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Police & Fire

Police Charge Oneonta Man With Attempted Murder

Oneonta Man Arrested

For Attempted Murder

David Thomas

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested and charged with attempted murder after he allegedly strangled a woman and twisted her neck, causing severe injury.

David C. Thomas, 28, was arrested after Oneonta Police responded to a domestic dispute that allegedly turned physical. In the course of the investigation, police discovered that Thomas had allegedly twisted her neck “in a violent manner,” causing extensive damage. According to Police Chief Doug Brenner, the victim also had bruises and bite marks.

Hobbie Waves Right To Detention Hearing

Hobbie Waves Right

To Detention Hearing

COOPERSTOWN – Justin Hobbie, the CCS phys-ed coach accused of receiving and distributing child pornography over the internet, has waved his right to a detention hearing, according to a memo from his lawyer, Kimberly Zimmer.

“I met with Mr. Hobbie and explained to him his rights to an immediate detention hearing and a preliminary hearing,” Zimmer wrote in a memo to Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks. “Mr. Hobbie told me he understands those rights and that he agrees to waive those rights at this time, reserving his right to request such hearings in the future.”

After Fire, Union Seeks Staff Hikes


After Fire, Union

Seeks Staff Hikes

Flames shoot from the Church Street home where fire broke out Tuesday. (Facebook photo)

ONEONTA – Following Tuesday’s housefire on Church Street, the Oneonta Professional Firefighters union today called for an increase in staffing “to help keep the … community safe.”

In a press release, the OPF called for:

  • At least six trained firefighters/EMT’s on duty, 24/7, and
  • At least three personnel, trained at EMT level or higher, responding to each medical emergency.

On Monday, there were only five firefighters on duty, the union said in a press release. One member was located in Binghamton for mandatory training.

Oneonta Man Arrested For Hanging Nazi Posters At SUNY

Oneonta Teen Arrested

For Putting Up Nazi Fliers

18-Year-Old Is Freshman At SUNY Purchase

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Gunnar Hassard

ONEONTA – An Oneonta teen was arrested and charged with a hate crime after allegedly posting as many as 16 pro-Nazi posters around the SUNY Purchase campus, where he’s a student.

Gunnar Hassard, 18, Oneonta, a freshman at SUNY Purchase, was arrested by University Police after he allegedly hung posters with Nazi imagery, including swastikas and images of Adolph Hitler.

Detention Hearing Rescheduled For CCS Gym Teacher

Detention Hearing Rescheduled

For Accused CCS Gym Teacher

COOPERSTOWN – Today’s detention hearing for Justin Hobbie, 41, the CCS phys-ed teacher facing child pornography charges, has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in U.S. District Court in Syracuse.

Though he was scheduled for this afternoon, his lawyer, Kimberly Zimmer, Syracuse, requested the adjournment, and Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks agreed to move it one week.

CCS Community Meeting at 6:30 Today;
Check Back This Evening For Details


Three Arrested In Milford Deer-Jacking

Three Arrested In

Deer-Jacking Case

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

MILFORD – Conservation officers have charged three Otsego County hunters with 146 charges in the with killing of eight deer Nov. 22 in fields along Route 35 in the Town of Milford.

Wayne Shutters, 20, Town of Maryland, Joziah M. Underwood, 19, Schenevus, and a 16-year-old youth, also of Maryland, were charged with multiple counts of Environmental Conservation Law violations, including taking deer with the aid of an artificial light – known as “deer-jacking” – discharging a firearm from a public highway, possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, hunting big game during closed hours, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

‘Crisis Response Teams’ Met Today To Develop Plan To Assist Students

‘Crisis Response Teams’

Met Today To Develop

Plan To Assist Students

Superintendent Crankshaw

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown Central schools’ “crisis response teams” at the elementary and junior-senior high school levels have prepared an “excellent plan” to address concerns students and staff may have as the result of Friday’s arrest of phys-ed teacher Justin Hobbie on charges of distributing child pornography.

In a message sent to the community at 6:04 p.m., Supt. of Schools Bill Crankshaw said both teams had met today to discuss the “very serious charges” against Hobbie, 41, who was arrested at his Springfield Center home by state police and officers of the federal Department of Homeland Security.

Morris Man Jailed For Rape After Incident In New Berlin

Morris Man Jailed For Rape

After Incident In New Berlin

Dustin Freeman

NEW BERLIN – State Police have arrested a Morris man after it was reported he sexually assaulted a victim at knife point in the New Berlin area.

Dustin C. Freeman, 30, was charged with rape, criminal sexual act, and unlawful imprisonment, all in the first degree, at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Troopers located Freeman in Rome; he fled on foot, but was taken into custody after a brief search by Rome city police, state parole officers and Troop D officers.

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