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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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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 31
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 31

Kick Off Water Safety Week

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WATER SAFETY – 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free class where kids can learn how to be safe around water. Week long event for kids. Wilber Park Pool, Oneonta. www.oneontaymca.org

K-9 PRESENTATION – 7-8:15 p.m. The State Police K-9 unit present on how the dogs are trained to help police in their work. Bring your own blanket and lawn chair. Cooperstown Village Library Lawn. www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown

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Crash Claims Life Of Unadilla Man

VAN DRIFTS INTO ONCOMING LANE

Crash Kills Unadilla Man;

4th Local Fatality In 4 Days

SIDNEY – A Unadilla man died in a car crash early today on River Road here, the fourth fatal crash involving local people in as many days.

Troopers report Jason R. Cunningham, 39, of Unadilla, was driving a van west on River Road when he entered a sharp curve, drifted into the eastbound lane and collided with an eastbound pickup truck, driven by Matthias J. Wesner, 35, also of Unadilla.

Yesterday, a Cooperstown man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Route 11, Hartwick, and Sunday a husband and wife riding a motorcycle died in a crash in Warren, just across the Herkimer County line; a Cooperstown man was injured in that three-car chain reaction.

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Police Seek Missing 16 Year Old Girl

Laurens Teen

Reported Missing

Khailee M. Stoughton

LAURENS – State Police are looking for information on  a 16 year old girl who has been reported missing from the Town of Laurens.

Khailee M. Stoughton, 16, reportedly left home on June 19 and has not returned. According to police, she has made contact by phone and was believed to be traveling between the Oneonta, Morris and Albany areas. She is not believed to have been abducted.

Stoughton is a black female, 5’4″ tall and medium build. She has long brown hair and brown eyes. It is unknown what she was last wearing.

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Police Identify Milford Fire Suspect

Springfield Man, 20,

Milford Fire Suspect

Gerald Althiser Jr.

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – State Police have arrested Gerald E. Althiser Jr., 20, of Springfield Center, under suspicion of starting the fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church in March.

On Saturday, July 08,  State Police arrested Althiser for allegedly starting fires in two campers.  During the investigation, police allege that Althiser admitted to setting numerous fires, including the March 12 fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church on State Route 28 in the Town of Milford.

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Arrest Made In Milford Church Fire

Teen Arrested In

Milford Church Fire

The inside of the Milford United Methodist Church following the fire. (Ian Austin/AllOtsego.com)

MILFORD – A Middlefield teen was arrested and charged with setting the fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church in March.

According to District Attorney John Muehl, state police arrested a young man on Saturday, July 8, for allegedly setting fires to several storage units in that town. During the investigation, police allegedly discovered evidence linking him to the church fire, and he was arrested.

Muehl said the suspect’s name and charges would be forthcoming from state police.

The fire was originally believed to have been an accident due to faulty electrical wiring.

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