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‘Crisis Response Teams’ Met Today To Develop Plan To Assist Students
CRANKSHAW REPORTS TO PUBLIC

‘Crisis Response Teams’

Met Today To Develop

Plan To Assist Students

Superintendent Crankshaw

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown Central schools’ “crisis response teams” at the elementary and junior-senior high school levels have prepared an “excellent plan” to address concerns students and staff may have as the result of Friday’s arrest of phys-ed teacher Justin Hobbie on charges of distributing child pornography.

In a message sent to the community at 6:04 p.m., Supt. of Schools Bill Crankshaw said both teams had met today to discuss the “very serious charges” against Hobbie, 41, who was arrested at his Springfield Center home by state police and officers of the federal Department of Homeland Security.

Morris Man Jailed For Rape After Incident In New Berlin

Morris Man Jailed For Rape

After Incident In New Berlin

Dustin Freeman

NEW BERLIN – State Police have arrested a Morris man after it was reported he sexually assaulted a victim at knife point in the New Berlin area.

Dustin C. Freeman, 30, was charged with rape, criminal sexual act, and unlawful imprisonment, all in the first degree, at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Troopers located Freeman in Rome; he fled on foot, but was taken into custody after a brief search by Rome city police, state parole officers and Troop D officers.

CCS Teacher Allegedly Sent, Received Child Pornography

U.S. ATTORNEY ALLEGES:

TEACHER SENT,

GOT CHILD PORN

OVER INTERNET

CCS Instructor, Coach Held In Syracuse

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Justin Hobbie, from his Facebook page.

COOPERSTOWN – The Cooperstown Central School physical-education teacher arrested this morning received and distributed child pornography over the Internet, the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District confirmed in a just-issued press release.

The teacher, Justin Hobbie, 41, Springfield Center, used peer-to-peer file-sharing services, a federal crime, the statement alleges.  An initial review of Hobbie’s desktop computer revealed numerous incriminating files, it said.

He appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thérèse Wiley Dancks.  She ordered him detained pending a hearing, scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Syracuse Federal Court.

CLICK TO READ U.S. ATTORNEY’S PRESS RELEASE

 

CRANKSHAW CONFIRMS: PHYS-ED TEACHER HOBBIE FACES CHILD-PORN COUNTS

CRANKSHAW CONFIRMS:

PHYS-ED TEACHER HOBBIE

FACES CHILD-PORN COUNTS

COOPERSTOWN – Justin Hobbie was identified as the phys-ed teacher arrested on child-pornography charges a few minutes ago in a telephone message to parents from Supt. of Schools Bill Crankshaw.

“There is no evidence this arrest and charge involves any children of Cooperstown Central School,” Crankshaw said, adding, “All steps are being taken to ensure the safety of our students and faculty.”

U.S. Attorney To Issue Report At 1 p.m. On Child-Porn Case

U.S. Attorney To Issue Report

At 1 p.m. On Child-Porn Case

News Report: CCS Phys-Ed Teacher Arrested Thursday

COOPERSTOWN – The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albany plans to issue details at 1 p.m. on child-pornography allegations reported against at CCS phys-ed teacher, according to spokesman Michael Barnett.  Check back for details this afternoon.

According to one report, the teacher was arrested at his home  yesterday by state police and agents of the federal Department of Homeland Security.

New Lisbon Tenant Held On Meth-Making Charge

New Lisbon Tenant Held

On Meth-Making Charge

Paqillo

NEW LISBON – Anthony J. Pagillo, 32, was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine, third degree, after his landlord saw what appeared to be drug paraphernalia in the tenant’s bedroom, sheriff’s deputies report.

“Deputies responded to the residence on Monday, Nov. 26, and observed, in plain view, chemicals and equipment commonly used to make methamphetamine in the bedroom,” according to the police report.

Sheriff: Home Health Aide Stole $11,000 From Couple

Sheriff: Home-Health Aide

Stole $11,000 From Couple

Stephanie Shulgay

WORCESTER – A home-health aide was arrested after allegedly stealing $11,000 from an elderly couple in her care, according to Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.

Stephanie Shulgay, 31, Worcester, allegedly took cash advances from the bank account of a 91-year-old man and his wife while working as as their home health aide, using their credit and debit cards.

School Bus Monitor Hospitalized After Collision, Husband Reports

School Bus Monitor Hospitalized

After Collision, Husband Reports

ONEONTA – The school-bus monitor in the crash with a pickup truck Monday afternoon, Alana Correale, is being released from Bassett Hospital today as a result of injuries she sustained, according to her husband, Anthony.

Earlier reports that only minor injuries were sustained are inaccurate, he said.

Mrs. Correale suffered a fractured clavicle, a fractured T1 vertebrae and head trauma, he said.

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