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Police & Fire

Troop C Invites Public To 100th Celebration

Troop C Invites Public

To 100th Celebration

Click on image for details of all the events at the Troop C centennial celebration.

UNADILLA – Maj. William McEvoy, the Troop C commander, today issued an invitation for the public to help celebrate the New York State Police’s 100 years of service by attending the Centennial Open House 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Unadilla Barracks.

This is a family-oriented event, featuring demonstrations by K-9, Helicopter Rescue, Underwater Recovery Team (SCUBA), Special Operations Response Team (SORT), the Centennial Mounted Unit, and more.

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Foxes, Skunks Concern Center City Neighbors

Foxes, Skunks Concern

Center City Neighbors

Patricia Crow asked Common Council to consider hiring a wildlife expert after she saw a fox running loose in her Center City neighborhood (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Police Chief Doug Brenner warned that if citizens see a sick animal not to approach it, but to instead call police or the DEC.

ONEONTA – Patricia Crow, 14 Myrtle Ave, told Oneonta Common Council that she spotted a fox near her home in Center City on Thursday, Sept. 14.

“I clearly sighted a fox traveling across my neighbor’s back yard.” she said. “Never in my nearly 70 years have I seen a fox in Center City.”

Though she warned that foxes were “not safe for the citizens of Oneonta,” The Humane Society says that foxes are not considered dangerous and are generally scared of humans, especially if they make a loud noise. Dogs and adult cats are generally safe from foxes, but kittens, rabbits and other small animals could be considered prey and should be kept inside.

However, Police Chief Doug Brenner says there has been an “uptick” in sick animals, namely skunks, including four in one week. “These animals were not well,” he said. “They were rolling in the street.”

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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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PHOTOS SURFACE ON FLIPPED-OVER TRUCK

XNG GAS-CARRIER CRASHES

PHOTOS SURFACE ON

FLIPPED-OVER TRUCK

These photos of last Tuesday’s crash of an XNG truck en route south from the company’s plant near Little Falls, were provided to www.AllOTSEGO.com by Bill Huston, Binghamton, who has been monitoring the trucks since they began driving back and forth in February from the Northeast Pennsylvania fracking fields.  He writes, “This type of vehicle is a Hexagon Composites Titan-40. It is a very high-tech vehicle, a Type-4 CNG Carbon-Fiber Composite Tube Trailer. They are still IMO experimental, having only been on the road since 2012 when USDOT issued Special Permit SP-14951. These trailers cost $500,000 each.”  The company said the truck was empty, although Huston isn’t sure.  He said the driver was taken to Bassett Hospital for treatment.

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CALLAHAN FOUND GUILTY

BULLETIN

17 YEARS LATER,

CALLAHAN GUILTY

Casey Callahan

COOPERSTOWN – A jury this morning found Casey Callahan guilty of murder in the second degree for the Jan.19, 2000 death of his wife, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan.

The verdict came in around 11:30 a.m. District Attorney John Muehl prosecuted the case throughout the week, calling 21 witnesses. In the final hours of the trial yesterday morning, Callahan himself was called to the stand by his attorney, William Schebaum.

ANATOMY OF A MURDER TRIAL

DAY ONE: Monday, Sept. 11

• IN OPENING REMARKS, District Attorney Muehl paraphrases suspect Callahan: “I can kill someone and get away with it.”

• TRUCK DRIVER George Borrowdale describes witnessing Callahan’s rig running over wife Elizabeth

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Jury Deliberations Begin in Murder Trial
CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day FOUR

Jury Deliberations

Begin in Murder Trial

District Attorney John Muehl gives his closing statement in the trial against Casey Callahan, accused of killing his wife Elizabeth in January 2000. (Parker Fish/AllOTESEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – With a total 22 witnesses called, including suspect Casey Callahan, the prosecution and defense gave their closing arguments in the murder trial against Callahan, who was charged with killing his wife, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan, at a truck stop on January 19, 2000.

“Four tires ran directly down the center of her body,” said District Attorney John Muehl in his closing statement. “I submit you can’t do that by accident. This plan was tailor-made for Elizabeth.”

But Callahan’s defense argued that the jury is tasked with deciding if jurisdiction allowed Elizabeth’s death in Pennsylvania, which Callahan maintained was an accident, could be prosecuted in New York. “There is no proof beyond a reasonable doubt that this case belongs in New York State,” said William Schebaum, Callahan’s attorney. “I urge you not to allow speculation, emotion, or even a dislike of the defendant to be a substitute to fact.”

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Callahan: ‘I Wasn’t The Best Husband’

Callahan: ‘I Wasn’t

The Best Husband’

With Suspect Taking Stand In

Own Defense, Testimony At End

Murder defendant Casey Callahan of Goodyear Lake took the stand in his own defense this afternoon; (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.,com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Accused of running over his wife with his rig 17 years ago, Casey Callahan took the stand in his own defense as three days of testimony came to an end.

“I wasn’t the best husband,” Callahan told his lawyer, Public Defender Bruce Maxson. “I could say mean things at times, but I loved her.” When Maxson questioned him about earlier testimony that alleged domestic abuse, Callahan responded, “I’ve never hit her. I’ve never kicked her.”

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Elizabeth’s Last Words: ‘I Love You’ Investigator Testifies
CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day THREE

Victim’s Words Before Death,

Investigator Says: ‘I Love You’

COOPERSTOWN – Investigator Sean Ralph testified that Casey Callahan, currently on trial for the 2000 murder of his wife, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan, told him that her final words to her husband were “‘I love you, I’ll see you on the other side’,” allegedly referring to the opposite side of the Dandy Mart truck stop where Callahan was to pick her up.

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Empty XNG Truck Flips On Rte. 205

DRIVER RATTLED, BUT UNHURT

Empty XNG Truck

Flips On Route 205

This is the kind of XNG truck that has been traversing Otsego County. The local trucks have the logo on the cab, but the trailers are plain white.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

TOWN OF BURLINGTON – An empty XNG truck en route south from the company’s Little Falls plant went off Route 205 about two miles south of Route 80 at 8:20 a.m. today, according to county Emergency Services Director Art Klinger.

The driver was shook-up, but was able to tell emergency personnel arriving at the scene that the tanker was empty, Klinger said.

“There was no release of gas at any time,” XNG Vice President Matt Smith emphasized in an email received a few moments ago.

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Allegations of Physical Abuse Emerge in Niece’s Testimony

CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day TWO

Allegations of Physical Abuse

Emerge in Niece’s Testimony

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Elizabeth Welsh Callahan allegedly told her niece, Amanda Travis, that her husband Casey Callahan had kicked her in the stomach while she was pregnant with their son, Connor.

“I didn’t like the way he treated Lizzy,” Travis said during her testimony as part of this afternoon’s proceedings in the case against Callahan, who is charged with Elizabeth’s murder.

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