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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)

Gilbertsville Man Arrested For Stealing Christmas Presents

Gilbertsville Man Arrested

For Stealing Christmas Gifts

ONEONTA – Just in time to save Christmas, State Police arrested a man for stealing packages off porches in Oneonta’s West End.

Andrew J. VanDusen, 38, Gilbertsville, was arrested after police received several complaints from West End residents about packages being stolen off their porches. After reviewing doorbell camera footage, police allegedly identified VanDusen, and later, a resident spotted a male that matched the description on Jefferson Avenue and alerted troopers.

Exeter Man Arrested In Dog Cruelty Case
Zoe Allegedly Chained Outside With No Food, Frozen Water

Exeter Man Charged In

Neglect, Abuse Of Dog


EXETER – Four days after the Susquehanna SPCA rescued Zoe, a dog in such distress that she is believed to have chewed off her own leg, her owner was arrested and charged with abuse and failure to provide shelter.

Carl K. Pritchard, Exeter, was charged with a misdemeanor of over-driving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance and a violation for failing to provide appropriate shelter for dogs left outdoors.

“The dog was chained to the ground with a plastic pet carrier that had hay at the bottom,” said Trooper Aga Dembinska, public relations, Troop C. “There was no food bowl and a frozen-over water bowl.”

Worcester Man Had Multiple Gunshot Wounds

‘Multiple Gunshot

Wounds’ Felled

Worcester Victim

Fifth Suspect – Fourth Juvenile – Held

For Burglary In Murder Investigation

Scott Heggelke, Captain of the Bureau of Criminal Investigators, Troop C, said that Kenneth Robinson was shot multiple times with long guns at his home in Worcester on Thursday. Five people, four of them juveniles, were arrested and charged, four with murder in the second degree and burglary in the first degree and one with burglary, first degree. (Ian Austin/


ONEONTA – State police confirmed today that Kenneth Robinson, 53, was shot multiple times with a “long gun” in the course of a robbery at his home on Head Road on Thursday, Oct. 10.

“The first responding troopers saw a man lying just inside his door,” said BCI Capt. Scott Heggelke, Troop C, in a 12:30 press conference at the State Police Oneonta Barracks. “The house was on fire, but the trooper pulled him outside, and it was obvious that he was the apparent victim of multiple gunshot wounds.”

Woman Dies In Early-Morning Crash In Otego

Unadilla Woman Dies

In Early-Morning Crash

OTEGO – A Unadilla woman died early this morning after she allegedly crashed her car into the wall by the Betty Beaver gas station on Route 48 in Otego.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, public information officer, Troop C, troopers from Oneonta responded to a crash at 2:50 a.m. in Town of Otego and found the victim, a 27-year-old from Unadilla, deceased inside a 2015 Kia.

Teens Arrested After Early Morning Car Crash

Car Reported Stolen In Albany

2 Teens Arrested After

Early Morning I-88 Crash

OTEGO – Two teens were arrested after they allegedly crashed a stolen car on I-88 here and fled the scene early this morning.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, public information officer, Troop C, an abandoned 2013 Chevy Malibu was spotted facing the wrong way in the westbound lane of I-88 between Exits 12 and 13 at 5:26 a.m. The car had been reported stolen in Albany.

Man Falls From Roof In Oneonta

Man Falls From Roof In Oneonta

ONEONTA – A 56-year-old man fell from a roof this afternoon on Swart Hollow Road on Oneonta’s Southside, and state police are investigating.

The extent of injuries is not public as this time.

The emergency call was handled by Delaware County 911.

Unadilla Woman In Critical Condition After Being Struck By Car

Unadilla Woman Hit

By Car, Hospitalized

In Critical Condition

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.

Inventive Scams Entrap Otsego County Elderly

Inventive Scams Entrap

Otsego County Elderly

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

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.

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