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Police Arrest Second New Berlin Man

The New York State police at Norwich arrested 68-year-old joseph Mocco, Jr. of Hunts Pond Rd. this week following an investigation of a report that a bull was running free on land adjacent to Hunts Pond Rd. in the town of New Berlin.

Mocco was charged Wednesday with one count of unlawfully allowing a breeding animal to roam, in violation of the Agriculture and Markets Law. A bull owned by Mocco was found on property without the consent of the land owner. Mocco was issued an appearance ticket for Town of New Berlin court May 9.

Mocco was the owner of six horses police say were killed with a shotgun by 75-year-old Lauren McMaster after the animals continually wandered onto his property.

McMaster has been charged with criminal mischief.

Schneiderman Files Suit Against Horse Home

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation in Saratoga Springs.

Schneiderman says the non-profit retirement home for racehorses has failed to provide adequate care for the horses, including inadequate food, unattended injuries and inadequate shelter from severe weather

The farm takes are of about 1,100 horses and says the attorney general’s charges are incorrect. It claims to have found homes for 800 horses

The lawsuit comes just days after the New York Times reported about 30 horses had died at the aqueduct race track from improper care.

Motorcyclist Leads Police on High Speed Chase

New York State troopers who patrol the state thruway say a Charleton, NY, was traveling at 166 miles per hour on his motorcycle yesterday.

Police officers tried to stop 25-year-old Nikolous McCarthy at various times, but he was clocked at speeds of 150-170 mph at times.

He was finally stopped in New Paltz after traveling for around 50 miles.

McCarthy was sent to jail on $20,000 bail, charged with speeding, reckless driving, and operating without a motorcycle license.

State Court Allows 63rd Senate District Creation

New York State’s highest court has decided the republican majority has the right to create an additional legislative district.

Democrats on the redistricting committee that drew up new legislative borders this past year had challenged the senate GOP leadership over the district along the western shores of the Hudson River, claiming the plan was a method to maintain the majority.

The new districts were negotiated by the assembly majority democrats and senate majority republicans early in the year and signed into law by the governor.

Democrats say the formula used to create a 63rd senate district were different than those used to justify the rest of the map.

Republicans maintain a one vote majority in the senate, and the 63rd District is thought to be a republican region.

Hartwick Finishes Recyclemania Strong

The eight-week collegiate competition called the Recyclemania Tournament wrapped up its 12th year with Hartwick College recovering 64,524 pounds of organic and recyclable materials. Hartwick finished in third place out of 24 New York State schools in the per capita category and 22nd out of 321 schools nationwide, as well as fourth out of 20 New York institutions in the grand champion category.

Bruno Indicted Again

Former New York State senate majority leader Joseph Bruno will head back to court, indicted for a second time on Federal corruption charges.

The 83-year-old republican leader has been charged with mail fraud and scheming to deny the state’s citizens the right to his honest services.

He’s accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks of around $400,000.

Bruno has already been convicted of similar charges back in 2009, but the laws about a public servant’s “honest services” were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bruno says he was running an honest consulting business, not using his political power to steer contracts to business partners.

He served in the senate from 1977 until 2008.

Sports

High School Softball

Whitney Point winded Bainbridge Guilford 5-4

Milford mowed down Cherry Valley Springfield 23-12

Downsville shut out Family School 38-0

High School Baseball

Bainbridge Guilford topped Greene 8-3

Unadilla Valley ran by Oxford 18-6

Roxbury defeated Gilboa 11-5

High School Track

At Milford, The Milford boys ran to first place followed by Downsville, Stamford, then Franklin

Meanwhile, Milford Girls easily beat the competition. Coming in second was Stamford, then Downsville and Franklin.

At Cooperstown, both the Cooperstown boys and girls grabbed top honors over Sherburne Earlville

At Cherry Valley Springfield, both CV-S boys and girls topped Laurens and Richfield Springs.

At Gilbertsville Mt. Upton, GMU boys and girls ran by Morris, Schenevus/Worcester, and Andes

At Cairo-Durham, the Windham boys defeated Cairo-Durham and the Cairo-Durham girls beat Windham

High School Golf

Morris topped Walton 245-258

Cooperstown topped Unadilla Valley 178-182

High School Tennis

Margaretville outscored Andes 6-1

Windham edged Hunter Tannersville 4-3

Women’s College Lacrosse

On Thursday, the Empire 8 announced its 2012 Women’s Lacrosse All-Conference teams. Hartwick senior midfielder Brittany LaVaute and junior defender Erica Scicchitano each were selected to the Empire 8 Second Team. Senior Hannah Kennedy was selected to the conference’s Sportswoman of the Year team for the fourth time in her career.