CONCERT – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Local band The Butternut Valley Boys perform mix of country, gospel, bluegrass, more to benefit inn’s restoration. Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com
UNADILLA – A 69-year-old Unadilla woman was critically injured Saturday when she was struck by a Jeep that drifted into the shoulder where she was walking, Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, reported.
Susan Haney was walking southbound on the east shoulder of County Route 4 when she was allegedly struck by a 2007 Jeep Patriot driven by Nicole L. Wilber, 34, Unadilla, who was driving north. According to police, the passenger-side headlight and mirror struck Haney, who was then thrown several feet onto the shoulder.
ONEONTA – An 88-year-old Laurens woman got a call, purportedly from Cooperstown Police: Her granddaughter had been in an accident, she was fine, but her car had been impounded and she needed $4,000 in cash to get it out.
The woman was instructed to wrap the money in a sweater and mail it to Staten Island. She did so, shipping the package overnight from The Shipping Room in Oneonta. But when the same person called back and asked for four Home Depot cards, she asked, “Is this a scam?”
“The person on the other end of the line said ‘Thanks for playing’ and hung up,” said Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer.
ONEONTA – Be on high alert for phone scams that have bilked nearly $70,000 out of unsuspecting Otsego County residents so far this year, advises Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer.
In a press release, police warn that the following scams have been reported to Troop C:
MIDDLEFIELD – An employee of Wahl to Wahl Auto was arrested and charged with stealing car parts from his employer and selling them with another man, also arrested.
Shawn M. Campbell, 26, Delhi, was arrested by State Police at Richfield Springs after an investigation revealed that, while employed at Wahl to Wahl Auto in Middlefield, he had allegedly stolen several catalytic converters over several months and sold them.
LAURENS – State police reported Thursday that they had arrested a Laurens man, George B. Odbert III, 32, who troopers said ordered his dog to attack officers while they were investigating a “physical dispute.”
When they arrived at the County Route 12 home to investigate last Sunday evening, the alleged victim declined to press charges. During the investigation, however, Odbert “became disorderly and refused to comply with any verbal commands,” according to the press release.
After a passerby alerted 911 that two males were apparently fighting on the roadside, a trooper responded and attempted to place Gary Lubrano, 65, Cobleskill, under arrest, according to the release. He resisted, and a physical altercation ensued; his son, Michael Lubrano, 34, Cobleskill, joined the fray, police said.
Ahead of the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, the New York State Police will join local law enforcement agencies across the state in an effort to crack down on impaired driving during Super Bowl weekend.
“Unlike the Super Bowl, there are no winners when someone makes the choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle impaired,” said Acting State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett.
PHOENIX MILLS – A Palatine Bridge man was ticketed for fleeing the scene of the early-morning accident that knocked down a telephone pole and damaged a parked car at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, rousing the neighborhood.
According to Troop C, Jamie M. Lambert, 20, was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, driving to the left of pavement markings and speed not reasonable and prudent.
At around 4:46 a.m., Saturday morning, a 2009 Ford hit a parked 2011 Hyundai Elantra belonging to neighbor Michael Wilsey, snapped a telephone pole and knocked down a mailbox, according to Aga Dembinska, the troop’s public relations officer.
He allegedly fled the scene, but he responded to State Police at Richfield Springs. He suffered minor injuries in the crash.
PHOENIX MILLS – State police are seeking the driver of a grey 2009 Ford who they say fled the scene after a noisy crash at 4:46 a.m. today on Route 33 at the south end of this Town of Middlefield hamlet.
Neighbors say everyone woke with a jolt. They estimated the driver must have been going 80 mph.
A so-far unknown person was operating the Ford when it went off the road, hit a parked 2011 Hyundai Elantra belonging to neighbor Michael Wilsey, snapped a telephone pole and knocked down a mailbox, according to Aga Dembinska, Troop C public relations officer.
FRANKLIN – State police at Oneonta are investigating a report that two men posing as utility-company workers perpetrated a scam here, and are warning other homeowner to be alert.
Troopers said the two men, wearing walkie-talkies, distracted two elderly residents in front of their home in Franklin yesterday while someone else sneaked into their home and took cash, jewelry and coins.