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Police: Woman Spit On Bassett Employees

Police: Woman Spit

On Bassett Employees

COOPERSTOWN – A woman was arrested after she allegedly spit on Bassett Hospital employees and told them she had COVID-19, according to Cooperstown Police Officer David Kaminski.

“A female was being seeing by staff at Bassett when she became irate and began spitting in several staff member’s faces,” said Kaminski. “She then told them she had coronavirus.”

Cooperstown Man Arrested In Railroad Avenue Burglary

Cooperstown Man Arrested

In Railroad Avenue Burglary

The door to Upstate Companies was damaged during last night’s alleged burglary at 21 Railroad Avenue.  Ommegang’s business office, at the end of the hall, was also broken into. (Jim Kevlin/

COOPERSTOWN – A Cooperstown man was arrested hours after he allegedly broke into offices at 21 Railroad Ave. and stole items, including a computer and money.

Richard C. Abbate, 18, allegedly broke into the building after 11 p.m. last night and stole items from several offices, including a laptop from the Ommegang’s business office and meat from the Green Cow butcher shop.  He also allegedly took money from an office, and damaged several doors, including at Upstate Companies.

Police Investigating Break-In At 21 Railroad Avenue

Police Investigating

Break-In, Robbery

At 21 Railroad Ave.

At this hour, Cooperstown Police and the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an overnight break-in at 21 Railroad Ave. in Cooperstown. According to witnesses, the staff of Duvel Moortgat arrived to find that their door handle had been tampered with and a laptop was missing; the door handle of the Law Guardian office was also broken off and the door to Upstate Companies was kicked in. The staff of the Hometown Oneonta/Freeman’s Journal/ was at their offices on the first floor until 11 p.m. last night, but told police they did not hear anything unusual. The building has been evacuated and is currently considered a crime scene. (Jim Kevlin/
Friends Rally With GoFundMe For Cooperstown Police Chief

Friends Rally With GoFundMe

For Cooperstown Police Chief

Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert explains the “Angel” program he started in 2016 to help drug addicts get help.

COOPERSTOWN – Friends of Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert have put together a GoFundMe Campaign to raise money for his kidney transplant and other medical needs.

“Anyone who has met Michael K. Covert over the years knows that he would do anything for anyone and not expect a thing in return,” wrote Mike Ten Eyck, retired Sheriff’s deputy. “Mike has dedicated his life to helping others and now he needs our assistance.”




Chester S. Kucharski

COOPERSTOWN – A “vulnerable adult” was reported missing after he was last seen leaving Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown in January.

Chester S. Kucharski Jr, 67, Oneonta, was last seen leaving Bassett around 3:50 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. He was reported as a missing vulnerable adult and the Police Department is attempting to check his welfare.

He is 5’11, 150lbs, Gray Hair, Hazel Eyes. Police say he had been evicted from his residence in Oneonta and had been transported to Bassett Hospital. He was discharged from the hospital and has not been seen since.

Otego Man Charged With Attempted Kidnapping

Otego Man Charged With

Grabbing Cooperstown Boy

COOPERSTOWN – An Otego man is facing charges of attempted kidnapping for allegedly grabbing an 8-year-old on Main Street last Friday.

Luke O’Hara, 36, allegedly left Community Bank at 1:3- p.m. on Friday, June 22, and grabbed the victim, who passed by him on his way to the post office, Police Chief Mike Covert said today.

Bassett Nurse Arrested For Unlawful Surveillance

Bassett Nurse Arrested

For Unlawful Surveillance

Anderson Lee

COOPERSTOWN – A Bassett Hospital employee was arrested and charged with 12 counts of unlawful surveillance for allegedly installing a camera in a private, employees-only area of the facility.

Police said Anderson W. Lee, 27, a registered nurse, installed an camera and recorded videos of fellow employees in a private area between Jan. 21 and 22.

Veterans Donate ‘Self Help’ Kits To Cooperstown Police

Veterans Donate ‘Self Help’

Kits To Cooperstown Police

The local chapter of the Nam Knights group donated eight “self help” kits to the Cooperstown Police this morning. The kits, which cost $80 apiece, contain a tactical tourniquet and quik-clot tactical gauze in case an officer suffers a severe injury while on duty. Pictured, from left, Grant Coates, Paul Hauptmann, Don Pagano, Joe Borawa, Police Chief Mike Covet, Officer Kevin Barrows, Dennis Dailey, Harold Southworth, Mike Alvin, and Bob Ennist. (Parker Fish/
Elderly Woman Injured In Hit-and-Run

Police: Elderly Woman Injured

In Chestnut Street Hit-And-Run

By PARKER FISH • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – A hit-and-run victim is recovering today after allegedly being struck by a vehicle on Chestnut Street last night.

According to Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert, a 76-year-old woman was walking on the sidewalk down Chestnut Street southbound when she was allegedly hit by a vehicle backing out of a driveway. The victim told police that the operator of the vehicle did not stop to check on her, and continued driving down the street.

Tourist Arrested For Assault, Hate Crime

Tourist Arrested For Assault,

Charged With A Bias Crime

Lawrence Mileo
Lawrence Mileo

COOPERSTOWN – A South Carolina man was charged with assaulting a woman after allegedly  yelling racial slurs at her during a confrontation in a Cooperstown restaurant, Cooperstown Police Chief Michael Covert reports.

Lawrence Andrew Mileo, 50, was arrested the Monday after Induction Weekend after a complaint of a physical dispute was made at a local restaurant.

According to police, Mileo allegedly called a 33-year-old African American woman, also from out of state, numerous derogatory names related to her race, then intentionally punched her in the face.

The Cooperstown Emergency Squad responded to the scene and provided medical care for the victim.

Tourist Arrested For Harassment, Threats

Tourist Charged With Harassment

COOPERSTOWN – An Ohio man was arrested for allegedly threatening and harassing a resident while on Main Street in Cooperstown.

Marcus Ray Walters, 40, of Waynesville, Ohio, was arrested by Cooperstown Police after an Otsego County resident reported being harassed and threatened for his sexual orientation.  Officer Kevin Voce was able to identify Walters, who, upon learning that police were looking for him, surrendered at the station.

Cooperstown Police Seek Purse Snatcher

Cooperstown Police

Seek Purse Snatcher

Chief Urges Residents, ‘Lock Your Doors’

COOPERSTOWN – Police are warning Cooperstown residents to lock their doors after a man walked into a Nelson Avenue home and stole a purse.

Around 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon, a man in drove up to a home on Nelson Avenue in a green Dodge Caravan and walked into the house while the residents were upstairs.  He allegedly stole a purse off a table, and the children saw him as he was exiting the home.

Fly Creek Man Arrested After Selling Heroin To Cops

Fly Creek Man Is Accused

 Of Selling Heroin To Cops

FLY CREEK – A Fly Creek man was arrested for selling heroin to two undercover investigators as part of a six-month joint investigation by the Otsego County District Attorney’s office, Cooperstown Police Department and the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department.

In an announcement, authorities alleged Daniel West Cleaveland Jr., 25, sold heroin to investigators from the D.A.’s office on Jan. 14 and March 11.  He was arrested this morning, charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, a class-B felony.

Mount Vision Man Arrested For Theft, Violating Probation

Mount Vision Man Arrested

For Theft, Violating Probation

Kyle Smallin
Kyle Smallin

COOPERSTOWN – A Mount Vision man was arrested for theft after security footage revealed that he had stolen a wallet at Bassett Hospital, according to the county District Attorney’s Office.

Kyle Dillon Dorr Smallin, 40, of Mount Vision, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 11 and charged with stealing a man’s wallet, containing $45 in cash and three credit cards after they were reported missing by the Bassett Hospital Security Department.  Following a joint investigation

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