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Milford news

Police Identify Milford Fire Suspect

Springfield Man, 20,

Milford Fire Suspect

Gerald Althiser Jr.

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – State Police have arrested Gerald E. Althiser Jr., 20, of Springfield Center, under suspicion of starting the fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church in March.

On Saturday, July 08,  State Police arrested Althiser for allegedly starting fires in two campers.  During the investigation, police allege that Althiser admitted to setting numerous fires, including the March 12 fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church on State Route 28 in the Town of Milford.

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Arrest Made In Milford Church Fire

Teen Arrested In

Milford Church Fire

The inside of the Milford United Methodist Church following the fire. (Ian Austin/AllOtsego.com)

MILFORD – A Middlefield teen was arrested and charged with setting the fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church in March.

According to District Attorney John Muehl, state police arrested a young man on Saturday, July 8, for allegedly setting fires to several storage units in that town. During the investigation, police allegedly discovered evidence linking him to the church fire, and he was arrested.

Muehl said the suspect’s name and charges would be forthcoming from state police.

The fire was originally believed to have been an accident due to faulty electrical wiring.

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New Fire Truck Arrives In Milford

New Fire Truck

Arrives In Milford

Fire Chief Don Eckler, friend Bill Triolo, and firefighter Tom Bobnick admire the new fire engine which arrived at Milford Fire Department this afternoon. The engine is a 2017 Frieightline chassis ith a 1250 gallon a minute pump and a 1500 gallon a minute hose. It also features an on board generator and a LED light tower. “This could light up the whole town!” said Eckler. “We needed a new truck big time. This pumps out 1500 more gallons than our previous truck, which was 21 years old. We worked hard to get this through fundraising, donations and saving our money.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Three Arrested With Heroin, Cocaine In Milford Home Raid

Three Arrested

With Heroin, Cocaine

In Milford Home Raid

Kwannasia Barnes
Keith Blush
Richard Cushnie

MILFORD – Three people were arrested after a search by the state police allegedly found heroin and cocaine at a home in Milford.

Richard A. Cushnie, 28, and Keith M. Blush, 37, both of Maryland, were arrested along with Kwannasia K. Barnes, 24, Binghamton, after state police executed a search warrant at the Milford home. During the search, police allege that a quantity of heroin and cocaine were found, as well as U.S. currency.

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Woman Arrested For Abandoning Animals

Woman Charged With

Abandoning Cats, Rabbits

MILFORD – A Waterloo woman was arrested after county sheriff’s deputies allege she abandoned cats and rabbits in a home without food or water.

Kerstin M. Marland, 22, of Waterloo, was arrested yesterday following an investigation that began with a Jan. 30 complaint that several animals had been abandoned in a Milford house.

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Donations Pouring In For Milford Food Pantry

Donations Pouring In

For Milford Food Pantry

David Steen, Town of Maryland, carries canned goods into the temporary food bank at the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center in Milford. After the food bank was destroyed in the fire at the Milford United Methodist church last Sunday, donations to restock the pantry have been coming in all afternoon (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Dar Buck, owner of the Elm Inn, has asked diners to bring non-perishable goods when they come for corned beef and cabbage tonight.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

MILFORD – The Milford Food pantry is being restocked this afternoon as donors bring produce, fresh breads and non-perishables to replace what was lost in the Milford United Methodist church fire last Sunday.

At the Elm Inn, owner Dar Buck is encouraging diners looking for her St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage special to bring donations when they come to dine, and a benefit, featuring music by the Stoddard Hollow String Band, is planned for this evening, 7-11 p.m.

The food bank will be open 9:30-11:30 at the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center on Saturday, March 18, and the following week will relocate to the Legion Hall on Main Street, where it will remain until a permanent location is settled.

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Benefits Planned For Milford Food Pantry

Benefit Planned Friday In Milford

For Food Pantry Forced Out By Fire

The Stoddard Mountain Boys will play at Friday’s benefit at Milford’s Elm Inn to benefit the food pantry that can no longer use the damaged Methodist Church.

MILFORD – The Elm Inn of Milford will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party and benefit from 11 a.m. – midnight this Friday to raise money and donations for the Milford Food Pantry, which was destroyed in the United Methodist Church fire on Sunday, March 12.

The Stoddard Hollow String Band will play from 7-10 p.m., and though there is no cover charge, guests are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food or a check for the Milford Food Pantry.

A special menu including corned beef and cabbage, Reuben sandwiches, fish fry, turkey and pastrami, salads and tavern fare will be served all day.

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Milford Mayor: Conserve Water

Deputy Mayor To Milford:

Conserve Water Overnight

MILFORD – Deputy Mayor Brian Pokorny has issued a statement asking villagers to continue to conserve water, following the use of 300,000 gallons of village water to extinguish last night’s fire at the Milford United Methodist Church.

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Fire At Milford United Methodist Church

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BLAZE GUTTING

MILFORD CHURCH

Flames push out from under the front gable of the Milford United Methodist Church, which is on fire at this hour. The fire began in the rear, where the dining hall and church offices are located. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Fire Began In Dining Hall

At Rear, Spreads Throughout

By LIBBY CUDMORE & JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

MILFORD – Almost a dozen fire crews at this hour are battling a blaze at the Milford United Methodist Church at 89 Main St. at this hour.

The crews, including Milford, Oneonta, Cooperstown, Mount Vision, Schenevus and several others appeared to have the blaze under control, but it was burning too hot to be extinguished.  It appeared likely the building will be a total loss.

Efforts are concentrating on the belltower at this hour (10 p.m.)

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