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Off-Duty Otsego Sheriff’s Deputy Wounds Child In Accidental Shooting

Off-Duty Otsego Deputy

Wounds Child, Woman

In Accidental Shooting

CAMDEN – An off-duty Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputy injured a child and a woman after accidentally discharging the loaded handgun he had in his pocket while dining at a Camden restaurant last night, according to Trooper Jack Keller, Troop D Public Information Officer.

The preliminary investigation reveals that the Deputy was seated at a table at the Grape and Grog Restaurant on Taberg Street in Camden when he accidentally discharged one round from a handgun stored in his pocket.  According to Keller, the round exited through the bottom of his pocket, through his pants, and ricocheted off the concrete floor.

Police Reported ‘Multiple’ Thefts From Unlocked Cars

Police Reported ‘Multiple’

Thefts From Unlocked Cars

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown police today reported “multiple” thefts from unlocked vehicles in the village between midnight Wednesday and 3-4 a.m.  Thursday, and advised residents to lock their cars.

The investigation determined loose change and any cash increments were the only items taken, if at all, as some vehicles were just left in disarray.

Gusts Fell Tree, Blocking Rt. 28

Gusts Fell Tree,

Blocking Rt. 28

Fly Creek Fire Chief Chris Vuolo stands sentinel at a tree limb that, buffeted by this morning’s high winds, is blocking Route 28 just south of Fly Creek at this hour. Northbound traffic is being diverted at Goose Street; southbound is being detoured at the blinking light. (JIm KevliN/
Ambulance Involved In Three-Car Crash in Davenport

Ambulance Involved In

3-Car Crash in Davenport

DAVENPORT – A car was pushed into the path of an oncoming ambulance during a collision that injured four people on State Highway 23, according to a release by State Police, Troop-C.

An investigation at the scene of the accident revealed that a Pontiac G6 driven by Kevin L. Johnson, 56, Windham, was stopped waiting to turn left into the Mirabito when he was allegedly rear-ended by a Hyundai Veloster driven by Shaun M. Jones, 20, Davenport.

Early Morning Fire Destroys Nate’s Tire & Auto

Early Morning Blaze

Guts Nate’s Auto, Tire

Fire investigators Joe Tiemann, in green, and Brian Knapp look through the remains of Nate’s Tire & Auto following an early-morning fire today. (Ian Austin/

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to

ONEONTA – The Oneonta Fire Department had to shut down the railroad tracks on Railroad Avenue this morning to battle a blaze that destroyed Nate’s Tire & Auto.

According to Robert O’Brien, director, Otsego County 911, the call came in at 3:52 a.m. When crews arrived on scene, the garage was engulfed.

Court Overturns Murder Verdict v. Casey Callahan

Court Overturns

Murder Verdict

v. Casey Callahan

Husband Had Been Found Guilty

17 Years After Wife Was Run Over

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Casey Callahan, right, is led out of the Otsego County Courthouse by a sheriff’s’ deputy at the conclusion of the first day of his 2017 trial.(Parker Fish/

COOPERSTOWN – Casey Callahan’s 2017 conviction for murder in the second degree in the 2000 killing of his wife, Elizabeth Callahan, has been overturned by the Appellate Division, Third Department, according to a decision announced Friday.

“Because the evidence of the defendant’s guilt was not overwhelming, there must be a new trial,” the decision read.





Meridy Pleads To Murder 2nd;

Faces 22 Years To Life In Prison

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Nicholas Meridy, right, with defense lawyer Andy Puritz, prepares to plead guilty to murder, second degree, in Otsego County Court this morning. (Libby Cudmore/

COOPERSTOWN – Nicholas Meridy, one of the four charged in the murder of Kenneth Robinson last October along with Robinson’s son Dylan, this morning pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

“I was there to pick up drugs and money,” Meridy told county Judge John Lambert as part of the plea deal.

On Oct. 10, Meridy entered Robinson’s home on Head Road, Town of Worcester. Alleged to have accompanied him that night were, Dylan Robinson and Alex Borgreen, both 16, and Anais Soto, 17. All three have been charged as adults and are awaiting trial.

Teen Killed In Walton ATV Crash

Bronx Teen Killed

In Walton ATV Crash

WALTON – A 15-year-old from The Bronx died Friday afternoon when he lost control of an ATV near here and and crashed into a tree, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department reports.

Responding to a 911 call, deputies and Walton firefighters and EMTs found the teen had lost control of the all-terrain vehicle on Iroquois Trail Road; it ran off the road and he was thrown from the ATV, Sheriff Craig DuMond said today.

The boy was not wearing a helmet, the sheriff said.

Police: Man Threatened Teens With Knife

Police: Richfield Springs Man

Threatened Teens With Knife

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – A Richfield Springs man was arrested after he allegedly threatened two teenagers with a knife, according to a release from State Police, Troop C.

Thomas A. Niznik, 45, allegedly approached two teenagers on James Street in the Village of Richfield Springs. The teens told the police that they had stopped when the chain broke on one of their bikes.

Two Arrested After Burglaries In Kortright, Meredith

Two Arrested After Burglaries,

Car Theft In Kortright, Meredith

ONEONTA – A man and a woman were arrested at the Quality Inn in Oneonta after state police allege that they stole a car and burglarized two homes in Kortright and Meredith.

Amber J. Weaver, 34, and Christiaan D. Stewart, 33, both of Bloomville, were arrested after police were called to a reported burglary at a residence on West Kortright Church Road, Town of Kortright.

Otego Man Charged With Manslaughter In Pittsfield Crash

Otego Man Charged

With Manslaughter

In Pittsfield Crash


PITTSFIELD – An Otego man was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree Manslaughter in the Pittsfield crash that killed two women in July.

Shane M. Santiago, 26, Otego, was arrested by State Police Troop C after an investigation revealed he had allegedly been driving recklessly when the 2011 Ford Escape went off the roadway on County Highway 13 in Pittsfield.

“He was driving 85 miles per hour around a steep curve,” said District Attorney John Muehl.

Driver Hits Stopped Trooper Car On I-88

Trooper, Adults, Child Hurt In 3-Car Crash

Driver Slams Into

Police SUV On I-88

Troopers said the car at left ran into the unmarked state police SUV at right, pushing the SUV into the car in front of it.  The accident occurred in the eastbound lane of I-88 Monday evening.

SCHENEVUS – A state trooper, two adults and a child were hospitalized after a Richmondville woman, 32, failed to move over on Interstate 88, and smashed into the back of a stopped state police SUV hard enough to drive it into a third car that had been pulled over for a traffic stop, police report.

The trooper was from the Oneonta Barracks, Troop C, and the SUV’s lights were flashing when the accident occurred, police said.  The third car was pushed back into the eastbound lane.

Lifenet On Scene Of Exeter ATV Crash

LifeNet, EMTs On Scene

Of Exeter ATV Crash

Brooke McCord, 16, is loaded into an ambulance after an ATV crash in Exeter. Fire and EMS squads from Fly Creek, Schuyler Lake also responded. (Larissa Ryan/

By LARISSA RYAN • Special to

McCord’s boyfriend, Robbie Brykailo, was transported to Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, with injuries to his head and chest.

EXETER – Two teenagers were injured in an ATV crash in Exeter this afternoon, Robert O’Brien, director, Otsego County 911 has confirmed.

According to John Seamon, his granddaughter Brooke McCord, 16, was riding a large ATV with her boyfriend, Robbie Brykailo, 16 on Dan Seamon’s property near the intersections of County Routes 23 and 24 in Exeter. When they attempted to go over a four-foot jump, they crashed the ATV.

Juvenile Arrested In Tire-Damage Spree

Juvenile Arrested

In Tire-Damage Spree

ONEONTA – One juvenile was arrested and a second is awaiting charges following 29 incidents where car tires were punctured and other personal property items were damaged last week in Oneonta’s East End.

In all, the juvenile, whose name was not released because of their age, was charged with 23 misdemeanors and six felonies after they allegedly slashed and punctured the tires of more than 20 vehicles on Fair Street, Hudson Street, Belmont Circle, North Belmont Circle, Forest Avenue and Rose Avenue.

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