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City Elks Commemorate Flag Day, As BPOE Lodges Have Since 1907

City Elks Commemorate Flag Day,

As BPOE Lodges Have Since 1907

Oneonta Vets Club Commander Len Carson, at right in top photo, and Adjutant Gary Ballard lower the flag at the end of last evening’s Flag Day commemoration at the Oneonta Elks Club.  At left, Fire Chief Pat Pigeon delivers remarks to the gathering on the lawn in front of the Chestnut Street facility.   Flag Day was created by the Benevolent Protect Order of Elks in 1907, and lodges nationally organize commemorations annually on July 14. (Linda Herring photo for www.AllOTSEGO.com)

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Man Arrested With 5K Worth of Cocaine

Man Arrested With

$5K Worth Of Cocaine

Oneonta Police seized bags of powder cocaine and more than $2,000 were seized during the arrest of Aaron Willey.
Aaron Willey

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested after police allegedly found him in possession of cocaine worth more than $5,000.

Aaron M. Willey, 31, was arrested Tuesday, June 13 after Oneonta City police, with the assistance of the state police and Department of Corrections, served a search warrant at his residence at 5106 State Highway 23, lot 82 in the Town of Oneonta. Police allegedly found 1.99 ounces of powder cocaine with a street value in excess of $5,000, as well as $2,472 in various denominations of US currency.

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Jennifer Fila New Chief Of SUNY Oneonta Police

Jennifer Fila New Chief

Of SUNY Oneonta Police

Jennifer Fila

ONEONTA – Following a national search, SUNY Oneonta has selected Jennifer Fila to serve as the college’s next University Police Department chief, the college

Fila, who will begin on July 12, has more than 19 years of policing experience, most recently with the University Police Department SUNY Albany, most recently as deputy chief.

A search committee reviewed nearly 70 applications, conducted several telephone interviews and narrowed down the candidate pool to four finalists.

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INVESTIGATOR SAYS SUSPECT INTENDED TO KILL 2ND MAN

INVESTIGATOR SAYS

SUSPECT INTENDED

TO KILL 2ND MAN

Hartwick Justice Forwards Case

For Grand Jury Consideration

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to AllOTSEGO.com

Murder suspect Perry J. Webb sits stolidly in Hartwick Town Court this evening. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HARTWICK – After chilling descriptions of last Friday’s deadly tableau on a dirt road in New Lisbon, Town Justice Glenn Schilling this evening ordered the case against Perry J. Webb, 59, forwarded for an Otsego County grand jury to consider felony charges.

And Webb’s lawyer, Andrew Puritz, Oneonta, asked – and the judge ordered – that the suspect undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

But the dramatic highpoint of the evening had come 20 minutes before, when Deputy Sheriff Christopher A. Solovich testified about responding at 8:45 p.m. on June 2 to a “suspicious incident” on 393 Wheat Road, New Lisbon.

The sole lawman arrived at the wooded lot as darkness fell to discover a dead body under a tarp and a second man, “holding his head, rocking back and forth” and moaning – “he appeared he was in pain,” Solovich said.

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Murder Suspect’s Case Sent On For Grand Jury Decision

BULLETIN

Murder Suspect’s Case Sent

On For Grand Jury Decision

The suspect in last Friday’s death in New Lisbon, Perry J. Webb, 59, of 393 Wheat Road in that town, is led into Hartwick Town Court this evening where Town Justice Glenn Schilling ruled there is sufficient evidence to forward the case to an Otsego County grand jury. Webb is facing murder and assault charges in the death of a neighbor, Arthur Bellinger, 63. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CHECK BACK THIS EVENING FOR DETAILS

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Ruff Ride

Ruff Ride

K-9 Units Training Over Cooperstown

If you’ve noticed an unusual amount of air traffic over Cooperstown today, you have been witnessing the training of NY State’s newest K-9 units! 14 dogs and their handlers, including Atiba Celestine and dog Raya, above, were on site at the helipad across from the Clark Sports Center this morning. to acclimate their dogs to being in and around helicopters. After each dog and handler were securely placed in the helicopter they flown around at different heights to get the dog used to flight. After this, the dogs and handlers will be released into the field to finish the final nine weeks of their schooling. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com
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Slowly, But Now, Quickly Cooperstown Motel Goes

Slowly, But Now, Quickly

Cooperstown Motel Goes

Jake Brown, operating Burrell Excavating’s excavator, turned the corner a few minutes at the elbow of the Cooperstown Motel, which is being demolished to make way for a new CVS pharmacy. Brown estimates the demolition, which began last Friday, will be done by day’s end tomorrow. The ruins had sat there, untended for 10 months since the motel burned last Aug. 9. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Murder Scene Sheds, Campers On Dirt Road Near New Lisbon

Murder Site Is Sheds, Campers

On Dirt Road Near New Lisbon

Wheat Road, where last evening’s alleged slaying occurred, is a dirt track about a a mile northeast of the hamlet of New Lisbon. The scene of last night’s incident – 353 Wheat – is not a home, per se, but a collection of two campers and three sheds. Police tape cordoned off the crime scene, according to reporter Libby Cudmore, who arrived a few minutes ago.  A sheriff’s deputy stood guard. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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NEW LISBON MAN DEAD, 2ND IN COUNTY JAIL

NEW LISBON

MAN DEAD, 2ND

IN COUNTY JAIL

Suspect Facing Murder Count

Perry Webb, 59, New Lisbon, has been charged with second-degree murder.

NEW LISBON – One New Lisbon man is dead and another in the county jail today on charges of murder, second degree, and assault, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. reported a few minutes ago.

At 8:47 p.m. last evening, a 911 call was received from Perry J. Webb, 59, and deputies and state troopers were dispatched to a home on 393 Wheat Road, Devlin said in a press release.

On arriving, a deputy found one man dead – Arthur R. Bellinger, 63, who lived at 393 Wheat – and another man injured, as well as Webb.   The preliminary investigation, Devlin said, indicated Webb had assaulted both victims, Bellinger fatally.

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Man In Custody For Murder In New Lisbon

BULLETIN

Man In Custody For

Murder In New Lisbon

NEW LISBON – Otsego County Sheriff’s deputies have taken a man into custody following the death of a 63-year-old man at his home in the Town of New Lisbon.

Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. said that a call came in to Otsego County 911 around 8:45 p.m. and that deputies were sent to the scene, where they found the 63 year old man deceased of a suspected homicide. A suspect was later taken into custody.

This is a developing story,

please check back for details

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