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DEVLIN READS LETTER TAKING SON OFF HOOK

CLICK TO SEE DEPUTY RASO’S LETTER

DEVLIN READS

LETTER TAKING

SON OFF HOOK

Fernandez Uses Expletive

As Rancorous Debate Ends

Before this evening’s debate began before an SRO crowd in The Fenimore Museum auditorium, Sheriff Devlin, left, and his challenger, Bob Fernandez, stood as far apart from each other as the stage’s size allowed. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

While Devlin maintained a serious demeanor, Fernandez grinned and winked at audience members.

COOPERSTOWN – County Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., ended this evening’s rowdy League of Women Voters’ debate in the packed Fenimore Museum Auditorium with a blockbuster.

Having faced criticism from his challenger, retired state trooper Bob Fernandez, on how Devlin handled the case of his prison-guard son, Ros, the sheriff read a letter in which a recently departing deputy exonerated the younger man:

“As I leave for another opportunity, I feel I must clear the air on an alleged incident that occurred on Jan. 5, 2017,” Devlin read from a sheet of paper that bore the signature of a James Raso.  “I was in the room when this incident allegedly occurred.  At no time did Ros Devlin make any statements that have been alleged.”

Asked about the Raso letter as the debate broke up a couple of minutes later, Fernandez answered, “B*** S***.”  He went on to say that the letter could have been extracted under pressure, in exchange for a good reference, and noted it wasn’t given under oath.

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Seward Lists Achievements; St. George Introduces Self

Seward Lists Achievements;

St. George Introduces Self

In opening remarks in this evening’s state Senate debate that followed the sheriff’s race one, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, focused on the multiple grants obtained for projects in Oneonta, Cooperstown and beyond, and how Republicans in the state Legislature blocked $1 billion in new taxes in the Senate and $20 billion in the House. A relative newcomer in a district served by Seward since 1986, the Democratic challenger, Joyce St. George of the Margaretville area in southern Delaware County, spoke of her business experience and successful efforts to found a food bank. The debate is ongoing at this hour in The Fenimore Museum auditorium in Cooperstown.   Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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As Crowd Rebels, League Threatens To Call Off Debate

BULLETIN

As Crowd Rebels,

League Threatens

To Call Off Debate

At least twice, League of Women Voters’ officials threatened to halt this evening’s debate between county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., and retired state trooper Bob Fernandez as a rowdy SRO audience applauded against instructions and Fernandez repeatedly declined to followed the debate rules and time constraints.  When League organizers chided the audience, it responded with catcalls.  Here, when moderator Barbara Heim challenged audience members to take over if they thought they could do a better job, Tom Leiber of Cooperstown, a high school pal of Fernandez, jumped up and offered to do so.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CHECK BACK THIS EVENING FOR FULL REPORT

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23

Red Dragon Readings Continue

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READING SERIES – 7:30 – 9 p.m. Red Dragon Reading Series presents Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, author of “Blue Talk and Love,” which tells the stories of girls, women of color navigating daily urban life. Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2761939

FILM SCREENING – 6 – 8 p.m. Join Library, MVPHP and the Otsego County Department of Health view watch SMACKED! a documentary about addiction, recovery in Otsego County. Followed by panel discussion. Richfield Springs Public Library, 102 Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or visit www.facebook.com/Richfield-Springs-Public-Library-1068210423236404/

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4 Pigs Found In Shed On Morris Dirt Road

SHELTER TEAM TO THE RESCUE

4 Pigs Found In Shed

On Morris Dirt Road

With crushed apples, two of four pigs rescued this afternoon are tempted out of a trailer into the Susquehanna Animal Shelter by Director Stacie Hayes and Alex McMillan, of the Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, New Berlin. The pigs were rescued after the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department notified the shelter that the emaciated animals were being kept in a shed without food or water, covered in mud and feces. The animals will be kept at the shelter for the time being, until a pig rescue organization can pick them up. (Libby Cudmore & Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Kitty Oliver, 92; Leaves Many Friends In Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Kitty Oliver, 92;

Leaves Many Friends In Oneonta

Kitty Oliver

ONEONTA – Kitty Oliver, 92, passed away on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at St. Margaret’s Care Home in Hawick, Scotland, leaving many friends behind in Oneonta.

She was born Jan. 6, 1925, in Hawick, Scotland.  She was an outstanding athlete in her youth and was a high school track and field champion.  Her brother, Bill McLaren, was the men’s champion the same year.  He went on to become an internationally renowned TV sports commentator.

In her later years, she became heavily involved in local arts and volunteer work.

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Faso Just 1 Point Ahead Of Delgado, Siena Poll Reports

Faso Just 1 Point

Ahead Of Delgado,

Siena Poll Reports

LOUDONVILLE – Freshman Republican Representative John Faso is ahead of his Democratic opponent Antonio Delgado by just a single point in the Siena Poll released this morning.

Forty-four percent of likely voters support Faso, 43 percent support Delgado, 6  percent are with a third-party candidate, and 7 percent are undecided, according to a new Spectrum News/Siena College poll of likely 19th Congressional District voters.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, OCTOBER 22

Folklore & History

Of Monsters & Undead

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MONSTERS & UNDEAD – 6 – 7 p.m. Presentation by Dr. Tracy Betsinger, bioarcheologist at SUNY Oneonta shares research on deviant burials, such as vampires buried in 17th-18th century Poland. Free, open to community. A. J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2011.

SPAGHETTI DINNER – 5 – 7 p.m. Support Cooperstown Boy Scouts, enjoy spaghetti with homemade sauce, sausage, meatballs, salad, dessert, more. Takeout available. Cost, $10/adult. Cooperstown Vets Club, 60 Main St., Cooperstown.

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3 Partners Open Sanctuary In Former Leesville Church

3 Partners Open Sanctuary

In Former Leesville Church

Nettie Jean Scarzafava of Oneonta, the former Otsego County judge, greets 75 wellwishers at this afternoon’s dedication of the Light of Heart Sanctuary in the former St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Leesville, just west of Sharon Springs. Scarzafava partnered with two Sharon Springs businesswomen, Cheryl Rosen and Paula Petri, in a public space that, to a degree, will be defined by demand: Today’s attendees were canvassed on whether they would be interested in variety of activities there, from low-impact exercise and dance, to jewelry making and swing dance. Sharon Town Supervisor Sandra Manko, a member of the local historical society, spoke on the church’s history, which dates back to 1745, when the first service was held. The current church building was built for $4,000 and dedicated in 1853.  The fresco above the altar was painted by Mary Fines, Cooperstown.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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