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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.”

COOPERSTOWN MAN REPORTED MISSING

ONEONTA MAN

REPORTED MISSING

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.

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/AllOTSEGO.com)
Elderly Woman Injured In Hit-and-Run

Police: Elderly Woman Injured

In Chestnut Street Hit-And-Run

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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

Oneida County Woman Arrested For Cocaine Possession at Bassett

Oneida County Woman Arrested 

For Cocaine Possession at Bassett

Debra Ann Burton
Debra Burton

COOPERSTOWN – An Oneida County woman was arrested after a “small quantity” of cocaine was found in her possession when she was admitted to Bassett Hospital.

Village police were contacted by Bassett after Debra Lee Burton, 54, was found to be in possession of approximately one gram of powdered cocaine when she was admitted on Jan. 31.   That afternoon, detectives obtained a warren of arrest for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree, a class A misdemeanor, for

Bieritz Agency Donates Body Cameras to Cooperstown Police

Bieritz Agency Buys Body

Cameras For Cooperstown Police

Steve Bieritz, of the Bieritz Insurance Agency of Cooperstown, hands Chief Michael Covert a check for $2,914 to Chief to purchase four Body Worn Cameras for his officers.  The cameras, which will be turned on during all arrests, calls and stops. Also pictured are Sally Bieritz and Patrolman Kevin Voce.
Steve Bieritz, of the Bieritz Insurance Agency of Cooperstown, hands Chief Michael Covert a check for $2,914 to Chief to purchase four Body Worn Cameras for his officers. The cameras, which will be turned on during all arrests, calls and stops. Also pictured are Sally Bieritz and Patrolman Kevin Voce. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
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