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Police & Fire

Minor Injuries, No Tickets in Milford Crash

Minor Injuries, No Tickets In Milford Crash

MILFORD – Both drivers and a passenger escaped with minor injuries after a car crash on Wednesday that shut down traffic on Main Street in Milford.

According to Trooper Nate Regal, State Police, a 2010 Cadillac was headed southbound on Route 28 when another vehicle, a 2011 Chevy Malibu attempted to enter traffic from the western shoulder and struck the Cadillac.  The driver and a passenger in the Cadillac were taken by ambulance to Bassett Hospital with minor injuries, and the driver of the Malibu was taken to Fox Hospital and treated.

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TOO-HOT FLAMES REQUIRED AERIAL LADDER

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TOO-HOT FLAMES

REQUIRED AERIAL

Blaze Leaves 11 Laurens Residents Homeless

Chief Justin Hill of the Laurens Fire Department this morning surveys the scene of the Thursday afternoon fire in the Village of Laurens. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

LAURENS – It took off like a house on fire.

“I got called in at 4:30,” Fire Chief Justin Hill recounted today, the morning after flames ripped through a village home at dusk Thursday afternoon.  “I was driving from West Oneonta and I could already see the column of smoke.”

Ten fire departments were called to help battle the blaze that gutted three apartments at 39 Main St., across the street from the fire department.

“The fire started on the second floor in the rear,” said Hill, surveying the smoking ruins. “The layout of the building made it very difficult to attack the fire. We entered through the back door but there was so much fire in the stairs we couldn’t get up them.  That’s when we knew we had to go at it from the exterior.”

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South Carolina Man Accused Of DWI, Driving Wrong Way On Interstate 88

South Carolina Man Accused Of DWI,

Driving Wrong Way On Interstate 88

OTEGO – Anthony S. Ascanio, 30, of Mooresville, N.C., is due to appear in Town of Otego court tomorrow after he was arrested on Jan. 11 for driving the wrong way on Interstate 88, the county Sheriff’s Department announced today.

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Possible Head-On Accident Blocks Milford Main Street

Possible Head-On Accident

Blocks Milford Main Street

What appeared to passing drivers to be a possible head-on collision in the Village of Milford, south of the light, has drawn emergency vehicles from around northern Otsego County to the scene at this hour. No additional details were immediately available. (Tara Barnwell/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Callahan Trial Date Set For March

Callahan Trial Date

Set For March 27

Casey Callahan

COOPERSTOWN – Casey Callahan is scheduled to go to trial on March 27 in the alleged murder of his wife, Elizabeth, according to District Attorney John Muehl.

He was charged last June with her murder, which Muehl believes was planned in Otsego County. Callahan is currently serving 12 1/2 years at the Attica Correctional Facility for a conviction on criminal sexual act in the first degree.

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Judge Denies Underwood Request For Change Of Counsel

Judge Denies Underwood

Request For New Attorney

Joshua P. Underwood is led into Otsego County Court this morning, where a scheduled felony hearing was closed, pending the Grand Jury’s decision on whether or not to indict. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for www.allotsego.com

Judge Lucy P. Bernier denied Underwood’s request for change of counsel.

ONEONTA – Judge Lucy P. Bernier denied Joshua Underwood’s request for a change of counsel during his appearance in Oneonta City Court this morning.

Underwood, who had been arrested and charged with murder in the New Year’s Day death of Mark J. Morrison, 52, had written a letter to Judge Bernier, dated Jan. 8, to request the change, saying his lawyer, Assistant Public Defender James Ferrari, spoke to the press after he asked him not to.

“Mr. Ferrari is an experienced counsel,” said Bernier. “I see no basis to this claim, and am denying this request.”

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Police: Prisoner Mailed ‘Powdery Substance’ To Station

Inmate Charged With Mailing

‘Powdery Substance’ To OPD

Kristopher J. Surdis

ONEONTA – An inmate in the state’s Woodbourne Correctional Facility was charged with making terroristic treats after allegedly mailing an envelope full of an “unknown, white powdery substance” to the Oneonta Police Station, according to Acting Police Chief Doug Brenner.

Kristopher J. Surdis, 43, an inmate at the state prison in Sullivan County, was arrested and charged after an investigation stemming from March 2016, when a letter with Mr. Surdis’ return address at Woodbourne Correctional Facility was received by the Oneonta Police Department Records Division.

The records division had denied Surdis’ FOIL requests and served him a cease-and-desist, Brenner said.

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Man Arrested After Scuffle At Coin Store

One Arrest After Coin Store Scuffle

ONEONTA – An Edmeston man was arrested yesterday morning after Oneonta police responded to a disturbance at Oneonta Coin Co. and allegedly saw him in a physical confrontation with the owner.

Timothy E. Arnold, 47, was arrested after police were called by the store’s owner, James Phraner, to report a disturbance with a customer.  According to Acting Police Chief Doug Brenner, when officers arrived, Phraner, a professional weightlifter, was holding Arnold down.

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Accused Killer Appears In Court

New Year’s Day Murder

Accused Killer

Appears In Court

Otsego County Corrections Officers K. Leigh Prostak, John Hoke and Jason Ritton escort Joshua P. Underwood into Oneonta City Court this morning. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Weeping, shaking and making a small wave to family gathered in the courtroom, Joshua P. Underwood, 25, made his first court appearance since his Monday morning arraignment on the charge that he bludgeoned Mark J. Morrison, 52, to death on New Year’s Day.

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