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Callahan: ‘I Wasn’t The Best Husband’

Callahan: ‘I Wasn’t

The Best Husband’

With Suspect Taking Stand In

Own Defense, Testimony At End

Murder defendant Casey Callahan of Goodyear Lake took the stand in his own defense this afternoon; (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.,com)

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.”

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Killing Intrigued Callahan, 2 Former Friends Testify

CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day ONE

Killing Intrigued Suspect,

2 Former Friends Testify

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Casey Callahan, right, is led out of the Otsego County Courthouse by a sheriff’s deputy at the conclusion of the first day of his trial. An Attica inmate, he is currently being housed at the Otsego County Jail. (Parker Fish/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.

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230 Take To The Water In Polar Bear Jump ’17

Mercury In Mid ’50s

For 230 ‘Polar Bears’

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)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 18

Support This Years

Polar Bear Jumpers

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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

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Accused In Wife’s Death, Suspect Is Back In Court

Accused In Wife’s Death,

Suspect Is Back In Court

Casey Callahan, who is serving time in Attica for another crime.
Casey Callahan, who is serving time in Attica for another crime.

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.

CHECK BACK FOR DETAILS LATER THIS MORNING
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‘WE’LL GET LIZZY HER DAY IN COURT’

COLD-CASE PRESS CONFERENCE

‘WE’LL GET LIZZY

HER DAY IN COURT’

'We'll get Lizzy her day in court," Otsego County District Attorney John D. Muehl tells a 1 p.m. press conference with the family of Elizabeth Welsh Callahan, whose husband Casey has been charged with murder, second degree, in her 2000 death. She was run over by her husband's 18-wheeler in a rest stop in Sayre, Pa., but the case was ruled an accident. Seated at right are Patrick Welsh, her brother, Dolores Lawton, her sister, and Marie Valentine, another sister. Gary Wickham, in red shirt, is Elizabeth's brother-in-law. Casey Callahan was arraigned Monday in Otsego County Court, but was returned to Attica, where he is serving time for another crime. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
‘We’ll get Lizzy her day in court,” Otsego County District Attorney John D. Muehl tells a 1 p.m. press conference with the family of Elizabeth Welsh Callahan, whose husband Casey has been charged with murder, second degree, in her 2000 death. She was run over by her husband’s 18-wheeler in a rest stop in Sayre, Pa., but the case was ruled an accident. Seated at right are Patrick Welsh, her brother, Dolores Lawton, her sister, and Marie Valentine, another sister. Gary Wickham, in red shirt, is Elizabeth’s brother-in-law.  All are Goodyear Lake residents.  Casey Callahan was arraigned Monday in Otsego County Court, but was returned to Attica, where he is serving time for another crime. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
FOR COMPLETE  DETAILS, SEE THIS WEEK’S
HOMETOWN ONEONTA, FREEMAN’S JOURNAL
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Polar Bear Plunge Overcomes Thaw

Polar Bear Plunge

Overcomes Thaw

Fresh from their dive Ed and Stacey Stevens, Trout Creek, get a high-five from Goody on their victory lap to the hot tubs.
Despite temperatures pushing 60, Goodyear Lake was cold enough for Ed and Stacey Stevens, Trout Creek, get a high-five from Goody, the Polar Bear Jump mascot, on their victory dash to the hot tub.  The 21st jump drew 260 jumpers, which may have been a result of uncertainty about the warm weather.  Also, co-organizer Brenda Waters said, some may have been deterred by last year’s below-zero temperatures.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Ice 8 Inches Thick On Goodyear Lake, Assuring Polar Bear Jump On Feb. 20

Ice 8 Inches Thick On Goodyear Lake,

Assuring Polar Bear Jump On Feb. 20

polar bear lotoGOODYEAR LAKE – Jamie Waters was fishing on Goodyear Lake this weekend, and reports the ice is 8 inches thick, assuring the annual Polar Bear Jump will proceed normally on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Waters, who, with wife Brenda, founded the event 20 years ago and continues to organize it, reminds fans the Chinese auction to benefit the jump is this Sunday, Jan. 31, at Milford Central School.  The auction begins at 12:30 and the drawing is at 2:30.

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