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Center City

Council Votes to Widen Access On Busy Center City Street

Ford Avenue Fire Prompts

Council To Limit Parking

Oak Street resident Penny Cypress shows Council members Michele Frazier, First Ward, and Melissa Nicosia, Second Ward, photos of parking problems along Oak Street. (Ian Austin/

By CATHY NARDI • Special to

ONEONTA – With citizens voicing concerns that narrow streets lined with cars are limiting access for emergency vehicles, Common Council voted to restrict parking to one side of Oak Street, a short street between Dietz Street and Ford Avenue.

“That fire on Ford Avenue really sunk into me as to how difficult it would be if we had a fire,” said Oak Street resident Kristen Sloth told council at its Tuesday meeting.  “The fire trucks and rescue vehicles were all parked along one side of the street on Ford. If we had a fire, they would have a hard time getting down our street.”

Rash Of Burglaries Strikes Center City

Rash Of Burglaries

Strikes Center City

Police Warn: Lock Doors, Windows, Cars


ONEONTA – With six burglaries and two car thefts in the last 10 days, Oneonta police are warning Center City residents to lock their cars, doors and windows.

“This isn’t a student taking a chair off a porch and moving it a few houses up the block,” said Lt. Douglas Brenner, Oneonta Police Department. “The thieves are taking purses, wallets, cash, and electronics, anything that’s valuable and easily disposed of or sold. They’re not taking TVs or artwork.”

Doghouse Theft Leads Police On Foot Chase In Center City

Doghouse Theft Leads Police

On Foot Chase In Center City

Alex Tolman
Alex Tolman

ONEONTA – The alleged theft of a doghouse from a Church Street porch lead police on a foot chase to nab the suspect.

At 2:34 a.m., the homeowner at 18 Church St. alerted police that someone was trying to steal a doghouse off his front porch.  Police responded, and the suspect fled, dropping the doghouse on the lawn and damaging it.

The chase continued to Lawn Avenue, where Alex Tolman, 22, Poughkeepsie, was apprehended, police said.    Intoxicated, he told officers he “thought it would be funny” to take the doghouse and put it on another porch in the neighborhood, according to police.

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