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Teen Killed In Walton ATV Crash

Bronx Teen Killed

In Walton ATV Crash

WALTON – A 15-year-old from The Bronx died Friday afternoon when he lost control of an ATV near here and and crashed into a tree, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department reports.

Responding to a 911 call, deputies and Walton firefighters and EMTs found the teen had lost control of the all-terrain vehicle on Iroquois Trail Road; it ran off the road and he was thrown from the ATV, Sheriff Craig DuMond said today.

The boy was not wearing a helmet, the sheriff said.

Logging Truck Overturns In Delhi


Logging Truck

Flips In Delhi

A logging truck overturned on a snowy Delaware County Route 2 on Monday. The driver was uninjured, but the road was closed for several hours as Sheriff’s Deputies worked to clear the road.

DELHI – A Delhi road was shut down for several hours after a logging truck driven by an Oneontan overturned on slush-covered roads Monday evening, the Delaware County sheriff reported today.

According to Sheriff Craig DuMond, David Stanton, 35, Oneonta, was driving the tractor-trailer on East Terry Clove Road when the trailer, loaded with logs, jack-knifed on the slush covered roadway and partially rolled onto its side as Stanton made a left turn onto Route 2.

Oneonta UPS Worker Helps Stop Scam


Oneonta UPS Worker

Helps Stop Online Scam

ONEONTA – An employee at the Oneonta UPS store on Southside helped stop a victim from sending thousands of dollars to what turned out to be a scam artist, according to Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond.

DuMond’s department was contacted by an elderly bank customer who had responded to a pop-up notification on their computer, stating that the machine was in need of repair.

When the “mark” responded, the scammer was able to gain control of the computer’s operating system, and convince the victim to share personal financial account information, allowing access to the victim’s financial account on-line, then locking and restricting the victim’s access to the computer.

‘Bail Reform Nightmare’ Requires Delaware Sheriff To Ignore Better Instincts

‘Bail Reform Nightmare’

Requires Delaware Sheriff

To Ignore Better Instincts

Suspect In Forcible Home Entry Released

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Sheriff DuMond

DELHI – It’s another example of “the bail reform nightmare,” said Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond after he was required this week to release a suspect who allegedly forced his way into a Walton home, stole prescription drugs and choked a female occupant.

“It is still very difficult for me to fathom a world where a criminal can physically break into an innocent victim’s home, violently attack the victim by means of strangulation, and be released back into the community,” the sheriff said.  “Who really believes this is in the best interests of criminal justice?

“The victims of crimes are real and being ignored as a result of the miscarriage of justice caused by the governor and state Legislature,” he said.

Franklin Man Charged With 41 Counts Of Animal Abuse

Faces 41 Counts of Cruelty, Abuse

Sheriff: Franklin Man

Trained Dogs To Fight


Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond, left, and Erin Insinga, shelter director, Delaware County Humane Society, announce the arrest of Nasir Asmat for 41 counts of animal abuse in training 20 dogs for fighting.

SIDNEY – A week after 20 dogs were rescued from a Franklin home “like something out of a horror film,” Nasir Azmat, 41, has been arrested and charged with 41 counts of animal fighting and cruelty charges.

Nasier Azmat

“I have a special place in my heart to defend the defenseless,” said Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond at this morning’s press conference. “I got to meet some of the beautiful souls of the Franklin, and it’s heartbreaking to see such innocent victims in these horrendous living conditions. And they were horrendous.”

One female pit bull that he saw, he reported, was used for breeding. “She just had this look of horror and abuse, even when you just reached out a hand to her,” he said. “It was awful.”

Missing Sidney Man Found Dead in Franklin

Missing Sidney Man

Found Dead in Franklin

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

FRANKLIN  – The body of a 51-year-old Sidney man who went missing two months ago was discovered by utility line employees clearing branches in a wooded area of the Town of Franklin Wednesday, Delaware County Sheriff Craig S. DuMond announced in a press release today.

The man was identified as Byron J. Furman and determined to have died “as a result of natural causes.” “He probably had a heart attack of some sort of medical emergency that led to his death,” Sheriff DuMond said.

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