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Morris News

100 Marijuana Plants Seized In Morris Raid

100 Marijuana Plants

Seized In Morris Raid

Christian Balmaceda
Joseph Ali

MORRIS – Two men were arrested and 100 pounds of marijuana seized after the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department raided two indoor growing operations in Morris and New Lisbon.

Christian Balmaceda, 47, Morris, and Joseph D. Ali, 49, New Lisbon, were both arrested after an investigation lead the Sheriff’s Deputies and the DEA to search the residences of both men.

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Morris Vietnam Veteran In Senate Hall Of Fame

Morris Vietnam Veteran

In Senate Hall Of Fame

Seward Hails McMillen For ‘Superior Bravery’
Vietnam Veteran Tom McMillen of Morris is surrounded by friends and wellwishers, including Senator Seward, third from left, after being inducted this morning into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. (Jeff Bishop photo)

ALBANY – Thomas McMillen of Morris was inducted today into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, was on hand to pay tribute.

“Tom displayed superior bravery and courage while serving our nation,” said Seward.  “His two tours in Vietnam – first as an infantry platoon commander and later as a helicopter pilot – highlighted a rare skill set and demonstrated his desire to put country first.  He was a gifted leader who took on new, demanding challenges throughout his military career and excelled at every turn.

“Our country is better because of Thomas McMillen.”

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Virginia Madero, 94; Moved To Morris, Where Son Resides

IN MEMORIAM: Virginia Madero, 94;

Moved To Morris, Where Son Resides

Virginia Madero

MORRIS – Virginia (Davila) Madero, 94, entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 7, 2018.

She was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, to Ruperto and Josephina Davila on Sept. 28, 1923. She was raised by her granparents in Puerto Rico until moving to the United States at age 12. She married the love of her life, Angel J. Madero on April 11, 1942, and celebrated 70 years together until his passing in 2012.

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Dorcas Yoder, 24; Young Mother Succumbs To Cancer

IN MEMORIAM:  Dorcas Yoder, 24;

Young Mother Succumbs To Cancer

MORRIS – Dorcas D. Yoder, 24, who had been fighting cancer for the past year, has passed away.

She was the daughter of Daniel and Iva Weaver. She and her husband, Josh, were married in August 2016, and they brought into being a beautiful son, Nathan, nine months ago.

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Winston ‘Wint’ Harris, 67; Lifelong Dairy Farmer In Morris 

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Wint’ Harris, 67;

Lifelong Dairy Farmer In Morris 

MORRIS – Winston Y “Wint” Harris, Jr. 67, of Morris, a lifelong farmer, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at the home of his sister.

Wint was born in New Berlin on Nov. 15, 1950, the son of the late Winston and Charlotte Docker Harris.

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William E. Royce, 78, Businessman Founded Lightwalkers Church, Morris
IN MEMORIAM

William E. Royce, 78, Businessman

Started Lightwalkers Church, Morris

William E. Royce

MORRIS – William E. Royce, 78, who owned Royce International Eyewear and founded Lightwalkers Baptist Church, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 with his loving family by his side.

Bill was born on June 6, 1939 in Pittsfield, and raised by his mother Margaret Royce. He served in the Navy from 1956 to 1960 on the USS Wahoo as a radioman.

On March 23, 1961 Bill married the love of his life Marion (Haggerty), he and Marion lived in Morris for over 50 years, raising their children there.

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Steven D. Purdy, 70; Marine, Musician Active In Morris LIfe

IN MEMORIAM: Steven D. Purdy, 70;

Marine, Musician Active In Morris LIfe

MORRIS – Steven D. Purdy, 70, a Marine and musician active in Morris community life, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, with his family by his side.

Steve was born the son of Theodore and Jacqueline Purdy on Aug. 18, 1947 in Walton. He served honorably in the Marine Corps from December 1968 to December 1970.

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Accused Killers Plead ‘Not Guilty’ in Chenango County Court

Accused Killers Plead Not Guilty

In Chenango County Courtroom

Represented by Public Defender John Cameron, James Brower entered a “not guilty” plea in Chenango County Court this morning. (Pool Photo by Tyler Murphy/Evening Sun)
Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding also entered a not guilty plea.

NORWICH – James Brower and Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding, both accused of murdering 11-year old Jacelyn O’Connor, each entered “not guilty” pleas during their arraignments in Chenango County Court, according to WKTV.

The two, who are a couple, allegedly smothered Jacelyn to death in the act of raping her in their home during the early morning hours of July 30. They were indicted in Chenango County Court last week.

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Jacelyn’s Mother Arrested On Bench Warrant

Jacelyn’s Mother Arrested

On Bench Warrant From ’14

MORRIS – Mandy O’Connor Martinez, 38, birth mother of homicide victim Jacelyn O’Connor, 11, was arrested locally today on an active bench warrant for failing to appear in court on a petit larceny charge in December 2014, according to a press release from the Chenango County Sheriff’s Department.

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Others In House When Girl Was Murdered, DA Alleges

SUSPECTS COUPLE, WKTV REPORTS

DA: Others In House

When Girl Murdered

Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding
James R. Brower

NORWICH – Other people were present in the house while Jacelyn D. O’Connor, 11, was allegedly raped and smothered, according to Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride.

The names and ages of those present were not given during a hearing for Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding, 34, Norwich, where the DA charged him with murder in the first degree in O’Connor’s death and remanded without bail.The felony complaint lists him as “acting in concert with another in the course and commission of rape in the first degree.”

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