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State Troopers

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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Troop “C” Honors Officers Lost In Line Of Duty

Troop ‘C’ Honors Fallen Officers

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, is introduced to Broome County Sheriff David Harder, right, by DOT Regional Director Jack Williams before the start of yesterday’s State Police Troop “C” Memorial Day Service at troop headquarters in Sidney.  In left photo, former Station Manager of Troop “C” Marc Barbara, now serving with Troop “D”, marches in formation during the ceremony. Those honored were Troopers Covel Pierce and Timothy Pratt, and Investigator Paul Stuewer. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Two Arrested For Possessing Cocaine, Marijuana

Driver, Passenger Arrested

On Coke, Marijuana Counts

Brandon Richardson
Brandon Richardson
Kayla Kipper
Kayla Kipper

EXETER – A driver and his passenger were both arrested for possessing marijuana and cocaine after a traffic stop in the Town of Exeter.

Brandon S. Richardson, 20, of Ilion, was stopped by troopers for allegedly driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone on Route 28 near Schuyler Lake.

On approaching the vehicle, troopers reported they smelled marijuana inside and conducted a search, finding 10 grams of cocaine, more than 10 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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Three Men Killed In Morris Car Accident

3 Die In Morris Crash

MORRIS – Three men were killed in an early-morning car accident on State Highway 23 after their vehicle failed to navigate a left curve, State Police said today.

Troopers responded to the scene of the one-car accident at 3:14 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 in Morris.  Though the car was on fire when they arrived on the scene, the three victims, Jordan Crandall, 22, Norwich, Christopher Brissette, 22, Sherburne, and Dillon Clemens, 21, Norwich were already deceased inside the vehicle.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but police believe the driver, driving westbound on State Highway 23, failed to navigate a left curve.  The car exited into the northbound shoulder, struck several objects and came to rest upside down in a field.

VICTIMS RECALLED FONDLY IN HOMETOWN
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Police Seek Tips In Unadilla Cemetery Vandalism

State Police Seeking Tips In

Unadilla Cemetery Vandalism

This facebook posting shows damage to the Goodrich family memorial at Evergreen Cemetery, Unadilla.
This facebook posting shows damage to the Goodrich family memorial at Evergreen Cemetery, Unadilla.

UNADILLA – State Police are seeking the identity of the person responsible for carving out the name on a gravestone in the Evergreen Hill Cemetery here.

One name and part of the date on the Goodrich tombstone appear to have been scratched out with a chisel or a power tool. A member of the family alerted police to the vandalism last week.

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Oneonta Man Arrested With 110 Bags of Heroin

Oneonta Man Arrested

With 110 Bags of Heroin

Baby, 5-Year-Old Living In Raided Home

State police released this photo of bags of alleged heroin seized in Oneonta Thursday.
State police released this photo of bags of alleged heroin seized in Oneonta Thursday.

ONEONTA – 110 bags of heroin, 22 marijuana plants and nine guns were seized at a Main Street residence yesterday by state troopers and the OPD.

Tadd Sherwood
Tadd Sherwood

Tadd A. Sherwood, 29, was arrested after the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, working with city uniformed officers, executed a search warrant at 510 Main St.

Also seized were $343 in currency,  digital drug scales, 22 marijuana plants, approximately 2 grams of marijuana, a marijuana pipe, five shotguns, four rifles, ammunition, three daggers, and lights with inverters and timers used in the cultivation of marijuana.

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9-Year-Old Airlifted After ATV Accident

9-Year-Old Airlifted

After ATV Accident

LAURENS – A 9-year-old boy was airlifted to Albany Medical Center after an ATV crash last night near the Oneonta Municipal Airport.

State Police responded to a call at 8:58 p.m. that the boy had overturned an ATV on a trail on private property near the airport, which is in the Town of Laurens.  He was not wearing a helmet, and was airlifted to Albany Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Breed Fitness Owner Charged With Reckless Endangerment

Breed Fitness Owner Charged

With Reckless Endangerment

Kurtis Breed
Kurtis Breed

ONEONTA – Kurtis Breed, 30, owner of Breed Fitness, was arrested after allegedly driving recklessly towards another motorist in the Price Chopper parking lot.

He was arrested after State Troopers were advised of an incident in the Price Chopper parking lot on June 5.  Their investigation determined that Breed was driving a black Audi S4 sedan when he purposely drove recklessly towards another motorist and veered at the last second and then drove away.

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Maryland Man Charged With Assaulting Girlfriend

Maryland Man Charged

With Assaulting Girlfriend

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

MARYLAND – A 24 year old Maryland man was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend on three occasions over an eight month period, according to State Troopers.

Jesse J. Adams was arrested after troopers were advised of a series of physical assaults that occurred at a home on Dog Hill Road in the Town of Maryland.  An investigation determined that during disputes with his girlfriend, Adams had physically assaulted her three times over the last eight months, causing injuries.

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