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State Police seeking suspects of alleged burglary in Town of Hartwick that injured elderly woman

State Police seeking suspects of alleged burglary in Town of Hartwick that injured elderly woman

At least one person allegedly entered the Poplar Avenue home of an elderly woman in the Town of Hartwick between the evening of Sunday, January 2 and the morning of Monday, January 3, and injured her, according to New York State Police.

The victim was transported to Bassett Hospital where she remains in stable condition.

State Police searching for assault suspect

Anthony Masi

State Police searching for assault suspect

State Police are asking for help in searching for a suspect in an alleged assault in Oneonta on Thursday, December 30.

Anthony Masi, 29, is alleged to have struck a victim with a machete-like knife, causing them to bleed profusely from their nose at the Budget Inn on State Route 23.

The victim was transported to Bassett Hospital and later transferred to Upstate Medical Center for surgery.

Contact the State Police at 607-561-7400 with any information.

State Police: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

State Police: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Fair warning for Christmas week drivers – the New York State Police plan to step up enforcement to crack down on impaired and reckless driving during the upcoming busy season.

It’s a part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative running Friday, December 17 through New Year’s Day. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during the two-week campaign.

‘Porch pirates’ on the hunt for holiday shipping booty

‘Porch pirates’ on the hunt for holiday shipping booty

By Kevin Limiti • Special to

They take on the title “porch pirates,” but really, they’re package thieves — the dark side of the busy holiday shopping season deliveries.

Just two weeks ago, two people were arrested for stealing packages from porches in Hartwick, Garrattsville, and New Lisbon, according to New York State Police. The pair were arrested November 15 and charged with petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, and conspiracy in the sixth degree.

The Freeman’s Journal/Hometown Oneonta asked local police departments for strategies local residents can employ to protect their packages.

Fatal hit and run being investigated in Oneonta

Fatal hit and run in Oneonta under investigation

Staff Report • Special to

Update: According to State Police, a vehicle involved in the hit and run has been found. However, the investigation is still ongoing.

New York State Police are investigating a hit and run which left one person dead in Oneonta.

A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on route 205 in Oneonta close to Country Club Road either late Sunday, Aug.15 or early Monday, Aug. 16.

State Route 205 at Brown Street and Chestnut Street is closed while the investigation proceeds.

The State Police ask anyone with any information to contact them.

State Police search for missing teen from Roseboom

State Police search for missing teen from Roseboom

STAFF REPORT • Special to

State Police announced that they are searching for a teen who went missing on Monday, June 14.

Anjelia Sturtevant, 14, was last seen at her home in Roseboom near Cooperstown.

Sturtevant is 5’2 weighing approximately 190 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink camouflaged pull over sweatshirt and may be carrying a white makeup bag. She has brown hair, brown eyes, an eyebrow piercing above her left eye, a nose piercing on the right side of her nose, pierced ears, a lower lip piercing and a tongue piercing.

Call New York State Police investigators if you have any information on her whereabouts at 607-561-7400.

Alleged Halloween party stabber appears in court

Alleged Halloween party stabber appears in court

By KEVIN LIMITI• Special to

Public defender Brett Cowen, left, defends Richard Gantt on Monday, May 24, in Otsego County Court in Cooperstown. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego).

COOPERSTOWN  – An Oneonta man, whose violent altercation in Unadilla ended in a stabbing and the victim having to be taken by helicopter to a medical facility, appeared in Otsego County court Monday, May 24, to face charges of assault in the first and second degree.

Richard Gantt voluntarily agreed to be interviewed by state police, according to testimony.

“I was called because it was a serious case,” Jeremy Hicks, investigator for the New York State Police, said via video in the courtroom.

The confrontation which led to the stabbing occurred on Sunday, Oct, 18, 2020, at a Halloween party, with Logan Kabana of Oneonta.

Gantt, who is Black, claimed during the police interview that Kabana had made racial remarks, leading to the fight.

However, Kabana said during the proceedings, that he had been hanging out with Gantt and did a shot with him when he made a remark that somebody who was hanging out near the fire pit was a serial killer and was going to get Gantt. This allegedly caused Gantt to fly into a rage and resulted in Kabana being assaulted and stabbed.

The next day, Kabana picked out Gantt from a photo array and police sought out Gantt’s girlfriend, who works at Springbrook, and eventually got him to come down to the state police barracks in Oneonta, where he was read his Miranda rights.

Lambert at one point warned an observer in the courtroom, who was shaking their head demonstrably in reaction to an overruled objection, to no longer do that or they would be removed from the courtroom.

There was no return court appearance set, but Lambert predicted they would convene again in about a month.

Suspect Sought In Heist Attempt

Suspect Sought In Heist Attempt

This white sedan, parked near the bank, is being sought.
The suspect’s image was captured on the bank’s camera.

The suspect in the attempted robbery Monday afternoon, March 22, at NBT Bank’s branch was still at large at presstime Tuesday evening.

The incident occurred at 1:56 p.m. at the 16 Main St. bank. The suspect didn’t threaten the bank’s staff or display a weapon.

State police from the Richfield Springs Barracks are handling the investigation.

Bank robberies, or threat of such, are rare in Otsego County. Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. said the last one he remembers was at the NBT in Edmeston on June 6, 2016, almost five years ago.

Likewise, prosecutions are a rarity, said Assistant District Attorney Chris Di Donna.

Attempted robbery is considered a violent felony under state law, punishable by a prison term of 16 months or more.

Stolen Goods May Belong To You, Troopers Suspect


Stolen Goods May Belong

To You, Troopers Suspect

Here are some of the good seized in last August’s raid.

ONEONTA – If you live in the Oneonta area check your storage units, sheds or garages, state police are suggesting.

If you find items missing, you may be able to reclaim them 1-3 p.m. Wednesday at the Oneonta Barracks, 199 Oneida St.

In August 2020, a number of items troopers believe were taken from storage units, shed or vehicles over the summer were recovered during arrests at a local motel.

Police: Man Got Caught Breaking In Home

Police: Man Caught

Breaking In Home

ONEONTA – A Mount Vision man was arrested after he was allegedly caught breaking into an Oneonta home while the owners were inside, according to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public relations officer.

Herbert J. Bidwell Jr., 38, Mount Vision, was arrested after county 911 dispatched state police to a burglary in progress at a home on Route 28, Town of Oneonta. The residents were home when they heard glass breaking and called 911.

State Police: Drunk Drive Drove Car Into Bar

State Police: Drunk Driver

Drove Car Into Mt. Vision Bar

MOUNT VISION – State police arrested a Mount Vision man after he allegedly crashed his car into Mandy’s Bar on Route 205 in Mount Vision.

Robert E. Ahlqvist, 67, was arrested after state police and Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the bar following reports that a vehicle had crashed into the building. According to a state police press release, troopers observed characteristics commonly associated with impairment, and Ahlqvist’s reportable B.A.C. was .13 percent.

Police: Drunk Driver Hit Motorcyclist

Troopers: Drunk Driver

Hit Oneonta Motorcyclist

ONEONTA – A Mount Vision woman was arrested and charged with DWI after she allegedly struck a 78-year-old motorcyclist on Oneida Street.

According to Aga Dembinska, Troop C public relations officer, Cristina J. Tilton, 54, was traveling east on Oneida when she began turning left onto Country Club Road and into the path of a motorcycle being driven by Donald O. Fredenburg, 78, Oneonta, who was traveling west n Oneida Street.

Police: Teen Threatened Law Enforcement

Police: Teen Threatened

Law Enforcement Officers

ONEONTA – An Oneonta teenager was arrested after allegedly calling Otsego County 911 and threatening law enforcement with violence.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C Public Relations officer, a teenager made approximately 40 illegitimate phone calls to Otsego County 911 between 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22. Some of the calls threatened violence against the 911 center and members of law enforcement, but did not specify an agency.

Off-Duty Otsego Sheriff’s Deputy Wounds Child In Accidental Shooting

Off-Duty Otsego Deputy

Wounds Child, Woman

In Accidental Shooting

CAMDEN – An off-duty Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputy injured a child and a woman after accidentally discharging the loaded handgun he had in his pocket while dining at a Camden restaurant last night, according to Trooper Jack Keller, Troop D Public Information Officer.

The preliminary investigation reveals that the Deputy was seated at a table at the Grape and Grog Restaurant on Taberg Street in Camden when he accidentally discharged one round from a handgun stored in his pocket.  According to Keller, the round exited through the bottom of his pocket, through his pants, and ricocheted off the concrete floor.

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