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News of Otsego County

Rob O’Brien

Blaze Destroys Fly Creek Barn

Blaze Destroys Fly Creek Barn

Firefighters from Fly Creek arrived on the scene of a fully-involved barn fire at 12:40 p.m. this afternoon at 399 Hoke Road, Fly Creek, according to Rob O’Brien, Otsego Count 911 coordinator. No injuries were reported, and the fire was out just before 2:30 p.m., with no cause yet determined. Mutual aid was provided by Cooperstown, Hartwick, Hartwick Seminary, Schuyler Lake and Richfield fire departments. (Bill Michaels for AllOTSEGO.com)
Accidents Overnight; Snow Brings Down Trees, Wires
SNOW EMERGENCIES UNTIL NOON SATURDAY

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/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.

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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.

Some Customers’ Phones Are Dead, Perhaps A Month

MORRIS CENTER OF PROBLEM

Some Customers’

Phones Are Dead,

Perhaps A Month

As Repairs Fail, County 911 Chief

Files Complaint Today With PUC

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Rob O’Brien

COOPERSTOWN – County 911 Director Rob O’Brien today filed a complaint with the state Public Service Commission after “large pockets” of Frontier Communications’ landline telephone customers have been without service, some for weeks.

Because there is no cell-phone service in parts of the Gilbertsville-Morris-New Lisbon corridor, many customers would be unable to communicate in case of fire or other emergency.  Frontier, which also serves Unadilla, has 2,753 customers in Otsego County, but it was unclear how many had been affected.

“Some of these folks are talking about no telephone service for almost the entire month of December,” said O’Brien. “It’s mindboggling to me that this would go on in the year 12019 – People can’t count on reliable telephone service.

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