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3 OHS Students Appear In Court In Murder Case

3 OHS Students

Appear In Court

In Murder Case

Walton Girl, At Scene,

Faces Burglary Charges

Dylan Robinson, 15, right, was in Otsego County Court this afternoon on charges that he murdered his father, Kenneth Robinson, 53, during a burglary at his home in Worcester. At left is Alexander Borgreen, 16, also accused in the crime. (Libby Cudmore/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Attorney Dennis Laughlin speaks with his client Anais Soto, 15.

COOPERSTOWN – Dylan Robinson, 15, appeared in Otsego County Court this afternoon, accused of the second-degree murder of his father, Kenneth Robinson, 53, during a burglary in Worcester last week.

Also accused in the murder and burglary, first degree, were Alexander Borgreen, 16, and Anais Soto, 15.

All three are Oneonta High School students.

“The facts established that Robinson, Borgreen and Soto were in the residence at the time of the shooting,” District Attorney John Muehl told County Judge John Lambert. “They all had weapons. It doesn’t matter that some of them didn’t pull the trigger; they’re just as guilty.”

Worcester Man Had Multiple Gunshot Wounds

‘Multiple Gunshot

Wounds’ Felled

Worcester Victim

Fifth Suspect – Fourth Juvenile – Held

For Burglary In Murder Investigation

Scott Heggelke, Captain of the Bureau of Criminal Investigators, Troop C, said that Kenneth Robinson was shot multiple times with long guns at his home in Worcester on Thursday. Five people, four of them juveniles, were arrested and charged, four with murder in the second degree and burglary in the first degree and one with burglary, first degree. (Ian Austin/


ONEONTA – State police confirmed today that Kenneth Robinson, 53, was shot multiple times with a “long gun” in the course of a robbery at his home on Head Road on Thursday, Oct. 10.

“The first responding troopers saw a man lying just inside his door,” said BCI Capt. Scott Heggelke, Troop C, in a 12:30 press conference at the State Police Oneonta Barracks. “The house was on fire, but the trooper pulled him outside, and it was obvious that he was the apparent victim of multiple gunshot wounds.”

Oneonta Man, Teens Charged In Worcester Man’s Murder





Kenneth Robinson’s body was found inside his home on Head Road in Worcester. The cause of death was a gunshot wound. (Photo provided by State Police Troop C)


Nicolas Meridy

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man and three teenagers were charged with murder after they allegedly shot a Worcester man to death in his home last night.

Nicolas Meridy, 32, one 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds, all of Oneonta, were arrested after the body of Kenneth W. Robinson, 53, was found with a fatal gunshot wound inside of his residence on Head Road in Worcester.

Police Investigating House Fire, Suspicious Death


Body Found In

Burned House

WORCESTER – State police are investigating the death of a yet-unidentified subject after a house fire in the Town of Worcester.

Worcester and East Worcester fire departments were called to the scene of a house fire just before 9:18 p.m. last night. When an adult was located deceased inside the residence, troopers were called to the scene to investigate.



At Forum, Students Ask For Empathy
Emergency Alerts, Active Shooter Drills Pledged

At SUNY Public Forum,

Students Ask For Empathy

SUNY student Kimberly Kamina, who spoke at tonight’s public forum at SUNY Oneonta, recounts how many of the faculty were not trained in lock-down procedures during last week’s shooting threat on campus. Campus officials told the gathered crowd that they would host active shooter drills on campus to better prepare the SUNY community. (Ian Austin/


David Lincoln, SUNY Emergency Manager, told students that although there were rumors of gunshots on campus, at no point was there an active shooter on campus.

ONEONTA – Sarina Hall, a SUNY Oneonta freshman, knew exactly what to do when the “shelter in place” order was sent out by the school.

She and her fellow students in 102 Schumacher Hall stacked 40 desks “up to the ceiling” against the door and shut off the lights. Ten to 15 minutes later, four policemen pushed through the door, yelling and sending the desks crashing to the floor.

“They didn’t identify themselves,”  she said, her voice shaking.  “I didn’t know if the shooter was coming in at that moment.”

For more than three hours this evening, top administrators, including SUNY President Barbara Jean Morris, Emergency Manager Dave Lincoln and University Police Chief Jennifer Fila, answered students’ questions, attempted to allay concerns and accepted responsibility for at-times confusing communication during what Hal Legg, chief communications & marketing officer, called a “dynamic, rapidly moving situation.”

Troopers Seek Public’s Help To Locate Unadilla Man, 44

Troopers Seek Public’s Help

To Locate Unadilla Man, 44


UNADILLA – State Police are asking the public’s help to locate Jesse L. Donlin, 44, of Unadilla, missing since early September.

Anyone with information about Donlin’s whereabouts should call State Police at (607) 561-7400.

Donlin was last seen in the Oxford area and has not been heard from since.  He is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, approximately 185 pounds, with blonde hair and brown eyes.

In addition to Unadilla, the missing man has ties to Chenango County, and the Utica, Syracuse and Binghamton areas.

Hartwick Woman Missing For Week


Hartwick Woman

Missing For Week Report Courtesy WKTV-TV

Roxanne Shipman-Hull of Hartwick has been missing for a week.

HARTWICK – A week after 48-year-old Roxanne Shipman-Hull of Hartwick disappeared, her family says they will not stop searching for her, Kathy Shipman, the woman’s stepmother, told WKTV today.

Roxanne was last seen by her boyfriend around 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, and her family says on Tuesday at 3 p.m., her phone pinged in Plainfield State Land at Adams Pond. Shipman-Hull’s family and sheriff’s deputies searched the area of the pond and could not find her.

According to the sheriff’s office, she left a cryptic message saying “goodbye,” but didn’t indicate where she was going.

Woman Dies In Early-Morning Crash In Otego

Unadilla Woman Dies

In Early-Morning Crash

OTEGO – A Unadilla woman died early this morning after she allegedly crashed her car into the wall by the Betty Beaver gas station on Route 48 in Otego.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, public information officer, Troop C, troopers from Oneonta responded to a crash at 2:50 a.m. in Town of Otego and found the victim, a 27-year-old from Unadilla, deceased inside a 2015 Kia.

Police: SUNY Shooting Threat Was Made On Hacked Phone


SUNY Shooting

Threat Was Made

On Hacked Phone


SUNY Oneonta Campus Police Chief Jennifer Fila said the shooting threat was the result of a student’s phone being hacked. (Ian Austin/

ONEONTA – The threat of gun violence on the SUNY Oneonta campus this afternoon was made over a student’s phone that had been hacked, according to University Police.

At 4:38 p.m., a mental health crisis hotline in New York City alerted SUNY Oneonta and shared a chat message, allegedly from a female student at the college, indicating that the student intended to shoot people on the SUNY campus.  The school deemed the threat credible, and at 5:30 p.m., put a “shelter-in-place” directive out to the faculty, staff and students.

“This is the first time anything like this has ever happened here,” said campus Police Chief Jennifer Fila. “We had to go through a lot of steps before we deemed it a credible threat.”

Sheriff: Man Fell Asleep, Hit Parked Cars

Sheriff: Driver Fell Asleep,

Hit 2 Parked Cars In Milford

MILFORD – An Illion man allegedly fell asleep at the wheel before he hit two parked cars on Main Street in Milford this morning, according to Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.

Timothy B. Mower, 45, Illion, was allegedly traveling south on state highway 28 in the Village of Milford when he is believed to have fallen asleep. His truck, which was towing a trailer, hit two cars parked on the shoulder of the roadway, pushing the second car into a brick wall and the third car into a utility pole.

Sheriff’s Deputies On Scene Of 3-Car Pileup
Truck Hit Two Parked Cars on Main Street

Sheriff’s Deputies On Scene

Of 3-Car Pileup in Milford

Otsego County Sheriffs Deputies are on the scene of a three-car pileup on Main Street in Milford, where a driver in a truck pulling a trailer allegedly lost control of his vehicle and plowed into two parked cars at 10:05 this morning. No injuries were reported and at present, no tickets have been issued, but Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr, said that the investigation is ongoing. (Photo courtesy of Hank Nicols)
Teens Arrested After Early Morning Car Crash

Car Reported Stolen In Albany

2 Teens Arrested After

Early Morning I-88 Crash

OTEGO – Two teens were arrested after they allegedly crashed a stolen car on I-88 here and fled the scene early this morning.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, public information officer, Troop C, an abandoned 2013 Chevy Malibu was spotted facing the wrong way in the westbound lane of I-88 between Exits 12 and 13 at 5:26 a.m. The car had been reported stolen in Albany.

24-Year-Old Arrested In Burglary At Cooperstown Brewing Taproom

24-Year-Old Arrested In Burglary

At Cooperstown Brewing Taproom

MILFORD – A 24-year-old East Merideth man has been arrested after a break-in at Cooperstown Brewing Co’s taproom here, the county Sheriff’s Department reported today.

The burglary was reported to the sheriff’s department on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 19, after employees arrived and discovered a break-in, according to a press release.

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