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Arrest

Springfield Store Clerk Charged with Stealing $2,000

Springfield Store Clerk

Charged With Stealing $2,000

Brandon Demorest
Brandon Demorest

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.

Second Man Arrested For Oneonta Robbery

Second Man Arrested 

For Oneonta Robbery

Ernesto Santiago
Ernesto Santiago

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 

The investigation is still ongoing.

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Walton Man Charged With Stealing From Abandoned House

Walton Man Charged With

Burglary At Vacant House

Lawrence Kern
Lawrence Kern

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.

Three Arrested in Police Raid, $25,000 in Crack Cocaine Seized

3 Arrested In Police Raid;

$25,000 In Crack Seized

Over $25,000 worth of drugs were seized in an early morning raid on Meckley Avenue in Oneonta.
Over $25,000 worth of drugs were seized in an early morning raid on Meckley Avenue in Oneonta.
Szczepanski
Szczepanski
Haynes
Haynes
Crawford
Crawford

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.

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