SPRINGFIELD – A Sheriff’s Deputy is in surgery following a two-car crash at the intersection of Route 80 and Route 20 in Springfield at around 3 p.m. this afternoon.
“Deputy James Mateunas sustained multiple fractures to his legs and is in surgery,” said Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. “His patrol vehicle was hit head-on.”
A trailer home was heavily was destroyed, in a fire that broke out around 5:45pm at 920 Shady Acres, the mobile home park in Silliman Cove, Goodyear Lake. Above, Crews were on the scene within 7 minutes of the 911 call coming it. At right, Cooperstown firefighters Joel Bostwick and Billy Smith pry off roofing searching for straggling flames.The officer in charge, Milford Fire Chief Don Eckler, said “The fire was rolling out of the trailer pretty well when we arrived.” with he arrived with the first engine. With three hoses, Porta-Ponds and tanker relays, the fire was extinguished fairly quickly, he said. No one was in the home at the time the fire started, and only one injury was reported: a firefighter cut his hand trying to get inside. Eckler said the home belonged to an elderly couple who had left around 12:30pm. He didn’t know the name of the residents. Firemen from Oneonta, Cooperstown, Hartwick, Hartwick Seminary, Schenevus and Mount Vision helped their Milford colleagues, with Fly Creek and Davenport crews on standby. The home was deemed uninhabitable and The Red Cross was notified and will be providing assistance. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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“My uncle would never ask for anything from anyone, he would give the shirt off his back to help someone,” said Miller’s niece, Martina Markle, who put together the crowd-funding page. “His kids were the same way, always helping around the house with a smile on their face.
“Unfortunately they just lost everything in a house fire – and I mean everything.”
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
PITTSFIELD – A widower and his three children were left homeless after a blaze destroyed their New Berlin home overnight.
According to Pittsfield Fire Chief Dale Ives, Richard Miller called Otsego County 911 at 1:30 a.m. to report that his home at 1485 County Highway 13 was on fire. “The smoke detectors woke them up,” said Ives. “When we arrived on scene, he told us everyone was out of the house.”
Miller, a widower, lived in the house with his three children, Brandon, 13, Hunter, 10, and Izabella, 7. His wife, Sharron, died in February after a two-year battle with cancer.
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By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
DECATUR – Kimberly Steeley’s infant twins, Bonde and Liam, both died from asphyxiation, according to District Attorney John Muehl.
“At first, everyone thought Bonde died of SIDS,” said Muehl. “Then 11 days later, Liam died of the same condition.”
Steeley, 27, Decatur, was indicted on two counts of second-degree manslaughter, one for each child, for recklessly causing the death of her children last June. The twins, born May 15, were barely a month old at the time of their deaths.
A Town of Worcester woman, Kimberly N. Steeley, 27, Decatur, was arrested Wednesday, May 8, accused in the death of her twin infant children, Liam and Bonde Steeley, it was announced this morning.
County Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., District Attorney John M. Muehl and state police announced the two-count Grand Jury Sealed Indictment. She was charged with two counts of manslaughter, second degree, a class C felony, for recklessly causing the death of another.
Kimberly Steeley was arraigned on Wednesday and remanded to the Otsego County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 3.
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At 2:32 p.m. last Saturday, troopers arrested Franklin H. Farrell for assault in the second and in the third degree, both felonies.
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ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today joined members of the Senate Republican Conference to unveil the “Victims’ Justice Agenda.”
The package of bills would reform the parole system to keep violent criminals behind bars without parole and ease the parole process for suffering victims, families and the public.
“To understand how this law would work you need to look no further than the murder of 18-year-old Gillian ‘Jill’ Gibbons in 1989 in Oneonta,” said Seward. “The convicted killer David Dart has had three parole hearing since 2014 and will be eligible for another next year.
A collision between a pickup truck and a car at Railroad Avenue and Route 28 in Cooperstown 20 minutes ago slowed northbound rush-hour traffic. State police were at the scene, directing traffic, but the drivers were talking to each other and neither appeared to be injured. The car in the collision, inset, limped away from the scene, leaking gasoline, and parked in a nearby parking lot at 21 Railroad. No further details were immediately available. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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COOPERSTOWN – County Hazmat teams, the DEC and Cooperstown Fire Department were called to Cooperstown’s Mirabito station at Chestnut and West Broad at 11:10 a.m. yesterday after a tanker overfilled the gas well, causing a large spill.
According to Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, employees the gas station quickly contained the spill using bumpers, and the gasoline did not get into storm or wastewater drains.
“There was no need for an evacuation,” she said. “It was handled by the business, who was responsible for calling it in.”