EMMONS – The Otsego County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a well-known Oneonta area hairdresser who was found in his rural home late Monday evening alongside the Susquehanna River by firefighters responding to a report of a house on fire.
“He didn’t die before the fire started,” said Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. “And the fire didn’t kill him.”
Though Devlin declined to give the man’s name or cause of death, friends on Facebook confirmed that the deceased man was Robb Polley. He was the owner of Maverick Hair Salon, which he ran out of the home.
In his first-person obituary, submitted by the family to the Bookhout Funeral Home within hours of his passing, he was described as “owner and singing ‘Hair Banger’ of Maverick Hair and Morning Wood Farm.”
ONEONTA – At this hour, the Oneonta Fire Department is battling a blaze at 8 Forest Ave. The homeowner sustained slight injuries while escaping the house, and although fire crews rescued one dog from the residence, the second dog died.
West Oneonta and Worcester Fire Departments provided mutual aid. The fire is currently under control.
This is a developing story, check back for details.