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No Injuries Reported In Chestnut St. Rollover

No Injuries Reported

In Chestnut St. Rollover

At left, Sgt. Ralph Pajerski, Oneonta Police Dept., surveys the scene as firefighter Ron Wamsley sweeps up debris around a vehicle rollover that blocked Chestnut Street in Oneonta for nearly an hour. Sgt. Pajerski reported that the driver was momentarily distracted when she put down a tissue. She then allegedly struck a parked car resulting in the accident. No injuries were reported and streets are now clear. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Albany-Area Town Justice Guilty Of Mishandling Trusts

Albany-Area Town Justice

Guilty Of Mishandling Trusts

 Related Case Against Cooperstown Man Still Pending
Richard Sherwood

ALBANY – The state Attorney General’s Office today announced the guilty plea of lawyer and former Town of Guilderland Judge Richard Sherwood for, with an alleged co-conspirator, extracting over $11 million from family trusts they were responsible for overseeing.

Sherwood pleaded guilty before Albany County Court Judge Peter A. Lynch to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree (a Class C felony). As a result of these charges, he previously resigned as Guilderland Town Judge. Sherwood faces up to three to 10 years in prison.

As detailed in the complaint, since at least 2006, Sherwood and alleged co-conspirator Thomas Lagan of Cooperstown provided estate planning and related legal and financial services to Capital Region philanthropists Warren and Pauline Bruggeman and Pauline Bruggeman’s sister, Anne Urban. In 2011, the Anne S. Urban Irrevocable Trust (AUIT) was created using some of the funds from the Bruggeman trusts with Sherwood named trustee and Lagan named successor trustee.

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Twelve Tribes Investigated For Child Labor Practices

Twelve Tribes Investigated

For Child-Labor Practices

Inside Edition’s expose of Twelve Tribes child labor practices is available on Youtube.

ONEONTA – An investigation into child-labor practices has been opened by the state Department of Labor into the local sect of the Twelve Tribes group following a report by Inside Edition that showed children working in a cosmetics factory on the Common Sense Farm in Cambridge.

An “Inside Edition” investigative report, which used hidden camera footage gathered by a former member of the Twelve Tribes, aired Friday, June 1. In it, children as young as six years old are allegedly working on the farm and in the factory, which produces cosmetics for the organic Acure and Savannah Bee lines.

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Firemen Practice Hands-On Training In Worcester

Firemen Get Hands-On

Training In Worcester

Over 30 volunteer firefighters from local departments, including Worcester, Cooperstown, Richfield Springs and Cherry Valley, got hands-on experience this evening with the Flashfire Industries Mobile Training Center at the Worcester fire station. Instructor Joe Arnson, Westport, top photo, guides Richfield Springs firefighters Stephanie Elderkin, center, and Second Assistant Chief Mark Elderkin  in cutting rooftop ventilation holes. The chainsaw they use has a special depth gauge, allowing them to avoid support beams. At left, Jay Szwejbka, Cooperstown hangs from a safety rope while practicing a bail-out from a window. The training trailer also has a section for teams to practice forceable entries on both inward and outward swinging doors and was made available for use from the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Oneonta Man, Two 18-Year-Olds Arrested In Burglaries, Police Say

Oneonta Man, Two 18-Year-Olds

Arrested In Burglaries, Police Say

ONEONTA – Jason E. Blass, 39, of Oneonta, and two unidentified 18-year-olds have been arrested for unspecified burglaries in Otsego and Chenango counties, state police at Troop C announced today.

The arrests followed an April 24 search at a home in the Village of Sidney, conducted by troopers and Sidney village police, where stolen property was recovered from homes in the two counties, troopers said.

No further particulars were released about the break-ins.

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Man Charged With Stealing Guns

Man Charged With Stealing Guns

Garreau

LAURENS – A Sherburne man was arrested by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department after he allegedly stole five guns and other items from a Laurens residence.

According to the complaint, Richard Garreau, aka Ricky Diamond, 22, was allowed to live with and was given a job by the victim. After Garreau moved out, the victim allegedly found that five guns and other personal items had been stolen from the residence and filed a report with the Sheriff’s Department.

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Two Inmates Arrested At Otsego County Jail

Inmate Faces Cocaine

Charge; 2nd, Assault

Nancy Callahan
Mark Russitano

COOPERSTOWN – A fight and possession of crack cocaine led to new charges against two Otsego County jail inmates, according to releases sent today by the county Sheriff’s Department.

Nancy Callahan, 39, Richfield Springs, was arrested Wednesday, May 2, for possession of crack cocaine while incarcerated.

Mark A. Russitano, 32, Utica, was arrested Monday, May 7, for fighting with another inmate, deputies said.

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Car In Wrong Lane In Head-On Crash, Deputies Conclude

Car In Wrong Lane

In Head-On Crash,

Deputies Conclude

Emergency personnel treat one of the drivers in Tuesday’s crash at Route 166 and Cornish Hill Road, Town of Middlefield.

MIDDLEFIELD – Tuesday morning’s head-on collision on Route 166 at Cornish Hill Road happened because one of the drivers was in the wrong lane, the county Sheriff Department reports.

The investigation found skid marks showing George Murray, 67, was driving south in the northbound lane when his car collided with a second one, driven by Susan Edmonds, 49, Cherry Valley.

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Declared ‘Unsafe,’ Oneonta Hotel To Be Vacated

Still Found ‘Unsafe,’

Hotel To Be Vacated

Following a declaration of “Unsafe,” the residents of the apartment in the former Oneonta Hotel are facing eviction. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – After finding “numerous violations” remaining at the former Oneonta Hotel, 195 Main St., City Hall has begun the process of evicting the remaining tenants following the passing of the April 30 deadline imposed for fixing building deficiencies.

“After review of all inspection reports, it is clear that numerous violations still exist,” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “To protect the safety of the residents, general public, and our first responders, the city attorney is moving forward with vacating the building.”

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