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Police & Fire

Gingerly, Price Chopper Lures 4-Legged Customer Out Door

Gingerly, Price Chopper Lures

4-Legged Customer Out Door

A young buck wandered through the automatic doors at Price Chopper in Cooperstown Tuesday evening, to the surprise of the night staff. The deer wandered around the fruit and vegetable aisles and past the beer display, prompting one observer to to say, “If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the deer.” Instead confronting the animal, an assistant night manager and a staffer on duty tempting the animal out the door with a trail of apples. No damage was reported. (Alyssa McGoldrick photo)
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Herzig To Fire Commissioners: Stop Spreading Falsehoods

Herzig Chides Fire Board:

Stop Spreading Falsehoods

Ron Peters, left, sits next to Town of Oneonta Fire Commissioners Johna Peachin and Fred Volpe during Common Council earlier this evening. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Mayor Gary Herzig read a statement refuting the claims the commissioners made to the Town Board.

By MICHAEL RODA

Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – At tonight’s Common Council meeting, Mayor Gary Herzig publicly chided Town of Oneonta Fire District commissioners for what he described as telling tales out of school.

While Fire Commissioners Johna Peachin and Fred Volpe sat stony-faced in the gallery, Herzig took them on for, he said, briefing Town Supervisor Bob Wood and the town board about long-stalled negotiations over the contract so the city’s professional department can continue providing services in the town.

On May 1, Herzig said, he and the other city negotiators, Finance Officer Meg Hungerford and Council member Russ Southard met with Peachin and Fire Commissioner Mike Butler.  At that time, they agreed “negotiations would remain confidential and public comment should be avoided.”

“The city has honored that agreement with no public report having been provided – not even to the city’s Common Council. For this reason, I was both surprised and disappointed when the Commissioners recently presented a public report to the Town of Oneonta Supervisor and Board members.”

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FLAMES ENGULF RAILROAD CAR

BULLETIN!

FLAMES ENGULF

RAILROAD CAR

Milford firefighter Russell Jones prepares to direct water on a blaze that broke out in mid-afternoon in a vintage box car on the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley track a quarter-mile south of the Milford depot. Fire companies from surrounding communities were dispatched to the scene, where the flames continue to burn at this hour. Check back for updates and a slide show. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Delhi Man Arrested In House Party Stabbing

College Student Arrested

In House-Party Stabbing

Dylan Cumpston

ONEONTA – A 19-year-old Delhi man was arrested after allegedly stabbing a 22-year-old in the back following a fight at a house party on Columbia Street.

Dylan Cumpston, 19, a Hartwick College student, was arrested after police were called to Fox Hospital at 3:36 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, with the report SUNY Oneonta student had been stabbed. Police arrived to find a victim being treated for a stab wound on his upper back.

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SUNY Student Arrested After Assault With Baton

SUNY Student Arrested

After Assault With Baton

Edward Ferrall

ONEONTA – Police arrested a SUNY Oneonta student after reports of a fight that left the victim with a skull laceration and a brain hemorrhage.

Edward J. Ferrall, 23, Lynbrook, was arrested after police were called to the Westcott parking lot at 2:23 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 following the report of a fight. Further investigation found a group of onlookers surrounding a male who was laying on the ground, having allegedly been struck with a collapsible police-style baton. The victim allegedly jumped up and started chasing Ferrall, and both were stopped by police.

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The Sun Always Shines On Race Day

PIT Run 2017

Sun Always Shines

On Race Day

As runners made their way to the starting line, temperatures in the 30s rose and gave way to clear skies and perfect running weather as hundreds took to the streets of Oneonta in the 24th annual PIT run. Above, runners take off down Main Street with SUNY student Austin Carr, Guilford, out in front. He is followed by Devon Iezzoni, Huntington, Michael Savello Jr., King’s Park, Austin Gross, Patchogue, Cameron Hanwright, Center Moriches, Mike Smith, Smithtown, Christopher Johnson, Oneonta, Christian Smith, Oneonta, Michael Muldoon, Mahopac, and Andrew Desousa, Smithtown. At right, Oneonta’s Michael Roda crosses the finish line of the 5K with a first place time of 16:30. (Ian Autin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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12 Fire Departments Join CV In Firefighting Exercise

12 Fire Departments Join

CV In Firefighting Exercise

The Cherry Valley Fire Department staged a large-scale fire drill in the center of the village this morning.  Also participating were volunteer fire departments from Ames, Carlisle, Cobleskill, Cooperstown, Middlefield, Milford, Richfield Springs, Sharon Springs, South Minden, Springfield and Worcester.  The Cherry Valley department simulated the burning of and the response to save a downtown building that has multiple rental units. Main Street was closed for most of the morning as the departments worked together to “put out the fire.” Both Otsego and Schoharie counties had emergency management personnel on site. (Dennis Laughlin photo)
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Oneonta Raids Recover Heroin

Oneonta Raids

Recover Heroin,

Crack-Cocaine

Here is the cache seized at Terrell Ford’s apartment, 38 West St., including suspected heroin and more than $11,000 in cash. (OPD photos)

3 No-Knock Warrants Result

In 2 Arrests, One Just For Pot

Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Damian Ortiz
Terrell Ford

ONEONTA – Oneonta police served three no-knock search warrants at three apartments just before sunup today, arresting two men after a six-month interagency investigation of heroin and crack-cocaine sales in the City of the Hills.

At 6 a.m., 30 officers and K9s from the OPD, a Joint Otsego/Delaware Special Operations Bureau, and state police surprised occupants of Apartment B, 38 West St., and Apartments 207 and 306, 9 Lewis Ave.

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Major McEvoy Named Troop C Commander

33- YEAR VETERAN IN CHARGE

Major McEvoy Named

Troop C Commander

Maj. William McEvoy

SIDNEY – State Police Capt. William F. McEvoy has been promoted to major and appointed commander of Troop C, which covers Otsego County and includes the barracks at Oneonta.

One of his first responsibilities will be to host the public at a Centennial Open House 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Troop C headquarters, Route 7, Sidney.

In a varied career that began at Troop C in 1984, he also served for a short time as zone commander of the Oneonta Barracks.

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