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Royal Chrysler Gives $10,000 Of Christmas Joy To Toys For Tots

Royal Chrysler Gives $10,000

Of Holiday Joy To Toys For Tots

With help from college students, police and Royal Chrystler employees, more than $10,000 worth of toys were donated to Toys for Tots annual toy drive. “Every year, we set an increasing goal,” said manager Rob Howard. “We hope to hit $12,000 next year.” The toys will be distributed to local families. Students, on left, are Austin Hughes, Jaclyn Logotto, Natalie Longo, Caroline Roman, Kate Wood, Karlene Ziegler, Nicole Johnston, and Emma Romeo. Royal Chrystler employees, on right, Amy Williams, Jeremy Hoyt, Tony Ross, Jim Westcott, Scott Pickwick, Brandon Shelly, Lee Bartlett, Erica Utter, Rob Howard, Heather Canahan and Josh Roe. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Police: Oneonta Man Stole $7,000 From Springbrook

Police: Oneonta Man Stole

$7,000 From Springbrook

Michael Graziano

MILFORD – An Oneonta man was arrested after state police received a tip that a Springbrook employee was stealing from the company.

Michael G. Graziano, 34, Oneonta, was arrested after police were advised of theft at Springbrook’s Milford campus. An investigation determined that Graziano had allegedly falsified business records from January to September 2017 to steal over $7,000 in pay.

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Truck Driver Killed At Deposit Quarry

Sidney Truck Driver

Dies In Quarry Crash

DEPOSIT – A 66-year-old Sidney man was killed yesterday when he was thrown from his truck following an accident on  a quarry access road in the Town of Deposit.

At 9:30 a.m., state police were dispatched to the scene off State Route 8 near Mills Road, Town of Deposit, following reports of a motor vehicle accident with serious physical injury. Upon their arrive, they found William B. Barse deceased at the scene.

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Troop C Celebrates Centennial

Open House Celebrates

Troop C Centennial

Above, Brian Davis, Unadilla, front, holds his grandson Mason Bronson, who covers his ears against the sound of the rotors as they watch Trooper Cliff Wood of the State Police SORT Central rappel out of the helicopter during an air rescue simulation by the State Police Aviation team out of Newburgh as Troop C celebrated the state police 100th anniversary at the Unadilla Barracks today.   The event also featured tours of the barracks and museum, meet-and-greets, and demonstrations by the K-9 unit and the Underwater Dive Team.  At right, Frank Johnson, Walton, and Peyton Nelson, Norwich, play tug-of-war with police dog Ice, named after the late Jill Mattice, the first female State Trooper to die on duty,  in a crash on Route 23, Morris, in 2010. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Oneonta Raids Recover Heroin

Oneonta Raids

Recover Heroin,

Crack-Cocaine

Here is the cache seized at Terrell Ford’s apartment, 38 West St., including suspected heroin and more than $11,000 in cash. (OPD photos)

3 No-Knock Warrants Result

In 2 Arrests, One Just For Pot

Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Damian Ortiz
Terrell Ford

ONEONTA – Oneonta police served three no-knock search warrants at three apartments just before sunup today, arresting two men after a six-month interagency investigation of heroin and crack-cocaine sales in the City of the Hills.

At 6 a.m., 30 officers and K9s from the OPD, a Joint Otsego/Delaware Special Operations Bureau, and state police surprised occupants of Apartment B, 38 West St., and Apartments 207 and 306, 9 Lewis Ave.

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Fish, Game Club Reports $50,000 Missing; Police Charge Treasurer

Fish, Game Club Reports $50,000

Missing; Police Charge Treasurer

HARTWICK – An Edmeston man is facing a felony larceny charge for allegedly taking $50,000 from the Burlington Flats Fish & Game Club, state police reported today.

Lawrence D. Jaeger, 60, was arrested Thursday after troopers were advised of funds missing from the club on Fish and Game Road, Town of Hartwick.

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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 Seek Tips in Missing Oneonta Teen

Police Seek Tips In

Missing Oneonta Teen

Alyssa Jones

ONEONTA – An Oneonta teen has been missing since the Bunga Wiz music festival in Laurens.

Alyssa F. Jones, 16, was last seen at 10 p.m. Friday, July 28 at 10 p.m. at the music festival. She is a black female who is 5′ 01″ with a muscular build. She was last seen wearing pink shorts, a gray tank top and flip flops, and has not updated her Facebook page or been in contact with family since the concert.

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11-Year-Old Morris Girl Murdered, Police Say

11-Year-Old Morris Girl

Murdered, Police Say

NORWICH – State Police are investigating the murder of an 11-year-old Morris girl at a home in Norwich.

Jacelyn D. O’Connor, Morris, was found dead after state police responded to a report that a girl had suffered a heart attack at a home at 961 County Route 33, Town of Norwich.  Further investigation determined O’Connor was the victim of a homicide, according to the Troop C press release.

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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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