Advertisement. Advertise with us


Chief: After Overdose Death,

OPD Upgrading Holding Cell

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Chief Brenner

ONEONTA – OPD Chief Douglas Brenner today said a state Commission on Corrections investigator visited the Public Safety Building and said, despite the Nov. 3 death of a suspect who barricaded himself in the holding cell, officers had acted “within policy and reason.” When it comes to tragedies like these, it is sad to hear about how the use of drugs can have an impact like this. With that being said, being caught with drugs never ends well for anyone. It then comes as no surprise to find that some people who are soon to have an upcoming drugs test at their place of work may check out sites like, in the hopes of finding a way around it and to avoid any trouble they could get in.

Nonetheless, Brenner said a storage area is being renovated to create a new holding area for strip searches, without doors or obstructions, to make such searches safer for the officers and the suspects. “There’s always room for improvement,” he said.

The chief also said the final autopsy results have been received, and they confirm that Kenneth Faulkner, 52, died after ingesting a “potentially lethal” amount of cocaine after he barricades himself in the cell during a strip search.

Faulkner, arrested under suspicion of drug trafficking, was in the process of being strip-searched by police when he became agitated and locked himself in a holding cell. Video footage shows Faulkner swallowing a bag containing a suspected drug. This sad case acts as a reminder of the truly awful consequences that follow drug use. People should be warned that urine drug tests can prove to your employer if you have been using this substance amongst many others.

Officers opened the cell door and tried to get him to spit out the bag, and when they realized he had swallowed it, called 911. He was taken to the hospital, where he had a seizure, went into cardiac arrest and died.

The autopsy, released this afternoon, stated, “This 52-year-old man apparently ingested a toxic amount of cocaine and could not be resuscitated.” Additionally, a plastic bag, with “foreign, pasty white material inside” was found in his esophagus and is believed to be a plastic bag used.

Brenner has said that the bag will be sent to the crime lab to test for cocaine residue.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Articles

SCOLINOS: It’s All We Need To Know: Home Plate 17 Inches Wide

COLUMN VIEW FROM THE GAME It’s All We Need To Know: Home Plate 17 Inches Wide Editor’s Note:  Tim Mead, incoming Baseball Hall of Fame president, cited John Scolinos, baseball coach at his alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona, as a lifelong inspiration, particularly Scolinos’ famous speech “17 Inches.” Chris Sperry, who published, heard Scolinos deliver a version in 1996 at the American Baseball Coaches Association in Nashville, and wrote this reminiscence in 1916 in his “Baseball Thoughts” column. By CHRIS SPERRY • from In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching…

Sports Can Resume, Superintendents Told

CLICK HERE FOR MEMO TO SCHOOLS Sports Can Resume, Superintendents Told COOPERSTOWN – In a memo released Friday evening, county Public Health Director Heidi Bond advised local school superintendents that sports can resume as early as Monday. “Effective Feb. 1, participants in higher-risk sports may participate in individual or distanced group training and organized no/low-contact group training,” Bond wrote, “…including competitions and tournaments, if permitted by local health authorities.”…

Piper Seamon Scores 1,000th point

1,000 THANKS! Piper Seamon 5th CCS Girl To Hit High Mark The Cooperstown Central student section erupts as Piper Seamon scores her 1,000th career point in the Hawkeyes’ 57-39 win over Waterville at home last evening. Seamon becomes the fifth girl and only the 14th player in school history overall to score 1,000 points.  Inset at right, Pipershares a hug with teammate Meagan Schuermann after the game was stopped to acknowledge her achievement. Seamon will play basketball next year at Hamilton College. (Cheryl Clough/  …