Cause Possibly Medical, Troopers Say
HOBART – After a propane truck went off the road here yesterday afternoon, troopers responded to find the driver dead in in the cab.
Investigators concluded that – for an unknown reason, possibly medically related – Edward M. Walley Jr., 62, of Delhi, drove off the roadway, into a ditch and struck a utility pole before rolling to its passenger side. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
The accident happened at 1:18 p.m. at Town Brook Road at Red Rock Road in the Town of Stamford.
WORCESTER – Two people were arrested in Worcester after Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputies allegedly found crack cocaine, a switchblade and drug paraphernalia at their home.
Jesse R. Wilson, 30, and Samone R. VanBuren, 29, both of Worcester were arrested after deputies executed a search warrant at their residence in the Town of Worcester.
Plea Involved Explicit Recordings
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Former Cooperstown Central School gym teacher Justin Hobbie pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, nine months after the Department of Homeland Security raided his home and found child pornography on his computer in December 2018, United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith announced in a release.
In pleading guilty, Hobbie, 41, Springfield Center admitted that from 2015 to 2018, he persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced three girls under the age of 16 to transmit live depictions of sexually explicit activity to him. Hobbie then recorded them so he could look at them again, according to the U.S. attorney.
No Injuries Or Off-Site Damage,
Sharon Springs Mayor Reports
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
SHARON SPRING – The abandoned 92-year-old Empire Hotel here, a remnant of the village’s glory days as a tourist mecca, collapsed at about 2:30 p.m. today, Mayor Doug Plummer said a few minutes ago.
The four-story stucco structure, vacant for 40 years, was pounded by overnight rains and just “imploded,” said the mayor. “Thankfully, the rain did a beautiful job: It ‘imploded’ inwardly,” he said.
Utica Driver Charged With DWI
NEW BERLIN –The pedestrian struck by a car on Friday evening near the Unadilla Motorcross Track has died, state police reported a few minutes ago.
A Utica man is being held on DWI and other charges in the incident, which was investigated by troopers from the Oneonta Barracks deployed to the track for a race weekend.
PLUS, 2 UNDER 15 REPORTED IN CAR
They then arrested the driver, Edward D. Burnett, 31, of Utica, for vehicular assault in the second degree, and for DWI while two passengers in the car were under 15, according to a press release from Troop C.
Report: Cooperstown Investor
Free Pending Later Sentencing
COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown investor Tom Lagan, 61, pleaded guilty in federal court in Albany today to allegations he and a partner benefited from processing the estate of Warren and Pauline Bruggeman, Albany area philanthropists and RPI benefactors, the Times Union is reporting.
Lagan, who was an investor in the 2015 downtown Cooperstown hotel project that was eventually abandoned, entered his plea before Senior U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn. He remains free pending sentencing, the newspaper reported.
ONEONTA – An Oneonta woman who was reported missing by her family was located by state troopers in Binghamton over the weekend.
According to a press release, troopers made contact by phone with Amanda Lee Chandler, 27, Oneonta, who was reported missing by her family on July 20. The trooper stayed on the line with her until a trooper in Binghamton was able to check on her. Troopers determined she was in good health and not in any danger.
COOPERSTOWN – A Cooperstown man was arrested hours after he allegedly broke into offices at 21 Railroad Ave. and stole items, including a computer and money.
Richard C. Abbate, 18, allegedly broke into the building after 11 p.m. last night and stole items from several offices, including a laptop from the Ommegang’s business office and meat from the Green Cow butcher shop. He also allegedly took money from an office, and damaged several doors, including at Upstate Companies.
ONEONTA – State police here arrested a Cooperstown area father and daughter for DWI under Leandra’s Law and for Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
At 10: 26 p.m. July 17, Troopers arrested Maegan J. Thaxton, 31, of Cooperstown, for the felony of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with child 15 or Under as Passenger (Leandra’s Law). She was also charged with the misdemeanor of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and issued tickets for Inadequate Lights, No Restraint or Lap Harness and Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test.
ONEONTA – Troopers are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Amanda Lee Chandler, 27, of Oneonta.
Chandler was last seen about a week ago in the City of Oneonta and, since, has not had any contact with any family or friends.
She is 5-foot-5, approximately 150 pounds and has blue eyes. She currently has shoulder length brown hair with blonde ends. Chandler was last seen wearing a T-shirt, jeans and black sneakers.
If you have seen her or have any information, call State Police at (607) 432-3211.
UNADILLA – A 69-year-old Unadilla woman was critically injured Saturday when she was struck by a Jeep that drifted into the shoulder where she was walking, Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, reported.
Susan Haney was walking southbound on the east shoulder of County Route 4 when she was allegedly struck by a 2007 Jeep Patriot driven by Nicole L. Wilber, 34, Unadilla, who was driving north. According to police, the passenger-side headlight and mirror struck Haney, who was then thrown several feet onto the shoulder.