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Oneonta Police

Investigation Ongoing In Holding Cell Death

DA, OPD Investigate

Death In Holding Cell 

Suspect May Have Ingested Drugs,

Causing Heart Attack, Chief Says

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Kenneth Faulkner

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police and Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl are investigating a death in police custody last evening, after a man arrested on narcotics-trafficking charges swallowed what might have been cocaine, according to Police Chief Douglas Brenner.

To Brenner’s knowledge, this is the first time a suspect has died in OPD custody.

Kenneth J. Faulkner, 52, New Rochelle, was arrested on a warrant at about 5 p.m. at 85 Ford Ave., and taken to the city’s Public Safety Building, Brenner said.  About 5:35 p.m., a second warrant was served at the building, allowing “a body search. “

“He was on the threshold of the door of the holding cell, and in three seconds he had managed to close the door and get the drugs into his mouth,” Brenner said in a interview this afternoon. “The officer opened the door and tried to get him to spit out the drugs.”

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Gas Line Leak Shuts Down Route 23

Gas Leak Shuts Down Route 23

ONEONTA – Route 23 near WalMart was shut down to traffic and residents were evacuated from the Lantern Hill trailer park after workers hit a 6–inch gas line that supplies Southside, Angel Heights and Davenport.

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Police: Man Pointed Loaded Shotgun At Girlfriend

Police: Man Pointed

Shotgun At Girlfriend

Steven Knauff

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police arrested a man following reports that he had pointed a loaded shotgun at his girlfriend during a dispute at their apartment on Main Street.

Steven J. Knauff, 35, was arrested Saturday evening after police responded to a call from 25 year old victim, who told them that earlier that evening, Knauff had allegedly pointed a loaded shotgun at her face. The victim was able to flee the apartment to a location on Chestnut Street, where she called police.

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OPD Sergeant Fell Asleep At The Wheel; Crashed Car

Chief: Sergeant Fell

Asleep, Crashed SUV

ONEONTA – An OPD sergeant fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his police vehicle on Tuesday, Police Chief Doug Brenner confirmed today.

According to Brenner, Sgt. Eric Berger was driving on patrol on Chestnut Street in a marked Ford SUV around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when he fell asleep at the wheel; the SUV went up on the curb and struck a utility pole at Chestnut and Watkins.

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Delhi Man Arrested In House Party Stabbing

College Student Arrested

In House-Party Stabbing

Dylan Cumpston

ONEONTA – A 19-year-old Delhi man was arrested after allegedly stabbing a 22-year-old in the back following a fight at a house party on Columbia Street.

Dylan Cumpston, 19, a Hartwick College student, was arrested after police were called to Fox Hospital at 3:36 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, with the report SUNY Oneonta student had been stabbed. Police arrived to find a victim being treated for a stab wound on his upper back.

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SUNY Student Arrested After Assault With Baton

SUNY Student Arrested

After Assault With Baton

Edward Ferrall

ONEONTA – Police arrested a SUNY Oneonta student after reports of a fight that left the victim with a skull laceration and a brain hemorrhage.

Edward J. Ferrall, 23, Lynbrook, was arrested after police were called to the Westcott parking lot at 2:23 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 following the report of a fight. Further investigation found a group of onlookers surrounding a male who was laying on the ground, having allegedly been struck with a collapsible police-style baton. The victim allegedly jumped up and started chasing Ferrall, and both were stopped by police.

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Heroin, Crack Seized at Motel 88

Heroin, Crack Seized

In Raid At Motel 88

More than $1,700 worth of drugs were seized in a raid at the Motel 88 yesterday.
Jason Chase

ONEONTA – More than 71 bags of heroin and crack cocaine were seized during a raid at the Motel 88 on Chestnut Street in Oneonta.

Jason R. Chase, 33, Cortland, was arrested following a no knock search warrant in room 241 at Motel 88. Oneonta Police allegedly recovered 60 glassine bags of heroin and 11 bags of crack cocaine, with a total street value of $1,750. No weapons were located.

During the course of the investigation it was found that Chase had two arrest warrants for Criminal Sale of a Controlled substance in the Third Degree and was also wanted by the New York State Division of Corrections and Community Supervision.

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Oneonta Man Arrested With Stolen Credit Card

Oneonta Man Arrested

With Stolen Credit Card

Nicholas Cartelli

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested with a stolen credit card and on two active warrants following a traffic stop on Chestnut Street, the OPD announced today.

Nicholas Cartelli, 40, was arrested last Tuesday at a traffic stop after he was suspected using a stolen credit card at the Stewart’s Shop on River Street. Though he gave a fictitious name,  subsequent investigation revealed Cartelli had two active warrants for his arrest, and his driving privileges had been suspended, the press release said.

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Detective Sgt. Witzenburg Top Choice As OPT Lieutenant

Detective Sgt. Witzenburg

Top Choice As OPT Lieutenant

Detective Sgt. Christopher Witzenburg will be recommended to Common Council for appointment as the new Lieutenant of the Oneonta Police Department.

ONEONTA – Detective Sgt. Christopher J. Witzenburg will be recommended to a Common Council vote as Chief Doug Brenner’s top choice for Lieutenant during their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

“He’s a natural choice,” said Brenner.  “We work very well together and have through our entire career.”

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Three Charged In April Burglary

Three Charged

In April Burglary

Teddy Faison
Brian deVaughn Scott J.
Nelson Navar Jr.

ONEONTA – Three men were arrested and returned to Oneonta to be charged in a burglary at a house on Washington Street in April, according to Oneonta Police.

Teddy Faison, 34, Oneonta, was arrested  in July by the Village of Monticello Police Department, while Brian deVaughn Scott Jr., 19 and Nelson Navar Jr., 19, both of Utica, were arrested in Utica and were arraigned in Oneonta City Court last week.

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