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Case of 'zombie deer disease' confirmed in New York state

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about "zombie deer disease" that affects deer, elk, and moose. As of January, 24 states have reported cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the CDC, including a reported case in Oneida Co


Coming soon: Bombers Burrito Bar sign to tie up Oneonta traffic Wednesday

ONEONTA, N.Y. -- It's been years in the making, but Otsego County is set to welcome its newest eatery. Bombers Burrito Bar is based in the Albany area, but Wednesday the restaurant's sign is going up on Main Street in Oneonta, and that is going to lead to the closure of the sidewalk out front.


Is there a culture of corruption amid NY State Troopers ranks?

Following Frank Report’s publication of the story entitled, ‘Albany area State Trooper lies in court, is caught; sex offender gets 10 years shaved off sentence’, the story of a New York State Trooper who lied on the witness stand and was caught – but probably won’t be punished — several New York Sta


Is your New York state tax preparer legit? Search 33,000 names

If your tax preparer is not an attorney, CPA or IRS enrolled agent, you can use our lookup to be sure he or she is registered to do your taxes in New York state. Look up registrations for more than 33,000 tax preparers in the search below. Enter a name or look for registrations by city. The list inc


Lewis County young woman named New York State Dairy Princess

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A young woman from Lewis County was crowned this year's New York State Dairy Princess. Reegan Domagala received the honor Tuesday night at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. She has served as the Lewis County Dairy Princess since the spring of 2018. She will now spend the next year promo


Edmeston man arrested for torturing animals

An Edmeston man, who was arrested in October of 2018, has been charged with 27 counts of the New York Agriculture and Market Laws misdemeanor Overdriving, Torturing, and Injuring Animals.


Polar Bear Jump breaks funding record

Two by two, nearly 200 jumpers leaped into the icy waters of Goodyear Lake in Milford on Saturday, taking part in a local philanthropic tradition spanning more than two decades.


Collapse of Payless to leave vacancy in Southside Mall

Another storefront in Oneonta’s Southside Mall will soon stand vacant as a national shoe store chain succumbs to a string of corporate retail closures. Payless ShoeSource, Inc. announced last week plans to shutter its 2,100 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, according to reports from Bloomberg N


Pedestrian hit by car at intersection

A man was airlifted to the hospital Friday night after he was hit by a car while walking across State Route 23 in front of Walmart in Oneonta, according to State Police. Steven A. Grant, 62, of Oneonta was in critical condition at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse as of Monday, according to Tr


Columbus man charged with rape, menacing

COLUMBUS, N.Y. (WBNG) — Sheriff’s officials say a Chenango County man was arrested following the investigation into an alleged rape. According to the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, 20-year-old Lukest Wahlberg of Columbus is accused of forcibly holding down a female and forcibly raping her on two


Walton police officer accused of assault

A Youtube video accusing a Walton police officer of assaulting a suspect received nearly 11,000 views this week and generated some serious local debate when it was posted to Facebook. Though the video does not specifically identify either the officer or the person making the accusation, the claimant


Oneonta Common Council approves contract for transit hub

ONEONTA, N.Y. - The Oneonta Common Council approved a contract Tuesday night with a consulting group, Wendel, to design a transit hub. The city was awarded $3.8 million by the State Department of Transportation for the construction of the transit hub on Market St.


Business plan options for Oneonta Theatre

ONEONTA, N.Y. -Webb Management Services presented three plans with different price tags Tuesday after completing a feasibility study for the Oneonta Theatre renovation. The Oneonta Historical Society and Friends of the Oneonta Theater, hired Webb Management Services, which is a consulting firm to ex


Greene man facing felonies after Genesee Street burglary

GREENE, N.Y. (WBNG) — A Chenango County man is facing several charges following an investigation into a burglary in Greene. According to the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a complaint at 4:42 a.m. Monday that someone was breaking into a commercial building at 45 Genesee Street i


Man Charged After Police Find Meth-Making Material in Endicott

A Harpursville man was arrested following the discovery of components used to make methamphetamine inside an Endicott home. Authorities say 28-year-old Phillip Sergeant of Route 7 faces two felony counts. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of m


NY-19: Delgado holding first town hall in Otsego County Monday

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Congressman Antonio Delgado is scheduled to hold six town halls, and one of his first stops will be in Otsego County. The congressman represents the 19th Congressional District.


Study reveals price tags for Oneonta Theatre plans

The price tag for renovating the Oneonta Theatre was revealed Wednesday in a final public meeting for its feasibility study at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center. The nonprofit Friends of Oneonta Theatre chose New York City-based Webb Management Services for its experience in assessing small



5-Susquehanna Valley (10-8) at 4-Waverly (17-1), 6 p.m. 6-Whitney Point (11-8) at 3-Oneonta (13-6), 6 p.m. 4-Waverly/5-Susquehanna Valley at 1-Owego Free Acad, 6 p.m. 3-Oneonta/6-Whitney Point at 2-Norwich, 6 p.m.


Locomotive engineer sues two railroads

A New York locomotive engineer is suing two railroad companies, alleging asbestos, diesel pollutants and secondhand smoke on their trains contributed to his blood cancer. Brian Hartwell, 396 Lulu Coon Road, Unadilla, New York, recently filed the lawsuit, which seeks more than $50,000, against the De


Local sports datebook, Feb. 20-21

Hartwick at Empire 8 Championships, 10 a.m. Oneonta at SUNYAC Championships, 10 a.m. Hartwick at Empire 8 Championships, 10 a.m. Oneonta at SUNYAC Championships, 10 a.m. No. 12 Union Springs at No. 5 Delhi, 6 p.m.