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I-88

Anti-Faso Billboard Erected Over I-88

Anti-Faso Billboard

Erected Over I-88

County Rep. Adrienne Martini, D-City of Oneonta, snapped a photo of this I-88 billboard, just outside of Oneonta, which calls Congressman John Faso, R-19, “No-Show Faso” for his failure to host town halls or meet with constituents. The billboard was paid for by Mad Dog PAC, a super-PAC dedicated to putting up billboards across the country on a variety of issues, including gun control, impeachment and flipping the House and Senate towards Democratic and progressive candidates.  The PAC is run by Claude Taylor, a former staffer in the Clinton White House.
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Double Homicide Suspect In Custody After I-88 Crash

Double-Slaying Suspect Taken

Into Custody After I-88 Crash

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

SCHOHARIE – The suspect in last night’s double homicide in Laurens was taken into custody following a crash on I-88 in Schoharie, according to Sheriff Tony Desmond.

According to Desmond, sheriff’s deputies received a “Be On The Lookout” alert for a red Chevy Colorado pickup truck from the Otsego County Sheriff’s department. Deputies stationed near Richmondville saw a truck matching the description headed eastbound on I-88 and began to follow. After confirming the license plate matched the one in the alert, deputies allegedly attempted to pull over the suspect, who then sped up and a chase ensued.

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Car Hits Tractor Trailer; I-88 Closed Between Exit 12/13

Car Strikes Tractor-Trailer;

I-88 Shut Between Exit 12/13

A tractor trailer caught on fire after an accident between I-88 Exits 12/13 in Oneonta.
A tractor trailer caught on fire after an accident between I-88 Exits 12/13 in Oneonta.
The car involved in the accident swerved to avoid hitting a deer, according to State Police
The car involved in the accident swerved to avoid hitting a deer, according to State Police

ONEONTA –  A car swerved to miss hitting a dead deer and ended up hitting a tractor-trailer in an accident on I-88 earlier this morning.

With the eastbound lane of I-88 near Oneonta closed for construction, the westbound lane has been split for traffic.

According to state police, a car driving westbound swerved to avoid hitting a deer carcass in the middle of the road, but over-corrected and drove into the eastbound lane. The car struck the tractor-trailer behind the cab, starting a fire that consumed the entire truck.

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Man Jumps From I-88 Overpass

Man Jumps From I-88 Overpass,

Blocking Traffic For 45 Minutes

ONEONTA – A 24-year-old man was airlifted to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City after jumping off the Exit 16 overpass onto I-88 last night.

The victim was airlifted by Lifenet to Wilson Hospital, where he is being treated for internal injuries.

I-88 was closed for approximately 45 minutes following the incident at 8:15 p.m., which State Police believe to be an attempted suicide.

If you are considering suicide, please call

The National Suicide Hotline, 1-800-273-8255

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Worcester I-88 Rest Stop To Reopen

Worcester I-88 Rest Stop To Reopen

088iny-150WORCESTER – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, will hold a  press conference at noon Thursday to announce the long-closed rest stop on I-88 near here will reopen.

The senator will be joined by state Department of Transportation officials and local leaders to officially reopen the fully rehabilitated rest stop closed in 2010.

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