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Sheriff Devlin announces bid for re-election

Sheriff Devlin announces bid for re-election

Sheriff Richard Devlin announced today his re-election campaign for Otsego County Sheriff.

The primary for the election will take place in June and the regular election in November.

State Senator Peter Oberacker, retired Senator Jim Seward, and Members of Assembly Joe Angelino,  Brian Miller, John Salka, and Chris Tague are among those endorsing Sheriff Devlin’s run.

“We will keep doing our job and concentrate on keeping the people of Otsego County safe,” Sheriff Devlin said this afternoon to The Freeman’s Journal/Hometown Oneonta.

At this time, the incumbent has neither primary nor general election challengers.

 

Fire at Oneonta Motel

Fire at Oneonta Motel

About an hour ago there was a fire at Motel 88 on Chestnut St., Oneonta. Fire crews are still on the scene. Check back for more details. (Photo by Joe Harmer)

State Police make arrest in Ononta assault

State Police make
arrest in Oneonta assault

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.

State Police seeking suspects of alleged burglary in Town of Hartwick that injured elderly woman

State Police seeking suspects of alleged burglary in Town of Hartwick that injured elderly woman

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.

State Police searching for assault suspect

Anthony Masi

State Police searching for assault suspect

State Police are asking for help in searching for a suspect in an alleged assault in Oneonta on Thursday, December 30.

Anthony Masi, 29, is alleged to have struck a victim with a machete-like knife, causing them to bleed profusely from their nose at the Budget Inn on State Route 23.

The victim was transported to Bassett Hospital and later transferred to Upstate Medical Center for surgery.

Contact the State Police at 607-561-7400 with any information.

Oneonta Police Department seeking help in identifying suspect in bank robbery

Oneonta Police Department seeking help in identifying suspect in bank robbery

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.

 

 

Oneonta PD investigating bank robbery at NBT branch on Wall Street in Oneonta

Oneonta PD investigating bank robbery at NBT branch on Wall Street in Oneonta

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.

State Police: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

State Police: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Fair warning for Christmas week drivers – the New York State Police plan to step up enforcement to crack down on impaired and reckless driving during the upcoming busy season.

It’s a part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative running Friday, December 17 through New Year’s Day. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during the two-week campaign.

Stuff the Ambulance Food Drive at Price Chopper

Stuff the Ambulance
Food Drive at Price Chopper

Members of the Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Squad staff the food drive table at Price Chopper. From left to right are Jim Hogan, Temitope Awofeso, Victor Jones, Mike Simons. In front are Tom and Chris Hogan.

The Stuff The Ambulance Food drive is back for the 5th year running at the Cooperstown Price Chopper. Beginning at 9 this morning and continuing to 5 tonight they are looking for non-perishable foods like peanut butter, pasta or toiletries for local families in need.

All food will be accepted, as well as monetary donations which are being matched by the Scriven foundation.

Fire Guts Second Floor at Monser Brothers Tire Service

Fire Guts Second Floor at
Monser Brothers Tire Service

The Oneonta City Fire Department was called to a fire at  Monser Brothers Tire Service just after Midnight, December 3, with reports of flames through the roof. They responded with all hands, 2 engines and an aerial apparatus with mutual aid from West Oneonta Otego, Laurens, West Laurens, and many others. EMS Coverage was provided by the new Otsego County ambulance service.  No injuries were reported but the blaze gutted the second floor office space of the building. The cause of the fire is being investigated with aid from the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control.(Otsego County Fire Wire/Facebook)
Otsego Sheriff wants more County support

Otsego Sheriff wants more County support

By Kevin Limiti • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The Otsego County Sheriff’s office is having difficulty staffing and retaining deputies and corrections officers, a problem Sheriff Richard Devlin blames on low pay, excessive overtime, and what he calls “a lack of support” from the county.

Currently, there are 11 open positions for corrections officers at the Otsego County Jail in Cooperstown, which Sheriff Devlin says causes health issues for its officers required to work longer shifts, and problems with the upkeep at the facility itself.

“If you have a person working a 16-hour shift they’re not as fresh as someone working an eight-hour shift,” Sheriff Devlin told The Freeman’s Journal/Hometown Oneonta. “There needs to be interest from the County Board to see these problems.”

Fire on Main Street yesterday under investigation
Oneonta Fire Department responding to a fire on Main Street with aerial truck. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego.com)

Fire on Main Street yesterday under investigation

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA — The Oneonta Fire Department responded to a fire at the Java Island on Main Street at 5:45 p.m. which closed down the street, Sunday, Oct. 24.

Smoke could be seen coming out of a window on the second floor.

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