Woman Gunned Down In Her Own Home

32 year old Samantha Scott was found dead today in her home on Excelsior Avenue in Schmiddletown NY, gunned down in an apparent murder. Invefatal-shooting-generic-night-graphic-6000857-27474-ver10-640-480jpg-e1b5b3aa47fe4cc7stigators withheld comment as to possible motivations for the crime as it is an ongoing investigation.

Shots were reported by neighbors at 12:15pm and police were on the scene by 12:20. Samantha was pronounced dead on arrival.

Anyone with any leads are encouraged to contact the Schmiddletown police at 845-867-5309.

 

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Brother Confesses to accidental Murder of Sister

During the intesne trial of Peter Hotelsman, accused of murdering his sister Erin Hotelsman, the defendant had a breakdown and confessed to the whole thing. Below is a transcription of what was said during court:

“I DID IT! I did it, I killed her. Mom, Dad, I am so sorry. I didnt mean to kill her. I was in a tough spot, I owed the wrong people a lot of money. I know you wouldnt have given me the money if I asked, and if I did you would have gotten rid of me as manager of the hotel. I can’t believe this is happening, i didnt mean for it to happen like this. It, it wasnt supposed to happen like this, it was the perfect plan. I would kidnap Erin, send you a ransom note and pay off my bookie. He was going to kill me, you guys might have disowned me but at least i wouldnt be dead. Then she started telling me how stupid it was, how stupid I was. She wouldnt shut up. She just kept yelling, someone was going to hear. So I gagged her. I didnt realize she couldnt breath. I thought she was just freaking out, and then i left the room. It couldnt have been for more than 5 minutes. 5 mintues. thats all. 5 minutes. I came back and she was motionless on the floor. She had no pulse. I freaked out and ran out of there. I am so sorry. I cant believe it.”

Peter was potentially facing the death penalty, but his confession may save him from that. Sentencing will be next week.

Mascot Tryouts To Be Held

The Schmiddletown Schmiddies are looking for a replacement to wear the bear suit to sporting activities. Applicants must have school spirit, pep, mastered the art of jazz hands and be immune to demonic posession. All of those interested please show up to the first round of auditions at the Schmiddletown High school gym. A replacement is needed for next weeks basketball game, so come on down! .

 

Go Schmiddies!

The Schmiddletown high school basketball team defeated the Schpine Bushmen last night in a 73-60 victory. Fans say it was a very entertaining game. During halftime the two mascots faced off in a cage match. The Schmiddletown bear disemboweled the Bushman and is likely to face charges.

‘I dont know what came over me. I think it was the suit, its possessed or something. It felt like something had taken over me and before i knew it, i was hunched over the corpse of the bushman with his entrails in my hands’ said mascot Schnick Schmulmone from behind the bars of the local jail. Bail has been set at one million and six dollars.

The Schmiddletown basketball will hopefully continue their winning streak in their upcoming game against Green Schtech.

Businesses Tied to Local Surge in Leukemia Cases

Schmiddleton AP 12/25/2015

Three business, R.W. Decency a chemical company that makes tools, the tannery owned by Bai Corporation and Firstuni Corporation which manufactures cleaning supplies, have been implicated as the cause of a localized surge in a rare form of leukemia in the Schmiddletown area.

In April of 2009 Schmanne Schmanderson’s son Jimmy was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer: lymphocytic leukemia. When she started talking to her neighbors she discovered that her son was not the only one; roughly a dozen other children had been diagnosed with this rare disease. Suspecting that there must have been an environmental factor that was causing the uptick in the rate of lymphocytic leukemia, she immediately suspected the infamous water supply for the neighborhood. Residents report that for years the water has been turbid, cloudy and had a displeasing taste.

For 5 years Schmanderson wrote to the Governor and the EPA requesting thorough testing of the water supply, with no response from him or his office.

It was then that Schmanderson contacted us here at the Schmiddletown Times back in May of 2014 to try and get the word out about her movement.

“I feel helpless. I keep writing people to try and get something done but nothing happens. There are at least a dozen children in the neighborhood with this disease, it’s supposed to be rare. We [the neighbors] have organized and we write letter after level to all levels of government. We don’t even get replies from most them, and more kids are getting sick. How can they all turn away from us?”

That is when we spearheaded our own investigation. You may remember our report where we discovered 190 barrels of buried chemicals in proximity to the wells that deliver drinking water to the neighborhood. Analysis of the contents of the barrel and the surrounding water concluded that the barrels had not leaked and the chemicals inside were not the chemicals found in the drinking water. Instead, TCE (trichloroethylene) was found in the ground water the north of the wells.

TCE is a common solvent and is used in a number of different industries. Contact with TCE can lead to a slew of harmful effects including headaches, dizziness and sleepiness for short-term exposure and long term exposure can lead to autoimmune diseases, depressed body weight and cancer.

Our research has determined that three businesses that operate within the watershed of these wells use TCE: , R.W. Decency, Bai Corporation and Firstuni Corporation. Armed with this information, Schmanderson attempted to bring these companies to court.

“If the government isn’t going to take action against these businesses then I will. Someone has to fight for these children” says Schmanderson.

That was two years ago. Since then, Jimmy had passed and Schmanne Schmanderson has been unable to find a lawyer to take on these three giant corporations which have had a historic role in the prosperity of Schmiddletown.

“They say they don’t have the funds to even try to take on these deep pocketed corporations. They say that they would go bankrupt before they’d be able to get them in court.” Schmanderson states.

These corporations have refused to comment on the situation at hand. The EPA has suggested drinking bottled water to the community. The Governor’s office has reported that “all that can be done at this level of government has been done.”

But for Schmanderson, the fight will continue. “Sixteen children have died of lymphocytic leukemia since I’ve started this movement back in 2009. I can’t give up on these children, or my own. I will keep fighting.”