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Troop C

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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Missing Man Found Dead in Ravine

Missing Man

Found Dead

Steve Kassirer.

ONEONTA – Steven Kassirer, 53, the man whose car was found abandoned near the State Trooper barracks on Oneida Street was found dead late yesterday afternoon, State Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, announced today.

His body was found in the brush behind the Safelite Auto Glass, where his car was found parked last week. According to police, he was last seen by his family in Irondequoit on Saturday, Oct. 20, after leaving his father’s funeral, and was later seen checking out of a motel in Binghamton on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

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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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Missing Man’s Car Found In Oneonta

Missing Man’s Car

Found In Oneonta

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Steve Kassirer was reported missing last week and his abandoned car was found in Oneonta’s West End.

ONEONTA – A car belonging to a man reported missing last week was found in Oneonta’s West End, State Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, announced today.

Steven J. Kassirer, 53, was reported missing by his employer, the Brattlebro Retreat in Vermont, after he failed to show for work on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

He had briefly been in contact with his employer on Monday, Oct. 22, stating that he would be in on the 23rd, but did not show and has not been heard from since.

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Extra Patrols Out Due To Halloween

Extra Patrols Out

Due To Halloween

Ghostly Holiday Particularly Deadly,

So Cruisers, Unmarked Cars Alerted

SIDNEY – State Police. Troop C, which includes Otsego County, has announced its troopers and local law enforcement plan a crackdown on impaired driving and underage drinking through Halloween.

The enforcement campaign began last night and runs through Thursday, Nov. 1, and is funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

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Oneonta Man, Two 18-Year-Olds Arrested In Burglaries, Police Say

Oneonta Man, Two 18-Year-Olds

Arrested In Burglaries, Police Say

ONEONTA – Jason E. Blass, 39, of Oneonta, and two unidentified 18-year-olds have been arrested for unspecified burglaries in Otsego and Chenango counties, state police at Troop C announced today.

The arrests followed an April 24 search at a home in the Village of Sidney, conducted by troopers and Sidney village police, where stolen property was recovered from homes in the two counties, troopers said.

No further particulars were released about the break-ins.

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Card Skimmer Found At Southside Bank

‘Card Skimmer’

Located In ATM

At Southside Bank

Press Conference Underway At Troop C

State Police at Troop C today released this image of the individual they suspect may have installed a “card skimmer” at the ATM at Community Bank’s Southside office.

ONEONTA – State police reported today a card-skimming device was found in the ATM on the Community Bank drive-thru window at its Southside Oneonta branch on Route 23, and also released a photo of a man they suspect may have placed it there.

The device, which fits inconspicuously over the card slot, reads information from any card that it swipes; the data can then be used to make fraudulent purchases.

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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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Hometown Oneonta Available With Troop C Birthday Details

Hometown Oneonta Available

With Troop C Birthday Details

This week’s edition of Hometown Oneonta, containing details of this Saturday’s celebration at Troop C of the 100th anniversary of the New York State Police, has been distributed along Route 7 west of the city to be available to residents in proximity of the barracks between Sidney and Unadilla.  Pick up a free copy at the Great American in Sidney, the Victory market in Unadilla and other convenience stores and delis along that route.  As to Saturday, see you there!

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‘Cold Case Tuesday’ Opens Unsolved State Polices Cases

1980 SLAYING STILL UNSOLVED

Oneontan’s Mystery Death

Opens ‘Cold Case Tuesday’ 

If you have information about Barry Marquart's 1980 murder, please call the NYS Police at (607) 561-7496.
If you have information about Barry Marquart’s 1980 murder, please call the NYS Police at (607) 561-7496.

ONEONTA – On Nov. 9, 1980, Barry G. Marquart, an Oneonta native, was found dead in the Chenango River with his watch and wallet missing and injuries to his head and face.

Now, State Police are looking for new leads in his case with their “Cold Case Tuesday” initiative, which seeks new leads on old cases through the department’s Facebook page.

Marquart is Troop C’s first entry since the program launched last month.

“They’ll rotate through the state so all the troops get a chance to put up a case,” said Nate Riegel, public relations officer.  “It’s a way to get these cases back out there across new media.”

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