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Suspected Fla. Slaying Victim Returned For Oneonta Burial

Suspected Fla. Slaying Victim

Returned For Oneonta Burial

A celebration of life memorial service for Michael D. Shaver, whose body was recovered in March 2017 behind his Florida home, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the First United Presbyterian Church, Walling Ave., Oneonta NY 13820. He will be placed at rest with his paternal grandfather, Alfred W. Shaver, at Oneonta Plains Cemetery.
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Jury Finds Unadilla Man, 47, Guilty Of Molesting Girl Under 11 13 Times

Jury Finds Unadilla Man, 47, Guilty

Of Molesting Under-11 Girl 13 Times

William Holtslander

COOPERSTOWN – A Unadilla man, 47, was found guilty today after a jury trial in Otsego County Court of molesting a girl under age 11.

William A. Holtslander was convicted of 13 counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.

The jury, consisting of four men and eight women, deliberated for four hours before returning a verdict of guilty on all counts, finding Holtslander had molested the girl 13 times.

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BULLETIN: FOCUS EXECUTIVES PLEAD GUILTY

BULLETIN

FOCUS EXECS PLEAD GUILTY

OTSEGO – Joseph Zupnik and Daniel Herman, the former executives at Focus Otsego who were charged with multiple counts of Willful Violation of Health Laws and Endangering the Welfare of the residents, plead guilty to one count of the eight-count indictment, Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled person, in the Town of Otsego Court just moments ago.

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Hartwick Student Arrested For Breaking OPT Door

College Student Charged

For Breaking OPT Door

Dave Hotaling, OPT transportation director, examines the shattered glass of the bus station door window. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Ellis Hancox

ONEONTA – A Hartwick College student was arrested after allegedly kicking and breaking the glass door of the Oneonta Public Transit offices over Labor Day weekend, Police Chief Doug Brenner said today.

Ellis Hancox, 20, was arrested by Oneonta Police after surveillance footage from the OPT showed him trying to board the Hillside Commons bus at 2:10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, before turning away from the bus and allegedly kicking the glass door, causing damage to the bottom glass panel, Brenner said.

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Laurens Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Parents

Laurens Man Pleads

Guilty To Killing Parents

Kevin Perry, 23, was arrested and charged with the murder of his parents in December 2017. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

LAURENS – Kevin Perry, 23, arrested for shooting his parents Timothy and Solveig in their home in Laurens a week before Christmas, Friday pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, according to reports.

Perry was arrested after crashing his father’s stolen truck in Schoharie. His sister Rebecca had discovered their parent’s bodies earlier that evening and notified Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputies that the truck had been stolen.

During his arraignment on Dec. 18, Rebecca told the judge that Perry had been intoxicated and agitated earlier that day. She left that evening to visit a friend, and upon returning, she found her father’s body in the kitchen.

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Oneonta Man Arrested After 45 Minute Police Chase

Oneonta Man Arrested After

High-Speed Police Chase

Officer Lucas Harvey’s police cruiser was totaled after James Hone allegedly ran his car into the driver’s side three times, injuring Harvey.
James Hone

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested after allegedly ramming his car repeatedly into two Oneonta Police cars, injuring an officer and leading police on 45-minute car chase after police tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.

James A. Hone, 62, who was wanted on a warrant for criminal contempt after allegedly violating an order of protection, was seen pulling into his driveway on Sixth Street by patrol officer Edmund Donley at 9:38 p.m. last night. After Donley identified himself and tried to arrest Hone, Hone allegedly drove his car into Donley’s patrol car. Donley managed to dive over the hood of the car and out of the way of Hone’s vehicle and followed Hone up Fairview Ave.

A second officer, Lucas Harvey, tried to block Hone on Fairview, but Hone allegedly rammed his car into the driver’s side of Harvey’s patrol car.

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2 Richfield Men Charged In Edmeston Tool Theft

2 Richfield Men Charged

In Edmeston Tool Theft

Sadlon
Gage

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – State police have charged two Town of Richfield men in a July 2 burglary in Edmeston, as well as several larcenies locally.

Mitchell W. Sadlon, 34, and Justin A. Gage, 30, were charged with the felony of burglary, second degree, and the misdemeanor of petit larceny.  The arrests, made Aug. 13, were announced today.

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Dog Killed in Ford Avenue Blaze

Dog Killed in Ford Avenue Fire

Crews battled the Ford Avenue blaze for an hour, but the homeowner’s dog was killed in the fire. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – A dog was killed in a fire that engulfed a home at 89 Ford Avenue earlier this evening.

The Oneonta Fire Department was dispatched to the home at 5:45 p.m. after a 911 call. “You could see the smoke from Main Street,” said Fire Chief Pat Pidgeon.

When they arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed. “Flames were rolling out the front porch windows and onto the porch roof, into the upper floors,” said Capt. Brad Smith.

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HOUSE FIRE ON FORD AVENUE

HOUSE FIRE AT

89 FORD AVENUE

Fire crews from the Oneonta and Sidney Fire Departments are on the scene of a house fire at 89 Ford Avenue in Oneonta. Though the fire has been contained, when crews responded to the call at 5:45 p.m., the black smoke could be seen from the bottom of Ford Avenue and the house was engulfed in flames when they arrived. No one was home at the time of the fire, and the cause is still unknown. Mutual Aid is being provided by Worcester, Franklin, Schenevus and Otego fire departments, with. Laurens on standby for the OFD. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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