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Couple Arrested When CPS Finds Drugs, Weapons During Child Welfare Check

Couple Arrested When

CPS Finds Drugs, Weapons

During Child Welfare Check

MIDDLEFIELD – A CPS complaint lead to the arrest of a Middlefield couple after state police allegedly found an eight month old child living in the home with loaded weapons and drugs present.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, Samantha P. Jicha, 22 and Zachary A. Mumbulo,  21, both of Middlefield, were arrested after a hotline tip to Otsego County Child Protective Services requested a welfare check on the infant at the couple’s residence on Blacks Road. When police arrived, they allegedly found loaded weapons marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Police: Investigation Ongoing In SUNY Student Death

Police: Drug Mixture May

Have Led To Student’s Death

ONEONTA – Preliminary results have revealed that “multiple drugs,” including amphetamines and benzodiazepines, were found in Daniel William Michaels’ system as Oneonta Police continue to investigate the death of the 18 year old SUNY Oneonta student.

On Saturday, Dec. 2 at 12:05 a.m., police received a call for assistance at an apartment at 34 Academy Street. “Some students were looking for a friend at that house and when they went in, they saw Michaels unconscious on the sofa,” said Police Chief Doug Brenner. “They couldn’t wake him up, so alerted someone living in the house and called the police.”

Woman Arrested For Bringing Drugs Into Jail

Deputies Allege Woman

Brought Drugs Into Jail

Danielle Dunham

COOPERSTOWN –  A Morris woman, Danielle J. Dunham, 36, was arrested after Otsego County Sheriff’s deputies allegedly found suboxone films on her during a search at the jail.

Deputies reported they were investigating reports that drugs were being brought into the county jail.  Dunham, who had been in and out of jail an intermittent sentence, was found with two suboxone sublingual films on her person, the investigators said.

Oneonta Fight Leads To Arrest For Cocaine

Oneonta Fight Leads

To Arrest For Cocaine

Avi Ray Figueroa
Avi Ray Figueroa

ONEONTA – An early-morning fight in front of the Oneonta Hotel lead to the arrest of a man for possession of cocaine.

At 1 a.m. on Sunday, March 27, the Oneonta Police Department responded to reports of a fight at 195 Main Street.  When they arrived, the arrested Avi Ray Figeuroa, 25, Oneonta.  During a search of Figueroa, police claim they found white powder they believed to be cocaine, as well as packaging materials commonly used for unlawfully dealing narcotics.

Three Arrested in Police Raid, $25,000 in Crack Cocaine Seized

3 Arrested In Police Raid;

$25,000 In Crack Seized

Over $25,000 worth of drugs were seized in an early morning raid on Meckley Avenue in Oneonta.
Over $25,000 worth of drugs were seized in an early morning raid on Meckley Avenue in Oneonta.

ONEONTA – Nearly $25,000 worth of crack cocaine was seized from a home on Meckley Avenue during an early-morning raid that resulted in the arrests of Sophie S. Szczepanski, 30, Charles W. Haynes Jr, 43 and Orane Crawford, 23.

At 8:30 a.m. today, the Oneonta Police Department patrol division, detective division and the Special Response Team, with assistance from the Delaware County Sheriff’s investigators and K-9 Ozzie, served a search warrant at 10 Meckley Ave.  The basis of the search warrant was from an investigation into illegal narcotic trafficking.  

Police discovered approximately 7.2 ounces of crack cocaine with a street value in the area of $25,000.  In addition, eight prescription hydrocodone pills, two grams of marijuana, and $700 cash were discovered.

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