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Richmondville Man Arrested for DWI after Chase

Written By Editor on 1/21/15 | 1/21/15

The New York State Police in Cobleskill, NY arrested a Richmondville man for felony driving while intoxicated following a short pursuit that occurred in the Town of Richmondville.

Troopers arrested Mark T. Mcmahon age 49 of Richmondville for Felony DWI following a vehicle pursuit that began in the Village of Richmondville. Troopers allege that Mcmahon was originally stopped for a traffic infraction, before the Trooper could approach the vehicle Mcmahon drove away and led police on a short pursuit that ended on Rigley Road in the Town of Richmondville.

Mcmahon was charged with felony DWI, unlawfully fleeing a police officer 3rd degree and reckless driving. He was arraigned in the Town of Richmondville Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Correctional Facility on cash bail to return to the Town of Richmondville Court at a later date.

Gallupville Man Sentenced to Four Years for Forcible Teeth Pulling

Written By Editor on 1/20/15 | 1/20/15

Steven Walker, 35, of the Town of Wright was sentenced to four years in prison. He made headlines in 2013 for pulling three teeth from an developmentally disabled eight year old girl. He pleaded guilty to second degree assault in June and accepted an assault charge. The four years handed down by Schoharie County Judge George Bartlett was the maximum sentence.

Cobleskill Police Blotter

The Cobleskill Village Police arrested Mark A Scofield, 40, of Sprakers on charges of driving while intoxicated. He was released to return to court on January 27th.

The Cobleskill Village Police arrested a 16-year-old East Berne boy on charges of petty larceny. He was issued an appearance and released to return to court on February 10.

The Cobleskill State Police arrested Clifford H. Swart, 32, of Berne on charges of unlawful possession of marijuana after a traffic stop in the Town of Middleburgh. He was released on an appearance ticket to return to court on January 21.

The Cobleskill Village Police arrested Benjamin J. Urrey, 27, of Cobleskill on charges of second-degree reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, failure to obey a police officer, and traffic tickets. He was arraigned and sent to jail in lieu of $15,000 bail or $45,000 bond to return to court on January 27.

Thursday, January 15 The Cobleskill State Police arrested Johnnie D. Brown III of Middleburgh on charges of driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation after a traffic stop in the Town of Middleburgh. He was released on traffic tickets to return to court at a later date. Wednesday, January 14 A joint investigation by the Schoharie County Department of Social Services, the Sheriff’s Office, and the district attorney’s office resulted in the arrest of Kellie Rabbitt, 42, of Cobleskill on charges of welfare fraud and offering a false instrument. It is alleged that income as a home health aide was not reported on applications for assistance which resulted in benefits being fraudulently issued.

The Cobleskill Village Police arrested Nicole Kruger, 21, of Cobleskill on a warrant on charges of failing to appear for a court date. She was arraigned and released to return to court on February 10.

The Cobleskill Village Police arrested Margaret VanHoesen, 43, of Richmondville on charges of petty larceny. She was arraigned and released to return to court on January 27.

Tuesday, January 13 The Sheriff’s Office arrested William Harran, 36, of Richmondville on a parole warrant. The Sheriff’s Office, state Parole, and U.S. marshals executed the warrant at an apartment in Richmondville. Mr. Harran allegedly absconded from parole in June 2014. Mr. Harran has been jailed awaiting further proceedings.

Poll: Public Split on Effects of Fracking

Written By Editor on 1/18/15 | 1/18/15

With gas prices plunging across the country, the effects of fracking are split among Schoharie News readers. Some want the practice elsewhere with a similar number declaring that gas prices should not be a factor. Even was the idea about environmental degradation versus local fracking.

 Have Low Gas Prices Affected Your View on Fracking?

- Yes-- it's fine but not in my backyard 15% - 17
- Yes-- perhaps we can drill here 35% - 40
- No-- it shows how much the environment has been degraded 35% - 40
- No-- who cares about low gas prices? 14% - 16
113 total

Richmondville Man Arrested for Parole Violation

Written By Editor on 1/16/15 | 1/16/15

A 36 year old Richmondville man was arrested on Tuesday on a Parole Warrant.

The Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Parole, along with the U.S. Marshalls executed the Parole Warrant on 01/13/2015 at an apartment in the Town of Richmondville, and located and arrested a William Harran who had absconded from Parole in June of 2014.

Mr. Haran has been incarcerated at the Schoharie County Sheriff’s awaiting further court proceedings.

Drug Arrest in Middleburgh

Troopers in Cobleskill arrested a Berne man for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana following a traffic stop in the Town of Middleburgh.

Clifford H. Swart age 32 of Berne New York was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana following a traffic stop. During the stop it was determined that Swart was in possession of approximately 2 grams of marihuana. Swart was released on an Appearance Ticket to return to the Town of Middleburgh Court at 6:00 pm on January 21, 2015.

Middleburgh Man Arrested for DWI

State Police in Cobleskill arrested a Middleburgh man for Driving While Intoxicated following a traffic stop in the Town of Middleburgh.

Johnnie D. Brown III was arrested and charged with DWI and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd following a traffic stop in the Town of Middleburgh.  Brown was initially stopped for a traffic violation and further investigation led to the listed charges.  Brown was released on traffic tickets and is scheduled to return to the Town of Middleburgh Court at a later date.

Conesville Receives over $30,000 for Park Project

Written By Editor on 1/15/15 | 1/15/15

Conesville received a $32,500 grant from the Schoharie Watershed Advisory Committee. The Town has received the money to continue with improvements to the Town Park. This will include the restoration of the walking tack, access to the Manorkill at two points for fishing and recreation, and the installation of exercise fit stations. Design for the stream bank remediation is continuing with a tentative start date of mid-summer planned.

The project was announced by Town Supervisor Bill Federice who has been working to reverse creek issues and improve the standard of living for residents.

Knight: Je Suis Charlie

Written By Editor on 1/14/15 | 1/14/15

The world watched in horror last Wednesday as radical jihadists launched a deadly assault on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper published in France. Twelve people were killed, but millions of French citizens marched in support of freedom of speech just days later in Paris. 

Untold amounts of ink and web space have already been devoted to the motivations behind the attack, the western world's response to this unexpected assault on freedom of expression, and the very rude awakening Europe suffered as a result of this appalling terrorist act.

However, there is one question that remains unanswered: what now?

Journalism - regardless of which form it takes shape in - is not an easy business. There is a constant threat of lawsuits, negative comments from readers and politicians unhappy with your reporting, and pressures to report the news as fast as possible while remaining accurate. 

But never before, until last Wednesday at least, was the possibility of being the target of a coordinated terrorist attack ever on that list... And now that it is... What now? 

I get that the circumstances surrounding Charlie Hebdo are special, due to the controversial nature of the publication, but if the media's ability to offend by means of cartoons has been placed on the "potentially hazardous to your health," list. Where will the slippery slope end?

That is a question I cannot answer, but it does deserve a follow up: as a society, western culture has long treasured the right of a free, impartial, and truth seeking press to serve as our collective fourth estate, however, what happens when that fourth estate becomes afraid to do its job?

Again, I do not have the answer to that very troubling question... 

We live in uncertain times, as terrorism remains a threat to our daily existence and, in some cases, the very act of drawing a cartoon or taking a unpopular stance could draw that very real existence to your front door step. 

That is a threat that many a good journalist is unable to tolerate, for fear of their personal well being or that of their family, or even that of their newspaper. However, the day that fear becomes the norm and the norm becomes an inability to offend, is the day we all lose this battle. 

I don't know what all of you say, but as for me: Je Suis Charlie.

Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum February 7th

The first Saturday in February, people from across the region bundle up and head to Hanford Mills Museum for its annual Ice Harvest Festival. Using historic tools, children and adults can walk out on the frozen mill pond to cut and maneuver blocks of ice. The ice blocks are pushed up a ramp and then loaded onto sleds, which are hauled to a traditional ice house.

The Ice Harvest Festival, which runs 10 am–4 pm on February 7, includes a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. The SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center Ice Team will be making ice sculptures. The Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited will teach visitors how to ice fish on the mill pond. Visitors can warm up by outdoor fire pits, and also at the soup buffet, which features soups from area restaurants. At the Hanford House, which shows family life in the 1920s, visitors can play tabletop games and see historic cooking demonstrations. Throughout the day, films of ice harvests from the1920s-1940s will be screened. The festival also includes horse-drawn sleigh rides and blacksmithing demonstrations.

“We call Ice Harvest the region’s coolest tradition. There is a great spirit of community as everyone joins together to fill the ice house,” says Liz Callahan, the Museum’s executive director. She noted that the popular Disney movie Frozen opens with an ice harvest.  “Frozen fans are invited to come participate in a real ice harvest, and impromptu sing-a-longs are very welcome.”

The Museum Shop will be open, offering Mill-made crafts, traditional toys, books and local products. Local food and craft vendors onsite will include: Ate.o.Ate Food Truck (snacks and lunch items), Byebrook Farms (Gouda cheese), Promisedland Farms (knitted hats, mittens and more), LeRoux & Co. (handmade soaps), and Cooperstown Distillery (tastings).

Up until the early 20th century, ice harvesting was an essential winter activity in rural communities. “Before refrigeration, ice was the only way to keep food cold,” explains Liz Callahan, executive director of Hanford Mills Museum. “Ice blocks were cut from frozen rivers and ponds and then stored until the warmer months.” She said that area farmers used the ice to keep milk and other agricultural products cold, and also as an item to sell.
Callahan noted that the Ice Harvest Festival can attract more than 1,200 people. “It’s a great way to beat cabin fever.”

The ice harvested at the festival will be used to make ice cream at the Museum’s Independence Day Celebration on July 4.

See the website for more information, This event is wheelchair accessible.

Admission and Information

Children 12 and under receive free admission. Admission for adults and teens is $9; senior admission is $7. AAA and other discounts available. Museum members receive free admission. Those living in zip codes (13757, 13739, 13786, 13750, and 13806) neighboring Hanford Mills also receive free admission.

About Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections between energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices. The museum, which is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, will open for the 2015 season on May 15.

Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Highway 12 in East Meredith, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12, just 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi.  For more information, visit or call 607-278-5744.

Rabies Clinic on January 24th

The SC DOH will be holding a Rabies Clinic on Saturday, January 24, 2014 from 1-3pm at Richmondville Volunteer Emergency Squad (RVES), 388 Main Street, Richmondville. Vaccinations are available free of charge by Cobleskill Veterinary Clinic. Donations to offset clinic expenses are appreciated.

Snowmobile Safety Course January 17th

SC OES Safety Officer is holding a Snowmobile Safety Course on January 17, 2014 from 8am and 4pm, at the Main County Office building (Basement), Schoharie. This safety course is intended for youth between the age of 10 and 17. All persons attending should register at 518 296 8606. A safety certificate will be awarded after passing a test at the end of the course.

Pictures: State Plow Catches Fire on Route 20

These photos are coming to us via the Schoharie County Fire Wire page. A New York State DOT plow caught on fire on Route 20 near the intersection of Route 145 in Sharon Monday. The driver appeared to make it out, although no word on injuries yet.

Cobleskill Rink Hosting Skate Day January 17th

Written By Editor on 1/13/15 | 1/13/15

Residents of Cobleskill are invited to come to skate at the community skating rink this Saturday.

Photo: Rollover Crash in Carlisle

A rollover crash in Carlisle Sunday caused scares but no major injuries.

Photo credit: Schoharie County Fire Wire

Apple Barrel Holding Fundraiser for DAR House January 29th

The Apple Barrel is continuing its role in local giving by hosting a major fundraising push later this month. The event, known as 'Cabin Fever,' will be held to assist the Daughters of the American Revolution house on Main Street, Schoharie.

The event will include a dinner, shopping, raffle, wine tasting, and more.

Photo credit: Schoharie Promo Association

Schoharie, Middleburgh Skating Rinks Ready

While the lower temperatures may be putting a strain on local heating sources and energy bills, there is one upside for local residents.

Both the Schoharie and Middleburgh skating rinks have been filled and are open for use. Schoharie's is in the Fox Creek Park near the little league field and Middleburgh's is in Badgely Park near the fire house.

Photo credit: Schoharie Promotional Association

SALT Announces 2015 Goals

Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery has announced several resolutions for 2015 that read in part a new commitment for recovery.

Part of these projects includes:
THE TRAIL PROJECT: Building on a long held community vision with a SALT facilitated, multi-organizational effort around the Schoharie Creek. In 2015, with other partnering organizations and the community we will create a feasibility study for a 38 mile multi-use trail from Esperance to Blenheim as a vehicle for community driven economic renewal.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: The United Nations defines Community Development as “a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.” Going forward as we shift from recovery to renewal SALT will continue to seek out, facilitate and coordinate community development projects like the Trail Project.
ECONOMIC RENEWAL: 2014 saw many new businesses open post-flood across the county. 2015 will be the first full year that SALT is placing one of our VISTA members jointly at the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce to further support local business revitalization.
Find the whole list on their website.

Local Early Intervention Coordination Council Meeting January 20th

Written By Editor on 1/12/15 | 1/12/15

The next meeting of the Local Early Intervention Coordination Council (LEICC) will be held on

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 3rd floor conference room #360 at the County

Office Building at 276 Main Street, Schoharie, NY.  All meetings are open to the public.

The LEICC was formed to advise the Schoharie County Department of Health in identifying

families with infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities so appropriate

intervention services can be provided.

For more information, contact the Health Department at 295-8705.

Letter to the Editor: Time for a Shakeup in Local Media

Dear editor,

As much as your publication seems mainly hinging on arrest reports and poor editorials, at least you publish letters sent to you. How many people in this county have seen their letters to the Times Journal thrown away and never published?

While we're talking about the oldest paper in the county, how many times do people need to get yelled at by their editor? The amount of business owners, public officials, and regular ol' people that she's cursed out has probably exceeded the subscription base. Well, at least she gets good pictures of people's behinds and half-filled parking lots from events. Makes you wonder what secret she has on old Jim anyway?

The Gazette doesn't seem to do much around here. The Mountain Eagle is useless. Any satirical crap from disgraced former kleptocrats is a joke (and not the way ol' Dan or any young former members of the Planning Department wants it to be).

So we the people of the county are seriously underserved. Maybe the Schoharie News can pick up its game. Maybe we can do something about corruption and local products. Maybe we should, considering not much is working now.

Richard "Halliburton"

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