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Otsego County Sherriffs Department

Two Arrested With Switchblade, Crack Cocaine

Deputies: Worcester Pair

Found With Crack Cocaine

Jesse Wilson
Samone Van Buren

WORCESTER – Two people were arrested in Worcester after Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputies allegedly found crack cocaine, a switchblade and drug paraphernalia at their home.

Jesse R. Wilson, 30, and Samone R. VanBuren, 29, both of Worcester were arrested after deputies executed a search warrant at their residence in the Town of Worcester.

Two Dozen Dead Cows Found on Town of Maryland Farm

2 Dozen Cows Dead

At Maryland Farm

Otsego County Sheriff’s deputies found more than two dozen dead cows in the barn of this Town of Maryland farm, on Route 7 right past Cooperstown Junction. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

The carcasses were found in this barn, some still tied up in their pens.

TOWN OF MARYLAND – The stench could be smelled for a mile.

More than two dozen dead cows in various states of decay were found in a barn on Route 7 in the Town of Maryland last night, after Otsego County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the conditions on the farm.

“It appears they all starved to death,” said Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. “There was no food or water. It’s despicable.”

15 live cattle, as well as goats and pigs, were seized from the farm, and another 17 were put into the pasture while arrangements for relocation were made.

Three Arrested For Cocaine, LSD

Three Arrested For

Possessing Coke, LSD

ONEONTA – Three men were arrested Tuesday night after Oneonta police executed a search warren at 300 Main Street and allegedly found cocaine and LSD in the residence.

Timothy A. Baron, 37, Mark J. Fategoni, 55 and Zachery E. Meegan, 28 were all arrested and charged with possessing cocaine. Meegan was also allegedly in possession of LSD, and $9,500 in cash was also seized. Police were assisted by the Otsego County Sheriffs Department’s K9 Unit.

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