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Oneonta Police

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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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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