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Sheriff Richard Devlin

Key County Leaders Vow To Serve Fellow Citizens

Key County Leaders Vow

To Serve Fellow Citizens

With wife Katie holding the Bible, County Judge John Lambert of Cooperstown, top,  prepares to be sworn in for a second 10-year term by his colleague, County Judge Brian Burns of Oneonta, right, this afternoon in the Foothills Atrium in Oneonta.  At left are the Lamberts’ children, Anna and Charlie.  At right, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. of Milford is sworn in by Lambert.  Next to the sheriff is his father, Richard J. Devlin Sr.  Also sworn in were state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, new county Coroners David Delker and Christian Shaefer, and Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield.

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FREEMAN’S JOURNAL, HOMETOWN ONEONTA
Middlefield Dairy Farmer Gored By Bull, DiedMan Killed By Bull

Middlefield Farmer

Gored By Bull, Dies

MIDDLEFIELD – A Middlefield firefighter died Tuesday after being attacked by one of his bulls.

A family member saw Eugene Wolfert, 68, lying in his pasture just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, and called 911 while maintaining pressure on Wolfert’s wound.

According to Otsego County Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr. Wolfert had been apparently gored by a bull after the animal became aggressive for unknown reasons.

“He had a bucket of grain with him, so it’s believed that he was feeding the animals when one of the bulls became aggressive,” said county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr. “When the EMS crews arrived, death was obvious, so at that point the coroner was contacted.”

County Board Discusses, Agrees To Easing Standoff With Sheriff
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County Board Discusses, Agrees

To Easing Standoff With Sheriff

County Rep. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, praises county Board Chair David Bliss for working out an agreement that may end a standoff with Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. Frazier also sought to make sure yesterday’s vote endorsing the Devlin-Bliss agreement would give the chair sufficient clout to resolve the matter of the sheriff’s correctional-officer son, Ros, who has been barred from going on county property since an incident at the county jail in January 2017. Matt Ryan, the county’s labor attorney, reassured Frazier on that count.  Frazier is flanked by county reps Gary Koutnik, right, and Danny Lapin, both City of Oneonta Democrats.  For full debate, part of a video of the county board’s April meeting, click here (from videotape by Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
VICTIMS’ DAUGHTER FOUND HER PARENTS; SON HELD IN DEATHS

LONG GUN USED, NOT PISTOL

VICTIMS’ DAUGHTER

FOUND HER PARENTS;

SON HELD IN DEATHS

County Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. listens to a reporter’s question this afternoon at a press conference on the shooting death of a Laurens couple last evening. With him are District Attorney John Muehl, and Capt. Christina Sisbower and Lt. Rodney Westbrook, both with the state polilce. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Kevin Perry, accused in his parents’ death.

TOWN OF MIDDLEFIELD – The sister of Kevin A. Perry came home on the evening of Tuesday Dec. 12 to find both of her parents dead on the floor of their Laurens trailer home, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. reported at a press conference this afternoon at the county jail.

Both were killed by gunshots, and Kevin Perry, 23, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his parents, Timothy A. Perry, 59, and Solveige E. Perry, 52.

Jail Sprinkler System Faulty, Sheriff Reports

Jail Sprinkler System

Faulty, Sheriff Reports

But Repairs May Not Happen Until 2018

Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. reports on challenges at the county jail to the county board’s Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee this morning. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – The sprinkler system in the Otsego County jail is faulty, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. told the county board’s Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee this morning, but repairs may not come anytime soon.

“What I was told, if the system is activated, it will probably clog,” he told the committee at its monthly meeting.  Although it’s unclear how effective the sprinklers are, he said the alarms would probably allow all the inmates to be evacuated in time.

Committee member Dan Wilber, R-Burlington Flats, reacted:  “This is an extraordinary situation.”

Devlin: Politics Prevents Fair County Investigation
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE CITED

Devlin: Politics Prevents

Fair County Investigation

He Asks For NY Commission of Correction Review
Sheriff Richard J. Devlin

COOPERSTOWN – In light of an article in today’s editions of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. has issued a statement “questioning the integrity” of the county Board of Representatives’  investigation of his department “since a political motive has now emerged.”

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If the county board has any evidence of wrongdoing in his department, it should provide it to him so he can ask the state Commission of Correction to investigate it, the sheriff said.

Devlin cited the article headlined, “Clark’s Husband Sheriff Prospect?” which reported county Democratic chair Richard Abbate has been sounded out twice on whether his party would cross-endorse Bob Fernandez, a retired state trooper and county board Chair Kathy Clark’s husband, if he were to run for county sheriff in 2018.

In 10 Days, Deputies Seize Marijuana Worth $112,000

In 10 Days, Deputies Seize

Marijuana Worth $112,000

Libby Cudmore • The Freeman’s Journal

Edition of Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Sheriff Devlin examines a caches of the suspected drug at his Middlefield headquarters. (Ian Austin/The Freeman's Journal)
Sheriff Devlin examines a caches of the suspected drug at his Middlefield headquarters. (Ian Austin/The Freeman’s Journal)

‘Tis the season for seizing at the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department.

“Growers are moving their marijuana plants and harvesting before the hard frost hits,” said county Sheriff Richard Devlin. “So we concentrate with multiple resources and try to wrap everything up.”

In the last two weeks, county Sheriff’s investigators has made three sizable marijuana busts, including nearly 13 pounds seized Friday, Nov. 28 in a mobile home on Pegg Road in Morris. Whilst in other areas of the country, people are able to legally use and purchase 2000mg cbd oil and similar products, it is not the case in this region.

In that case, Michael Deluca and Sallie Lewis Jacoby were arrested and charged with criminal possession of marijuana. “That’s the largest bust this year,” said Devlin. “It was way more than for personal use. There’s a big difference between getting caught with a joint and having 13 pounds.”

Four days earlier, Richard Patalona, owner of Let it Grow nursery in Cherry Valley, was arrested for possessing four and a quarter pounds of marijuana and $11,000. “We’ll seize cash if we believe it’s directly attributed to a drug operation,” Devlin said. When people buy weed online canada to smoke, it’s not so much a big deal but when there is a whole farm and lots of cash involved, it becomes a very big deal.

And on Tuesday, Dec. 2, James Chicorelli, Morris, was arrested for possessing nearly seven pounds of freshly cut and dried marijuana, deputies reported.

The marijuana has to be dried and weighed before a decision can be made on the level of charge to be filed. Afterwards, the marijuana disposed of by incineration.

In all, the three busts totaled 25 pounds and $112,000 in street value. In Otsego County, an eighth of an ounce will sell for $35, an ounce for $280, according to Senior Investigator Mike Ten Eyck, the department spokesman.

Well-Wishers Fill Courtroom #1 For Seward, Devlin Swearings-In

Well-Wishers Fill Courtroom #1

For Seward, Devlin Swearings-In

Nora Thomas squeezing between her grandparents, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and his wife Cindy, Michael V. Coccoma, the chief administrative judge for state Supreme Court, swears him in to a 15th term this afternoon in Courtroom #1, Cooperstown.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Nora Thomas squeezes between her grandparents, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and his wife Cindy, as Michael V. Coccoma, the chief administrative judge for state Supreme Court, swears in the senator for a 15th term this afternoon in Courtroom #1, Cooperstown. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

Sheriff Recalls Judge’s Prediction Of Heroin Scourge, Vows To Fight On

Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. is sworn in for his third term by state Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma.  Bearing witness are his wife Laurie and their daughter.
Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. is sworn in for his third term by state Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma. Bearing witness are his wife Laurie and their daughter Kimberly.  The Devlins also have two sons.

COOPERSTOWN – Four years ago today in Courtroom #1, Otsego County Judge Brian Burns issued the first alarm to an astonished crowd:  He expected heroin would be the biggest scourge the judicial system would face during his term.

Today, Judge Burns swore in county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin for a third term, and the lawman ruefully recalled the jurist’s prediction, which proved too true, to the anguish of many local families and the concern of the citizenry at large.

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But he made clear law enforcement isn’t passively accepting heroin in our midst.  “The sheriff’s office has had some of the largest drutg wseizures and major drug cases that this county has ever seen,” he said.  “…I am fighting and using every means available to rid our communities of this toxin.

“I am communicating a clear message to the dealers and suppliers, conveying that, ‘if you bring your poison into our communities, we will find you.  We will arrest you  And the DA will vigorously prosecutre you.  Our judsges will sentence you to lengthy preson terms.  And, more important, you are not welcome here.'”

In the 15th swearing in of state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, which followed, the senator said “New York State has a lot going for it.”

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