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Oneonta Man Charged With Endangerment, Traffic Violations

In ‘Extreme Pain,’

Driver At Bassett

After Viaduct Crash

Stilson Faces Felonies, OPD Reports

Shawn N. Stilson escaped with minor injuries after his Ford Escape went through the viaduct fence and and crashed onto the railroad tracks below. (Photo Courtesy of OPD)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Police and fire crews were dispatched the the railroad tracks, where they found Stilson’s car.

ONEONTA – “In extreme pain,” Shawn N. Stilson, 27, Oneonta, walked into the police station at 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning, bleeding from multiple cuts and complaining of pain, according to Oneonta Police Chief Doug Brenner.

“He told police he had crashed his car and been ejected,” said Brenner.

Officers investigated and found Stilson’s car had broken through the fence at the Main Street viaduct and crashed onto the railroad tracks below.

According to Brenner, Stilson told police he was fleeing a domestic disturbance when he drove his Ford Escape the wrong way down one-way Fairview Street, across Main Street and through the fence.  The car was heavily damaged and Stilson was transported to Bassett Hospital after he complained of “extreme pain.”

Head-On Collision Blocks Rt. 166

Head-On Collision

Blocks Route 166

Both Drivers Transported To Bassett

Cooperstown Fireman Brian Murphy helps to clean up the remnants of one of the totaled cars involved in a crash this morning on rt. 166 in Middlefield. (Parker Fish/

By PARKER FISH • Special to

TOWN OF MIDDLEFIELD – Two vehicles collided head-on this morning on Route 166 and Cornish Hill Road, sending both drivers to Bassett Hospital, according to Sheriff’s Deputy James Mateunas.

When the emergency call was placed at 9:11 a.m., Cooperstown firefighters and sheriff’s deputies responded.

Car Crashes Through Jones Family Home

Car Crashes Into

Jones Family Home

A car crashed through the Jones’ family home in Milford early this morning. (Photo Contributed by Tammy Jones)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Russ Jones shows the damage to the outside of his parents’ house on Route 28 in Milford. (Ian Austin/

MILFORD – Tammy and Barry Jones were awoken at 1 this morning by a loud crash in the kitchen of their home on Route 28 in Milford.

“It was a rude awakening,” said Tammy. “There was a car right in front of our dishwasher.”

According to Tammy, the driver of the car first tried to back out, then asked them to help him leave. “Then he asked if he could use our bathroom,” she said. “And I called 911.”

Double Homicide Suspect In Custody After I-88 Crash

Double-Slaying Suspect Taken

Into Custody After I-88 Crash

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

SCHOHARIE – The suspect in last night’s double homicide in Laurens was taken into custody following a crash on I-88 in Schoharie, according to Sheriff Tony Desmond.

According to Desmond, sheriff’s deputies received a “Be On The Lookout” alert for a red Chevy Colorado pickup truck from the Otsego County Sheriff’s department. Deputies stationed near Richmondville saw a truck matching the description headed eastbound on I-88 and began to follow. After confirming the license plate matched the one in the alert, deputies allegedly attempted to pull over the suspect, who then sped up and a chase ensued.

Sister, Stranger Worked Together After Crash

Younger Sister Came

To Her Elder’s Rescue

Julie Ford’s car hit a patch of black ice and sent her and her sister, Abby, into a tree on Saturday morning.


COOPERSTOWN – Even though she herself was suffering from a concussion, Abby Ford was able to call 911 following the Saturday crash that left her sister, Julie, the driver, injured and in and out of consciousness.

“Abby managed to dial 911,” said their mother, Amy. “It’s a miracle they were able to get the call through. Wiley Town Road never has cell service.”

A stranger, later identified as Dennis Brassaw, Cooperstown, was also driving down the road and stopped to wait with the girls until state troopers and EMS arrived. “We’re so grateful to him,” said Amy. “I went to the site of the accident today, and he was there and introduced himself.”

OPD Sergeant Fell Asleep At The Wheel; Crashed Car

Chief: Sergeant Fell

Asleep, Crashed SUV

ONEONTA – An OPD sergeant fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his police vehicle on Tuesday, Police Chief Doug Brenner confirmed today. I’m sure you can already tell that this is going to be a particualrly complex case; not only does it involve a police officer but he’s also going to need somewhere like chudleigh law to help him claim compensation if he wants be in with a chance of winning. Faults of this nature make judging liability very difficult.

According to Brenner, Sgt. Eric Berger was driving on patrol on Chestnut Street in a marked Ford SUV around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when he fell asleep at the wheel; the SUV went up on the curb and struck a utility pole at Chestnut and Watkins.

Crash Claims Life Of Unadilla Man


Crash Kills Unadilla Man;

4th Local Fatality In 4 Days

SIDNEY – A Unadilla man died in a car crash early today on River Road here, the fourth fatal crash involving local people in as many days.

Troopers report Jason R. Cunningham, 39, of Unadilla, was driving a van west on River Road when he entered a sharp curve, drifted into the eastbound lane and collided with an eastbound pickup truck, driven by Matthias J. Wesner, 35, also of Unadilla.

Yesterday, a Cooperstown man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Route 11, Hartwick, and Sunday a husband and wife riding a motorcycle died in a crash in Warren, just across the Herkimer County line; a Cooperstown man was injured in that three-car chain reaction.

Accident at Bocca Osteria Closes NY-28

Accident At Restaurant

Closes NY-28 to Traffic

Cooperstown Fire Chief Jim Tallman hurries to the scene of an accident outside of Bocca Osteria on Route 28, just south of Cooperstown, a few minutes ago. The accident happened when a car pulled out of the Bocca parking lot and was struck by a vehicle coming up 28. . There were no injuries, but traffic is being diverted. (Ian Austin/
Minor Injuries, No Tickets in Milford Crash

Minor Injuries, No Tickets In Milford Crash

MILFORD – Both drivers and a passenger escaped with minor injuries after a car crash on Wednesday that shut down traffic on Main Street in Milford.

According to Trooper Nate Regal, State Police, a 2010 Cadillac was headed southbound on Route 28 when another vehicle, a 2011 Chevy Malibu attempted to enter traffic from the western shoulder and struck the Cadillac.  The driver and a passenger in the Cadillac were taken by ambulance to Bassett Hospital with minor injuries, and the driver of the Malibu was taken to Fox Hospital and treated.

Accident Halts Rush-Hour Traffic

Accident Halts Rush-Hour Traffic

An ambulance departs the scene near the Apple quick-stop on Route 28 south of Milford at about 5:30 this evening, after a car spun off the icy pavement. No further details were immediately available. (Ivan Potocnik/
An ambulance departs the scene near the Apple quick-stop on Route 28 south of Milford at about 5:30 this evening, after a car spun off the icy pavement. No further details were immediately available. (Ivan Potocnik/
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