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Police & Fire

Fly Creek Cemetery Appeals For Help As 4 Trees Toppled

Fly Creek Cemetery Appeals

For Help As 4 Trees Toppled

Three large maples and an arbor vitae at the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery on Cemetery Road was toppled in Monday night’s storm, and the cemetery association appealing for contributions for the estimated $1,800 required for their removal, according to Trustee Bruce Andrews.  “We can just about stay even to take care of the regular maintenance,” he said.  “When something like this comes along, it’s hard to recoup.”  One of the maple fell across the cemetery’s main access (top photo); but another (at right) was topped off by the storm, a bigger challenge to remove, he said.  Contributions may be made to the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery Association, Box 93, Fly Creek NY 13337.  (Bruce Andrews photos)

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Fallen Limbs Surround Irish Hill House, Cars

Fallen Limbs Surround

Irish Hill House, Cars

Amy Tivy, a Bassett nurse who lives on Irish Hill, stands by her Mini Cooper that had a rear light nicked in Monday night’s thunderstorm.  It was lucky it wasn’t worse, as the oak to the right snapped as a gust of wind swept through Cooperstown’s upper Main Street at about 5 p.m.  The bigger tree fell on the maple, at left, which is homeowner L.C.’s favorite, but missed the house by just a few feet.  L.C., an anesthetist nurse, previously lived in the Carolinas, and said this week’s storm was a bad as any hurricane she experienced down there.  Josh Howard of Josh’s Tree Service, Burlington Flats, in right photo, was finishing the cleanup a mid-afternoon today.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Silence About Threat Called ‘Unacceptable’
READ MILFORD SUPERINTENDENT’S STATEMENT

Silence About Threat

Called ‘Unacceptable’

Milford Superintendent Berates County Board

Milford Central’s new superintendent of schools, Mark Place, speaks during the county board’s public comment period this morning. He called the county board’s failure to alert his school and Oneonta’s to an alleged threat by Sgt. Ros Devlin an “egregious error.” (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

County Reps. Andrew Marietta, left, and Dan Wilber debate upgrading lines of communication within the board and with the public.

COOPERSTOWN – Failure over four months to alert Milford Central School about Sgt. Ros Devlin’s alleged threat to “shoot up” MCS and Oneonta schools is “totally unacceptable,” the school’s new superintendent, Mark A. Place, told the county Board of Representatives this morning.

“Each day we are held responsible for keeping safe over 400 students and 100 employees,” Place said, reading from a letter to the county board.  “We do not take this responsibility lightly.  To not be notified of a specific and potentially lethal threat against our school was an egregious error.”

It was four months between the alleged threat on Jan. 5 by Sheriff Richard J. Devlin’s son and the April 4 news report on www.allotsego.com that alerted the schools and the public at large, based on court documents made public by the county board’s Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee.

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Four Police Officers Honored For Heroism

4 City Police Officers

Honored For Heroism

Acting Oneonta Police Chief Doug Brenner, center, stands with four of his officers, who were each honored this evening by Common Council for heroic actions during an incident on March 10, where – according to the citation – they swiftly and safely dealt with an armed individual on Main Street, who was believed to be suicidal and homicidal. From left, Officer Amber Bailey received a certificate of recognition; Sgt. Eric Berger was recognized for Outstanding Performance; Sgt. Christopher Catapano was recognized for Distinguished Service and received a bar of recognition, and Dispatcher Bruce Mazzone was recognized for Outstanding Performance.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Police Allege Siblings Stole Laptop, Phone

Police Allege Siblings

Stole Laptop, Phone

Yarmanis Maldonado
Joshua Maldonado

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police arrested a brother and sister after surveillance footage allegedly shows them taking a laptop and a phone from a room at Hillside Commons.

Yarmenis Maldonado, 20 and her brother, Joshua Maldonado, 21, both of Bronx, were arrested after police met with a 21 year old female who told them that the two had taken her $1,700 laptop and cell phone.  Security footage from the Commons allegedly shows the Maldonados walking out of her room with the laptop and phone.

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Woman Arrested For Bringing Drugs Into Jail

Deputies Allege Woman

Brought Drugs Into Jail

Danielle Dunham

COOPERSTOWN –  A Morris woman, Danielle J. Dunham, 36, was arrested after Otsego County Sheriff’s deputies allegedly found suboxone films on her during a search at the jail.

Deputies reported they were investigating reports that drugs were being brought into the county jail.  Dunham, who had been in and out of jail an intermittent sentence, was found with two suboxone sublingual films on her person, the investigators said.

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COOPERSTOWN BAT FACILITY IN FLAMES

COOPERSTOWN BAT

FACILITY IN FLAMES

Victoria Claudy of Hartwick was at the scene at the end of Poplar Street in Hartwick hamlet this evening as flames consumed the former mill there. “This is a piece of Hartwick’s history going down in flames,” she reported.  “I was able to get very close to the fire to capture these photos.”  The building was still burning as the sun went down. The lower right photo shows the corner of the building where a neighbor first reported seeing flames.

By LIBBY CUDMORE & JIM KEVLIN • Special to AllOTSEGO.com

HARTWICK – A long-vacant sawmill in this hamlet that Cooperstown Bat Co. reopened just a couple of weeks ago to manufacture billets for baseball bats was destroyed this evening in a smokey blaze.

Fire departments from Hartwick, Hartwick Seminary, Cooperstown, Milford, Fly Creek, Mount Vision, Laurens and Edmeston responded to a 6:20 p.m. call and were still pouring water on the structure at the end of Popular Street as the sun went down two hours later.

By then, flames were no longer evident, but billows of smoke were coming out from under the eaves of the low-slung red building, about 50 yards long.

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Fire Damages Cooperstown Bat Company Storage Facility

Cooperstown Bat

Building On Fire

HARTWICK – The former sawmill at the end of Poplar Street in the Hamlet of Hartwick was the site of a fire this evening.

The sawmill had been vacant for several years before Tim and Connie Haney, owners of the Cooperstown Bat Company, refurbished it as a place to store their billets, blank bats that are in need of finishing. The restoration of the building was only completed two weeks ago.

As of 8:30 p.m., the roof had collapsed, and smoke was still pouring from the building.  Crews are still on the scene.

This is a developing story

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COOPERSTOWN BAT COMPANY ON FIRE

COOPERSTOWN BAT

 BUILDING ON FIRE

HARTWICK – At this hour, the Cooperstown Bat Company is reportedly on fire, according to the Otsego County Fire Wire.

Mutual Aid is being provided by  Mount Vision Fire, Milford Fire/EMS, Hartwick Seminary Fire, Cooperstown Fire, County Coordinators, Fly Creek Fire, Laurens Fire, Edmeston Fire.

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