On behalf of everyone, I would like to extend a genuine, heartfelt, thank you to all those whose tireless efforts resulted in the restoration of our power.
While the rest of us kept warm, dry, and illuminated as best we could, these hometown heroes were out there day and night, struggling through that deep, wet snow. No doubt there were times when they encountered nearly as much snow hanging over their heads as was under them!
Fires; snowpacked, shattered branches looming overhead; hefty snow-laden branches needing to be moved; downed wires hidden under the snow … I’m sure these are but a few of the exhausting perils these brave folks faced when cleaning up after such an “upstate” spring snowfall!
So from all of us who are so very blessed to have you, may you each be richly blessed in return.
Also a very special thank you to all the workers who came from out of state to lend assistance. Leaving home and families for days is a big sacrifice. I hope they will somehow see this “thank you” or hear about it from someone.
The City of Oneonta Police Department announced this afternoon they had made an arrest in connection to the December 29th, 2021, robbery of the NBT bank on Wall Street.
Elijah Vergari, 29, of Oneonta was arraigned in Otsego County Court on Monday February 14th, for third degree robbery. Bail was set at $10,000 due to an existing pending felony charge in Delaware County.
Vergari was remanded to the custody of the Otsego County Sheriff.
The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man in a dispute involving a knife in the Town of Milford, following an investigation.
Steven Keach, 29, allegedly destroyed property at a residence on January 27. He was taken into custody and charged with assault, criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, and aggravated harassment in the second degree.
Mr. Keach was remanded to Otsego County Correction Facility with $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.
As its investigation into last week’s death of a SUNY student continues, the Oneonta Police Department released a statement Wednesday, February 2, asking city residents in certain neighborhoods with surveillance cameras to check their devices for possible sightings of 20-year-old Tyler Lopresti-Castro.
The statement reads: “At this time, the Oneonta Police Department is seeking assistance from those members of the public who may have surveillance cameras covering the center-city streets west of East Street, the Chestnut Street or River Street corridors, Winney Hill Road, Oneida Street, Route 205, State Highway 28 to County Highway 48 within the City of Oneonta and Town of Oneonta.”
OPD asks residents to check their cameras for pedestrians and vehicles between midnight and 2:15 a.m. on January 27.
New York State Police said February 1 an incident they reported as a burglary in the Town of Hartwick on January 3, 2022 “appears to be an isolated incident and remains an active and on-going investigation.”
Trooper Aga Dembinska told The Freeman’s Journal / Hometown Oneonta “there have been no other reported incidents like this.”
Sources say the matter was never a burglary nor a home invasion but was, upon investigation, an accident in the person’s home.
A SUNY Oneonta student found unconscious outside an Oneonta Public Transit parking garage Thursday morning died from his injuries later that night.
Oneonta Police say Transit workers found Tyler Lopresti-Castro, 20, outside the Silas Lane garage at 6:50 a.m. on January 27. Responders took him first to A.O. Fox Hospital, then to Bassett in Cooperstown, where he died.
Oneonta Police Chief Chris Witzenberg said workers discovered Mr. Lopresti-Castro in an area that is not well lit and is, at this time, obscured by snow banks. No cause of death has yet been released, but Chief Witzenberg said there is “no indication of criminality.”
New York State Police took 29-year-old Anthony Masi into custody on January 5 after a nearly week-long search following a December 30, 2021 incident at the Budget Inn on State Route 23.
Police say Masi was arrested and charged with Assault in the first degree, a class “b” felony. The warrant for his arrest stemmed from what police called a “serious assault that occurred in Oneonta after Masi attacked a victim with a machete-type knife.”
The victim of the assault was taken to Bassett Hospital, then transferred to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse to undergo surgery.
At least one person allegedly entered the Poplar Avenue home of an elderly woman in the Town of Hartwick between the evening of Sunday, January 2 and the morning of Monday, January 3, and injured her, according to New York State Police.
The victim was transported to Bassett Hospital where she remains in stable condition.
While the Oneonta Police Department continues to investigate the bank robbery that occurred on Wednesday, December 29 at the NBT branch on Wall Street in Oneonta, they ask for the public’s assistance in finding a person of interest in the robbery, pictured above.
According to a press release from OPD, the suspect is believed to have been assisted by another individual, who drove a four wheel sedan with blue and gold New York State plates. The car, possibly red, parked in a municipal parking lot at Wall Street and Dietz Street.
OPD asks any businesses with surveillance cameras on Main Street which might have captured traffic between 10: 40 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. to contact the Oneonta Police Detective Division.
Anyone with additional information can contact OPD at 607-432-1111.
The Oneonta Police Department (OPD) is investigating a bank robbery that occurred in Oneonta on Wall Street at the NBT Branch on the morning of Wednesday, December 29.
The suspect walked in through the main entrance and demanded the teller hand over an unknown amount of cash, according to OPD.
The suspect is a male between 5’8 and 6’0, heavyset, between 220 to 250 pounds, and was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, and dark pants. He is not believed to be armed or a current danger to public safety.