News of Otsego County


January in Hartwick: Maybe just an accident?

January in Hartwick: Maybe just an accident?

New York State Police said February 1 an incident they reported as a burglary in the Town of Hartwick on January 3, 2022 “appears to be an isolated incident and remains an active and on-going investigation.”

Trooper Aga Dembinska told The Freeman’s Journal / Hometown Oneonta “there have been no other reported incidents like this.”

Sources say the matter was never a burglary nor a home invasion but was, upon investigation, an accident in the person’s home.

State Police seeking suspects of alleged burglary in Town of Hartwick that injured elderly woman

State Police seeking suspects of alleged burglary in Town of Hartwick that injured elderly woman

At least one person allegedly entered the Poplar Avenue home of an elderly woman in the Town of Hartwick between the evening of Sunday, January 2 and the morning of Monday, January 3, and injured her, according to New York State Police.

The victim was transported to Bassett Hospital where she remains in stable condition.

Anais Soto sentenced to eight years in Robinson murder case
Anais Soto cries Friday, July 2, as she pleads guilty to burglary in the first degree, shortly before sentencing in Otsego County Court. Soto was a defendant in the 2019 murder of Kenneth Robinson. (Kevin Limiti/

Anais Soto sentenced
to eight years
in Robinson murder case

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Anais Soto of Oneonta, one of the accomplices in the 2019 murder of Kenneth Robinson during a botched robbery, was sentenced Friday, July 2, to eight years in prison and four years probation after pleading guilty to burglary in the first degree Friday, July 2, in Otsego County Court.

Soto, 17, was visibly shaken during the proceedings, crying at points. Judge John Lambert had to remind her several times to speak up.

District Attorney John Muehl read a statement from Kenneth Robinson’s mother, Sharon Sawyer, in which she called for the highest possible sentence allowed by law.

Police: Man Got Caught Breaking In Home

Police: Man Caught

Breaking In Home

ONEONTA – A Mount Vision man was arrested after he was allegedly caught breaking into an Oneonta home while the owners were inside, according to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public relations officer.

Herbert J. Bidwell Jr., 38, Mount Vision, was arrested after county 911 dispatched state police to a burglary in progress at a home on Route 28, Town of Oneonta. The residents were home when they heard glass breaking and called 911.

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.

High Speed Chase Ends In Collision With Cruiser

High Speed Chase Ends

In Collision With Cruiser

NEW LISBON – A high-speed chase involving an Oneonta man accused of burglarizing an Edmeston home ended when the suspect collided with an Otsego County Sheriff’s Department cruiser, according to Aga Dembinska, Troop C public relations officer.

Jesse M. Souza, 30, Oneonta, was allegedly seen by State Police at Richfield Springs leaving the scene of a burglary on Coutny Route 20 in Edmeston. Troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Souza allegedly failed to comply, and lead troopers on a pursuit through several Otsego County roads and into Allen Road in the Town of New Lisbon.

Police Investigating Thrift Store Robbery


OPD Investigating

Thrift Store Robbery

Volunteers at the Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans thrift store came in on Monday to find the store ransacked.

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police are investigating a burglary at the Superheroes in Ripped Jeans thrift store on South Main Street after the owners discovered on Monday morning the store had been broken into overnight. The store has low security so police have encouraged other business owners to ensure that they think about their businesses security and what they can do to improve it. For example, installing Verisure Smart Alarms is a sophisticated way to ensure your businesses protection. Other methods include getting security doors and shutters over your windows.

“We are truly disheartened to share that our thrift shop was burglarized over the weekend,” read a post on the store’s Facebook page. “This store is completely volunteer run and all the proceeds benefit the rescue. Not only did we sustain a loss, now we need to spend money on new equipment.”

Two Arrested In Burglary At Richfield Liquor Store

Two Arrested In Burglary

At Richfield Liquor Store


RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Two 19-year-old are under arrest, charged in connection with a  burglary at Park View Liquor at Main and Lake, State Police here announced today.

Troopers received the complaint at 6 a.m. Sept. 6 from a passerby who reported the glass door of the liquor store was broken.  Four bottles of liquor were reported missing, totaling approximately $150.  The damage to the door was valued at approximately $495.

Franklin Man Charged In Otsego Bicycles Burglary

Franklin Man Charged In

Otsego Bicycles Burglary

A Franklin man allegedly broke this window at Otsego Bicycles to steal two bikes early this morning.

ONEONTA – A Franklin man was arrested today after surveillance video footage showed him breaking into and leaving Otsego Bicycles with two bikes valued at $2,300, city police report.

Michael Romano, 17, was arrested by OPD officers after they were alerted at 5:40 a.m. to a broken window outside of Otsego Bicycles on Water Street.

A review of surveillance footage, police said, revealed Romano leaving on one of the stolen bikes and returning shortly to pick up a second. Police located Romano in Neahwa Park and arrested him for Burglary in the third degree, Criminal Mischief in the third degree and Grand Larceny in the fourth degree.

Three Charged In April Burglary

Three Charged

In April Burglary

Teddy Faison
Brian deVaughn Scott J.
Nelson Navar Jr.

ONEONTA – Three men were arrested and returned to Oneonta to be charged in a burglary at a house on Washington Street in April, according to Oneonta Police.

Teddy Faison, 34, Oneonta, was arrested  in July by the Village of Monticello Police Department, while Brian deVaughn Scott Jr., 19 and Nelson Navar Jr., 19, both of Utica, were arrested in Utica and were arraigned in Oneonta City Court last week.

Teens, Adults Arrested After Burglary

Five Teens Are Charged 

In Burglary At Glassworks

Damion Archibald
Rayven Golinski
Matthew Judd

ONEONTA – Five teens ages 15-18 were arrested following the burglary of a business on Roundhouse Road in early June, city police reported today.

Damion Archibald, 18, Otego, Matthew Judd, 17, Oneonta, and Rayven Golinski, 16, Otego, as well as two 15-year -olds, whose names were withheld, one from Laurens, the other from Unadilla, were arrested after Oneonta Police were called to Twisted Sisters Glassworks, 72 Roundhouse Road, to the report of a past burglary.

Police Allege Siblings Stole Laptop, Phone

Police Allege Siblings

Stole Laptop, Phone

Yarmanis Maldonado
Joshua Maldonado

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police arrested a brother and sister after surveillance footage allegedly shows them taking a laptop and a phone from a room at Hillside Commons.

Yarmenis Maldonado, 20 and her brother, Joshua Maldonado, 21, both of Bronx, were arrested after police met with a 21 year old female who told them that the two had taken her $1,700 laptop and cell phone.  Security footage from the Commons allegedly shows the Maldonados walking out of her room with the laptop and phone.

Teen Arrested With Heroin, Stolen Goods

Teen Arrested With

Heroin, Stolen Goods

Kyle Jaramillo

ONEONTA – A 17 year old Oneonta man was arrested after Oneonta police allegedly found heroin and stolen goods in his apartment.

Kyle Jaramillo was arrested after members of the City of Oneonta Police Department Uniform Division and Detective Division, conducted a voluntary consent search of his room at 91.5 Center St. During the search, police allegedly found a small quantity of heroin, as well as two televisions, a set of stereo speakers, an air rifle and a pair of sneakers police claimed matched reports from a recent burglary of an apartment on Walling Avenue.

Home Invasion Investigation Leads To Marijuana Arrest

Home-Invasion Report

Leads To Marijuana Arrest

Four pounds of marijuana and $14,000 in cash were seized following a report of a home invasion on Chestnut Street yesterday afternoon.
Edwin Milette

ONEONTA – The report of a home invasion yesterday led to the discovery of $12,000 worth of marijuana in his home and the arrest of the homeowner, Oneonta police reported today.

Edwin C. Milette, 25, was arrested after a younger sibling called the Oneonta police to report an attempted home invasion robbery on Wednesday, March 8, at 306 Chestnut St. in the city.  According to the caller, police said, three men had arrived at the house in a dark-colored sedan, possibly a BMW; one of the men was described as a “young black male” with short hair.

Arriving at the house, officers reported a “powerful odor” of marijuana and contacted the OPD Detective Division for additional assistance.  Further investigation and interviews with occupants resulted in the home being secured by police while a search warrant was obtained.

New Jersey Man Charged In Oneonta Burglary

Manager Charged

In Apartment Burglary

Nir Dhan
Nir Dhan

ONEONTA – An building manager was arrested and charged with taking items from a Hill Street apartment in mid-November, Oneonta police reported today.

Nir Dhan, 41, of Closter, N.J., was arrested for allegedly entering an apartment and removing items in lieu of payment for rent.  He allegedly hid the items in the basement of the building, and they were subsequently recovered and returned to the owners.

He was charged with the felonies of Burglary in the second degree, class C felony and Grand Larceny in the third degree, class D felony.  If convicted, he faces 22 years incarceration.


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