News of Otsego County


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.

Man arrested for using counterfeit bill at Schneider’s Bakery
Photo showing arrest of man using fake bill at Schneider’s Bakery. (Facebook)

Man arrested for
using counterfeit bill
at Schneider’s Bakery

Staff Report • Special to

A man using a fake $100 bill at Schneider’s Bakery was arrested on Main Street on Monday after being observed by the family who runs the bakery.

According to the Schneider’s Bakery Facebook page, a couple came in and made a small purchase but asked for change of a $100 that was clearly fake. They were observed later on Main Street and at least one man was arrested by the Cooperstown PD.

Suspect Arrested At D.A. Office With Cap And Ball Muzzleloader

Suspect Arrested At D.A. Office

With Cap And Ball Muzzleloader

COOPERSTOWN – Village Police arrested a New Berlin man who showed up at the county District Attorney’s Office at 197 Main St. Wednesday evening armed with a cap and ball muzzleloader, according to Police Chief Frank Cavalieri.

Following an investigation, Theodore D. Canfield, 53, 211 Cobb Road, New Berlin, was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, a Class E felony, and issued an appearance ticket for February.

Police: Man Choked Woman, Tried To Burn House Down

Police: Man Choked Woman,

Tried To Burn House Down

COOPERSTOWN – Otsego County Sheriffs arrested a New Lisbon man after he allegedly choked a female victim and attempted to set her house on fire, according to Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.

Joshua Donnelly, 32, New Lisbon, was arrested following a domestic dispute where he allegedly choked a woman in her home. “He crumpled up paper all over the house and tried to light it on fire,” said Devlin. “She put out the fire before it had the chance to burn and fled the scene.”

Suspect Beats Up 2 Women Officers

Suspect Beats Up

2 Women Officers

Oneonta Man Charged With Assault

Cameras in the Oneonta Police Station caught footage of Zachary Kaplan, left, allegedly attacking Officer Amanda Catapano after he allegedly slipped out of his handcuffs following his arrest for an alleged domestic incident.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

ONEONTA – A man arrested during a domestic dispute then slipped his handcuffs and attacked two female police officers inside the Oneonta Police Station, Police Chief Doug Brenner reported today.

Zachary M. Kaplan, 29, was arrested by Officers Kristen LaPointe and Amanda Catapano following a call that he was violating an order of protection, said Brenner. “He gave them no problems at the scene, put his hands behind his back and got in the patrol car,” the chief said.

Fifth Teen Arrested in Worcester Homicide
Driver Arraigned, Charged With Burglary

5th Teen Arrested

In Worcester Slaying

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – The alleged driver of the getaway car to and from the site of the murder of Kenneth Robinson, 53, Worcester, has been arrested, according to District Attorney John Muehl.

Tatiana Febo, 17, Downsville, was arrested and charged with burglary, first degree. “We believe she drove them in her car to Robinson’s house,” said Muehl.

Hobbie Pleads Guilty To Sexually Exploiting Three Children

Plea Involved Explicit Recordings

Hobbie Pleads Guilty

To Exploiting 3 Girls

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to


COOPERSTOWN – Former Cooperstown Central School gym teacher Justin Hobbie pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, nine months after the Department of Homeland Security raided his home and found child pornography on his computer in December 2018, United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith announced in a release.

In pleading guilty, Hobbie, 41, Springfield Center admitted that from 2015 to 2018, he persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced three girls under the age of 16 to transmit live depictions of sexually explicit activity to him. Hobbie then recorded them so he could look at them again, according to the U.S. attorney.

Couple Arrested When CPS Finds Drugs, Weapons During Child Welfare Check

Couple Arrested When

CPS Finds Drugs, Weapons

During Child Welfare Check

MIDDLEFIELD – A CPS complaint lead to the arrest of a Middlefield couple after state police allegedly found an eight month old child living in the home with loaded weapons and drugs present.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, Samantha P. Jicha, 22 and Zachary A. Mumbulo,  21, both of Middlefield, were arrested after a hotline tip to Otsego County Child Protective Services requested a welfare check on the infant at the couple’s residence on Blacks Road. When police arrived, they allegedly found loaded weapons marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Police: Man Ordered Dog To Attack Troopers

Police: Man Ordered Dog

To Attack State Troopers

Girlfriend Disputes Allegations About Pet
George Odbert

LAURENS – State police reported Thursday that they had arrested a Laurens man, George B. Odbert III, 32,  who troopers said ordered his dog to attack officers while they were investigating a “physical dispute.”

When they arrived at the County Route 12 home to investigate last Sunday evening, the alleged victim declined to press charges.  During the investigation, however, Odbert “became disorderly and refused to comply with any verbal commands,” according to the press release.

Police Charge Oneonta Man With Attempted Murder


Oneonta Man Arrested

For Attempted Murder

David Thomas

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man charged with attempted murder after he allegedly strangled a woman and twisted her neck, causing severe injury.

The victim also had bruises and bite marks, Police Chief Doug Brenner said.

David C. Thomas, 28, was arrested after Oneonta Police responded to a domestic dispute that allegedly turned physical.

Arrest Made in Pig Abuse Case

Arrest Made In

Pig-Neglect Case

With a container of dry corn, Alicia Neilsen seeks to lure one of the four rescued pigs into the Susquehanna Animal Shelter on Monday.  Neilsen, a volunteer at Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, New Berlin, is assisted by SAS volunteer Cat Chicorelli, left.. (Jim Kevlin/
Jared Talbot

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

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.

Jared J. Talbot, 21, was arrested today following a civilian complaint that led deputies to his property, where four pigs were found living without food or water and in an improper shelter.




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.


Investigation Ongoing In Holding Cell Death

DA, OPD Investigate

Death In Holding Cell 

Suspect May Have Ingested Drugs,

Causing Heart Attack, Chief Says

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Kenneth Faulkner

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.”

Police: Man Pointed Loaded Shotgun At Girlfriend

Police: Man Pointed

Shotgun At Girlfriend

Steven Knauff

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.

Police Identify Milford Fire Suspect

Springfield Man, 20,

Milford Fire Suspect

Gerald Althiser Jr.

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.

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