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Two Charged With Stealing, Selling Car Parts

Police: 2 Stole,

Sold Car Parts

Jesse Stefanelli
Shawn Campbell

MIDDLEFIELD – An employee of Wahl to Wahl Auto was arrested and charged with stealing car parts from his employer and selling them with another man, also arrested.

Shawn M. Campbell, 26, Delhi, was arrested by State Police at Richfield Springs after an investigation revealed that, while employed at Wahl to Wahl Auto in Middlefield, he had allegedly stolen several catalytic converters over several months and sold them.

Palatine Bridge Man Charged After Route 33 Crash

Palatine Bridge Man

Ticketed For Leaving

Phoenix Mills Crash

Its front smashed in from colliding with the telephone pole in foreground, a the Ford SUV comes to rest at the south end of Phoenix Mills early Saturday morning. (Photo contribute)

PHOENIX MILLS – A Palatine Bridge man was ticketed for fleeing the scene of the early-morning accident that knocked down a telephone pole and damaged a parked car at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, rousing the neighborhood.

According to Troop C, Jamie M. Lambert, 20, was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, driving to the left of pavement markings and speed not reasonable and prudent.

At around 4:46 a.m., Saturday morning, a 2009 Ford hit a parked 2011 Hyundai Elantra belonging to neighbor Michael Wilsey, snapped a telephone pole and knocked down a mailbox, according to Aga Dembinska, the troop’s public relations officer.

He allegedly fled the scene, but he responded to State Police at Richfield Springs. He suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Police Seek Driver After Route 33 Crash

DRIVER FLEES SCENE, SOUGHT

Early Morning Hit, Run

Shakes Up Phoenix Mills

The driver of a 2011 Hyundai Elantra fled on foot after striking a telephone pole and a parked car on Route 33 in Phoenix Mills early this morning. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Debris is scattered along the roadside, and it appears the Elantra went down a nearby bank.

PHOENIX MILLS – State police are seeking the driver of a grey 2009 Ford who they say fled the scene after a noisy crash at 4:46 a.m. today on Route 33 at the south end of this Town of Middlefield hamlet.

Neighbors say everyone woke with a jolt.  They estimated the driver must have been going 80 mph.

A so-far unknown person was operating the Ford when it went off the road, hit a parked 2011 Hyundai Elantra belonging to neighbor Michael Wilsey, snapped a telephone pole and knocked down a mailbox, according to Aga Dembinska, Troop C public relations officer.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 8

Kick Off Junior Livestock Show

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LIVESTOCK SHOW – 5 p.m. Open the 4-H Junior Livestock show with a chicken BBQ for public & exhibitors followed by an ice cream social at 7:30 p.m. Cost, $10 for the BBQ. Iroquois Farm Showgrounds, 1659 Co. Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1452 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Junior-Livestock-Show

PADDLE & PULL – 1 – 4 p.m. Bring your canoe/kayak, or reserve one of OCCA’s, and help pull invasive water chestnuts from the stump portion of Goodyear Lake. Bring water, sunscreen, & a hat. Registration requested. Meet at Portlandville Fishing Access, St. Hwy. 28, Portlandville. Call 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/paddle-and-pull-goodyear-lake/

Head-On Collision Blocks Rt. 166

Head-On Collision

Blocks Route 166

Both Drivers Transported To Bassett

Cooperstown Fireman Brian Murphy helps to clean up the remnants of one of the totaled cars involved in a crash this morning on rt. 166 in Middlefield. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

TOWN OF MIDDLEFIELD – Two vehicles collided head-on this morning on Route 166 and Cornish Hill Road, sending both drivers to Bassett Hospital, according to Sheriff’s Deputy James Mateunas.

When the emergency call was placed at 9:11 a.m., Cooperstown firefighters and sheriff’s deputies responded.

Bliss Tells Of Bipartisan Record; Berliant Says It’s Time For Change
DISTRICT 7 DEBATE (MIDDLEFIELD, CHERRY VALLEY, ROSEBOOM)

Bliss Tells Of Bipartisan Record;

Berliant Says, Time For Change

District 7 Representative Dave Bliss and challenger Leslie Berliant address a packed house at the old high school in Cherry Valley on Monday night. Bliss believes that his record of bi-partisan leadership shows his commitment to getting things done for the constituents of District 7. Berliant believes it is time for big changes in the County Board of Representatives. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Andrew J. Kubis, 97, Middlefield; Former, WWII Vet, Civic Leader
IN MEMORIAM

Andrew J. Kubis, 97, Middlefield;

Farmer, WWII Vet, Civic Leader

MIDDLEFIELD – Andrew J. Kubis, 97, a farmer, decorated World War II veteran and founding member of the Middlefield Fire Department, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Kearney, Pa., on Sept. 28, 1919, to Michael and Mary Kubis, the family moved to Middlefield when Andrew  was 11. Andrew lived and worked on the family farm until joining the Army, where he was a tank unit commander in the armored cavalry.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 1

‘Empty Bowls’ Benefit Today

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EMPTY BOWLS – Noon-2 p.m. Serving homemade soup in your choice of bowl crafted and donated by local potters. Cost, $15 to benefit the local food pantry. Christ Church Parish Hall on Fair Street, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/calendar-of-events/#!event/2017/4/1/empty-bowls. To volunteer or donate call (607)547-2627

SOUTH AFRICAN BANQUET – 6-9 p.m. The Mali Education project presents a South African benefit bazaar, dinner and documentary fill titled “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” about the founder of the Green belt Movement in Kenya and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Tickets, $15 adults, $10 children over 5. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave, Oneonta. Reservation, call (607)434-3303 or email cswolfgould@gmail.com. Info, uuso.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB. 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB. 19

Snow Date For ‘Love Letters’

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THEATER – 2 p.m. Performance of ‘Love Letters,’ by A.R. Gurney, which tells the story of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner via the letters they exchanged over their lifetime. The Production Center of the Foothills Performing Arts Center, 124 Market St., Oneonta. Info, (607) 432-5407 or GEStevens17@gmail.com

HYDE HALL HISTORY – 3 p.m. John Bower, Marketing Director of Hyde Hall, presents a brief history from 1817 to 1835. Event is free and open to the public with light refreshments available. Celebrate Hyde Hall’s 200th year. Middlefield Town Hall, on Co. Rt. 25 off St. Rt. 166.

IN MEMORIAM: Kittie Johnson, 57; Folk Artist

IN MEMORIAM:  Kittie Johnson, 57; Folk Artist

MIDDLEFIELD –  Kittie Leslie Johnson, 57, a folk artist here in Middlefield, died peacefully at Bassett Hospital on Friday.

NORSE ENERGY ASKS HIGH COURT TO RECONSIDER MIDDLEFIELD BAN

NORSE ENERGY ASKS HIGH COURT

TO RECONSIDER MIDDLEFIELD BAN

ALBANY – Norse Energy Corp. has filed a motion to appeal the state Court of Appeals decision upholding fracking bans in the towns of Middlefield and Dryden.

As a precedent, Norse’s lawyer Thomas West cites a ban on fracking in Longmont, Colo., that was overturned.

Supporters of the New York bans point out that they do not specifically ban fracking, only assert Middlefield and Dryden’s “home rule” right to regulate heavy industry within town boundaries.

READ THE TEXT OF NORSE ENERGY’S APPEAL

 

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