FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED TO HOUSE AFLAME
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
DAVENPORT – Two children, ages one and 3, were identified as the victims in the fatal structure fire early this morning in the Town of Davenport.
According to a release posted to the Delaware County Department of Emergency Services Facebook page, the 911 call was received this morning at 1:46 a.m. Arriving at the scene, responding units found the four-unit apartment building fully engulfed in flames, with reports of two children trapped in one of the upstairs apartments.
DAVENPORT – Two children were killed and one adult hospitalized with burn injuries after a house fire in in the Town of Davenport.
According to a news release, State Police responded to a Delaware County 911 call at 1:46 a.m. reporting a structure fire at 435 Dehning Road. The fire was extinguished by Davenport Fire Dept., Pindars Corners Fire Dept., Hobart Fire Dept., and Kortright Fire Dept, but an investigation determined that two children died in the fire, and one adult victim was taken to Upstate Medical in Syracuse for burn injuries.
MILFORD – A Town of Maryland woman was arrested by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department for fleeing the scene of an accident after she struck a Milford woman walking along the side of State Highway 7 near the intersection of County Highway 58A.
Mindy Stevens, 35, allegedly struck Evelyn Ruiz, 29, with her car after traveling into the road’s shoulder, where Ruiz was walking west with the flow of traffic, alongside Jermaine Weir, 21. Stevens then allegedly fled the scene without stopping.
CROZET, Va. – Congressman John Faso, R-Kinderhook, was aboard the Amtrak train that crashed into a garbage truck on the tracks in rural Virginia earlier today.
“We spoke to John and he is fine,” said his media director, Joe Gierut. “They’ve towed the train back to Charlottesville.”
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – State Police here report arresting a Richfield Springs may, Greg D. Dyn, 46, on charges of setting his ex-girlfriend’s clothes on fire.
At 4 p.m. Jan. 21, during an argument via cellphone, police said Dyn sent his ex-girlfriend photos of her clothing and personal items he had set on fire. Troopers said they determined the items were still at his home on Mulligan Road, Town of Exeter.
MILFORD – The county Sheriff’s Department has charged a total of seven teens –six boys and a girl, ages 16 to 16 – in the fire that destroyed a railcar on the Leatherstocking Railroad Historical Association siding on Oct. 3.
Two of the teens had been arrested in December, and this completes the investigation.
COOPERSTOWN – A Bassett Hospital employee was arrested and charged with 12 counts of unlawful surveillance for allegedly installing a camera in a private, employees-only area of the facility.
Police said Anderson W. Lee, 27, a registered nurse, installed an camera and recorded videos of fellow employees in a private area between Jan. 21 and 22.
ROXBURY – State Police reported this afternoon that the body of Christian Rojas-Martinez, 22, Bronx, was recovered earlier today, after being reported missing by his companions shortly after midnight on Jan. 21.
Martinez was allegedly camping with six other men at a home on 521 Old Ferris Farm Road, in the town of Roxbury over the weekend. The friends told police that he wandered away from the campsite at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 and did not return.
His body was found inside a body of water in the area being searched. State Police were assisted in the search by two NYSP K-9s, NYSP Aviation, NYS DEC, NYS Forest Rangers, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies, Delaware Emergency Management Agency, Town of Roxbury Constable, and fire department and EMS personnel from Roxbury, Grand Gorge, and Hobart.
Above, Gerald Althiser, 21, and his lawyer, David Taylor, listen as county Judge John F. Lambert reads the terms of Althiser’s guilty plea this morning. Althiser plead guilty to attempted arson, third degree, for the fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church last March. At right, Rev. Sylvia Barrett, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, read a statement on behalf of the church, telling Althiser that although they forgave him and were praying for him, they hoped the court would sentence him to a facility where he could receive mental health treatment. Lambert sentenced Althiser to five years probation, to be served at the Homer Folks Facility, a supervised institution for the developmentally disabled, where he will receive counseling. Should he attempt to leave the facility, he will be arrested and sent to state prison for up to seven years. A judgement of $1 million was also placed against him. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)