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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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Missing Teen Located In Oneonta

Missing Teen Found

Safe At Bus Station

Alyssa Jones

ONEONTA – Alyssa F. Jones, missing since Friday, July 28, was located yesterday afternoon at the Trailways Bus Station in the City of Oneonta in good health, according to state police.

The teen had been reported missing following the Bunga Wiz music festival in Laurens, but was considered a runaway at the time. Oneonta Police are conducting an interview into her whereabouts during the time she was missing.

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Police Arrest Man Following Chase On Route 44

Police Arrest Man

After Car, Foot Chase

Kyle Ives

ONEONTA – A Milford man on parole was arrested after leading Oneonta Police on a chase from Spruce Street to County Route 44.

Kyle Ives, 27, Oneonta, was arrested after Oneonta Police, acting on intelligence received from the Oneonta Detective Bureau, attempted to conduct a traffic stop.  The male, who is under parole supervision, was believed to be in possession of controlled substances and operating a motor vehicle.  Investigation also allegedly revealed the suspect had seven outstanding license suspensions, including a suspension for possession/sale of drugs.

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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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