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NEWS

Night of Bourbon and Bidding at Vernon Downs - 10/21/2017
Your Neighbor: Oneida Area Day Care Center saved from closing - 10/21/2017
Book sale, bazaar in Vernon - 10/21/2017

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Solar array online at the Madison County Landfill - 10/21/2017
Sen. Brown: "Bannon is A White Supremacist"; "Media Has Not Been Unfair To Trump" - 10/22/2017
McCain Takes Swipe At President For Vietnam 'Bone Spur' Deferment - 10/23/2017

SPORTS

NFL scores 2017: Live results, highlights, and more from Week 7 - 10/22/2017
A capsule look at the World Series - 10/23/2017
New York Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis shines as team blows 21 point lead - 10/22/2017

OPINION

LETTER: Letter to Madison County residents - 10/23/2017
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Madison County Historical Society
Sherrill Kenwood Free Library
Monday, October 23, 2017
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Madison County Sheriff's
Department Urges
Families to Trick-or-Treat
With Care
MCSO PRESS RELEASE


(Wampsville) -- Halloween may be a fun holiday for kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat time may be a bit tricky. Madison County
Acting Sheriff John Ball is urging families to take a moment to consider basic safety precautions to help make your child’s
Halloween a safer night of fun, for your family and our community.

Costumes
•        Face paint is safer than a mask - and it's more fun!
•        Choose costumes in light colors or add reflective tape.
•        Check that costumes are flame-retardant and not so long as to pose a tripping hazard.

Trick-or-Treaters Should:
•        Travel in pairs or groups and stay together.
•        Walk on the sidewalk or on the left side of the road facing traffic.
•        Stop, look and listen at corners, driveways or parking lot entrances.
•        Plan a safe route; stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.  Stay in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit
streets.
•        Carry a flashlight or glow stick so they are more visible.  Try adding reflective tape to costumes and candy bags. Carry a
reflective treat bag!
•        Carry a cell phone if trick or treating without an adult. Know when and how to call 911 if there is an emergency.
•        Be respectful of other people and their property. Don’t throw your trash in yards or the street.
•        Dress for the weather.
Trick-or-Treaters Should NOT:
•        Go inside a stranger's house or get into a stranger's car.
•        Run across yards or streets.
•        Venture down dark, empty streets.
•        Approach dark, unlighted houses.
•        Go between parked cars or crisscross back and forth across streets.
•        Trick-or-Treat alone


Parents with Younger Children:
•        Should accompany young children.
•        Plan to trick-or-treat while it's still light out.
•        Walk with your children to each house and walk them to the door to receive treats.
•        If your gut feeling tells you to avoid a residence, go with your gut feeling!

Treats:
•        Children should save all their candy until they get home and have it checked by an adult.
•        Feed your children a meal or substantial snack before trick or treating so they are less tempted to eat the candy.
•        Inspect all treats when you get home. Throw away any unwrapped, open, or suspicious looking goodies.
•        If your child becomes suddenly ill, IMMEDIATELY call your doctor or dial 911! Try to determine what the child has eaten and
where it came from. Save all wrappers.

At Home:
•        Put away anything trick-or-treaters could trip over.
•        Turn the lights on and replace any burned-out bulbs at the walkway and front door.
•        Remember, your jack-o-lantern and any other candles or electrical decorations can be a fire hazard. Keep them out of the
reach of small children and away from flammable materials.
•        Never leave your house unattended. If you have to leave your house, make sure all the doors are locked.
•        Dogs and cats should remain in your residence during the time kids are out trick-or-treating.

Even if you don't have children:
•        If driving on Halloween, watch for trick or treaters in the streets and darting out from between parked cars.
•        If hosting or attending a Halloween celebration that includes alcohol, be responsible!  Don't drink and drive and have a plan.

We also recommend that you map out your route and check it against the New York State Sex Offender Registry at www.
criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor. It is a good practice to check in with this vital public safety resource throughout the year.

Review these safety guidelines with your family and set ground rules before heading out. The Sheriff’s Office will have increased
patrols on October 31st, but a little planning is the best way to ensure a safe, fun Halloween.
Madison County Jail Deputies
Thwart Escape Attempt
MCSO PRESS RELEASE

(Wampsville)  Officers from the Madison County Correctional Facility are credited with quick discovery of what was
an escape attempt early Sunday afternoon.
 
Michael A. Hernandez, 44, of Bridgeport, an inmate at the Madison County Jail attempted to escape from the jail
by creating a facsimile of himself on his bunk, disassembling the ceiling of the cell he was assigned to and exiting
through it.  He was apprehended by Correction Officers before making it out of his cell, as his legs were dangling
overhead.  Hernandez was being held on Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th degree at the time of
his attempt.
 
Hernandez had been arrested for DWI Drugs earlier in the week of October 16th and was being taken to a
rehabilitation facility by a family member when he decided to leave the vehicle.  When the family member
attempted to call 911, Hernandez came back to the car, choked the family member, and took the cell phone that
was being used.  Hernandez then fled and was later apprehended by the New York State Police, arraigned in the
Town of Sullivan Court and committed to the Madison County Jail on $300 cash bail, with charges that included:
 
Criminal Obstruction Of Breathing Or Blood Circulation -Apply Pressure
Criminal Mischief 4th Prevent Emergency Call
Harassment 2nd : Physical Contact
 
Hernandez posted bail on these charges on Saturday afternoon, but was arrested at that time as the credit card
used to post bail was reported as stolen.  As a result, Sheriff’s Deputies charged him with:
 
Grand Larceny 4th degree
Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th degree – Credit Card
Petit Larceny
Criminal Contempt 2nd degree
 
Hernandez was arraigned in the City of Oneida Court and remanded to the Madison County Jail on $5000
cash/$10,000 bail bond.
 
As a result of his actions on Sunday, Hernandez was arrested by Sheriff’s Investigators and was further charged
with:
 
ATTEMPTED Escape-1st:After Felony Arrest Or Conviction
Criminal Tampering in the 3rd degree
 
He was arraigned Monday morning in Oneida City Court and remanded back to the jail on $10,000 cash/$20,000
bail bond. Hernandez will return to court at a later date to face these charges.
 
Acting Sheriff John Ball stated that at no time was the public in any danger, nor did the facility’s inmate escape
siren activate.  “Mr. Hernandez never made it out of the confines of the secure facility, but the evidence that was
discovered clearly showed his intentions were not to stay in jail.  The fact that our corrections officers were
conducting their rounds and remaining vigilant, as they always do, ensured the safety of not only the facility, but
the public as well.  I commend the officers and supervisors on duty Sunday afternoon that were involved with this
incident, as their decisive actions absolutely and abruptly brought this very serious matter to safe
resolution.”  The County’s Facilities Maintenance Department responded in to conduct a comprehensive
inspection of the areas determined to be involved in the attempt to ensure no further damage was done to the
facility, and to rule out any further breaches in the secure integrity of the building.