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Police & Fire

Rundstrom-Wooding Gets 20-to-Life For Jacelyn’s Rape, Murder

20-To-Life Sentence

In 11-Year-Old’s Death

Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding accepts a 20-to-life sentence for the rape and murder of Jacelyn O’Connor, 11, last August. With him is attorney Scott Clippenger. (Photo Credit, Amy Hogan, WICZ)

NORWICH – Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding, 34, was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the 2017 rape and murder of 11-year-old Jacelyn O’Connor, Morris, at the trailer he shared with his boyfriend, James Brower, this afternoon in Chenango County court.

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Franklin Man Charged In Otsego Bicycles Burglary

Franklin Man Charged In

Otsego Bicycles Burglary

A Franklin man allegedly broke this window at Otsego Bicycles to steal two bikes early this morning.
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Romano

ONEONTA – A Franklin man was arrested today after surveillance video footage showed him breaking into and leaving Otsego Bicycles with two bikes valued at $2,300, city police report.

Michael Romano, 17, was arrested by OPD officers after they were alerted at 5:40 a.m. to a broken window outside of Otsego Bicycles on Water Street.

A review of surveillance footage, police said, revealed Romano leaving on one of the stolen bikes and returning shortly to pick up a second. Police located Romano in Neahwa Park and arrested him for Burglary in the third degree, Criminal Mischief in the third degree and Grand Larceny in the fourth degree.

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At This Hour, Crash Clogs Rt. 28 Traffic

At This Hour, Crash

Clogs Rt. 28 Traffic

Traffic is backed up all the way from the Susquehanna Animal Shelter to the Clark Scholarship Office at this hour due to a reported crash in the SAS vicinity, that may also have caused limited power outages in that area. If you’re headed from Oneonta to Coopertown or vice versa at this hour, you might want to take the River Road (Route 33). (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Middlefield Dairy Farmer Gored By Bull, DiedMan Killed By Bull

Middlefield Farmer

Gored By Bull, Dies

MIDDLEFIELD – A Middlefield firefighter died Tuesday after being attacked by one of his bulls.

A family member saw Eugene Wolfert, 68, lying in his pasture just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, and called 911 while maintaining pressure on Wolfert’s wound.

According to Otsego County Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr. Wolfert had been apparently gored by a bull after the animal became aggressive for unknown reasons.

“He had a bucket of grain with him, so it’s believed that he was feeding the animals when one of the bulls became aggressive,” said county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr. “When the EMS crews arrived, death was obvious, so at that point the coroner was contacted.”

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Head-On, 2-Car Crash Snarls Southside Traffic

Head-On, 2-Car Crash

Snarls Southside Traffic

A head-on crash on Southside Oneonta at 1:30 p.m. today stalled traffic on Route 23 in front of Mirabito’s. It didn’t appear there were any injuries, but an OFP truck was called to the scene to wash away spilled gasoline. No further details were immediately available. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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ONE TWIN MISSED, FOUND IN RIVER

ONE TWIN MISSED,

FOUND IN RIVER

Drowning Accidental, Police Conclude

BCI Capt. Scott Heggelke briefs reporters this afternoon on the drowning of a 3-year-old boy near Goodyear Lake. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Andrew Durkin, 3, was found in water 17 feet from a Susquehanna River embankment.

GOODYEAR LAKE – Three-year-old Andrew James Durkin was dressed in the same outfit as his identical brother when he went missing at his family’s seasonal house on the Susquehanna River just north of Goodyear Lake.

By the time the family realized that one of the twins was nowhere to be found, it was too late.

According to a briefing this afternoon by state police Capt. Scott Heggelke, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), a 911 call came in to Troop C headquarters in Sidney at 2:54 p.m. regarding a missing child on Bob Wilson Road, Milford Center.

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BOY, 3, DROWNS IN GOODYEAR LAKE

BOY, 3, DROWNS

IN GOODYEAR LAKE

GOODYEAR LAKE – A 3-year-old boy, identified by his family as Andrew James Durkin, drowned in Goodyear Lake Sunday afternoon, state police at Troop C report.

Troopers were called to a seasonal residence near Goodyear Lake at 2:54 p.m. where the family, from Gilboa, reported the child missing.

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Fireman’s Carnival Ends Tonight With Parade, Midway and Music

Fireman’s Carnival Ends Tonight

With Parade, Midway and Music

Above, Paul Neske, Captain of the Schenevus Fire Department, begins cleaning off the front of one of their engines with head of EMS (and past Chief) Don Sperbeck in preparation for the Fireman’s Carnival parade that will kick off tonight’s festivities. At right, Heather Hunter and Rose Lombardo, Schenevus, place their tickets in bags during the Chinese Auction earlier this afternoon to benefit the Schenevus and Maryland Fire Departments.  Tonight’s entertainment includesa parade at 6pm, followed by live music from Off The Record, a chicken BBQ, BINGO, and a Midway full of games and rides for the whole family. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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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

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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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