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Oneonta Police

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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After 3 Overdoses, Police Fear ‘Bad Batch’ Heroin

After 3 Heroin Overdoses,

Police Warn Of ‘Bad Batch’

Oneonta Common Council gasped tonight when Acting Police Chief Doug Brenner told them of a young woman who overdosed in the Fox Hospital bathroom while her boyfriend was being treated for his overdose. They were two of three heroin ODs on Friday night, prompting concerns that a “bad batch” could be on the streets. (Ian Austin/AllOtsego.com)

ONEONTA – With three heroin overdoses on Friday, March 17, police are concerned that heroin laced with fentanyl or other narcotics may be on the streets of Oneonta.

“The first call we got, a young man was already blue and his girlfriend was doing CPR on him,” said Acting Police Chief Doug Brenner. “Officer Luke Harvey was able to administer Narcan, and he began to wake up.”

It was the first time an officer had used Narcan to revive an overdose victim, and Brenner was pleased that their efforts were successful.

The man was transported to Fox Hospital by ambulance and his girlfriend rode with him. But police soon got another call from the hospital. “While the doctors were treating him, the girlfriend went into the bathroom and overdosed,” said Brenner.

A third overdose call came in that same night, and the EMS squad transported him to the hospital as well.

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Welfare Check Leads To Oneonta Heroin Bust

Welfare Check Leads

To Oneonta Heroin Bust

Oneonta Police arrested Kyle Alger after finding a plastic bag and 12 paper packets that allegedly tested positive for heroin.
Kyle Alger

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested and charged with heroin possession Friday night after a neighbor called for a welfare check.

Kyle L. Alger, 20, was interviewed by police at his 16 Rose Avenue home after a neighbor called to complain that someone was vomiting outside of Alger’s vehicle. When police arrived, Alger allegedly got out of his vehicle and threw an item underneath, and inspection of the area uncovered two grams of bulk heroin in a knotted plastic bag, as well as 11 individually packaged paper folds.

According to police, the substance in the packets tested positive for heroin. A subsequent search revealed another paper packet of suspected heroin, as well as $532.

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Teen Arrested With Heroin, Stolen Goods

Teen Arrested With

Heroin, Stolen Goods

Kyle Jaramillo

ONEONTA – A 17 year old Oneonta man was arrested after Oneonta police allegedly found heroin and stolen goods in his apartment.

Kyle Jaramillo was arrested after members of the City of Oneonta Police Department Uniform Division and Detective Division, conducted a voluntary consent search of his room at 91.5 Center St. During the search, police allegedly found a small quantity of heroin, as well as two televisions, a set of stereo speakers, an air rifle and a pair of sneakers police claimed matched reports from a recent burglary of an apartment on Walling Avenue.

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Home Invasion Investigation Leads To Marijuana Arrest

Home-Invasion Report

Leads To Marijuana Arrest

Four pounds of marijuana and $14,000 in cash were seized following a report of a home invasion on Chestnut Street yesterday afternoon.
Edwin Milette

ONEONTA – The report of a home invasion yesterday led to the discovery of $12,000 worth of marijuana in his home and the arrest of the homeowner, Oneonta police reported today.

Edwin C. Milette, 25, was arrested after a younger sibling called the Oneonta police to report an attempted home invasion robbery on Wednesday, March 8, at 306 Chestnut St. in the city.  According to the caller, police said, three men had arrived at the house in a dark-colored sedan, possibly a BMW; one of the men was described as a “young black male” with short hair.

Arriving at the house, officers reported a “powerful odor” of marijuana and contacted the OPD Detective Division for additional assistance.  Further investigation and interviews with occupants resulted in the home being secured by police while a search warrant was obtained.

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OPD & OFD Help Students Celebrate Seuss’s Birthday

OPD, OFD Help Students

Celebrate Dr. Seuss Birthday

Oneonta fireman Josh Rumenapp and his wife, Officer Lindsay Rumenapp, read to fourth graders at Riverside Elementary today, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The students were allowed to ask them questions about their line of work before enjoying some birthday sweets. This is the second year the departments have had them come in and read to the children. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Man Arrested After Car Arson

Man Arrested

After Car Arson

Jonathan Delgado

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested after police and fire investigators allege he set his neighbor’s car on fire earlier this afternoon.

Jonathan Delgado, 31, was arrested after the police and fire department were dispatched to the report of a vehicle fire in the area of 41 Burnside Avenue.  First responders arrived at the scene to find a red 2009 Subaru Forester, belonging to a neighborhood resident, fully engulfed in flames.  The Oneonta Fire Department extinguished the blaze as police officers conducted a neighborhood canvass and located Delgado, who was detained during the early stages of the investigation.

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