Elia Resigns As Education Commissioner

New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia informs the Board of Regents she is resigning Aug. 31. Elia was appointed in 2015 and according to the Times Union of Albany plans to pursue a role in national education policy. he New York Council of School Superintendents thanked Elia for her service during a period of transition and the New York State United Teachers wished her well in the future. The Board of Regents will select Elia’s successor.


Heather Franklin Sentenced In Son’s Murder

A sentence is handed down for the Mount Upton woman accused of killing her special needs adoptive son who took a plea deal just before her trial was to begin. Prosecutors say Heather Franklin pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced Monday to between seven and eleven years in state prison. Ernest was convicted in March of murder, arson and tampering with physical evidence. He was sentenced to sentenced last week to 21 years to life.


Cow Killed In South New Berlin Fire

A fire at a South New Berlin barn on Saturday results in a cow’s death. According to authorities propane tanks near the County Road 28 barn made fighting the fire difficult. The owners told WBNG they were able to get seven of their eight cows out and that their cat is missing. Part of the home near the barn was slightly damaged. The fire’s cause is under investigation.


Cow dies in South New Berlin barn fire

Schoharie County Murder Victim Identified

State police identified the man shot and killed in early Thursday’s shooting in Cobleskill. as Timothy J. Oldorff. The 50-year-old from Cobleskill died after being brought to Albany Medical Center. A 17-year-old was initially charged with felony first-degree assault and first-degree criminal use of a firearm but it’s not known if an additional charge is to be filed because Oldorff died. Investigators say the shooting happened early Thursday at a Lamont District Road home. The teenager is in the Schoharie County Jail.


Fire At Oneonta Home

Authorities say it was a cooking incident that caused a fire at a Lewis Avenue apartment in Oneonta. All Otsego reports it broke out Friday evening and the resident identified as Matt Baker was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Baker rescued his guinea pigs and one of his two cats which was given oxygen and resuscitated. The second was located on Saturday. Volunteers from the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid.

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Firefighters Resuscitate Cat After Oneonta Apartment Fire

SUNY Oneonta Grad Up For NCAA Woman Of The Year Award

2019 SUNY Oneonta graduate Madeline Frank is nominated for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award. The record number of 585 nominees include student athletes in 23 different sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 262 from Division I, 131 from Division II and 192 from Division III. Frank closed out an outstanding collegiate career as both a student and an athlete recognized during the spring semester for her performance on the basketball court, in the classroom and to the campus community and the greater Oneonta region.

NY Takes Action To Prohibit Discrimination Based On Hairstyles

New York has an amended Human Rights Law and Dignity for All Students Act that specifically addresses discrimination based on hairstyles or traits associated with race. In signing the bill Governor Andrew Cuomo said for much of the nation’s history, people of color – particularly women – have been marginalized and discriminated against simply because of their hair style or texture so signing this bill takes an important step toward correcting that history. The new provisions are now in effect.


Chenango County Fraud Unit Investigates Fraud Reports

The Fraud Unit of the Chenango County Department of Social Services reports it’s conducted more than 300 investigations, most of which are connected with safety net programs including cash and food assistance. According to the Evening Sun 42 of those cases led to applications denied or withdrawn. Last year the department saved taxpayers nearly $194,000 in fraudulent claims last and workers say so far the numbers are comparative this year but won’t know for sure until the state converts case numbers to dollars at the end of the year.


Norwich Veterinarian Rehabbing Injured Turtle

A Norwich veterinarian rescues a turtle whose shell had been cracked in three places. Dr. Stevi Culverwell tells WBNG that she was driving to Rome when she spotted the turtle in the road. Dr. Culverwell stopped to move the turtle off the road and that’s when she discovered the shell fractures. The turtle now nicknamed Splash Gordon is being rehabbed at Dr. Culverwell’s clinic and will be released far from the road once fully recovered.


Severely injured turtle finds temporary home with Norwich veterinarian

Guilty Plea In Norwich Drug Raid

One of the two suspects in a 2018 Norwich drug investigation takes a plea deal. Prosecutors say Corey Weidman pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Police found crystal methamphetamine, maijuana and cocaine along with other narcotics at an E. Main St. apartment along with over $35,000 in cash plus a handgun. Weidman’s sentencing is set for late November.


Man pleads guilty in Norwich raid that yielded 1.8 kilos of meth