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Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr.

Sheriff: Man Fell Asleep, Hit Parked Cars

Sheriff: Driver Fell Asleep,

Hit 2 Parked Cars In Milford

MILFORD – An Illion man allegedly fell asleep at the wheel before he hit two parked cars on Main Street in Milford this morning, according to Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.

Timothy B. Mower, 45, Illion, was allegedly traveling south on state highway 28 in the Village of Milford when he is believed to have fallen asleep. His truck, which was towing a trailer, hit two cars parked on the shoulder of the roadway, pushing the second car into a brick wall and the third car into a utility pole.

Sheriff’s Deputies On Scene Of 3-Car Pileup
Truck Hit Two Parked Cars on Main Street

Sheriff’s Deputies On Scene

Of 3-Car Pileup in Milford

Otsego County Sheriffs Deputies are on the scene of a three-car pileup on Main Street in Milford, where a driver in a truck pulling a trailer allegedly lost control of his vehicle and plowed into two parked cars at 10:05 this morning. No injuries were reported and at present, no tickets have been issued, but Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr, said that the investigation is ongoing. (Photo courtesy of Hank Nicols)
PETS Task Force’s First Case: Pittsfield Pigs

PETS Task Force’s First Case:

Rescue Pigs From Pittsfield Farm

Stacie Haynes, executive director, Susquehanna SPCA, feeds two pigs, nicknamed Sonny and Cher, that the SSPCA rescued from squalid conditions in Pittsfield. (Jennifer Hill/

HARTWICK SEMINARY – It was a scene Stacie Haynes has seen play out before.

Two pigs, skinny and without food, water or hay, trying to eat the corpses of two dead pigs in a trash pile at a farm on County Route 18, Town of Pittsfield. “They were shivering and cold,” she said. “We got called out there at night in a rainstorm, and we seized them.”

Now playfully dubbed “Sonny and Cher,” the two pigs – one male, one female, approximately five months old – are at the SPCA with plenty of clean hay and shelter.

Animal Cruelty Task Force Meets, Renames Self PETS

Animal Cruelty Task Force

Meets, Renames Self PETS

The county’s new Animal Cruelty Task Force, renamed PETS, met today, comprising, from left, District Attorney John Muehl, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes Christine Schneider of Leatherstocking Veterinary Group, SSPCA Vet Tech Sara Haddad,  and Joan Puritz of Oneonta Veterinary Clinic. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

SSPCA’s Haynes believes that education is the key to preventing animal cruelty.

COOPERSTOWN – PETS, Stacie Haynes said, are the county’s tools for combating animal cruelty.

“PETS stands for Prevention, Education, Training and Systems,” said Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA executive director. “That is the new name we have given the Animal Cruelty Task Force.”

The group, which formed in February, met this morning at the county Sheriff’s Department offices to agree on goals.

Most cases of animal cruelty, said Haynes, are people who find themselves overwhelmed. “They’re not intentionally torturing an animal, they just end up in unfortunate circumstances.”

Sheriff Advises: Take Care Of Your Outstanding Warrants

Warrant Sweep Begins,

Sheriff Devlin Advises

If One’s Outstanding For YOU, Take Care Of It

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – A warrant round-up is about to begin, and county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin is advising anyone with an outstanding fine or citation to appear in person to avoid being arrested as the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office executes a warrant roundup.

In a posting on the department’s official Facebook page, Devlin said that the sheriff’s deputies will be seeking out people with warrants pending to clear up their records.

Arrest Made In Edmeston Bank Heist

Suspect Arrested In

Edmeston Bank Heist

Dennis Gelatt
Dennis Gelatt


EDMESTON – An Earlville man is in Otsego County jail today after he was arrested Sunday and charged with robbing the NBT Bank branch in Edmeston on May 23.

Dennis D. Gelatt, 31, was taken into custody when Otsego and Madison county sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at a Madison County home.

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