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Missing Sidney Man Found Dead in Franklin

Missing Sidney Man

Found Dead in Franklin

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

FRANKLIN  – The body of a 51-year-old Sidney man who went missing two months ago was discovered by utility line employees clearing branches in a wooded area of the Town of Franklin Wednesday, Delaware County Sheriff Craig S. DuMond announced in a press release today.

The man was identified as Byron J. Furman and determined to have died “as a result of natural causes.” “He probably had a heart attack of some sort of medical emergency that led to his death,” Sheriff DuMond said.

For Fulfilling Twilight Years, Start Planning


For Fulfilling Twilight

Years, Start Planning

Tamie MacDonald, Otsego County Office for the Aging director, shows off the variety of menu itesm cooked at The Meadows in anticipating of the opening of a new senior food site in Milford in January 2018. (Ian Austin/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Tamie MacDonald in her offices at The Meadows. (Jennifer Hill/

COOPERTOWN – Our twilight years can be as fulfilling as our early ones.

That is what Tamie MacDonald, Otsego County’s Office for Aging director, wants people of all ages to know, and that her office can help us realize it.

“We can change our own story of what aging is,” MacDonald said.  “No one wants to be frail or dependent on people.  It’s a matter of planning for an independent life as a senior ahead of time.  And the earlier we plan, the more likely you’ll be active, independent, and do the things you want to do.”

“If we don’t plan ahead, we lose choices, which then limits our ability to be independent,” she added.

MacDonald believes growing up on her father’s farm in Delaware County played a role in her pursuing a career in gerontology.

Stars & Bars Can Be Sold At Delco Fair, But Cannot Be Displayed, Foes Assert

Delco Sheriff Vows

Stars, Bars Display Ban

Will Be Made To Stick

Dumond Quoted Telling Coop Extension:

Prohibition To Be ‘Aggressively Enforced’ reported in April that students are lobby Cornell University to get involved in banning Stars & Bars as state fairs, saying it creates a “hostile environment” for fair workers.

DELHI – The Delaware County Fair Board has voted to allow vendors to continue to selling Confederate flags and related memorabilia , but will “aggressively enforce” a prohibition on their display, Fair For All announced today.

As its source, Fair For All quoted statements by Delaware County Sheriff Craig Dumond at a May 20 meeting of the board of local Cornell Cooperative Extension board, which he chairs.

A prohibition on display was put in place in 2018; however; however, it was not enforced, according to  Fair For All.

Four Men Arrested In Plot To Bomb Islamberg

4 Men Arrested

In Bombing Plot

Against Islamberg

Andrew C. Crysel, 18, Vincent R. Vetromile, 19, and Brian F. Colaneri, 20

A group of high school students at Odyssey Academy in Greece, near Rochester, tipped off police that one of their classmates was allegedly part of a plot to bomb Islamberg, the small Muslim community in Delaware County.

Officers with the Greece Police Department Saturday arrested Brian F. Colaneri, 20, and Vincent Vetromile, 19, both of Greece, and Andrew C. Crysel, 18, of East Rochester, as well as a 16-year-old student at Odyssey Academy after the tip, allegedly finding three improvised explosive devices, packed with nails and powder, at the home the 16-year-old suspect.

Police additionally found 23 firearms — a combination of shotguns and rifles — across the suspects’ residences.


 Report Accuses Priests Of Abuse




42 Cases In Diocese Include 2 Locally

This is the cover of the report on sexual abuse in the Albany Diocese released today.

 ALBANY – A few minutes ago a group of attorneys, Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse, released a report, “Hidden Disgrace III,” containing the names of 42 priests in the Albany Diocese accused of child sex abuse.

The report provides information about the allegations of abuse and the churches and schools where the priests worked.  Two priests named served in Otsego County, both of whom are now deceased.

Father Carl Stone, who died in 2006, served in Edmeston and Morris.    The allegations date to the 1980s and involve accusations in Colonie.

Father Louis Douglas, who died in 2001, served in Oneonta.   The allegations date back to the 1970s in Cortona and in Delaware County.

Two Arrested For Making Threats Against Schools

Two Arrested For Making

Threats Against Schools


By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

FRANKLIN – A 21 year old man was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats against Franklin Central School, just days after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. left 17 dead.

Aiden M. O’Day, Otego, was arrested by State Police Sunday, Feb. 18 after he allegedly made terroristic threats against Franklin Central School. Day was arrested without incident, and the investigation determined that there was no danger to the school or public. O’Day was arraigned in the Otego Town Court and remanded to the Otego County Jail.

We cooperated with law enforcement during the investigation, and we are grateful to the New York State Police for the swift action in making the arrest,” wrote Superintendent Brad Zillox. “Please know that the district is taking any threat seriously and will not hesitate to take action as needed. We ask that everyone be extremely mindful and cautious regarding their comments and/or communications.”

IN MEMORIAM: Kiley J. and Cody E. Sullivan, Victims of Davenport Fire

Kiley and Cody Sullivan,

Victims of Davenport Fire

Kiley and Cody Sullivan

DAVENPORT – Kiley J. and Cody E. Sullivan passed away early Friday morning, Feb. 9, 2018, at their home in East Meredith, following injuries sustained in a tragic structure fire. Kiley was 3; Cody was 1.

They are survived by their parents Adrian Beares and Carmen Sullivan; brother Anthony Sullivan; niece Raelynn Sullivan; grandparents Paulette and Paul Reynolds; great-grandparents Jim and Susan Evans, Loretta  Vitalie; aunts and uncles, Steven Reynolds, Mark and Beth Reynolds and Rosa, and several other family members.

Names Released In Fatal Davenport Fire

Names Released In

Fatal Davenport Fire

DAVENPORT – The names of the victims in Friday’s fatal apartment fire in Davenport have been released, according to state police.

Kiley J. Sullivan, 3 and Cody E. Sullivan, 1, died as a result of the fire at 498 Dehning Rd., in the town of Davenport. Their father, Carmen E. Sullivan, 44, was taken to Upstate Medical in Syracuse for burn juries.

Infant, 3-Year-Old Identified As Davenport Fire Victims




Trooper Mike Slawek, Troop C, stands watch over the scene of the the double-fatal house fire at 478 Dehning Road, Town of Davenport. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

DAVENPORT – Two children, ages one and 3, were identified as the victims in the fatal structure fire early this morning in the Town of Davenport.

According to a release posted to the Delaware County Department of Emergency Services Facebook page, the 911 call was received this morning at 1:46 a.m. Arriving at the scene, responding units found the four-unit apartment building fully engulfed in flames, with reports of two children trapped in one of the upstairs apartments.

2 Children Killed In Davenport Fire

2 Children Killed

In Davenport Fire

DAVENPORT – Two children were killed and one adult hospitalized with burn injuries after a house fire in in the Town of Davenport.

According to a news release, State Police responded to a Delaware County 911 call at 1:46 a.m. reporting a structure fire at 435 Dehning Road.  The fire was extinguished by Davenport Fire Dept., Pindars Corners Fire Dept., Hobart Fire Dept., and Kortright Fire Dept, but an investigation determined that two children died in the fire, and one adult victim was taken to Upstate Medical in Syracuse for burn injuries.

Missing Bronx Man Found Dead in Roxbury

Missing Bronx Man

Found Dead in Roxbury

Christian Rojas-Martinez

ROXBURY – State Police reported this afternoon that the body of Christian Rojas-Martinez, 22, Bronx, was recovered earlier today, after being reported missing by his companions shortly after midnight on Jan. 21.

Martinez was allegedly camping with six other men at a home on 521 Old Ferris Farm Road, in the town of Roxbury over the weekend. The friends told police that he wandered away from the campsite at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 and did not return.

His body was found inside a body of water in the area being searched. State Police were assisted in the search by two NYSP K-9s, NYSP Aviation, NYS DEC, NYS Forest Rangers, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies, Delaware Emergency Management Agency, Town of Roxbury Constable, and fire department and EMS personnel from Roxbury, Grand Gorge, and Hobart.

Missing Hunter Found Dead


Missing Hunter Found Dead

HARPERSFIELD – Carl Weaver, 77, who went missing after telling friends he was going hunting at Titus Lake Road, was found dead this afternoon.

Weaver, of State Route 10, Hyndsville in the Town Of Seward, was last seen Sunday evening after he told relatives he was going hunting. On Wednesday, Dec. 13, his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup was located at Titus Lake Road in the Town of Harpersfield, Delaware County.

This is a developing story.

Please check back later for details.

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