News of Otsego County


COVID Update: One new death reported in Otsego County

COVID Update
One new death reported in Otsego County

STAFF REPORT • Special to

One new death has been reported in Otsego County, according to the Otsego County Department of Health (DOH).

As of Friday, Sept. 17, there are a total of 166 active cases with 13 reported today.

The DOH encourages those who haven’t been vaccinated yet to get vaccinated as it is the most effective way to combat the COVID virus.


Worcester student dies in ATV accident

Worcester student dies in ATV accident

Staff Report • Special to

A seven-year old Decatur resident died Saturday, Aug. 28, as a result of an ATV accident on Fisher Road in Decatur.

Hunter Hornbeck was riding an ATV when it crashed. He was airlifted to Albany Medical Center on Friday, Aug. 27, but later died from his injuries.

Hornbeck, who lived in Decatur, enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting.

First COVID Death Of The New Year

First COVID Death

Of 2021 Reported


COOPERSTOWN – After a week of no deaths, the first COVID-19 fatality of 2021 occurred yesterday, county Public Health Director Heidi Bond reported today.

This brings the total fatalities since the virus arrive in Otsego County to 18.

The latest victim was a male over 55 years, Bond said.

SUNY Gathers To Mourn Loss Of Daniel William Michaels

SUNY Gathers To Mourn Loss

Of Daniel William Michaels

Above, Nearly 600 Students and staff of SUNY Oneonta gathered in the Hunt Union Ballroom this evening for a tearful Memorial Service for Daniel William Michaels, 18, who passed away in the early morning hours of Dec. 3rd. At right, friends of Daniel find in each other as they look at his photo at the close of the evening. Pastor Peter Derway of Catholic Campus Ministries led the memorial that included readings from friends and fraternity brothers.  “He will always be in each of us.” said Derway, “If you look around you can still see signs of him, and it’s okay to acknowledge he is still around.” Following the service, students wrote memories and condolences that were collected in a large cross to be given to the family at a later date. To date, more that $17,000 has been raised for a scholarship in his name. (Ian Austin/

Camper Killed By Falling Tree Limb



SOUTH NEW BERLIN – A 24-year-old Rhode Island man was killed at the Grand Slam Campground during Saturday evening’s violent storm when a tree limb fell onto his tent, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. announced this afternoon.

Ryan Sutcliffe, Cumberland, R.I., was  pronounced dead after a tree limb approximately 4 feet in diameter broke off during the storm, landing on his tent while he was sleeping.

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