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Otsego County Seeks To Supplement Struggling Local Emergency Services

Otsego County Seeks To Supplement
Struggling Local Emergency Services

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Emergency medical services are struggling to respond to calls county-wide, leading Otsego County officials to consider stepping in with supplemental services.

“I’ve been in the service for 47 years. I have never seen it this bad,” said Rep. Dan Wilber, R-Burlington, Edmeston, Exeter, Plainfield, who is a member of the Edmeston Fire Department and Rescue Squad and the chair of the county’s Public Safety and Legal Affairs Committee.

Wilber said he and his fellow PSLA members have been listening to Otsego County Emergency Services Coordinator Art Klingler Jr. and Otsego County E-911 Director Bob O’Brien. Both men have been warning them that a generation of EMS workers are aging out of service or have been discouraged by the lengthy coronavirus pandemic.

“Now it has become very evident that we need to come up with something to assist the locals in the process,” Klinger told the county’s Board of Representative during a special presentation Wednesday, April 7.

The duo made a presentation asking the board to develop a plan for supplemental EMS help, with a county ambulance and/or an advanced life support fly car to assist with response and transportation to people in need of emergency health help.

Accidents Overnight; Snow Brings Down Trees, Wires

12 Accidents Overnight;

Snow Fells Trees, Wires

Backyards in Cooperstown, and around Otsego County, were winter wonderlands this morning – the second day of spring! (Jim Kevlin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

The overnight snowstorm that continues today has caused a dozen accidents and brought down trees and wires across the county, reports Rob O’Brien, Otsego County 911 director.

“The roads are in very poor condition,” he said. “And we’re dealing with trees and wires down everywhere due to the weight of the snow.”

In Oneonta, city police have begun ticketing cars parked on streets, and reminds drivers if cars must be towed, owners must pay the cost.

In Cooperstown, Village DPW Superintendent Mitch Hotaling declared a snow emergency that began at 10 a.m. and continue until noon Saturday.  Parking is prohibited on village streets, and is available in the Doubleday Field Parking Lot.

Milford Mayor Brian Pokorny has also declared a snow emergency in that village through noon tomorrow.



Trooper Injured In I-88 Altercation

Trooper Injured

In I-88 Altercation

SCHENEVUS – At least one state trooper was injured in an altercation that took place near the Schenevus exit on I-88, according to Officer Aga Dembinska, Troop C public relations.

However, by late evening Dembinska lacked any further details.

SUNY Student Arrested For Attempted Murder

SUNY Student Arrested

For Attempted Murder

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.

Julian Vancourt-Wels

ONEONTA – A SUNY Oneonta student is under arrest for first-degree attempted murder after police allege that he had stabbed his girlfriend in the off-campus apartment they shared.

Julian D. VanCourt-Wels, 20, Schenectady, was arrested after police responded to a 911 call of a stabbing at 30 Maple St., Apartment 2, in Oneonta. According to Police Chief Doug Brenner, police found a female victim sitting on the couch, bleeding profusely from several apparent stab wounds.

Camper Killed By Falling Tree Limb



SOUTH NEW BERLIN – A 24-year-old Rhode Island man was killed at the Grand Slam Campground during Saturday evening’s violent storm when a tree limb fell onto his tent, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. announced this afternoon.

Ryan Sutcliffe, Cumberland, R.I., was  pronounced dead after a tree limb approximately 4 feet in diameter broke off during the storm, landing on his tent while he was sleeping.

Sheriff Releases Photos of Robbery Suspect


Sheriff Releases Photos

Of NBT Robbery Suspect

The suspect strides across the lobby of NBT's Edmeston branch this morning in this video released by the Otsego County Sheriff's Department.
The suspect strides across the lobby of NBT’s Edmeston branch this morning in this video released by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department.  If you think you recognize him, call the sheriff’s department at (607) 547-4273.


Here's a closeup of the suspect at a teller station.
Here’s a closeup of the suspect at a teller station.

EDMESTON – The Otsego County Sheriff’s Department a few minutes ago released surveillance photos from this morning’s robbery at NBT Bank’s branch here.

The suspect is being described as mid-late 20s, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10, with a tall, thin build.  He was last seen wearing light colored pants, a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, dark colored shoes, a dark colored knit hat and dark rimmed glasses.

The suspect allegedly entered the bank and demanded money from the teller, then fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

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