Related Case Against Cooperstown Man Still Pending
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”