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Police & Fire

Clean-Up Underway After Thunderstorm

Clean-Up Underway

After Thunderstorm

The whirring sound of the village’s “Bandit Intimidator” wood chipper is being heard throughout Cooperstown today, as crews, including Assistant DPW Superintendent Chris Satriano, above, finish the cleanup after Saturday’s thunderstorm.  Heavy rains and wind struck shortly before 6 p.m. for only a minute or two, but wreaked outsized damage. Among the homes narrowly escaping serious damage is Celia Lamb’s on Linden Avenue, inset. The storm knocked over an oak slightly to the north of the house, leveraged up the sidewalk, but beyond that even missed a birdhouse in its path. “We were very fortunate,” Mrs. Lamb said. “It missed the house, it missed the car and it missed the trailer” that a tenant rents. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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ATV Driver Passed Ambulance, Tried To Flee, Troopers Report

ATV Driver Passed Ambulance,

Tried To Flee, Troopers Report

Joyce

UNADILLA – An ATV rider was issued more than a dozen tickets after he allegedly passed an ambulance with lights flashing along a solid yellow line, then tried to elude troopers who pursued him, according to a press release from Troop C, Sidney.

In the course of the chase, James T. Joyce, 24, Colesville, Broome County, the ATV almost hit a pedestrian, troopers alleged.

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Fire Destroys Cherry Valley Garage

Fire Destroys Garage

In Cherry Valley

CHERRY VALLEY – A structure fire destroyed a garage on County Highway 50 in Cherry Valley last night, according to Robert J. O’Brien, county 911 director.

The fire at 1697 County Highway 50 broke out around 8:45 p.m. and was fully involved by the time the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene. Mutual aid came from Springfield, Middlefield, South Minden and Sharon Springs. 

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Mancini Named New Oneonta Fire Captain

Mancini Named New

Oneonta Fire Captain

Michael Mancini, a member of the Oneonta Fire Department since 1995, was named as the department’s new Fire Captain on Tuesday, July 10. As captain, Mancini will supervise one of four crews of six in the station and joins fellow Captains Jeff Pidgeon, Robert LaTourette Jr. and Brad Smith, who he graduated with from The Academy of Fire Science in 1996. He was hired prior to his graduation by the OFD in 1995. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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‘It Sounded Like  5 Freight Trains’

‘It Sounded Like 

5 Freight Trains’

Neighbor Describes XNG Truck Crash

On Route 28 South Of Schuyler Lake

An XNG truck went off Route 28 between Route 16 south of Schuyler Lake and that hamlet. The road was closed for 12 hours. (Image courtesy WKTV)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.COM

SCHUYLER LAKE – Responding to the fourth XNG truck mishap since transports began in February, firefighters and emergency personnel blocked off several roads leading to a crash site near Schuyler Lake until 3 a.m. today, keeping some people from their homes for hours.

“We were up at the florists, and when we came back down, they had the road blocked off,” said Exeter resident Christine Allen, who lives less than half a mile from the crash site. “We couldn’t get to our house, so we went to Stewart’s and got a banana split.”

Allen was finally able to get back to her home later in the evening when responders let her through to get to her house. According to Allen, she heard a loud noise when crews released the gas from the trailer.

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Inmate Charge With Assault After Dustup In County Jail

Inmate Charged With Assault

After Dustup In County Jail

Leroy Holley

COOPERSTOWN – An Otsego County Jail inmate has been charged with second-degree assault after a fight inside the jail, county sheriff’s deputies report.

The incident occurred yesterday, when Leroy Holley, 38, of Binghamton, allegedly struck and caused minor injuries to the other inmate during the altercation, it was reported today.

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Otego Man Charged With Attempted Kidnapping

Otego Man Charged With

Grabbing Cooperstown Boy

COOPERSTOWN – An Otego man is facing charges of attempted kidnapping for allegedly grabbing an 8-year-old on Main Street last Friday.

Luke O’Hara, 36, allegedly left Community Bank at 1:3- p.m. on Friday, June 22, and grabbed the victim, who passed by him on his way to the post office, Police Chief Mike Covert said today.

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Worcester Woman Arrested On Heroin Possession Charge

Worcester Woman Arrested

On Heroin Possession Charge

Koncelik

WORCESTER – Heather D. Koncelik, 37, of Worcester, was arrested Wednesday for having heroin and suboxone in her possession, state police reported today.

Troopers arrested Koncelik at 6:23 p.m. after she was found to have heroin and suboxone in her possession.

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Teen Drowns In Canadarago Lake

Teen Drowns In

Canadarago Lake

Kayak Sinks During Sudden Storm

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – A Jordanville teen drowned in Canadarago Lake after his kayak capsized during last night’s storm.

According to State Police, Dustin Groat, 19, Jordanville, was with another teenager when they got into their kayaks at the Canadarago Lake Boat Launch at approximately 7:30 p.m. and paddled to Deowongo Island.

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Remains Found In Florida Confirmed As Missing Laurens Man

Wife Considered Suspect In Death

Remains Missing Florida Are

Missing Laurens Man, Police Say

Michael Shaver

CLERMONT, Fla. – The human remains found buried beneath a fire pit in the backyard of a Lake County home have been positively identified as belonging to Michael Shaver, a Laurens man missing since 2015.

According to Lieutenant John Herrell, Office of Professional Standards with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, detectives positively identified the remains found on Laurie Shaver’s property at 9850 Sandy Pines Road in Clermont, Fla., following testing. Those results were released by Herrell this morning.

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