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

Exeter Man Charged In

Neglect, Abuse Of Dog

Zoe

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/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

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 www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.

Two Charged With Stealing, Selling Car Parts

Police: 2 Stole,

Sold Car Parts

Jesse Stefanelli
Shawn Campbell

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.

Police: Man Ordered Dog To Attack Troopers

Police: Man Ordered Dog

To Attack State Troopers

Girlfriend Disputes Allegations About Pet
George Odbert

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.

Trooper Broke Hand In Father, Son Feud

K9 Unit Deployed To Break Up Fight

Trooper Broke Hand

In Father, Son Feud

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Michael Lubrano
Gary Lubrano

WORCESTER – A state trooper broke his hand and another injured his jaw and lip when they tried to break up the fight between a father and son last night alongside I-88 in the Town of Worcester, according to a release from Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer.

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.

Trooper Injured In I-88 Altercation

Trooper Injured

In I-88 Altercation

SCHENEVUS – At least one state trooper was injured in an altercation that took place near the Schenevus exit on I-88, according to Officer Aga Dembinska, Troop C public relations.

However, by late evening Dembinska lacked any further details.

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