ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested and charged with torturing animals after Otsego County sheriff’s deputies rescued his four emaciated pigs Monday from an un-insulated shed on Fisk Road in Laurens.
OTSEGO – Joseph Zupnik and Daniel Herman, the former executives at Focus Otsego who were charged with multiple counts of Willful Violation of Health Laws and Endangering the Welfare of the residents, plead guilty to one count of the eight-count indictment, Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled person, in the Town of Otsego Court just moments ago.
ONEONTA – Oneonta Police and Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl are investigating a death in police custody last evening, after a man arrested on narcotics-trafficking charges swallowed what might have been cocaine, according to Police Chief Douglas Brenner.
To Brenner’s knowledge, this is the first time a suspect has died in OPD custody.
Kenneth J. Faulkner, 52, New Rochelle, was arrested on a warrant at about 5 p.m. at 85 Ford Ave., and taken to the city’s Public Safety Building, Brenner said. About 5:35 p.m., a second warrant was served at the building, allowing “a body search. “
“He was on the threshold of the door of the holding cell, and in three seconds he had managed to close the door and get the drugs into his mouth,” Brenner said in a interview this afternoon. “The officer opened the door and tried to get him to spit out the drugs.”
ONEONTA – Oneonta Police arrested a man following reports that he had pointed a loaded shotgun at his girlfriend during a dispute at their apartment on Main Street.
Steven J. Knauff, 35, was arrested Saturday evening after police responded to a call from 25 year old victim, who told them that earlier that evening, Knauff had allegedly pointed a loaded shotgun at her face. The victim was able to flee the apartment to a location on Chestnut Street, where she called police.
SPRINGFIELD CENTER – State Police have arrested Gerald E. Althiser Jr., 20, of Springfield Center, under suspicion of starting the fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church in March.
On Saturday, July 08, State Police arrested Althiser for allegedly starting fires in two campers. During the investigation, police allege that Althiser admitted to setting numerous fires, including the March 12 fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church on State Route 28 in the Town of Milford.
According to District Attorney John Muehl, state police arrested a young man on Saturday, July 8, for allegedly setting fires to several storage units in that town. During the investigation, police allegedly discovered evidence linking him to the church fire, and he was arrested.
Muehl said the suspect’s name and charges would be forthcoming from state police.
The fire was originally believed to have been an accident due to faulty electrical wiring.
ONEONTA – Kurtis Breed, 30, owner of Breed Fitness, was arrested after allegedly driving recklessly towards another motorist in the Price Chopper parking lot.
He was arrested after State Troopers were advised of an incident in the Price Chopper parking lot on June 5. Their investigation determined that Breed was driving a black Audi S4 sedan when he purposely drove recklessly towards another motorist and veered at the last second and then drove away.
OTEGO – A woman charged with DUI and possessing heroin tried running from State Troopers before she was arrested in Otego.
Yesterday afternoon, troopers allegedly observed Jacqueline Graves, 30, Otego crossing a road hazard as she was driving on State Route 7 in the Town of Otego. An investigation determined that she was driving while impaired by drugs, but when troopers told her she was under arrest, Graves pulled away and ran a short distance before being grabbed by the trooper again.
PLAINFIELD – A Rome man was arrested in the early morning hours after threatening to kill a Plainfield resident and breaking into her home in Otsego County’s Northwest Corner while her children were present.
Jason S. Tuttle, 31, was arrested after a call came into the Otsego County 911 reporting that Tuttle had allegedly broken a bedroom window and attempted to enter the home while the victim was inside with her three children. An investigation by the state troopers determined that earlier in the day, he had called and threatened to kill her.
ONEONTA – An Oneonta father and son, as well as the father’s fiancee, were arrested yesterday after they allegedly sold morphine tablets to an undercover cop in the WalMart parking lot.
On Monday morning, an undercover Sheriff’s Office investigator allegedly paid Eric Wade Ferguson Jr. 20, of Oneonta, $540 for 15 100 mg morphine sulfate tablets during a drug buy in the Oneonta WalMart parking lot. Ferguson Jr. was immediately arrested for criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony.
COOPERSTOWN – A former employee of a Springfield convenience store was arrested and charged with stealing over $2,000 from the register, according to the Village Police.
Brandon Charles Demorest, 26, of Springfield Center was arrested Jan. 11 on charges that he had used the error/correct key to void out sales and keep the money customers paid for their purchases while employed at the store in summer 2015, said village police in a press release.
ONEONTA – A second arrest has been made in the case of a home invasion, burglary and assault that allegedly took place in early January.
Ernesto D. Santiago, 39, was arrested yesterday for the felonies of robbery in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, criminal use of a firearm in the first degree and menacing in the second degree.
He is accused of breaking into a city of Oneonta house and injuring the occupant during the course of the robbery. He faces up to 82 years incarceration.
Yesterday, Daquan Davis, 18, was arrested and charged for the same case. The relationship between the two is still being explored, according to Oneonta Police Lt. Douglas Brenner
ONEONTA – Oneonta Police arrested a Walton man for allegedly removing items from an abandoned and condemned house.
Lawrence E. Kern, 28, was arrested and charged with burglary in the third degree, class D felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, after a call came in on Sunday, Jan. 10, that a person was loading a washer and dryer that had been removed from the inside of an abandoned house. Police said the subsequent investigation revealed that Mr. Kern did not have permission to remove the items.
The maximum punishment for a class D felony is a term of incarceration not to exceed seven years. The maximum punishment for a class A misdemeanor is a term of incarceration not to exceed one year.
ONEONTA – Nearly $25,000 worth of crack cocaine was seized from a home on Meckley Avenue during an early-morning raid that resulted in the arrests of Sophie S. Szczepanski, 30, Charles W. Haynes Jr, 43 and Orane Crawford, 23.
At 8:30 a.m. today, the Oneonta Police Department patrol division, detective division and the Special Response Team, with assistance from the Delaware County Sheriff’s investigators and K-9 Ozzie, served a search warrant at 10 Meckley Ave. The basis of the search warrant was from an investigation into illegal narcotic trafficking.
Police discovered approximately 7.2 ounces of crack cocaine with a street value in the area of $25,000. In addition, eight prescription hydrocodone pills, two grams of marijuana, and $700 cash were discovered.