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Maryland Women Arrested For Hit-and-Run

Maryland Women Arrested

For Milford Hit-and-Run

MILFORD – A Town of Maryland woman was arrested by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department for fleeing the scene of an accident after she struck a Milford woman walking along the side of State Highway 7 near the intersection of County Highway 58A.

Mindy Stevens, 35, allegedly struck Evelyn Ruiz, 29, with her car after traveling into the road’s shoulder, where Ruiz was walking west with the flow of traffic, alongside Jermaine Weir, 21. Stevens then allegedly fled the scene without stopping.

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Thomas W. Eklund, 70; Vietnam Vet Built Cabinets, Homes, More

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas W. Eklund, 70;

Vietnam Vet Built Cabinets, Homes, More

Thomas W. Eklund

MARYLAND – Thomas W. Eklund, 70, whose creativity ranged from building houses and cabinets to building guitars, passed away at home after a long struggle with cancer on Jan. 13, 2018.

Thomas was born on Dec. 5, 1947 in Stamford, son of Robert and Pauline Eklund. Tom grew up in Davenport and graduated from Stamford Central School.  He then attended drafting school prior to joining the Navy and serving during the Vietnam War.

Thomas married Deborah Ingalls in 1999.

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Donna J. (Reed) Leven, 85; Raised 6 Children, Worked For Bell Telephone

IN MEMORIAM:  Donna J. (Reed) Leven, 85;

Raised 6 Children, Bell Telephone Operator

Donna Joyce Leven

MARYLAND – Donna Joyce (Reed) Leven, 85, who raised six children, and worked as a telephone operator and in local retail, passed away at her Town of Maryland home on Dec. 2, 2017, following a long illness.

Born on Sept. 2, 1932. in Oneonta, Donna was the daughter of the late Clifford and Phyrn Reed.
A homemaker, she raised six children, was also employed by Bell Telephone and was a member of the Pioneer Club of retired telephone operators, and was display manager for local stores.

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COBLESKILL STUDENT KILLED IN I-88 CRASH

COBLESKILL STUDENT

KILLED IN I-88 CRASH

Fatal Accident Occurs In Town Of Maryland

SCHENEVUS – At approximately 4 a.m. today, a SUNY Cobleskill student died in a car crash involving six students on Interstate 88 in the Town of Maryland, the college reported.

The fatality is Douglas Alvarez, 19, of Mamaroneck, Westchester County.  He was a first-year Business Administration student. All other students are either being treated at area hospitals or have been released, the college reported.  Details are emerging. New York State Police are investigating.

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Pauline ‘Polly’ Cole, 86; Town Tax Collector, News Correspondent

IN MEMORIAM: Pauline ‘Polly’ Cole, 86;

Town Tax Collector, News Correspondent

ONEONTA – Pauline “Polly” Ellen Lasher Cole, 86, longtime Town of Maryland tax collector who wrote a community news column for the former Worcester Times, passed away Oct. 25, 2016, at Fox Nursing Home.

She was born March 6, 1930 in Oneonta, the daughter of Smith and Evelyn (Masker) Lasher.  Polly married Richard Cole on Oct. 16, 1948, at the Portlandville Methodist Church.

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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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Mickey Russ, 91; Spent Life In Town Of Maryland

IN MEMORIAM: Mickey Russ, 91;

Spent Life In Town Of Maryland

MARYLAND – Wilber G. Russ “Mickey” passed away on May 8, 2016.  Born June 28, 1924, in the Town of Maryland, he lived his entire 91 years there.

Mickey was married to Betty Kniskern on Oct. 13, 1945, in Oneonta and they shared 70 wonderful years together.

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Seabee From Town of Maryland Promoted

Seabee From Town of Maryland Promoted

Assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman, Utilitiesman Third Class (Seabee Combat Warfare) Corey E. Hubbard, center, Town of Maryland, has been promoted to petty officer second class in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Seabee Division headquarters building. NAVFAC Commanding Officer Capt. Dean Tufts, left, presents Hubbard with his orders. (Photo from NAVFAC Hawaii Public Affairs)
Assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman, Utilitiesman Third Class (Seabee Combat Warfare) Corey E. Hubbard, center, Town of Maryland, has been promoted to petty officer, second class, in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Seabee Division headquarters building. NAVFAC Commanding Officer Capt. Dean Tufts, left, presents Hubbard with his orders. (Photo from NAVFAC Hawaii Public Affairs)
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