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April 11, 2013


Two jailed after restaurant ruckus

Two Stamford women who allegedly sparked a ruckus inside a restaurant in the village of Stamford were sent to the Delaware County Jail after they were charged with criminal trespass and theft of services, troopers said Tuesday.

Trooper Timothy McQuade said Martha J. McConville, 53, and Cheryl A. Christenson, 63, were arrested after they smashed plates and glasses inside the Main Street eatery at about 8 p.m. Monday.

The two women created the disturbance after complaining about their food, the trooper said.

McConville was also charged with two counts of harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

An employee at the restaurant, Gabrielle's, said it was not immediately clear why the customers became hostile. The employee asked not to be named.

Police said McConville and Christenson were remanded to jail when they were unable to post $1,000 bail at Stamford Town Court.

Drills set at two area colleges

One local public college will tests its emergency alert system and another will have a drill this week.

SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta Public Transit and first responders from the city of Oneonta will participate in a full-scale emergency preparedness drill Friday afternoon, a media release from the college said. The event will simulate a bus accident at about 1 p.m. near the intersection of Ravine Parkway and West Dormitory Road on the college’s campus.

Hal Legg, spokesman for the State University College at Oneonta, said the drill may impact traffic in the area. For more information, call University Police Department Emergency Manager Dave Lincoln at 436-3550.

At about 11 a.m. today at the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, a semi-annual test of the emergency system will sound. The college's public address system will issue a 2-minute tone, followed by a message, then a second tone and another message.

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