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Residents Scammed In Franklin; Troopers Warn Others, Be Wary

Residents Scammed In Franklin;

Troopers Warn Others, Be Wary

FRANKLIN – State police at Oneonta are investigating a report that two men posing as utility-company workers perpetrated a scam here, and are warning other homeowner to be alert.

Troopers said the two men, wearing walkie-talkies, distracted two elderly residents in front of their home in Franklin yesterday while someone else sneaked into their home and took cash, jewelry and coins.

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Two Found Dead in Hobart Apartment

Police Find 2 Bodies

In Hobart Apartment

HOBART – A man and a woman were found dead in their Hobart apartment this afternoon, according to Troop C Public Information Officer Aga Dembinska.

Troopers were called to the apartment building at 60185 State Route 10 in Hobart at 3:30 p.m., where they found a man and a woman’s bodies.

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Troopers Defuse Hostage Crisis In Worcester

Troopers Defuse

Hostage Crisis

In Worcester

Edgar R. Gonzalez-Francis

WORCESTER – A hostage situation on Main Street yesterday afternoon ended with two people safe and a shotgun-toting 20-year-old man in custody, state police are reporting this morning.

At about 2:15 p.m., troopers were dispatched by 911.  when they arrived, the hostages exited the front of the residence but the suspect, Edgar R. Gonzalez-Francis, remained inside, reportedly armed with a shotgun, Troop C’s Public Information Office reports.

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Three Teens Arrested in Dunkin’ Donuts Fight

Three Teens Arrested

In Dunkin’ Donuts Fight

Sean Gunther

ONEONTA – Three teenagers were arrested after a 16-year-old girl allegedly attacked a Dunkin’ Donuts employee, starting a fight at the store on Chestnut Street, state police report.

State police report they were dispatched Sunday to the doughnut shop on a report the girl, unhappy with an order she had made at the drive-thru, struck the employee and broke items in the store.

When another customer took a picture of the license plate, the girl and a 17-year-old girl also hit the customer, police said.

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Man Arrested For Kicking Developmentally Disabled Man

Man Arrested For Kicking

Developmentally Disabled Man

Houston Hollister

MILFORD – An Oneonta man was arrested after an investigation revealed that he allegedly assaulted a resident of a home for developmentally disable adults.

Houston S. Hollister, 33, was arrested after a report that Hollister allegedly pushed and kicked a resident while he was employed at a residential home for people with developmental disabilities in the town of Milford.  The original incident occurred on December 25, 2017.  After an investigation, Hollister was arrested by state police on March 8 in the town of Oneonta.

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Infant, 3-Year-Old Identified As Davenport Fire Victims

FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED TO HOUSE AFLAME

DAVENPORT VICTIMS

INFANT, 3-YEAR-OLD

Trooper Mike Slawek, Troop C, stands watch over the scene of the the double-fatal house fire at 478 Dehning Road, Town of Davenport. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

DAVENPORT – Two children, ages one and 3, were identified as the victims in the fatal structure fire early this morning in the Town of Davenport.

According to a release posted to the Delaware County Department of Emergency Services Facebook page, the 911 call was received this morning at 1:46 a.m. Arriving at the scene, responding units found the four-unit apartment building fully engulfed in flames, with reports of two children trapped in one of the upstairs apartments.

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2 Children Killed In Davenport Fire

2 Children Killed

In Davenport Fire

DAVENPORT – Two children were killed and one adult hospitalized with burn injuries after a house fire in in the Town of Davenport.

According to a news release, State Police responded to a Delaware County 911 call at 1:46 a.m. reporting a structure fire at 435 Dehning Road.  The fire was extinguished by Davenport Fire Dept., Pindars Corners Fire Dept., Hobart Fire Dept., and Kortright Fire Dept, but an investigation determined that two children died in the fire, and one adult victim was taken to Upstate Medical in Syracuse for burn injuries.

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Missing Bronx Man Found Dead in Roxbury

Missing Bronx Man

Found Dead in Roxbury

Christian Rojas-Martinez

ROXBURY – State Police reported this afternoon that the body of Christian Rojas-Martinez, 22, Bronx, was recovered earlier today, after being reported missing by his companions shortly after midnight on Jan. 21.

Martinez was allegedly camping with six other men at a home on 521 Old Ferris Farm Road, in the town of Roxbury over the weekend. The friends told police that he wandered away from the campsite at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 and did not return.

His body was found inside a body of water in the area being searched. State Police were assisted in the search by two NYSP K-9s, NYSP Aviation, NYS DEC, NYS Forest Rangers, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies, Delaware Emergency Management Agency, Town of Roxbury Constable, and fire department and EMS personnel from Roxbury, Grand Gorge, and Hobart.

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Car Hits Plains At Parish; No Injuries Reported

Car Hits Plains At Parish;

No Injuries Reported

Ryan Winchester, a tow truck operator with Thetford’s Towing, prepares to tow a car after it crashed into an apartment at the Plains at Parish this afternoon. The crash happened after a resident allegedly lost control of the vehicle while attempting to move to a different parking space, going over a snowbank and a bush before hitting the outside wall of an apartment in the main building. No one was injured, but the State Police and West Oneonta Fire Department were on the scene, and the investigation is ongoing. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Guilford Teen Killed In Accidental Shooting

Guilford Teen Killed

In Accidental Shooting

GUILFORD – A 16-year-old male was killed when another teen boy accidentally shot him, according to reports.

State police are investigating the shooting, which occurred Friday morning on County Road 35 in the town of Guilford. Police have said there is no threat to the public, and that the shooting appears to be accidental. The investigation is ongoing.

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