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Police & Fire

Man Charged With Stealing Guns

Man Charged With Stealing Guns

Garreau

LAURENS – A Sherburne man was arrested by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department after he allegedly stole five guns and other items from a Laurens residence.

According to the complaint, Richard Garreau, aka Ricky Diamond, 22, was allowed to live with and was given a job by the victim. After Garreau moved out, the victim allegedly found that five guns and other personal items had been stolen from the residence and filed a report with the Sheriff’s Department.

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Two Inmates Arrested At Otsego County Jail

Inmate Faces Cocaine

Charge; 2nd, Assault

Nancy Callahan
Mark Russitano

COOPERSTOWN – A fight and possession of crack cocaine led to new charges against two Otsego County jail inmates, according to releases sent today by the county Sheriff’s Department.

Nancy Callahan, 39, Richfield Springs, was arrested Wednesday, May 2, for possession of crack cocaine while incarcerated.

Mark A. Russitano, 32, Utica, was arrested Monday, May 7, for fighting with another inmate, deputies said.

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Car In Wrong Lane In Head-On Crash, Deputies Conclude

Car In Wrong Lane

In Head-On Crash,

Deputies Conclude

Emergency personnel treat one of the drivers in Tuesday’s crash at Route 166 and Cornish Hill Road, Town of Middlefield.

MIDDLEFIELD – Tuesday morning’s head-on collision on Route 166 at Cornish Hill Road happened because one of the drivers was in the wrong lane, the county Sheriff Department reports.

The investigation found skid marks showing George Murray, 67, was driving south in the northbound lane when his car collided with a second one, driven by Susan Edmonds, 49, Cherry Valley.

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Declared ‘Unsafe,’ Oneonta Hotel To Be Vacated

Still Found ‘Unsafe,’

Hotel To Be Vacated

Following a declaration of “Unsafe,” the residents of the apartment in the former Oneonta Hotel are facing eviction. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – After finding “numerous violations” remaining at the former Oneonta Hotel, 195 Main St., City Hall has begun the process of evicting the remaining tenants following the passing of the April 30 deadline imposed for fixing building deficiencies.

“After review of all inspection reports, it is clear that numerous violations still exist,” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “To protect the safety of the residents, general public, and our first responders, the city attorney is moving forward with vacating the building.”

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Naked Man Injured In Fall From Parking Garage

Naked Man Injured In

Fall From Parking Garage

ONEONTA – An 18 year old SUNY Oneonta student was injured after allegedly undressing and jumping from the top of the Municipal Parking Garage in downtown Oneonta.

At 10:30 p.m. Friday night, police received a call from a passerby that a man had fallen from the top level of the parking garage onto Chestnut Street extension. When EMTs arrived, the man allegedly told them that he was a stuntman attempting a stunt in trying to jump to the second level. He allegedly threw his clothes to the street and jumped from the top level, but caught his ankles on the railing and fell.

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Killer Ricky Knapp Dies In Prison

Killer Knapp Dies In Prison;

Guilty In SUNY Coed’s Death

Ricky Knapp

ONEONTA – Ricky Knapp, the man convicted of the 1977 death of SUNY Oneonta student, has died in Mohawk Correctional Facility, according to prison records.

Knapp, 66, died March 8, having served 40 years of a 25-to-life sentence for a 1978 manslaughter conviction in the death of 18-year-old Linda Velzy, a SUNY student from Long Island. According to reports, Velzy was last seen Dec. 9 1977, hitchhiking in downtown Oneonta.

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PAIR TORTURED FARM ANIMALS, POLICE CHARGE

READ SHERIFF’S PRESS RELEASE

PAIR TORTURED

FARM ANIMALS,

POLICE CHARGE

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Gabrielle Bastian
William DeSimone

COOPERSTOWN – Two Town of New Lisbon residents, William J. Desimone, 43, and Gabrielle Bastian, 52, were charged with torturing and injuring animals and other counts following the seizure of more than 100 animals in a farm near Garrattsville over the weekend.

Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. announced the details a few minutes ago.

Responding to a report Friday evening of a goose caught in an electrified fence, deputies discovered seven dogs living in poor conditions in the house at 166 Backus Road.

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Samaritans Rescue 100+ Farm Animals At New Lisbon Farm

Samaritans Rescue

100+ Farm Animals

Near Garrattsville

Man, Woman Who Resided There

Facing Neglect, Marijuana Charges

Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Stalter shines his flashlight at the pen where a large dog, perhaps a Pyrenees, was found without food or water. The dog was on a foot-thick layer of feces. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Sheriff’s Sgt. Jack Wilkens helps a team from Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, New Berlin, nudge remaining pigs into a tractor-drawn trailer to remove them from the scene.

GARRATTSVILLE – An electrified goose dead on the front lawn set the scene for horrors to follow at a 166 Backus Road farm about a half-mile from this hamlet:

• A dead goat’s carcass, fed on by nearby fenced-off pigs to stay alive.

• Pens where hens were packed so tight their feathers were rubbed off.

• A basement room where feces were piled so high deputies could barely force open the door to rescue the five dogs inside.

“This didn’t happen in days, or even months,” said Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Stalter, the department’s information officer, who this evening had been at the scene for almost 24 hours.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered all this and more after being called to the 26-acre Town of New Lisbon farm plot at 7 p.m. Friday after a passerby spotted the goose caught in the electrified fence.

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Three Teens Arrested in Dunkin’ Donuts Fight

Three Teens Arrested

In Dunkin’ Donuts Fight

Sean Gunther

ONEONTA – Three teenagers were arrested after a 16-year-old girl allegedly attacked a Dunkin’ Donuts employee, starting a fight at the store on Chestnut Street, state police report.

State police report they were dispatched Sunday to the doughnut shop on a report the girl, unhappy with an order she had made at the drive-thru, struck the employee and broke items in the store.

When another customer took a picture of the license plate, the girl and a 17-year-old girl also hit the customer, police said.

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