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Foxes, Skunks Concern Center City Neighbors

Foxes, Skunks Concern

Center City Neighbors

Patricia Crow asked Common Council to consider hiring a wildlife expert after she saw a fox running loose in her Center City neighborhood (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Police Chief Doug Brenner warned that if citizens see a sick animal not to approach it, but to instead call police or the DEC.

ONEONTA – Patricia Crow, 14 Myrtle Ave, told Oneonta Common Council that she spotted a fox near her home in Center City on Thursday, Sept. 14.

“I clearly sighted a fox traveling across my neighbor’s back yard.” she said. “Never in my nearly 70 years have I seen a fox in Center City.”

Though she warned that foxes were “not safe for the citizens of Oneonta,” The Humane Society says that foxes are not considered dangerous and are generally scared of humans, especially if they make a loud noise. Dogs and adult cats are generally safe from foxes, but kittens, rabbits and other small animals could be considered prey and should be kept inside.

However, Police Chief Doug Brenner says there has been an “uptick” in sick animals, namely skunks, including four in one week. “These animals were not well,” he said. “They were rolling in the street.”

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Jury Deliberations Begin in Murder Trial
CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day FOUR

Jury Deliberations

Begin in Murder Trial

District Attorney John Muehl gives his closing statement in the trial against Casey Callahan, accused of killing his wife Elizabeth in January 2000. (Parker Fish/AllOTESEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – With a total 22 witnesses called, including suspect Casey Callahan, the prosecution and defense gave their closing arguments in the murder trial against Callahan, who was charged with killing his wife, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan, at a truck stop on January 19, 2000.

“Four tires ran directly down the center of her body,” said District Attorney John Muehl in his closing statement. “I submit you can’t do that by accident. This plan was tailor-made for Elizabeth.”

But Callahan’s defense argued that the jury is tasked with deciding if jurisdiction allowed Elizabeth’s death in Pennsylvania, which Callahan maintained was an accident, could be prosecuted in New York. “There is no proof beyond a reasonable doubt that this case belongs in New York State,” said William Schebaum, Callahan’s attorney. “I urge you not to allow speculation, emotion, or even a dislike of the defendant to be a substitute to fact.”

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Elizabeth in ‘Severe Emotional Distress’ Before Death, Doctor Says

CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day TWO

Doctor Alleges Elizabeth In

‘Severe Emotional Distress’

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Casey Callahan, left, listens to witness testimony alongside his attorney, Bruce Maxson. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – The day before she died, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan was under “severe emotional distress” stemming from her marriage to Casey Callahan, her physician, Dr. Joan Bachorik, testified this morning in her husband’s murder trial resulting from her death at a truck stop in Pennsylvania in January 2000.

“I remember her because she was probably the most pathetic person I had ever seen in my office,” said Bachorik.

Records showed that the day before her death, Elizabeth had an appointment with Bachorik, during which the doctor offered to call the police on her behalf. “But she refused out of fear that he would kill her,” she said.

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Crowds Fill Main Street For Grand and Glorious Sale

Crowds Fill Main Street

For Grand & Glorious Sale

By the time the Grand and Glorious Garage Sale officially began at 9am, the streets were already filled with bargain hunters looking for treasures. Here, Marilyn Garman, Unadilla, was on the hunt for old books as she browsed through boxes outside of Community Bank. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Maple Street Park Celebrates 25 Years

Maple Street Park

Celebrates 25 Years

Holding his newborn son Levi, Brian Arenella tells the story of how, as a 15 year old Boy Scout, helped turn an abandoned lot into the Maple Street Park for his Eagle Scout project. With help from the Oneonta Federated Garden Club and the city, the park has flourished over 25 years and was celebrated with a dedication this afternoon. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Craft Lovers Flock To Cooperstown Artisan Festival

Craft Lovers Flock To

Cooperstown Artisan Festival

Anna Fredriksen, Utah, Stacey Grady and Amanda Chase, both of Cooperstown, look through stationary by Laura Bremer at Paper Wolf Designs during the first Cooperstown Artisan Festival, going on today and tomorrow on the lawn of the Otsego County offices. Also ongoing throughout the weekend is the Cooperstown Art Association’s Art on the Lawn festival at 22 Main Street. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Glorious Glow

Glorious Glow

Dave Markowitz and Nick Scheren, both of the Town of Maryland, inflate their panther balloon as part of the balloon glow during the opening evening of the Susquehanna Balloon Festival in Neahwa Park. The fun continues tomorrow with balloon rides, live music and more in the park. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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IN MEMORIAM: Joseph James Sieger Sr., 48; Army Veteran

IN MEMORIAM:

Joseph James Sieger Sr., 48;

Veteran Survived By 6 Children

Joseph James Sieger Sr.

ONEONTA – Joseph James Sieger Sr., 48, of Oneonta, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017, at home in Oneonta.

An Army veteran, he loved fishing, beer, and rock and roll.

He’s survived by his mother, Teena Masker; six children, James, Scott, Trevor, Brett, Matthew, and Joey; three grandchildren; five siblings, long-time friend Kevin; and many additional friends and family.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Bookhout Funeral Home.

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Bassett Proposes Parking Garage

Bassett Proposes

Parking Garage

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Hospital proposed adding 350 parking spaces, including an underground parking garage, during a meeting with neighbors, Mayor Jeff Katz and Village Trustees in the Clark Auditorium last night.

“This came about after years and years of conversation, thought and public comment,” said Katz. “If this goes through, that will be more parking than Doubleday and the business district combined.”

Proposed as a three-part plan, the project would begin with 145 spaces in a surface parking lot on Riverside Drive, cul-de-sac off of Susquehanna Avenue.  Bassett owns three houses on the property, which would be demolished.

An additional 200 spaces in an underground lot would be built into the hillside, making the structure will be concealed and unobtrusive. “Having it underground will really lessen the aesthetic impact to the village,” said Katz.

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Jody Zakrevsky Hired As Otsego Now CEO
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Jody Zakrevsky Hired

As Otsego Now CEO

By LIBBY CUDMORE • www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Jody Zakrevsky, the former executive director of the Amsterdam IDA, has joined Otsego Now as the full-time CEO.

Zakrevsky, who joined the Amsterdam IDA in 2011, oversaw the development of The Edson Street Industrial Park, which includes tenants such as Losurdo Foods, Washburns Ice Cream/Refrigerated Lines, Mohawk Signs, Town & County Bridge and Rail, Bush Carpentry & Millwork and Northeast Riggers.

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