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Police & Fire

Demolition Begins On Site Of CVS’ Future Pharmacy

Demolition Begins On Site

Of CVS’ Future Pharmacy

Jake Brown from Burrell’s Excavating, Norwich, smooths over the parking lot of the former Cooperstown Motel a few minutes ago after knocking down a fence and removing utilities from the ground. A small bulldozer is also on site, pushing hundreds of items – from furniture to appliances – from the motel’s basement; already, the bed of one dump truck has been filled and hauled from the property, and more material is being piled up in the property’s southwest corner. Brown said demolition of the building itself will probably begin Monday, and take two days. The hotel burned last Aug. 9, the result of what has been ruled an arson, although no suspects have been arrested. CVS is planning a full-service pharmacy there, to open next March. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Community Bank Donates $2,000 To Food Pantry After Church Fire

Community Bank Donates $2,000

To Food Pantry After Church Fire

Community Bank Branch Manager Kevin Moore, Teller Amelia Schuman and Senior Teller Shari VanDeusen present a $2,000 donation to the Milford United Methodist Church’s food pantry, which had to relocate after the church burned down March 12. Of the total, $1,000 was raised by employee donations and dress-down days, which the bank then matched. In addition to the check, the bank’s branches in Otsego and Schoharie counties hosted food collections in their lobbies to restock the pantry after the fire.
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Brenner In Running For Police Chief Job

Brenner In Running

For Police Chief Job

Detective Sgt. Christopher J. Witzenburg and Acting Police Chief Doug Brenner both passed the examination for the vacant police chief position. Brenner scored in the top three slots and will be interviewed for the position in the coming weeks. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – With a score of 75 on the police examination in March, Acting Police Chief Doug Brenner will be one of three people interviewed for the vacant Oneonta police chief position. “I guess all that studying paid off!” he joked.

Five candidates from across the state took the civil service exam, including Oneonta Detective Sgt. Christopher J. Witzenburg. A 70 on the exam is considered passing, and the three top-scoring candidates are eligible for interviews by the city. Witzenburg placed fourth in the rankings, but did pass the exam.

The top three candidates were asked to return a letter stating that they were interested in the position. “I’m absolutely interested,” said Brenner. “I’m taking my letter to City Hall this afternoon.”

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Wounded Warriors Best OPD, OFD 32-1

Wounded Warriors Outshine

Oneonta Police, Firemen, 32-1

Wounded Warrior Nick Clark, who moved his family to Cooperstown permanently over the winter, slides into third base a moment ahead of the tag by Oneonta firefighter Eric Johnson at Oneonta’s Damaschke Field this afternoon. At right, as the Wounded Warriors began to run away with the game, Oneonta Police officer Ryan Pondolfino carried a Outlaws 40-pound “practice bat” onto the field in hopes of improving his teams odds.  Sunday, the Wounded Warrior will play at 1 p.m. at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Troop “C” Honors Officers Lost In Line Of Duty

Troop ‘C’ Honors Fallen Officers

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, is introduced to Broome County Sheriff David Harder, right, by DOT Regional Director Jack Williams before the start of yesterday’s State Police Troop “C” Memorial Day Service at troop headquarters in Sidney.  In left photo, former Station Manager of Troop “C” Marc Barbara, now serving with Troop “D”, marches in formation during the ceremony. Those honored were Troopers Covel Pierce and Timothy Pratt, and Investigator Paul Stuewer. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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One-Injury Crash Clogs Route 28 At Rush Hour

One-Injury Crash Clogs

Route 28 At Rush Hour

Route 28 between Cooperstown and Fly Creek has been closed for the past 20 minutes after a northbound AllStar Taxi van ran into the back of a northbound tan Ford SUV that was turning left into the Haggerty Road subdivision.   The accident happened about 4:20 p.m., as Bassett Hospital employees were heading home for the day.   The Ford driver had pulled the vehicle into Haggerty Road but the taxi van, its front grill smashed, remained in the middle of Route 28.  One person, apparently the driver of the taxi van, was transported to Bassett by Fly Creek EMS.  Coopertown Medical Transport and Cooperstown EMS also had ambulances at the scene.  Village police, state police and deputy sheriffs were at the scene.   Cooperstown fire police were diverting traffic at Glen Avenue down Maple Street toward alternate routes.   Top photo is of van, looking back toward Cooperstown; photo at right is Ford parked along Haggerty Road.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Three Charged With Trafficking Heroin

Three Charged With

Trafficking Heroin

Kyrin Donato
Rachael Palmatier
Phillip Brunson

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police arrested three people and seized $200 worth of heroin following an investigation into narcotics trafficking into the City of Oneonta.

Phillip S Brunson, 29, Manhattan, and Rachel E. Palmetier, 50, and Kyrin L. Donato, 43, both of Oneonta were arrested after an early-morning raid was executed at 14 Washington St. in Oneonta. During the raid, which was conducted with the assistance of K-9 Ricky of the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department, police allegedly seized approximatly $200 worth of heroin and $400 cash.

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Oneontan Joins Cooperstown Police

Oneontan Joins Cooperstown Police

Steve Lansing of Oneonta is sworn in as a Cooperstown police officer by Village Manager Teri Barown. Behind Officer Lansing is his father, Robert, and Police Chief Michael Covert. Seated are Mayor Jeff Katz, right, and Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, left. The swearing-in happened Monday at the Village Board’s monthly meeting.  Lansing is a graduate of SUNY Albany, where he majored in human biology and minored in psychology, and ran cross-country.   He graduated from OHS, where he lettered in cross-country and track & field all four years, as the team won four championships in a row; he was also elected vice president of the OHS Student Council.    (Jim Dean photo)
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Hartwick Pair Dumped Garbage In New Lisbon, DEC Is Reporting

Hartwick Pair Dumped Garbage

In New Lisbon, DEC Charges

HARTWICK – The discovery of an illegal garbage pile in New Lisbon has led to charges against two Hartwick residents, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reported today.

Devan Hazen, 19, and Tara Baker, 20, were both ticketed with misdemeanor charges of unlawful disposal of more than 10 cubic yards of solid waste.

When the garbage pile was discovered, conservation officers dug through the garbage until they found an envelope with an address on it.  When Officer Timothy Card visited the address and interviewed the resident, he learned that a garbage removal service had recently completed a job at the home.

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