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Police & Fire

Under New Law, All Suspects May Be Held At County Jail

Under New Law, All Suspects

May Be Held At County Jail

ALBANY – A bill allowing the Otsego County jail to be used as a pre-arraignment holding area for all local courts has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo, the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announced yesterday.

“The legislation will lead to more efficient and cost-effective judicial proceedings in Otsego County,” said Seward.  “A number of other counties throughout the state have instituted similar policies, and it makes sense for Otsego County to do the same.”

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EX-UNDERSHERIFF ADMITS STEALING, SELLING FIREARMS

PROSECUTOR: 73 GUNS TAKEN

EX-UNDERSHERIFF

ADMITS STEALING,

SELLING FIREARMS

Retired Officer Bruce Carroll

Pleads Guilty, Fined $10,000

COOPERSTOWN – Former Otsego County Undersheriff A. Bruce Carroll, 75, Town of Maryland, is facing five years’ probation after pleading guilty in federal court to possession of stolen firearms and sale of a stolen firearm, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin announced in a press release a few minutes ago.

In addition, Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas McAvoy on July 9 fined Carroll $10,000 and ordered him to perform 150 hours of community service, according to an announcement from Acting U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith released by Devlin.

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Crash Claims Life Of Unadilla Man

VAN DRIFTS INTO ONCOMING LANE

Crash Kills Unadilla Man;

4th Local Fatality In 4 Days

SIDNEY – A Unadilla man died in a car crash early today on River Road here, the fourth fatal crash involving local people in as many days.

Troopers report Jason R. Cunningham, 39, of Unadilla, was driving a van west on River Road when he entered a sharp curve, drifted into the eastbound lane and collided with an eastbound pickup truck, driven by Matthias J. Wesner, 35, also of Unadilla.

Yesterday, a Cooperstown man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Route 11, Hartwick, and Sunday a husband and wife riding a motorcycle died in a crash in Warren, just across the Herkimer County line; a Cooperstown man was injured in that three-car chain reaction.

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Cooperstown Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Cooperstown Man Dies

As Motorcycle Crashes

HARTWICK – A 28-year-old Cooperstown man was killed yesterday in a mid-morning motorcycle crash  with a pickup truck in the Town of Hartwick.

He was identified as Kyle W. Bronson.  He was a 2007 graduate of Cooperstown Central, where he played football.

State Police said Bronson was eastbound on Route 11 heading toward Hartwick hamlet when he lost control of his 2010 Kawasaki and crossed into the westbound lane, striking a 2015 GMC Denali pickup truck.

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BROOKFIELD COUPLE KILLED IN ACCIDENT

BROOKFIELD COUPLE

KILLED IN ACCIDENT

Van Driver, Plus Cooperstown Man,

Transported To Bassett With Injuries

The accident occurred in the Route 20 hamlet of Warren east of Richfield Springs.

WARREN – A Brookfield couple was pronounced dead at the scene of a three-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon after the motorcycle they were riding on ran into the back of a van, state police at Troop D, Oneida, report.

Killed were Douglas and Theresa Woolsey, 50 and 46 respectively.

The eastbound van was stopped on Route 20, attempting to turn left into a driveway in this hamlet, when the collision occurred.

The van’s driver, Jonathan A. Neitzey, 23, of Bowie, Md., was transported to Bassett Hospital with minor injuries.

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MOTORCYCLE CRASH KILLS 2 ON ROUTE 20

MOTORCYCLE CRASH

KILLS 2 ON ROUTE 20

Troopers investigate a motorcycle crash that resulted in two fatalities at noon today on Route 20 just west of the hamlet of Warren. The Troop D barracks at Herkimer is investigating, according to Richfield Springs Fire Chief Tom Hallock.   (John Vriesema photo for AllOTSEGO.com)
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Teens, Adults Arrested After Burglary

Five Teens Are Charged 

In Burglary At Glassworks

Damion Archibald
Rayven Golinski
Matthew Judd

ONEONTA – Five teens ages 15-18 were arrested following the burglary of a business on Roundhouse Road in early June, city police reported today.

Damion Archibald, 18, Otego, Matthew Judd, 17, Oneonta, and Rayven Golinski, 16, Otego, as well as two 15-year -olds, whose names were withheld, one from Laurens, the other from Unadilla, were arrested after Oneonta Police were called to Twisted Sisters Glassworks, 72 Roundhouse Road, to the report of a past burglary.

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Two Arrested For Main Street Burglary

Woman Tells Police: 2 Men

Were Looking Through Purse

Jeffrey Votee
Spencer McCarthy

ONEONTA – Two men were arrested after a woman allegedly found them looking through her purse in her Main Street apartment, city police reported today.

Spencer Robert McCarthy, 25, Shirley, and Jeffrey Steven Votee, 27, Morris, were arrested after Oneonta Police responded to a call on Tuesday, July 4, that the victim had allegedly found the two men in her apartment, looking through her purse.

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Police Seek Missing 16 Year Old Girl

Laurens Teen

Reported Missing

Khailee M. Stoughton

LAURENS – State Police are looking for information on  a 16 year old girl who has been reported missing from the Town of Laurens.

Khailee M. Stoughton, 16, reportedly left home on June 19 and has not returned. According to police, she has made contact by phone and was believed to be traveling between the Oneonta, Morris and Albany areas. She is not believed to have been abducted.

Stoughton is a black female, 5’4″ tall and medium build. She has long brown hair and brown eyes. It is unknown what she was last wearing.

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Police Identify Milford Fire Suspect

Springfield Man, 20,

Milford Fire Suspect

Gerald Althiser Jr.

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – State Police have arrested Gerald E. Althiser Jr., 20, of Springfield Center, under suspicion of starting the fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church in March.

On Saturday, July 08,  State Police arrested Althiser for allegedly starting fires in two campers.  During the investigation, police allege that Althiser admitted to setting numerous fires, including the March 12 fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church on State Route 28 in the Town of Milford.

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