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Driver Hits Stopped Trooper Car On I-88

Trooper, Adults, Child Hurt In 3-Car Crash

Driver Slams Into

Police SUV On I-88

Troopers said the car at left ran into the unmarked state police SUV at right, pushing the SUV into the car in front of it.  The accident occurred in the eastbound lane of I-88 Monday evening.

SCHENEVUS – A state trooper, two adults and a child were hospitalized after a Richmondville woman, 32, failed to move over on Interstate 88, and smashed into the back of a stopped state police SUV hard enough to drive it into a third car that had been pulled over for a traffic stop, police report.

The trooper was from the Oneonta Barracks, Troop C, and the SUV’s lights were flashing when the accident occurred, police said.  The third car was pushed back into the eastbound lane.

2 Passengers Killed, Driver Injured In Pittsfield Crash

2 Passengers Killed,

Driver Hospitalized

In Pittsfield Crash

PITTSFIELD – Two passengers were dead and the driver hospitalized after a crash on County Route 13 in the Town of Pittsfield early this morning, according to a release from State Police Troop C.

At 12:17 a.m., troopers responded to a 911 report of a vehicle that went off the roadway near the 1100 block of County Route 13 in the town of Pittsfield.

High Speed Chase Ends In Collision With Cruiser

High Speed Chase Ends

In Collision With Cruiser

NEW LISBON – A high-speed chase involving an Oneonta man accused of burglarizing an Edmeston home ended when the suspect collided with an Otsego County Sheriff’s Department cruiser, according to Aga Dembinska, Troop C public relations officer.

Jesse M. Souza, 30, Oneonta, was allegedly seen by State Police at Richfield Springs leaving the scene of a burglary on Coutny Route 20 in Edmeston. Troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Souza allegedly failed to comply, and lead troopers on a pursuit through several Otsego County roads and into Allen Road in the Town of New Lisbon.

Police Seek Missing Kortright Woman, 79

Police Seek Missing

Kortright Woman, 79

This is a recent photo of Beverly L. Golembeski, 79, who went missing this afternoon near her Kortright home.

KORTRIGHT – A 79 year old women with dementia was reported missing earlier this evening by her husband, prompting State Police, Forest Rangers and other authorities to mount a search for her.

New York State Police at Stamford received a 911 call at approximately 5:52 p.m today that Beverly L. Golembeski, 79. was missing from a seasonal residence on Reed Road in the town of Kortright.

The call to 911 was made by Golembeski’s husband after he and a neighbor attempted to locate Golembeski, who left the residence between 3 and 3:30 p.m., possibly carrying a white 5-gallon bucket to collect wood.

Police: Man Shot, Killed Dog

West Winfield Man Shot,

Killed Dog, Troopers Say

WEST WINFIELD – A West Winfield man was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a dog, according to State Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer.

Troopers responded to a call that Ronald R. Bronson, 62, had allegedly shot a dog on his property on South Road in Richfield Springs.

Logging Accident Kills Unadilla Man

Logging Accident

Kills Unadilla Man

UNADILLA – An 80-year-old Unadilla man was killed on his property after a falling tree struck him while he was logging, according to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer.

William P. Marszal was clearing trees on his property on Ben McCumber Road last night with a John Deere 420 bulldozer. While skidding a downed tree, the downed tree uprooted another tree, which then fell on Marszal and caused head trauma.

Troopers Warn of Email Scam

Troopers Warn of Email Scam

ONEONTA – State Police are warning people to delete scam emails which threaten to release allegedly explicit videos if the victim refuses to pay a ransom.

According to Trooper Ag Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, the email demands the email recipient to pay a Bitcoin ransom to keep alleged sexually explicit videos from being sent to all the contacts in the person’s email and social media contacts.

Unadilla Man Arrested Twice In One Day

Easter Sunday,

Unadilla Man

Arrested Twice

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

ONEONTA – State Police arrested a Unadilla man twice on Sunday for allegedly threatening a victim he had previously been ordered to stay away from.

Dennis P. Lafferty, 38, was arrested at 1:37 p.m. after troopers responded to fa domestic dispute at a residence on Clifton Street in the Village of Unadilla. Troopers located Lafferty on the back porch of the home where, according to the victim, he was allegedly making threats to harm a resident.

Troopers: Individuals Conducting Fake Traffic Stops

Bogus Officer Stopping Traffic,

Issuing ‘Travel Ban’ Warnings

ONEONTA – State Police are investigating two incidents of who allegedly impersonated a trooper to conduct traffic stops and harass drivers over a non-existent “travel ban.”

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C Public Information Officer, the suspect – likely the same person in both instances, she noted – allegedly pulled over two cars in late March. The individual then asked the purpose of the motorists’ travel and warned they would be fined for violating the “travel ban” if they were caught on the road again.

Man Struck By Tractor Trailer In Schuyler Lake

Man Struck By

Tractor Trailer

In Schuyler Lake

State police investigate the scene of a man who was struck by a tractor trailer on County Road 22 in Schuyler Lake.

SCHUYLER LAKE – A man was seriously injured after was struck by a tractor trailer driving on County Road 22 in Schuyler Lake.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, a tractor trailer with a dump trailer was traveling east on County Road 22 when an adult male pedestrian entered the roadway and was struck by the vehicle. Troopers were dispatched to the scene at 1:44 p.m.

Roommate Reported Job Corps Student Missing

Missing Job Corps Student

Said To Slip Out Window 

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to


ONEONTA – The morning he was reported missing, Eliaas A. Zedeno-Correa’s roommate informed Job Corps staff that the 19-year-old had gone out the window the night before, OJC Director Chris Kuhn said today.

“Students have to sign in and out,” said Kuhn. “But the next morning, his roommate told us he went out the window and ran off.”

State troopers found Zedeno-Correa’s body Wednesday, Jan. 8, partially submerged in a creek off West Street, two days after he was reported missing. The Union City, N.J., native had been at Job Corps since October and was enrolled in the autobody program.

“They had just come back from winter break,” saod Kuhn. “He arrived on campus and checked in that evening.”

Troopers Honor Jill Mattice On 10 Year Anniversary Of Her Death

Troopers Honor Jill Mattice On

10th Anniversary Of Her Death


State Police Captain Jeffrey A. Dorward, Troop C, memorializes Trooper Jill Mattice on the 10th anniversary of her death during a memorial service held today at the Troop C barracks. Mattice, then 31, was killed on State Route 23 in the Town of Morris, Otsego County on Jan. 20, 2010, as a result of a motor vehicle collision when her vehicle sideswiped an oncoming tractor trailer. A State Trooper since 2003, she was assigned at SP Oneonta as a School Resource Officer for the Unadilla Valley Central and Franklin School Districts. The memorial service, which included a wreath-laying ceremony, was attended by family members, Oneonta Police, Otsego County Sheriff’s deputies and members of Troop D who had served alongside Jill. (Photo courtesy of Trooper Aga Dembinska)

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