The
Oneida NY
Observer
NEWS

Durhamville Elementary students celebrate National Library Week - 4/24/2018
Leisure Arts Festival at the Madison County Historical Society - 4/25/2018
Holy Cross Academy to offer 5-hour pre-licensing class - 4/24/2018

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Republicans want Trump’s VA nominee to withdraw - 4/25/2018
Michael Cohen says he will plead the Fifth Amendment in Stormy Daniels case - 4/25/2018
ICE raid on Rome farm prompts Cuomo response - 4/25/2018

SPORTS

Camden, Oneida, VVS mix things up at TVL Relays - 4/25/2018
Utica Comets beat the Toronto Marlies 5-2 in Game 3 of the North Division semifinals - 4/25/2018
Syracuse Crunch routs Rochester to sweep AHL North Division semifinals - 4/25/2018

OPINION

Letter: Lack of living wage a barrier for hungry - 4/24/2018
GOVERNMENT LINKS

City of Oneida
Madison County
Oneida County
City of Sherrill
Village of Canastota
Village of Vernon
Town of Vernon
Oneida Indian Nation
New York State Government
USA.gov
NEWS LINKS

Oneida Daily Dispatch
Madison County Courier
Syracuse.com
Utica Observer Dispatch
Rome Sentinel
NewsChannel 9 WSYR
WKTV
CNY Central
Spectrum Cable News
Weather.com
COMMUNITY LINKS

Kallet Civic Center
United Way of Greater Oneida
Oneida City Center Committee
PAC 99
Oneida Public Library
Madison County Office for the Aging
Turning Stone Resort Casino
Oneida Improvement Committee
Madison County Historical Society
Sherrill Kenwood Free Library
Oneida Community Mansion House
Thursday, April 26, 2018
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April is National Distracted Driving
Awareness Month
MCSO PRESS RELEASE

Wampsville, NY…  The Madison County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind motorists that April is National Distracted Driving
Awareness Month.  Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle crashes nationwide.  The Madison County Sheriff’
s Office will participate in the nationwide effort to reduce distracted driving crashes that often result in needless death and injury.  In
order to help reduce the number of overall crashes in Madison County and promote voluntary compliance with the law, the Sheriff’s
Office will be deploying dedicated traffic enforcement patrols.  

The dedicated traffic enforcement patrols will be targeting motorists who commit cell phone use/texting violations in addition to other
observed violations commonly associated with distracted driving.  Grant monies obtained from the Governor’s Traffic Safety
Committee fund the dedicated traffic patrols.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging motorists to focus their attention on driving to help keep themselves and
members of our community safe. Remember…”U Drive. U Text. U Pay”.      

Thruway Troopers Announce
'Operation Work Brake'
STATE POLICE PRESS RELEASE

Beginning Monday April 23, 2018 the New York State Police in Troop T will boost patrols along the Thruway during ‘Operation
Work Brake’. This campaign cracks down on speeding motorists and aggressive driving before, in, and around construction
zones.

The five-day enforcement period beings Monday April 23and will continue through Friday, April 27, 2018.

Road crews face constant dangers everyday in work zones.  Motorists who speed, drive distracted, or are simply careless
when traveling in a work zone pose a great safety risk to highway workers and other drivers.

Following the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, Troop T created ‘Operation Work Brake’. The goal of this operation is to make
motorists aware of the presence of workers in construction zones and to reduce the number of hazardous violations in and
around work zones.

During a previous five-day campaign in April 2016, Troop T issued more than 2300 total tickets, over 1200 were for speed
related violations in and around active work zones.
Madison County Sheriff's Office
Investigation Leads to Drug Arrests
in the Town of Lincoln
MCSO PRESS RELEASE

On April 19, 2018, Madison County Sheriff’s Office Investigators closed an 8 month investigation when they arrested
John Hofmeister age 53 and Jennifer Shaughnessy age 42 both of 6069 Creek Road, Lincoln.  Hofmeister and
Shaughnessy were both charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd degree (Class A Felony) ,
Manufacturing Methamphetamine in the 3rd degree (Class D Felony), Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Lab Material
(Class E Felony) and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree (Class A Misdemeanor).   It is alleged
that Hofmeister and Shaughnessy possessed methamphetamine, methamphetamine laboratory equipment and several plastic
bottles containing methamphetamine oils.  Both subjects also unlawfully disposed of the methamphetamine materials by
burning the materials in a burn barrel behind their residence.   Both were arraigned at the Village of Chittenango Court and
both were remanded to the Madison County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.  Both are scheduled to appear at the
Town of Lincoln Court on May 3, 2018 to answer the charges.   The sheriff’s office was assisted by New York State Police
Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team.