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Police & Fire

Man Arrested After Car Arson

Man Arrested

After Car Arson

Jonathan Delgado

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested after police and fire investigators allege he set his neighbor’s car on fire earlier this afternoon.

Jonathan Delgado, 31, was arrested after the police and fire department were dispatched to the report of a vehicle fire in the area of 41 Burnside Avenue.  First responders arrived at the scene to find a red 2009 Subaru Forester, belonging to a neighborhood resident, fully engulfed in flames.  The Oneonta Fire Department extinguished the blaze as police officers conducted a neighborhood canvass and located Delgado, who was detained during the early stages of the investigation.

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Two Teens Arrested For Armed Robbery

Two Teens Arrested

For Armed Robbery

ONEONTA – Two Oneonta teens were arrested following an investigation into an armed robbery of a SUNY Oneonta student this past December.

Kobe Kimble, 17 and Gabriel Perez, 17, were arrested by Oneonta Police in connection to the knifepoint robbery of a SUNY student from Brookhaven on Dec. 2, 2016.  Police alleged that the suspects, during the commission of the robbery, knocked the victim to the ground, displayed a knife and forced the victim to turn over property.  According to police, the suspects may have been accompanied by up to four or five additional juvenile males.

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FIRE COMMISSIONERS WANT TO GO IT ALONE
READ FIRE COMMISSIONERS’ RESOLUTION

FIRE COMMISSIONERS

WANT TO GO IT ALONE

Independent Town Of Oneonta Department

Would End Professional Protection From City

ONEONTA – The Town of Oneonta Board of Fire Commissioners last night unanimously voted on a declaration of independence from the city’s Oneonta Fire Department.

The vote sets a public hearing for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at Elm Park Methodist Church on whether to create an “Oneonta Town Fire Department,” a new non-for-profit corporation to serve townsfolks and businesses now served by the OFD.

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Body Recovered In Cherry Valley Fire

Body Recovered

In Cherry Valley Fire

Cherry Valley Fire Chief Marty Field directs efforts to recover the body of Frank Menento, 86, who died in the fire at his Lancaster Street home. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CHERRY VALLEY – The body of an 86-year-old man was recovered from the house fire in Cherry Valley at around 3 p.m. this afternoon.

Fire crews found the body of Frank J. Menento, 86, in an upstairs room at the back of his home at at 8 Lancaster St., which caught fire at around 5 a.m. today.  An adult granddaughter escaped the blaze unharmed.

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One Killed In Cherry Valley House Fire

Man Believed Dead

In Cherry Valley  Fire

A screenshot of this morning’s fatal fire in Cherry Valley, taken by the Time Warner Cable news crew.

CHERRY VALLEY – An elderly man was killed when he couldn’t escape a house fire on Lancaster Street in Cherry Valley early this morning.

The call came into Otsego County 911 at 5 a.m. and crews were dispatched to the house, where the second floor was fully engulfed.

According to Cherry Valley Fire Chief Martin Field, the adult granddaughter escaped the fire and said that she believed her grandfather was on the second floor and unable to escape. Officials are currently attempting to recover and identify him.

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Cooperstown Snow Emergency Over

Cooperstown Snow Emergency Over

COOPERSTOWN – As of 9:30 a.m.  today, the snow emergency for the Village of Cooperstown has been canceled, DPW Superintendent Brian Clancy reports.

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SNOW EMERGENCY CONTINUES MONDAY

SNOW EMERGENCY

CONTINUES MONDAY

The National Weather Service’s “snow emergency” for Otsego County continues until 1 p.m. Monday. Oneonta’s emergency expires at that time, but Cooperstown’s extends until 6 p.m. Because of Winter Storm Orson, so far the worst snowstorm of the winter, many events have been cancelled. Be sure to check before you leave home. (Jim Kevlini/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Heroin, Cash Seized On Spruce Street

Heroin, Cash Seized

On Spruce Street

Chauncey S. Couse

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested following an investigation into the ongoing sale of heroin in the city, according to police reports.

Chauncey S. Couse, 48, was arrested after Oneonta Police served a search warrant at his residency at 84 Spruce St.  During a search, a quantity of heroin and cash were allegedly found by police, and Couse was charged with Class B Felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree.

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SUNY Hosts Dialogue Between City Leaders, Students

Jobs Corps Students Share

Instances Of Discrimination

Mayor Gary Herzig talks with Oneonta Job Corps student Iyana Pierre at Operation Safe Spaces Oneonta Thursday evening at SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Multicultural Experiences. The event was a chance for students to open dialogues with city leaders, including Acting Police Chief Douglas Brenner, Common Council members, the local NAACP chapter, the city Commission on Community Relations & Human Rights, and businesspeople on issues of feeling safe and empowerment. “I have been followed in Walmart.” said Pierre. “I have had places refuse to deliver pizza to us because we are at Job Corps. and other students I have talked to have experienced the same thing.” Fellow student Asaskia Thomas said, “We don;t know who to talk to about these things, so we go to another person of color and talk among ourselves. We even have clubs to empower us because we feel powerless.”  Local NAACP President Lee Fisher said, “We can talk among ourselves all we want, but taking action is the most important. We are all in this together. We have to feel it and know it and come together to get things done.” Herzig added “We’re not going to say there is no racism here, but we work very hard to counteract that by helping you and giving you a resource network.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Oneonta School Bus In Crash; No Injuries

Oneonta School Bus

In Crash; No Injuries

ONEONTA – An Oneonta City School bus with 25 kids aboard was involved in a two-car accident this afternoon, but no injuries were reported, according to Acting Police Chief Douglas Brenner.

The scene was cleared just after 4 p.m. and although no tickets were issued at the scene, an investigation is ongoing.

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