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Arrest Made in Pig Abuse Case

Arrest Made In

Pig-Neglect Case

With a container of dry corn, Alicia Neilsen seeks to lure one of the four rescued pigs into the Susquehanna Animal Shelter on Monday.  Neilsen, a volunteer at Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, New Berlin, is assisted by SAS volunteer Cat Chicorelli, left.. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Jared Talbot

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested and charged with torturing animals after Otsego County sheriff’s deputies rescued his four emaciated pigs Monday from an un-insulated shed on Fisk Road in Laurens.

Jared J. Talbot, 21, was arrested today following a civilian complaint that led deputies to his property, where four pigs were found living without food or water and in an improper shelter.

100 Marijuana Plants Seized In Morris Raid

100 Marijuana Plants

Seized In Morris Raid

Christian Balmaceda
Joseph Ali

MORRIS – Two men were arrested and 100 pounds of marijuana seized after the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department raided two indoor growing operations in Morris and New Lisbon.

Christian Balmaceda, 47, Morris, and Joseph D. Ali, 49, New Lisbon, were both arrested after an investigation lead the Sheriff’s Deputies and the DEA to search the residences of both men.

Man Charged With Stealing Guns

Man Charged With Stealing Guns

Garreau

LAURENS – A Sherburne man was arrested by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department after he allegedly stole five guns and other items from a Laurens residence.

According to the complaint, Richard Garreau, aka Ricky Diamond, 22, was allowed to live with and was given a job by the victim. After Garreau moved out, the victim allegedly found that five guns and other personal items had been stolen from the residence and filed a report with the Sheriff’s Department.

Two Inmates Arrested At Otsego County Jail

Inmate Faces Cocaine

Charge; 2nd, Assault

Nancy Callahan
Mark Russitano

COOPERSTOWN – A fight and possession of crack cocaine led to new charges against two Otsego County jail inmates, according to releases sent today by the county Sheriff’s Department.

Nancy Callahan, 39, Richfield Springs, was arrested Wednesday, May 2, for possession of crack cocaine while incarcerated.

Mark A. Russitano, 32, Utica, was arrested Monday, May 7, for fighting with another inmate, deputies said.

Missing Otsego Woman Found Dead Near Home

Snow Melts, Missing

Woman’s Body Found

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Margaret Thayer

CATTOWN – The body of a 60-year-old woman missing since March 1 was located behind her home this morning in an area where snow drifts were recently several feet deep, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. reports.

Deputies were at Margaret R. Thayer’s home on Parslow Road in the hamlet of Cattown, near Fly Creek, rechecking areas that have been previously searched by foot and with the help of K9s, Devlin said.

Foul play is not suspected at this time, the investigation is continuing, according to the sheriff.

Otsego Woman Still Missing After Storm

Otsego Woman Still

Missing After Storm

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Margaret Thayer

OTSEGO – Otsego County sheriff’s deputies are continuing their search for a 60-year-old woman who went missing from her Parslow Road home just before last week’s storms.

Margaret R. Thayer was reported missing March 6 after a friend went over to plow her driveway and saw that she was not home. “Our concern was that she was last seen right before the snowstorm,” said Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. “It’s been snowing consistently since then, which has hindered our ability to search.”

Thayer, a white female with grey hair and hazel eyes, is considered a “vulnerable adult.” According to Devlin, she has medical conditions and mobility issues. She has been known to wander, and deputies have responded to the address before to assist after she locked herself out of her home.

Maryland Women Arrested For Hit-and-Run

Maryland Women Arrested

For Milford Hit-and-Run

MILFORD – A Town of Maryland woman was arrested by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department for fleeing the scene of an accident after she struck a Milford woman walking along the side of State Highway 7 near the intersection of County Highway 58A.

Mindy Stevens, 35, allegedly struck Evelyn Ruiz, 29, with her car after traveling into the road’s shoulder, where Ruiz was walking west with the flow of traffic, alongside Jermaine Weir, 21. Stevens then allegedly fled the scene without stopping.

Man Arrested After Car Hits Milford Home

Man Arrested After Car

Runs Into Milford Home

A car crashed through the Jones’ family home in Milford early Sunday morning. (Photo Contributed by Tammy Jones)

MILFORD – A 63-yearold Fort Plain man was arrested and charged with DWI after he drove his car into the kitchen of Tammy and Barry Jones

According to the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department, Ray Agard was operating a car traveling north on State Highway 28 when he lost control of the vehicle and exited the right shoulder, striking a snow bank. His vehicle continued off the roadway before coming to rest in the Jones home at 124 North Main Street in Milford.

Car Crashes Through Jones Family Home

Car Crashes Into

Jones Family Home

A car crashed through the Jones’ family home in Milford early this morning. (Photo Contributed by Tammy Jones)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Russ Jones shows the damage to the outside of his parents’ house on Route 28 in Milford. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

MILFORD – Tammy and Barry Jones were awoken at 1 this morning by a loud crash in the kitchen of their home on Route 28 in Milford.

“It was a rude awakening,” said Tammy. “There was a car right in front of our dishwasher.”

According to Tammy, the driver of the car first tried to back out, then asked them to help him leave. “Then he asked if he could use our bathroom,” she said. “And I called 911.”

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