By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
“Mirabito” replaced “Taylor” on the sign in front of the Goodyear Lake quick-stop this afternoon as the worst-kept secret in Otsego County in recent days became public.
Word is that Binghamton-based Mirabito is buying Cooperstown-based Taylor Heating & Mini Marts. Of the seven stores, five are in Otsego County, including the lighthouse-adorned one, a landmark as you enter Cooperstown on Route 28 from the south.
In addition to Goodyear Lake and Cooperstown, Mirabito is acquiring the Mini Mart in Oneonta’s East End, plus the ones in Laurens and Richfield Springs. Outside Otsego County, Mini Marts in Norwich and Richmondville are part of the package.
With Suspect Taking Stand In
Own Defense, Testimony At End
By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Accused of running over his wife with his rig 17 years ago, Casey Callahan took the stand in his own defense as three days of testimony came to an end.
“I wasn’t the best husband,” Callahan told his lawyer, Public Defender Bruce Maxson. “I could say mean things at times, but I loved her.” When Maxson questioned him about earlier testimony that alleged domestic abuse, Callahan responded, “I’ve never hit her. I’ve never kicked her.”
CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day ONE
By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Casey Callahan, on trial for murder in Otsego County Court, discussed with two friends why and how he would kill someone shortly before the 2000 death of his wife, the two testified this afternoon.
“I’ve always wanted to know what it felt like” to kill someone, one witness, Joseph Keto, Oneonta, on the stand this afternoon, recalled hearing Callahan say.
“He said he would run someone over with a truck,” said the other witness, Patrick Welsh, Goodyear Lake, brother of the alleged murder victim, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan, Casey’s wife.
Callahan’s trial, which began with opening statements this morning, recessed for lunch, then testimony continued until 4:30.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 9
PADDLE & PULL – 1-3 p.m., Bring your Canoe or Kayak and enjoy a leisurely paddle on Goodyear Lake. OCCA has been working to remove invasive Water Chestnuts and now you can enjoy the benefits. If you find any stumps, OCCA will pull them up. Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. Meeting at the Portlandville Fishing Access site on Rt. 28. occainfo.org/calendar/paddle-pull-goodyear-lake-2/
SW BIRTHDAY – 1-3 p.m. Celebrate the 30th birthday of the Swart-Wilcox House Museum. Features “Remembrances” by the Friends of Swart-Wilcox, music by Kathy Shimberg and Local Seisiun Trio, and a birthday cake. Free and open to the public with informal tours. Bring your own lawn chair. Swart-Wilcox House, Junction of Wilcox Ave. & Henry St., Oneonta. swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com
For the first time in a long time, the water was colder than the air at the 21st annual Polar Bear Jump at Goodyear Lake this afternoon. Under the watchful eyes of the state police Troop C Dive Team, over 230 jumpers braved icy water to help raise money to help ten local recipients . Above, event organizer Brenda Waters, Milford, and Jay Murphy, Oneonta, call the jumpers out onto the ice to line up before taking the plunge. Left, Christopher Vun swims as fast as he can towards the ladder out of the lake. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 18
POLAR BEAR JUMP – 12:30 p.m. Come spectate on people jumping in a freezing lake to support local children, individuals, and organizations in need. Goodyear Lake, Outside Portlandville, St. Hwy. 28, Oneonta. Info, www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/goodyear-lake-22nd-annual-polar-bear-jump
FROZEN TOE RACE – 10:30 a.m. 5 Mile race held regardless of weather conditions. Entry, $35. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Info, www.clarksportscenter.com
PERFORMANCE – 7:30 p.m. Local and regional talent perform Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” Ballroom Gallery of the Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown Village Library. Info, www.cooperstownart.com/special-events.html or call (607)547-9777
COOPERSTOWN – Casey J. Callahan, 50, who was arrested in June, accused of killing his wife Elizabeth 16 years before in Pennsylvania, is in court for a hearing at this hour.
While the case had been handled in Pennsylvania, District Attorney John M. Muehl concluded that, since Callahan, a Unadilla native, originated the plan to kill his wife while they were living in Goodyear Lake, he has jurisdistion.
Muehl is alleging that, on Jan. 19, 2000, Callahan ran over Elizabeth with a tractor trailer in the parking lot of the Dandy Mini Mart # 19 in Sayre, Pa., just off Route 17’s Exit 59A at Wilawan, west of Binghamton.