Governor Cuomo has announced that the state will create its own weather stations to predict severe weather. The Governor discussed the National Weather Service's lack of information before the lake effect snow that hit Buffalo last week, saying that while the National Weather Service does the best it can, more detection is needed & as a result, the state is taking forecasting into its own hands. Cuomo stated that officials are designing what is believed to be the most sophisticated weather detection system using hundreds of weather detection stations all in one state. The new stations will reportedly be headquartered in Albany.
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State Police are reminding residents in Lewis, Jefferson, Oswego and Oneida Counties that flooding and drainage may be a concern as the lake effect snows have dissipated. People living in areas prone to flooding and where significant amounts of snow fell should keep watch
for potential flooding as warmer weather has moved into the area. In addition to creeks and small streams flooding their banks, general flooding is possible across the towns with higher amounts of snowfall. Residents should check drains that may be clogged with snow and leaves which may prevent water from draining efficiently.
A 25 year old Ava woman was injured in a 1-vehicle rollover accident that occurred at around 4:10 p.m. Saturday afternoon on the Camroden Road in the Town of Floyd. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol reports that a vehicle driven by Leann Evans was traveling
Northbound when she lost control of the vehicle due to speed and unsafe tires on poor road conditions. Her vehicle struck the end of a guide rail and then traveled over the rail, rode over the guide rail and then overturned down an embankment and landed on its roof. Evans complained of back pain was transported from the scene by AmCare ambulance to Rome Memorial Hospital for treatment. Her two children who were in child safety seats were transported for evaluation as well. Evans was ticketed for speed not reasonable and prudent and other traffic violations returnable to Town of Floyd Court at a later date.
A domestic dispute led to charges for a 27 year old New Bremen man. Lewis County Sheriff's Deputies report that they responded to a residence on the River Road in the Town of New Bremen on a 911 call of a domestic dispute. While enroute, Deputies observed a vehicle driven by Jason Houghton pulling away from the scene & the Deputies stopped the vehicle. The odor of alcohol was reportedly detected & after failing field sobriety tests, Houghton allegedly registered a 0.15% blood/alcohol content. He was ticketed for DWI & was released to a 3rd party. The 911 caller declined charges regarding the domestic dispute.
Boonville Firemen were called out last night for a house fire. Fire Chief Dave Pritchard reports that the call went out at around 9:40 p.m. for a fire at a home on Route 46 outside of the village. The homeowner had noticed a fire under the siding of the home & was attempting to put it out when a passing State Trooper used the fire extinguisher from the patrol vehicle & had the fire almost out when the firefighters arrived & took over. The fire burned an approximately 6 inch hole in the side of the building. The firemen were on the scene for about a half-hour.
A 25 year old Forestport man was in Oneida County Court regarding various charges. Casimi Swalgin Jr. was ruled incompetent on
charges of attempted first-degree rape, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree possession of a weapon. He was then committed
to undergo mental health treatment for one year, at which point his case will be re-examined. According to an indictment handed down in September, Swalgin allegedly threatened a woman with a knife in Forestport and tried to rape her.
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