I-88 work planned today

Crews will be working on bridge maintenance on Interstate 88 westbound to the west of Exit 19 (Worcester/East Worcester) beginning at about 8 a.m. today.

The work will be in the town of Worcester, the state Department of Transportation announced Friday.

Motorists will encounter a driving-lane closure within the work zone, and flag personnel will be on-site to guide traffic, a media release said. The work will be completed by 3 p.m., weather permitting, according to the media release.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone, and in accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of a driver’s license.

Forged fair passes alleged

Anonymous reports regarding the circulation of large quantities of forged season passes for the Schoharie County Sunshine Fair led to an arrest Thursday.

Sarah A. Thompson, 42, of Warnerville, was charged with third-degree forgery, a class A misdemeanor, according to a media release from Cobleskill police and Schoharie deputies.

Deputies were contacted after an investigation revealed Thompson was in Richmondville distributing the passes for the Cobleskill event, police said.

After the arrest, a search of her residence recovered forged passes, money from the sale of passes, marijuana and related paraphernalia, police said. Thompson admitted that she forged and distributed hundreds of fake season passes valued at $50 each if purchased legally, police said.

The financial loss to the fair is estimated at more than $15,000, police said, and at the fair more than 110 forged passes were found after people tried to use them to gain entry.

The investigation is continuing, and additional charges are expected. People who may have a forged pass or additional information are asked to call Cobleskill police Sgt. Rich Bialkowski at (518) 234-2923 or Schoharie County Sheriff John Bates Jr. at (518) 295-2266.

Police: Teller stole $7,000

A teller has been arrested after allegedly stealing $7,000 from Wilber National Bank, Otsego County deputies said.

Linda Jane Manning, 50, of Laurens, was charged Wednesday with third-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records, both felonies, deputies said.

Manning was accused of stealing $7,000 and making false entries into the records of Wilber National Bank in Morris, deputies said in a media release.

The bank reported the larceny July 20, deputies said, and Manning’s arrest came after a two-week investigation by the sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Otsego County District Attorney’s Office.

Manning surrendered to deputies at the sheriff’s office, the release said.

She was arraigned by Otsego Town Court Justice Dora Cooke and released pending reappearance in court at 1 p.m. Thursday, deputies said.

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