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Oneonta Police

Teens, Adults Arrested After Burglary

Five Teens Are Charged 

In Burglary At Glassworks

Damion Archibald
Rayven Golinski
Matthew Judd

ONEONTA – Five teens ages 15-18 were arrested following the burglary of a business on Roundhouse Road in early June, city police reported today.

Damion Archibald, 18, Otego, Matthew Judd, 17, Oneonta, and Rayven Golinski, 16, Otego, as well as two 15-year -olds, whose names were withheld, one from Laurens, the other from Unadilla, were arrested after Oneonta Police were called to Twisted Sisters Glassworks, 72 Roundhouse Road, to the report of a past burglary.

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Two Arrested For Main Street Burglary

Woman Tells Police: 2 Men

Were Looking Through Purse

Jeffrey Votee
Spencer McCarthy

ONEONTA – Two men were arrested after a woman allegedly found them looking through her purse in her Main Street apartment, city police reported today.

Spencer Robert McCarthy, 25, Shirley, and Jeffrey Steven Votee, 27, Morris, were arrested after Oneonta Police responded to a call on Tuesday, July 4, that the victim had allegedly found the two men in her apartment, looking through her purse.

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Man Arrested With 5K Worth of Cocaine

Man Arrested With

$5K Worth Of Cocaine

Oneonta Police seized bags of powder cocaine and more than $2,000 were seized during the arrest of Aaron Willey.
Aaron Willey

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested after police allegedly found him in possession of cocaine worth more than $5,000.

Aaron M. Willey, 31, was arrested Tuesday, June 13 after Oneonta City police, with the assistance of the state police and Department of Corrections, served a search warrant at his residence at 5106 State Highway 23, lot 82 in the Town of Oneonta. Police allegedly found 1.99 ounces of powder cocaine with a street value in excess of $5,000, as well as $2,472 in various denominations of US currency.

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Brenner In Running For Police Chief Job

Brenner In Running

For Police Chief Job

Detective Sgt. Christopher J. Witzenburg and Acting Police Chief Doug Brenner both passed the examination for the vacant police chief position. Brenner scored in the top three slots and will be interviewed for the position in the coming weeks. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – With a score of 75 on the police examination in March, Acting Police Chief Doug Brenner will be one of three people interviewed for the vacant Oneonta police chief position. “I guess all that studying paid off!” he joked.

Five candidates from across the state took the civil service exam, including Oneonta Detective Sgt. Christopher J. Witzenburg. A 70 on the exam is considered passing, and the three top-scoring candidates are eligible for interviews by the city. Witzenburg placed fourth in the rankings, but did pass the exam.

The top three candidates were asked to return a letter stating that they were interested in the position. “I’m absolutely interested,” said Brenner. “I’m taking my letter to City Hall this afternoon.”

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 27

Hall Of Fame Classic

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HOF CLASSIC GAME – 1:05 p.m. The seven inning Hall of Fame Classic game begins. Preceded by the Home Run Batting Contest by Big League Players at Noon. Tickets, $12.50 First and Third base seats, $11 general admission outfield seats. Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. Info, (877) 726-9028, baseballhall.org/visit/hall-of-fame-classic.

WWAST SOFTBALL GAME – Noon. Wounded Warrior Amputees play softball against the Oneonta Police and Fire Departments. Support your heroes. Admission by donation. Concessions open 11 a.m. Damaschke Field, 15 James Georgeson Ave., Oneonta. Info, woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org/events/

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Three Charged With Trafficking Heroin

Three Charged With

Trafficking Heroin

Kyrin Donato
Rachael Palmatier
Phillip Brunson

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police arrested three people and seized $200 worth of heroin following an investigation into narcotics trafficking into the City of Oneonta.

Phillip S Brunson, 29, Manhattan, and Rachel E. Palmetier, 50, and Kyrin L. Donato, 43, both of Oneonta were arrested after an early-morning raid was executed at 14 Washington St. in Oneonta. During the raid, which was conducted with the assistance of K-9 Ricky of the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department, police allegedly seized approximatly $200 worth of heroin and $400 cash.

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Four Police Officers Honored For Heroism

4 City Police Officers

Honored For Heroism

Acting Oneonta Police Chief Doug Brenner, center, stands with four of his officers, who were each honored this evening by Common Council for heroic actions during an incident on March 10, where – according to the citation – they swiftly and safely dealt with an armed individual on Main Street, who was believed to be suicidal and homicidal. From left, Officer Amber Bailey received a certificate of recognition; Sgt. Eric Berger was recognized for Outstanding Performance; Sgt. Christopher Catapano was recognized for Distinguished Service and received a bar of recognition, and Dispatcher Bruce Mazzone was recognized for Outstanding Performance.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Police Allege Siblings Stole Laptop, Phone

Police Allege Siblings

Stole Laptop, Phone

Yarmanis Maldonado
Joshua Maldonado

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police arrested a brother and sister after surveillance footage allegedly shows them taking a laptop and a phone from a room at Hillside Commons.

Yarmenis Maldonado, 20 and her brother, Joshua Maldonado, 21, both of Bronx, were arrested after police met with a 21 year old female who told them that the two had taken her $1,700 laptop and cell phone.  Security footage from the Commons allegedly shows the Maldonados walking out of her room with the laptop and phone.

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Police: Man Charged With Menacing Resident

Police: Man Charged

With Menacing Resident

Diego Bravo

ONEONTA – A Staten Island man was arrested and charged with allegedly threatening a homeowner after fleeing the SUNY Oneonta campus.

Diego Bravo, 22, was arrested after Oneonta Police responded to a report at 12 Hazel St. described as a man “yelling and crying.”  Responding officers reported seeing a heavyset shirtless male standing in the street; at his feet, an older male was trying to defend himself.

Officers separated the men and interviewed them.  The older man, who lives at 12 Hazel, told the police he heard a loud bang.   He found Bravo in his home, yelling and acting aggressively, and he left, fearing for his safety, police said.

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Man Stabbed For Intervening In Domestic Dispute, Police Say

Police Say Man Stabbed While

Intervening In Domestic Dispute

Eddie Burns

ONEONTA – A Bronx man was arrested after allegedly stabbing another man who tried to intervene in a domestic dispute, according to city police.

Eddie Burns, 53, Bronx, was arrested after Oneonta Police responded to a reported stabbing at 12 Division St. Upon arrival, police found a 24-year-old man bleeding from cuts to his head and hand. He was transported by ambulance to Fox Hospital, and further interviews revealed that he had allegedly heard a male and female engaged in the domestic dispute.  During the dispute, he claimed he heard the female yelling “Get off me” and went to the apartment to confront Burns.

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