Day two of testimony was held in the murder trial of Almond Upton yesterday. Upton is accused of intentionally striking and killing a New York State Trooper with his vehicle in 2014. Seven New York State Police investigators who have been involved in the investigation took to the stand. New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Expert, Travis Webster, took to the stand for the second time, saying that Upton was travelling approximately 93 MPH when he hit New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner.
Testimony was also given by NYSP Motor Equipment Mechanic Jeremy Hilton. Hilton says that Upton’s Vehicle was inspected the day after the incident, and that there were no issues with the vehicle’s steering, acceleration, braking, or suspension systems prior to the crash. A total of eight individuals have taken to the stand for the prosecution thus far in the trial. The trial will continue today in Broome County Court.
Testimony began in the murder trial of Almond Upton on Friday. 62-year-old Almond Upton of Florida is accused of intentionally swerving to kill New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner as he was conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 81 in May of 2014.
Following opening statements, the prosecution called its first two witnesses. Its first witness was State Police Sergeant Todd Phillips. Phillips discussed what police equipment was and was not in use at the time of the traffic stop, including the fact that there was no dashboard camera footage at the time the incident occurred.
The prosecution’s second witness was collision reconstruction investigator Travis Webster.
The defense will now have an opportunity to cross examine these witnesses today as the trial continues.
The State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will be holding a meeting sponsored by Senator Fred Akshar in the Chenango Valley High School Auditorium today. The roundtable meeting will be held from 4-6PM.
While oral testimony is limited to members of a community leader discussion panel, members of the general public are still encouraged to attend and submit written testimony which will be used by the task force as it sets forth its legislative agenda.
You can also contribute to the discussion at Akshar.NYSenate.Gov.
The next meeting of the State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will be held in the Southern Tier next week. The task force will be holding a meeting sponsored by Senator Fred Akshar in the Chenango Valley High School Auditorium on Wednesday from 4-6PM. While oral testimony is only limited to members of the task force. The public is still encouraged to come and present their testimony in writing. You can also add to the discussion by going to Akshar.NYSenate.Gov.
A pretrial hearing was held for the man charged with the intentional killing of New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner in May of 2014. 62-year-old Almond Upton of Florida is accused of intentionally hitting Trooper Skinner with his vehicle while Skinner was conducting a roadside traffic stop on I-81 in the Town of Chenango. During yesterday’s pretrial hearing, four New York State Troopers and three New York State Police Investigators testified, each providing a different insight to the case. Upton is now scheduled to go to trial on July 5th.
Several state parks in the Southern Tier are receiving a portion of $450,000 is state funding to boost tourism. Chenango Valley State Park, as well as Robert H. Treman, Buttermilk Falls, Taughannock Falls, Fillmore Glen, Watkins Glen, and Stony Brook State Parks will receive funding.
Just under $6,000 will be given to the Friends of Chenango Valley State Park to purchase supplies for an interpretive center at the park, build an outdoor theater, and build recycling centers for camp grounds.
$4,750 will be given to the Friends of Gorge Parks to provide continued upkeep.
18 other state park organizations across New York will receive a portion of this funding as well.
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two individuals seen in security footage, robbing a gas station in Chenango Forks. Two white males are said to have walked into the USA Mini Mart Gas Station on State Route 12 just after 8:30PM on Wednesday, and demanded money from the cashier. A weapon was displayed during the robbery. The suspects fled on foot, heading north. Pictures of the two men in question are up on the News Radio WEBO Facebook page. If you have any information, you are asked to call the New York State Police at (607) 775-1241.
A fugitive from justice out of the State of Pennsylvania was taken into custody by Broome County Sheriff’s Deputies yesterday. 40-year-old Shermaine Cave from Binghamton was wanted on a felony “dangerous drugs” charge out of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Cave was arrested after sheriff’s deputies recognized his vehicle parked outside of a motel in the Town of Chenango. Cave was found to be in possession of crack cocaine, hydrocodone pills, and drug packaging materials. He is currently being held in the Broome County Jail, until he can be transported back to Pennsylvania to face his charges.