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Police & Fire

Missing Man’s Car Found In Oneonta

Missing Man’s Car

Found In Oneonta

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Steve Kassirer was reported missing last week and his abandoned car was found in Oneonta’s West End.

ONEONTA – A car belonging to a man reported missing last week was found in Oneonta’s West End, State Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, announced today.

Steven J. Kassirer, 53, was reported missing by his employer, the Brattlebro Retreat in Vermont, after he failed to show for work on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

He had briefly been in contact with his employer on Monday, Oct. 22, stating that he would be in on the 23rd, but did not show and has not been heard from since.

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Extra Patrols Out Due To Halloween

Extra Patrols Out

Due To Halloween

Ghostly Holiday Particularly Deadly,

So Cruisers, Unmarked Cars Alerted

SIDNEY – State Police. Troop C, which includes Otsego County, has announced its troopers and local law enforcement plan a crackdown on impaired driving and underage drinking through Halloween.

The enforcement campaign began last night and runs through Thursday, Nov. 1, and is funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

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Arrest Made in Pig Abuse Case

Arrest Made In

Pig-Neglect Case

With a container of dry corn, Alicia Neilsen seeks to lure one of the four rescued pigs into the Susquehanna Animal Shelter on Monday.  Neilsen, a volunteer at Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, New Berlin, is assisted by SAS volunteer Cat Chicorelli, left.. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Jared Talbot

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested and charged with torturing animals after Otsego County sheriff’s deputies rescued his four emaciated pigs Monday from an un-insulated shed on Fisk Road in Laurens.

Jared J. Talbot, 21, was arrested today following a civilian complaint that led deputies to his property, where four pigs were found living without food or water and in an improper shelter.

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4 Pigs Found In Shed On Morris Dirt Road

SHELTER TEAM TO THE RESCUE

4 Pigs Found In Shed

On Morris Dirt Road

With crushed apples, two of four pigs rescued this afternoon are tempted out of a trailer into the Susquehanna Animal Shelter by Director Stacie Hayes and Alex McMillan, of the Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, New Berlin. The pigs were rescued after the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department notified the shelter that the emaciated animals were being kept in a shed without food or water, covered in mud and feces. The animals will be kept at the shelter for the time being, until a pig rescue organization can pick them up. (Libby Cudmore & Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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7 HOMELESS AS 60 BATTLE ROUTE 28 FIRE

7 HOMELESS

AS 60 BATTLE

ROUTE 28 FIRE

Firefighter Derek West, in top photo, pours water on the remains of 4703 Route 28, Hartwick Seminary, from atop a Milford Volunteer Fire Department engine, assisted by his dad Damon and Wade Thayer.  Hartwick #2 Fire Chief David Bryant, the officer in charge at the scene, walks by the apparatus.  The fire was reported at 3:30 a.m. today, and more than a half-dozen departments responded, Bryant said.  Seven people were living in the home; no one is injured, and the Red Cross assisted the family, not yet officially identified, to find temporary lodging, he said.   The home, earlier photo inset, located directly across Route 28 from NBT Bank’s Cooperstown Commons’ office, was a total ruin.  In addition to Hartwick #2 and Milford, responding departments included Hartwick #1 from the hamlet, Cooperstown, Fly Creek and Mount Vision.  Schuyler Lake sent a pumper to assist.  Bryant, who estimated 60 firefighters were at the scene at the peak, said this fire is the worst his department has dealt with since the Milford United Methodist Church burned on March 12, 2016.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Perry Will Serve At Least 22 Years In Parents’ Deaths

Perry Will Serve

At Least 22 Years

In Parents’ Deaths

Now 24, He Would Be 46 Before

Any Possible Parole, D.A. Says

Kevin Perry

COOPERSTOWN – Kevin Perry, 24, convicted of killing his parents in Laurens last December, will soon be en route to a maximum-security prison for at least 21.875 years.

As agreed upon when he pleaded guilty in September, Perry was sentenced today in Otsego County Court to 25 year to life on each of two counts of second-degree murder, according to county District Attorney John Muehl.

If, as he was originally charged, he had been found guilty of first-degree murder, he would have had to serve two life terms without parole, Muehl said.  Instead, he could be considered for parole after he serves 7/8th of his concurrent 25-year terms, which would make him 46.

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Walton Woman Killed Crossing Unlit Route 23

Walton Woman

Killed Crossing

Unlit Route 23

Struck By Car In Section Where

Town, City Plan Safety Measures

ONEONTA –  A Walton woman was strucked by car and killed attempting to cross Route 23 near Lettis Highway in Southside Oneonta yesterday afternoon, state police reported today.

The victim was identified as Katy Doughty, 45, who was crossing the busy road at 8:18 p.m.  when was was struck by an eastbound car.    The driver was not identified.

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Missing Woman Found

Missing Woman Found

PIERSTOWN – The elderly woman reported missing yesterday in the Town of Otsego has been located, state police report.  Belle L. Lord, 89, was found in good condition and is with family.

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Woman With Dementia Missing From Pierstown

Woman With Dementia

Missing From Pierstown

Belle Lord

COOPERSTOWN – State police are looking for a  elderly woman in Pierstown who has dementia.  

Belle L. Lord, 89, left a residence on Sunset Ridge Road, Town of Otsego, around 10:30 a.m. today, in her vehicle, a silver 2008 Toyota Solara convertible with a black top, troopers report.  The vehicle is bearing North Carolina plates with the registration BHL 7498.

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