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Police & Fire

Troop “C” Honors Officers Lost In Line Of Duty

Troop ‘C’ Honors Fallen Officers

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, is introduced to Broome County Sheriff David Harder, right, by DOT Regional Director Jack Williams before the start of yesterday’s State Police Troop “C” Memorial Day Service at troop headquarters in Sidney.  In left photo, former Station Manager of Troop “C” Marc Barbara, now serving with Troop “D”, marches in formation during the ceremony. Those honored were Troopers Covel Pierce and Timothy Pratt, and Investigator Paul Stuewer. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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One-Injury Crash Clogs Route 28 At Rush Hour

One-Injury Crash Clogs

Route 28 At Rush Hour

Route 28 between Cooperstown and Fly Creek has been closed for the past 20 minutes after a northbound AllStar Taxi van ran into the back of a northbound tan Ford SUV that was turning left into the Haggerty Road subdivision.   The accident happened about 4:20 p.m., as Bassett Hospital employees were heading home for the day.   The Ford driver had pulled the vehicle into Haggerty Road but the taxi van, its front grill smashed, remained in the middle of Route 28.  One person, apparently the driver of the taxi van, was transported to Bassett by Fly Creek EMS.  Coopertown Medical Transport and Cooperstown EMS also had ambulances at the scene.  Village police, state police and deputy sheriffs were at the scene.   Cooperstown fire police were diverting traffic at Glen Avenue down Maple Street toward alternate routes.   Top photo is of van, looking back toward Cooperstown; photo at right is Ford parked along Haggerty Road.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Three Charged With Trafficking Heroin

Three Charged With

Trafficking Heroin

Kyrin Donato
Rachael Palmatier
Phillip Brunson

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police arrested three people and seized $200 worth of heroin following an investigation into narcotics trafficking into the City of Oneonta.

Phillip S Brunson, 29, Manhattan, and Rachel E. Palmetier, 50, and Kyrin L. Donato, 43, both of Oneonta were arrested after an early-morning raid was executed at 14 Washington St. in Oneonta. During the raid, which was conducted with the assistance of K-9 Ricky of the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department, police allegedly seized approximatly $200 worth of heroin and $400 cash.

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Oneontan Joins Cooperstown Police

Oneontan Joins Cooperstown Police

Steve Lansing of Oneonta is sworn in as a Cooperstown police officer by Village Manager Teri Barown. Behind Officer Lansing is his father, Robert, and Police Chief Michael Covert. Seated are Mayor Jeff Katz, right, and Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, left. The swearing-in happened Monday at the Village Board’s monthly meeting.  Lansing is a graduate of SUNY Albany, where he majored in human biology and minored in psychology, and ran cross-country.   He graduated from OHS, where he lettered in cross-country and track & field all four years, as the team won four championships in a row; he was also elected vice president of the OHS Student Council.    (Jim Dean photo)
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Hartwick Pair Dumped Garbage In New Lisbon, DEC Is Reporting

Hartwick Pair Dumped Garbage

In New Lisbon, DEC Charges

HARTWICK – The discovery of an illegal garbage pile in New Lisbon has led to charges against two Hartwick residents, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reported today.

Devan Hazen, 19, and Tara Baker, 20, were both ticketed with misdemeanor charges of unlawful disposal of more than 10 cubic yards of solid waste.

When the garbage pile was discovered, conservation officers dug through the garbage until they found an envelope with an address on it.  When Officer Timothy Card visited the address and interviewed the resident, he learned that a garbage removal service had recently completed a job at the home.

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Shelter Gives 83 Pet Masks To County Fire Companies

Shelter Gives 83 Pet Masks

To County Fire Companies

Tool Helps Firefighters Apply ‘Psychic Fire Aid’

Susquehanna Animal Shelter Director Stacie Haynes and her deputy, Becca Daly, pack 83 Surgivet Pet Oxygen Masks for distribution – two per fire department – at this evening’s meeting of the Otsego County Fire Advisory Board at The Meadows.  Haynes told representatives of fire departments from around the county that a homeowner, distraught about losing a pet in a fire last year, donated $2,500 to the shelter for the pet masks in the hope others’ pets can be saved.  The shelter, through fundraisers, raised another $2,500 “and more,” Haynes said, to acquire the $35 devices, which come in three sizes – for dogs, for cats and for smaller pets like birds.  Art Klinger, acting emergency management services director, at left, demonstrates the use of the devices.  “The psychic first aid of seeing someone care for the pet can make all the difference” in calming victims at a fire scene, he said.  (Jim Kevliin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Jail Sprinkler System Faulty, Sheriff Reports

Jail Sprinkler System

Faulty, Sheriff Reports

But Repairs May Not Happen Until 2018

Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. reports on challenges at the county jail to the county board’s Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee this morning. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – The sprinkler system in the Otsego County jail is faulty, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. told the county board’s Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee this morning, but repairs may not come anytime soon.

“What I was told, if the system is activated, it will probably clog,” he told the committee at its monthly meeting.  Although it’s unclear how effective the sprinklers are, he said the alarms would probably allow all the inmates to be evacuated in time.

Committee member Dan Wilber, R-Burlington Flats, reacted:  “This is an extraordinary situation.”

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CCS Requests Police Presence After Threat V. Administration

CCS Requests Police Presence

After Threat V. Administration

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown Central School issued a statement at 12:57 p.m. today alerting the community to “a non-specific threat of possible physical harm” directed against the CCS administration on yesterday.

“The safety of our students and staff is our paramount concern at Cooperstown Central School District,” Superintendent of Schools Bill Crankshaw said in the statement. “I write to inform you of a situation that we are currently addressing with local law enforcement.

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New Fire Truck Arrives In Milford

New Fire Truck

Arrives In Milford

Fire Chief Don Eckler, friend Bill Triolo, and firefighter Tom Bobnick admire the new fire engine which arrived at Milford Fire Department this afternoon. The engine is a 2017 Frieightline chassis ith a 1250 gallon a minute pump and a 1500 gallon a minute hose. It also features an on board generator and a LED light tower. “This could light up the whole town!” said Eckler. “We needed a new truck big time. This pumps out 1500 more gallons than our previous truck, which was 21 years old. We worked hard to get this through fundraising, donations and saving our money.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Three Arrested With Heroin, Cocaine In Milford Home Raid

Three Arrested

With Heroin, Cocaine

In Milford Home Raid

Kwannasia Barnes
Keith Blush
Richard Cushnie

MILFORD – Three people were arrested after a search by the state police allegedly found heroin and cocaine at a home in Milford.

Richard A. Cushnie, 28, and Keith M. Blush, 37, both of Maryland, were arrested along with Kwannasia K. Barnes, 24, Binghamton, after state police executed a search warrant at the Milford home. During the search, police allege that a quantity of heroin and cocaine were found, as well as U.S. currency.

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