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.
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.”
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.
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.”
ONEONTA – An OPD sergeant fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his police vehicle on Tuesday, Police Chief Doug Brenner confirmed today.
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.
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.
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.