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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Reports On Amy Stock Memorial Dedication

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Reports On Amy Stock Memorial Dedication

Kim Robinson of Prolifiq Signs, which did the graphics on the Amy Stock Memorial trailer, hugs Amy's sister Eileen Anania, who led the effort to turn a tragedy into teaching moments, as Tuesday dedication ceremony was about to begin. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Kim Robinson of Prolifiq Signs, which did the graphics on the Amy Stock Memorial trailer, hugs Amy’s sister Eileen Anania, who led the effort to turn a tragedy into teaching moments, as Tuesday dedication ceremony was about to begin. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

WAMC-logo_1 (1)In today’s weekly radio report on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), describes the dedication of the Amy Stock Memorial, a travelling exhibit that dramatizes the pain that can results from DWIs.

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18-Year-Old Stamford Man Dies After He Was Pinned Under Car

18-Year-Old Stamford Man Dies

After He Was Pinned Under Car

nys-policeDAVENPORT – State troopers are investigating the death of Travis J. Barra, 18, of Stamford, whose car went over an embankment at 3:19 a.m. today on Brickhouse Hill Road, Town of Davenport.

When arriving at the scene, troopers found Barra pinned underneath a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria.    He was dead at the scene.

An investigation revealed found the car was southbound on Brickhouse Hill Road when it drove off the roadway and appeared to have gotten stuck on the west shoulder.

Barra, who was traveling alone, left the car in neutral as he got out and attempted to free it.  He was pinned underneath the car when it rolled backward.

Delaware County Coronor Dr. Richard Ucci responded to the scene and ruled the manner of Barra’s death as accidental due to mechanical asphyxiation.  The investigation is ongoing.

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Man Killed In Otego Train Crash From Bloomville, State Police Say

Man Killed In Otego Train Crash

From Bloomville, State Police Say

Wife Thrown From Golf Cart, Broke Both Legs, Troopers Report

OTEGO – A husband from Bloomville, Charles W. Turk, 57, was killed when the golf cart he was driving struck a train at about 2:54 p.m. Sunday behind 515 Route 48, Otego, state police announced this afternoon.

When troopers from Oneonta arrived to investigate, they found him underneath the overturned golf cart.  His wife, Cynthia E. Turk, 58, was thrown from the cart and broke both legs, police said.  She was life-flighted to Albany Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Visitation Today For Julia Levandowski, Who Died Thursday In Auto Accident

Visitation Today For Julia Levandowski,

Who Died Thursday In Auto Accident

Julia Levandowski, 21
Julia Levandowski, 21

COOPERSTOWN – Calling hours are this afternoon for Julia Alexandra Levandowski, daughter, sister, granddaughter, a CCS honors graduate and LeMoyne undergraduate,  who died unexpectedly in an early morning hours Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was 21.

A visitation will be 4-7 p.m. today at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, when Julia’s family will be in attendance.

Born Nov. 10, 1993, at Bassett Hospital, Julia was a daughter of Kevin Dwayne Klix and Linda Chapman Levandowski.  During the years she attended Cooperstown Central School she was on the swim team and played flute in the band.  She graduated with Honors in the Class of 2011 and attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

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SINGLE-CAR CRASH KILLS COOPERSTOWN WOMAN, 21

SINGLE-CAR CRASH KILLS

COOPERSTOWN WOMAN, 21

Driver, 23, Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter, DWI

Brandon Lane
Brandon Lane

COOPERSTOWN – A former Cooperstown man is charged with vehicular manslaughter and DWI after a single-car crash at 2:13 a.m. Thursday where a 21-year-old Cooperstown woman was killed.

Charged is Brandon E. Lane, 23, now of Prattsville, was operating a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant northbound when the car went off the east shoulder of Route 80, according to state police at Richfield Springs.

The vehicle became airborne and struck a tree on the passenger side on coming to rest, troopers said.   An investigation determined that Lane was driving while intoxicated when he crashed, according to the police report.

Lane’s front seat passenger Julia A. Levandowski, 21, was deceased at the scene.  Otsego County Corner James Dow ordered the body to be taken to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton for an autopsy.

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20-Year-Old From Massachusetts Driver In Fatal Crash In Richfield

20-Year-Old From Massachusetts

Driver Killed In Richfield Crash

Otsego_County_outline_map_Richfield_redRICHFIELD SPRINGS – Troopers today identified Kaitlin A. Mercier, 20, of Huntington, Mass., as the driver who was killed at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in a single-car crash on Route 20 at Brighton Corners, Town of Richfield.  An autopsy is pending.

Mercier and the single passenger in the car, Amanda Conley, 22, of Brattleboro, Vt., were en route home from a visit to Niagara Falls, police said.  Conley broke her right leg, and was transported to Bassett Hospital for treatment.

The investigation determined that a 1998 Buick was traveling east on US Route 20 when the vehicle drifted into the southbound shoulder and struck the end of the guiderail causing the vehicle to become airborne and then rolled over.

The vehicle came to rest on its passenger side partially submerged in two feet of water in a nearby stream just of the roadway.  Conley was able to exit the vehicle.

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Deputies Say Teen Driver Under Influence

Of Drugs, Speeding In Fatal Crash In May

Paul Clark Jr., suspect in fatal South Worcester crash.
Paul Clark Jr.,
suspect in fatal South Worcester crash.

COOPERSTOWN – A teenager from Charlotteville, Schoharie County, is facing aggravated vehicular homicide and other felony charges after he was arrested this week by Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Paul J. Clark, Jr., 18, was impaired by drugs and speeding when he crashed his Saturn into the back of a Fedex truck on Route 40 near South Worcester shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, May 16, Investigator Michael Ten Eyck reported yesterday.

A passenger, Devon McMahon, died in the crash; a second, Maureen Clark, was seriously injured.

Clark surrendered at the sheriff’s office. He was arraigned by Worcester Judge Brian Keenan and posted a $10,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison on the aggravated vehicular homicide charge. D.A. John M. Muehl is prosecuting.

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