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)
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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By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
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.
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.
A departing warm front and entering cold front collided over Otsego County overnight, resulting in thunder, lightning, rain and winds that downed trees across the region, including, above, blocking Oneonta’s Walling Avenue, and in Neahwa Park, at right. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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.
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.
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.
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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.