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Police & Fire

Man Stabbed For Intervening In Domestic Dispute, Police Say

Police: Man Stabbed For

Intervening In Domestic Dispute

Eddie Burns

ONEONTA – A Bronx man was arrested after allegedly stabbing another man who tried to intervene in a domestic dispute, according to police.

Eddie Burns, 53, Bronx, was arrested after Oneonta Police responded to a reported stabbing at 12 Division Street. Upon arrival, police found a 24 year old man bleeding from lacerations to his head and hand. He was transported by ambulance to Fox Hospital, and further interviews revealed that he had allegedly heard a male and female engaged in the domestic dispute.  During the dispute, he claimed he heard the female yelling “Get off me” and went to the apartment to confront Burns.

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Ex-Wife, Her Boyfriend, Suspect’s Target, DA Says

Ex-Wife, Her Boyfriend,

Suspect’s Target, DA Says

Baldwin

ONEONTA – The Cherry Valley man charged with hiring a hitman was looking to kill his estranged wife and her boyfriend, according to Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl.

Danny Baldwin, 56, was arrested Tuesday, March 21, on charges that he had allegedly paid a man $20,000 to murder his estranged wife, as well as her boyfriend. The man went to the State Police at Richfield Springs, and Baldwin was charged with Conspiracy in the second degree, a class B felony in the Town of Richfield court.

This afternoon, Baldwin’s case was transferred to Otsego County Court. No grand jury trial date has been set.

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After 3 Overdoses, Police Fear ‘Bad Batch’ Heroin

After 3 Heroin Overdoses,

Police Warn Of ‘Bad Batch’

Oneonta Common Council gasped tonight when Acting Police Chief Doug Brenner told them of a young woman who overdosed in the Fox Hospital bathroom while her boyfriend was being treated for his overdose. They were two of three heroin ODs on Friday night, prompting concerns that a “bad batch” could be on the streets. (Ian Austin/AllOtsego.com)

ONEONTA – With three heroin overdoses on Friday, March 17, police are concerned that heroin laced with fentanyl or other narcotics may be on the streets of Oneonta.

“The first call we got, a young man was already blue and his girlfriend was doing CPR on him,” said Acting Police Chief Doug Brenner. “Officer Luke Harvey was able to administer Narcan, and he began to wake up.”

It was the first time an officer had used Narcan to revive an overdose victim, and Brenner was pleased that their efforts were successful.

The man was transported to Fox Hospital by ambulance and his girlfriend rode with him. But police soon got another call from the hospital. “While the doctors were treating him, the girlfriend went into the bathroom and overdosed,” said Brenner.

A third overdose call came in that same night, and the EMS squad transported him to the hospital as well.

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Cherry Valley Man Charged With Murder Conspiracy

Police: Cherry Valley Man

Tried To Hire Hitman

Danny Baldwin

CHERRY VALLEY – A Cherry Valley man was arrested after police alleged he tried to hire someone to commit a murder on his behalf.

State Police at Richfield Springs believed Danny Baldwin, 56, tried to hire someone earlier this month to intentionally cause the death of another person.

He was arrested this afternoon and charged with Conspiracy in the second degree, a class B felony, and arraigned before Town of Richfield Judge James M. Marzeski and remanded to the Otsego County Jail in lieu of $250,000.00 cash bail or $500,000.00 property bond.

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Welfare Check Leads To Oneonta Heroin Bust

Welfare Check Leads

To Oneonta Heroin Bust

Oneonta Police arrested Kyle Alger after finding a plastic bag and 12 paper packets that allegedly tested positive for heroin.
Kyle Alger

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested and charged with heroin possession Friday night after a neighbor called for a welfare check.

Kyle L. Alger, 20, was interviewed by police at his 16 Rose Avenue home after a neighbor called to complain that someone was vomiting outside of Alger’s vehicle. When police arrived, Alger allegedly got out of his vehicle and threw an item underneath, and inspection of the area uncovered two grams of bulk heroin in a knotted plastic bag, as well as 11 individually packaged paper folds.

According to police, the substance in the packets tested positive for heroin. A subsequent search revealed another paper packet of suspected heroin, as well as $532.

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Devlin: Politics Prevents Fair County Investigation
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE CITED

Devlin: Politics Prevents

Fair County Investigation

He Asks For NY Commission of Correction Review
Sheriff Richard J. Devlin

COOPERSTOWN – In light of an article in today’s editions of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. has issued a statement “questioning the integrity” of the county Board of Representatives’  investigation of his department “since a political motive has now emerged.”

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If the county board has any evidence of wrongdoing in his department, it should provide it to him so he can ask the state Commission of Correction to investigate it, the sheriff said.

Devlin cited the article headlined, “Clark’s Husband Sheriff Prospect?” which reported county Democratic chair Richard Abbate has been sounded out twice on whether his party would cross-endorse Bob Fernandez, a retired state trooper and county board Chair Kathy Clark’s husband, if he were to run for county sheriff in 2018.

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‘Extreme Amounts Of Snow’ Extend Oneonta Parking Ban

‘Extreme Amounts Of Snow’

Extend Oneonta  Parking Ban

Mayor Herzig

ONEONTA – Due to “the extremely large amount of snow” on city streets, Mayor Gary Herzig announced this afternoon that on-street parking it banned “until further notice.”

City parking lots and the parking deck regulations will be suspended during this period, to allow car owners to park there 24 hours a day.

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25, 24, 23, 22…

25, 24, 23, 22…

The countdown is on to 6 p.m., when the County of Otsego is lifting its travel ban resulting from Winter Storm Stella. This was deserted Main Street, Cooperstown, at 5 p.m. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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‘At This Time,’ County Ban In Force Until 6 p.m. Today

‘At This Time,’  County Ban

In Force Until 6 p.m. Today

Cooperstown’s Clayton Truax navigates his snow blower through a sea of drifts on Delaware Street this morning, digging out from Stella, a record-breaking lady. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Rachel Torrance makes the way clear for customers willing to brave the weather for the special brews at Cooperstown’s Stagecoach Coffee.

COOPERSTOWN – “At this time,” the state of emergency and travel ban for Otsego County remains in effect until 6 p.m. today, according to the county Office of Emergency Services.

“Even though this ban me be viewed as an inconvenience for many, it is necesssary to allow for roads to be in the best shape possible to facilitate safe travel,” the office said in a press release.  “Our primary focus remains the safety of our residents and visitors to the county.”

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Fire At Munson’s Building Supply

Fire At Munson’s

Building Supply

Steve Munson and Richard Jubar have already begun fixing the corner of Munson’s Building Supply that was damaged in a minor electrical fire this morning. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – A small electrical fire broke out a Munson’s Building Supply this morning, causing minor damage to a storage area in the front of the store.

Around 8:30 a.m., co-owner Steve Munson and his employees heard a loud “bang” before the power went out. A fire was quickly discovered in front west corner of the store. Though only a small area was damaged by the fire, the Oneonta Fire Department saturated and tore out a larger area to keep the fire from spreading. The main sales floor was not damaged.

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