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Police & Fire

Palatine Bridge Man Charged After Route 33 Crash

Palatine Bridge Man

Ticketed For Leaving

Phoenix Mills Crash

Its front smashed in from colliding with the telephone pole in foreground, a the Ford SUV comes to rest at the south end of Phoenix Mills early Saturday morning. (Photo contribute)

PHOENIX MILLS – A Palatine Bridge man was ticketed for fleeing the scene of the early-morning accident that knocked down a telephone pole and damaged a parked car at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, rousing the neighborhood.

According to Troop C, Jamie M. Lambert, 20, was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, driving to the left of pavement markings and speed not reasonable and prudent.

At around 4:46 a.m., Saturday morning, a 2009 Ford hit a parked 2011 Hyundai Elantra belonging to neighbor Michael Wilsey, snapped a telephone pole and knocked down a mailbox, according to Aga Dembinska, the troop’s public relations officer.

He allegedly fled the scene, but he responded to State Police at Richfield Springs. He suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Schuyler Lake Woman Airlifted In Fatal Crash

Schuyler Lake Woman

Airlifted In Fatal Crash

Sherburne Man Dies In Head-On Collision

COLUMBUS – A 46-year-0ld Schuyler Lake woman was airlifted to Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, after a fatal crash shut down Chenango County Route 25 in the Town of Columbus for several hours Saturday morning, Troop C reports.

State Police at Norwich were dispatched to a head-on collision at 1:34 a.m., Saturday.

Police Seek Driver After Route 33 Crash

DRIVER FLEES SCENE, SOUGHT

Early Morning Hit, Run

Shakes Up Phoenix Mills

The driver of a 2011 Hyundai Elantra fled on foot after striking a telephone pole and a parked car on Route 33 in Phoenix Mills early this morning. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Debris is scattered along the roadside, and it appears the Elantra went down a nearby bank.

PHOENIX MILLS – State police are seeking the driver of a grey 2009 Ford who they say fled the scene after a noisy crash at 4:46 a.m. today on Route 33 at the south end of this Town of Middlefield hamlet.

Neighbors say everyone woke with a jolt.  They estimated the driver must have been going 80 mph.

A so-far unknown person was operating the Ford when it went off the road, hit a parked 2011 Hyundai Elantra belonging to neighbor Michael Wilsey, snapped a telephone pole and knocked down a mailbox, according to Aga Dembinska, Troop C public relations officer.

Firefighters’ Call For More Staffing Surprises Mayor

Herzig: Negotiations Underway

Firefighters’ Call

For More Staffing

Surprises Mayor

Mayor Herzig

ONEONTA – The Oneonta city firefighters’ union call for increased staffing in the wake of Tuesday’s Church Street housefire was “surprising,” coming in the midst of contract negotiations, Mayor Gary Herzig said today.

“The city has proposed scheduled adjustments that will provide the flexibility needed to ensure optimal staff coverage under all circumstances,” Herzig said.

Bassett Gives Trooper Community Hero Award

Bassett Gives Trooper

Community Hero Award

Lieutenant Garrett Saved Heart Attack Victim
State Police Lt. Michael Garrett was presented with the Community Hero Award from Bassett Hospital Friday, Dec. 7,  for saving a heart-attack victim Nov. 2 in Richfield Springs.  With him are members of the Emergency Services Team, from left, Jonathan Flyte, vice president/Facilities Planning; Jessica Schatzel, executive assistant; Jeanne Payne, network director of Emergency Services; Matthew Kleinmaier, MD; Robert Gollhofer, network VP of Operational Excellence; Garrett; Brinton Mueller, network program director of Emergency Preparedness; Patricia Conklin, assistant nurse manager; Harold Southworth, network director of Public Safety; AJ Zuk, manager of Security Operations; Samantha Belden, nurse manager, and Krista Cotton, administrative support specialist.

COOPERSTOWN – On Nov. 2, State Police Lt. Michael Garrett responded to a call for help at the Richfield Springs post office, where a 70-year-old woman had collapsed and was in cardiac arrest.

“When the call came in and I heard the age of the victim, it was about the same age as my mother, and I hoped to be able to help in some way,” said Garrett. “I arrived on the scene with another trooper and my training kicked in.

Police Charge Oneonta Man With Attempted Murder

POLICE: WOMAN’S NECK TWISTED

Oneonta Man Arrested

For Attempted Murder

David Thomas

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

The victim also had bruises and bite marks, Police Chief Doug Brenner said.

David C. Thomas, 28, was arrested after Oneonta Police responded to a domestic dispute that allegedly turned physical.

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

OPF: PERSONNEL LACKING

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 www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.

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