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.”
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.