News of Otsego County


Alleged Halloween party stabber appears in court

Alleged Halloween party stabber appears in court

By KEVIN LIMITI• Special to

Public defender Brett Cowen, left, defends Richard Gantt on Monday, May 24, in Otsego County Court in Cooperstown. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego).

COOPERSTOWN  – An Oneonta man, whose violent altercation in Unadilla ended in a stabbing and the victim having to be taken by helicopter to a medical facility, appeared in Otsego County court Monday, May 24, to face charges of assault in the first and second degree.

Richard Gantt voluntarily agreed to be interviewed by state police, according to testimony.

“I was called because it was a serious case,” Jeremy Hicks, investigator for the New York State Police, said via video in the courtroom.

The confrontation which led to the stabbing occurred on Sunday, Oct, 18, 2020, at a Halloween party, with Logan Kabana of Oneonta.

Gantt, who is Black, claimed during the police interview that Kabana had made racial remarks, leading to the fight.

However, Kabana said during the proceedings, that he had been hanging out with Gantt and did a shot with him when he made a remark that somebody who was hanging out near the fire pit was a serial killer and was going to get Gantt. This allegedly caused Gantt to fly into a rage and resulted in Kabana being assaulted and stabbed.

The next day, Kabana picked out Gantt from a photo array and police sought out Gantt’s girlfriend, who works at Springbrook, and eventually got him to come down to the state police barracks in Oneonta, where he was read his Miranda rights.

Lambert at one point warned an observer in the courtroom, who was shaking their head demonstrably in reaction to an overruled objection, to no longer do that or they would be removed from the courtroom.

There was no return court appearance set, but Lambert predicted they would convene again in about a month.

Big Crowds Turn Out For Main Street Halloween

Big Crowds Turn Out

For Oneonta Halloween

While the annual Halloween parade may not be on, that gave throngs of ghouls, ghosts, superheroes and princesses all the more reason to head downtown for the annual trick-or-treating event on this afternoon on Main street in Oneonta. Above,  Brendan DeFalco, a brother with Chi Phi fraternity, hands out candy outside Tokyo Japanese Cuisine to Oneonta’s Reese Robinson and Rowan and Wyatt Keto. At right, Benjamin Reese shows how to walk like a robot in his homemade robot costume. College students were invited downtown to help hand out the candy in front of local businesses as part of the renewed Town-Gown work groups, part of the city’s Survive, Then Thrive initiative. (Ian Austin/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Halloween Fun In Richfield Springs 10-31-20

Halloween Fun In Richfield Springs


HALLOWEEN FUN – 10 a.m. – Noon. Bring painted or carved pumpkins to enter in pumpkin contest, winners announced at 10:15, followed by costume contest. Prizes available. All ages welcome. Richfield Springs Public Library, 102 Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or Click Here

VOTE – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Early Voting open. Meadows Office Complex, 140 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. Click Here for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Trunk Or Treat 10-30-20

Trunk Or Treat


TRUNK OR TREAT – 4 p.m. Decorate your cars and bring the kids for fun activities from building a spider, pumpkin carving, make a ghost, and of course collecting candy. All stations are sanitized, 6 feet apart. The Railroad Inn, 28 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown.

VOTE – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Voting open. Meadows Office Complex, 140 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. Visit for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Carved Pumpkins On Display 10-25-20

Carved Pumpkins On Display


PUMPKIN GLOW – 6 – 7 p.m. See artistically carved/decorated pumpkins for this Halloween season. Wear a mask, social distance, be safe. There will be no indoor gathering this year. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-9777 or visit

VOTE – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Early Voting open. Meadows Office Complex, 140 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. Visit for info.

Rain Plays Tricks, Doesn’t Deter Treaters

Rain Plays Tricks, But

Doesn’t Deter Treaters

Erratic rain throughout the evening led to the cancellation of Oneonta’s annual Halloween parade, but all manner of ghouls and ghosts made their treat-seeking rounds at local homes and businesses this afternoon and evening. Above, Devin El, Leilani El and Ziyen Giles passed City Hall on their treat-hunting mission, with Lizzette Hopkins and Edward Giles, Maryland, in tow. Inset at right, Oneonta’s Jessica and Paul Benzaleski arrive downtown with their children Adalia and Reilly ready to take home some sweets.(Ian Austin/

On Halloween, 3-Generation Tradition Lives On At Jackie’s

On Halloween, 3-Generation

Tradition Lives On At Jackie’s

A three-generation tradition is alive and well at Jackie’s Restaurant in Milford where Jackie Folts, left,  her sisters and the next generation were in full Halloween regalia today. Right of Jackie is sister Brenda Alton, Jordyn Scott, Brooke Sisson and sister Sue Sisson. The ladies pose with Bones and his dog, No-Barc. After the photo, the mother of the family, Sandy Chase of Cooperstown, showed up and posed with Jordyn. When her daughters were kids, Sandy said, they would say “oh, mom,” whenever she would encourage them to celebrate Halloween.  Now, she said, the sisters are enthusiastic about it on their own. (Jim Kevlin /


Pumpkin Glow, Parade, More


PARADE – 5 p.m. Dress your best and show off your costume in this years Halloween parade down Main St., Cooperstown.

PUMPKIN GLOW – 6 – 7:30 p.m. Bring your carved pumpkin to enter in a contest or just to display to the trick-or-treaters. After the sun goes down stroll through the park and admire everyone’s handiwork. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit

Tricks And Treats, Scary Ghost Stories And Pumpkins Glow!


Tricks And Treats,

Scary Ghost Stories

And Pumpkins Glow!

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

T’is the night for tricks and treats! Stroll through downtown and show off your costume before you hit the streets to collect your sweets! In Cooperstown, the parade kicks off at 5 p.m. on Main Street. In Oneonta, 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Get a head-start on the candy collecting as you trick or treat through the Historic Village. Admission free to kids, accompanying adult with donation.
1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. (607) 547-1450.

Hunt for spooky specters with the NY Shadow Chasers Team. Tickets, $15. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Harris Memorial Library, 334 Main St., Otego. (607) 988-6661.

Can you survive a trip through the scariest haunted house in county? Admission $2, or bring item for teen toiletry closet. 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Oneonta Teen Center, 4 Academy St., Info (607) 441-3999.

Race through the streets of Cooperstown in costume as part of 19th annual Coop Loop 5k & 10k. Prizes for scariest, funniest and best costumes! 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. (607) 547-2800.

Avoid the cold and trick or treat indoors at Mall-O-Ween! Then stick around for a Halloween-themed Zumba dance party! Noon-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, Southside Mall, Oneonta. Info (607) 432-4401 ext. 101.

Carved pumpkins on display, plus treats and ghost stories by Bruce Markusen. Drop off at 1-6 p.m., Glow 6-7 p.m. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., (607) 547-9777.

She Died In Childbirth, Now Mother’s Soul Rests In Peace


She Died In Childbirth, Now

Mother’s Soul Rests In Peace

In Roseboom, Dousing Ghost-Buster’s Job Is Done
The flags represented all the places that ghost hunter Sue Miller found spirits behind the Roseboom Historical Society. (James Cummking/

By JAMES CUMMINGS • Special to

Ghost-hunter Susan Miller of Cherry Valley, right, with her associate Linda Leckenbusch.

ROSEBOOM – In the 187 graves behind the Roseboom Historical Society was the spirit of a 39-year-old woman who died in childbirth, ghost hunter Susan Miller of Cherry Valley avers.

Until lately, that is.

“She wouldn’t move over,” Miller reported at a Thursday, Oct. 17, pre-Halloween presentation to the Historical Society, which occupies the former Baptist church in this hamlet.

“Imagine carrying this torment for over 100 years,” said Miller, author of “Time Between: The Hauntings of Cherry Valley,” and “Chasing Sarah,” described as a ghost/murder/mystery novel.

After pleading with the spirit, Miller was able to convince her to leave, affirming that the cemetery is now “clean.”

Contracted by the Historical Society to map the graveyard, the speaker described her use of dowsing, a skill also used in determining where to dig wells, in her work.

Locating gravesites through dowsing requires intuition, she said, and the assistance of a pendulum and metal rods.

Once a body has been located, Miller seeks to communicate directly with the spirit to determine factors such as gender, age, and cause of death.

When the Roseboom Historical Association reached out to Miller said she approached the Historical Society project with enthusiasm. “I grew up seeing ghosts,” said the woman, who has been dowsing since 1971.

Although involved with an ongoing project at Cherry Valley Cemetery, Miller began working in early October on the Roseboom plot with friend and fellow dowser Linda Leckenbusch.

It wasn’t long before they mapped out the area, using flags to mark each individual.

“We were surprised by the number of bodies in the plot,” said Leckenbusch, who has been dowsing for about a year.

Now that she’s finished the Roseboom plot, Miller is refocusing on the Cherry Valley Cemetery and anticipates similar projects in the future.

When asked about the project, attendee John Webb, Cemetery Association of Roseboom president, said,

“It raised a lot of questions.”

That include who exactly is buried there, whether an epidemic – yellow fever, perhaps – had added to the census, he said.

“It’s something we will pursue as an association,” he said.

That task may prove difficult, however, because the plot served as a potter’s field – a burial site for paupers – as early as the 1820s.

Most of the people buried there would have been tenant farmers, too poor to afford funeral services and, thus, placed in unmarked graves.

“It’s our responsibility to mark the spot,” says Webb. He hopes to work directly with the Historical Association to facilitate the installation of a grave marker for the deceased.



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