WDNY Local News, Thursday, December 27, 2018
Written by Jerry Lademan on December 27, 2018
A woman from Bath is facing drug-related and other charges after a traffic stop on 390. Deputies say they found, 75 needles, drug packaging and some stolen items on 27-year-old Nitasha Robb..and also discovered the driver of the car she was in had a license that was suspended 3 times. In addition, they say Robb later tied to hide 2 bags of drugs that later tested positive for fentanyl, The driver identified as Sean Kohlmeier—was charged with unlicensed operation and released on $400 bond, while Robb was taken to jail on a $10,000 bond.
The DEC says this year’s deer hunting season was a success. Commissioner Basil Segos says through mid-December, hunters took around 14 percent more deer in the state’s northern zone and 11 percent more in the south than in 2017. The numbers were also up from 2016. Fewer bear were taken in the southern zone while the number went UP in the Northern Zone. Commissioner Segos says the season was good for him personally too—as he reported shooting his first ever buck this fall. The final hunting count will be out early in 20129
Minimum wage workers will soon be seeing their paychecks rise. Effective December 31st, the minimum wage upstate will rise to eleven dollars and ten cents an hour. Governor Cuomo is also launching a wage theft hotline for workers to call if they feel their employer is not complying. Many restaurants and business owners say they’re against the increase because it hurts their bottom line.
Christmas may be over, but the holiday season crackdown on drunk drivers continues. Governor Cuomo said yesterday that there will still be increased State Police patrols on New York roads through New Year’s Day. Drivers can expect to see more troopers and sobriety checkpoints during their travels Last year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign led to 40-thousand tickets being issued.
Governor Cuomo is considering a bill that would let New York Drivers report potholes online. Supporters say the so-called pothole portal would help maintain state roads—and give drivers a heads up on where those road ruts are to avoid damage to their vehicles. Several other states have online reporting and New York does have a telephone line dedicated to the problem at 1-800 pothole. The governor has until Sunday to sign off on the idea..it’s not clear if he will—but if he does, the site should be up and running in about 3 months.