscrupulous or fraudulent fundraisers accountable.

Murder Suspect Asks For Bail Reduction

A Guilford man accused of murdering his adopted son has asked for a bail reduction. According to court papers attorneys for Ernest Franklin II is seeking a reduction from $125,000 cash or $250,000 bond to $40,000 cash. Prosecutors say Franklin and his wife Heather killed the 16-year-old boy in February and covered it up by starting their home on fire. Heather Franklin posted bail earlier this year. Trial for the Franklins is expected to start early next year.

Man Wanted From Pa. Found In Nichols

A man wanted out of Bradford, Pa. is arrested in Nichols. Police from Pennsylvania say James Coyne had been under house arrest but escaped on Nov. 25 and may be headed for the Nichols area. Investigators found a car traced to Coyne at the Nichols boat launch along with stolen credit cards and other items. Coyne was arrested on Nov. 26 on multiple felony charges and appeared in the Town of Nichols court then was remanded to jail without bond.