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Truck Driver Falls Asleep, Spills Milk All Over I-88

Truck Driver Falls Asleep,

Spills Milk All Over I-88

I-88 was closed this morning after a milk truck rolled over in Otego.

OTEGO – A truck driver fell asleep at the wheel on I-88 and crashed a truck filled with milk and other dairy products all over the roadway in Otego earlier this morning, according to a press release from state troopers, Troop C.

Andrew A. Lloyd, 26, Porter Cors, allegedly told told troopers that he fell asleep and drifted on the roadway, rolling his vehicle. No injuries were reported, but I-88 was closed until just after non., with traffic  diverted off at Exit 12 into Unadilla.

Burlington Flats Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Burlington Flats Man

Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Kyle Seamon, Burlington Flats, was killed when his motorcycle collided with an SUV on Route 28 in Richfield.

RICHFIELD – A 20-year-old Burlington Flats man was killed when he was hit by a car making a turn on State Route 28 near the Canadarago Lake boat launch in the Town of Richfield.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, Kyle J. Seamon was driving his motorcycle south on Route 28 when a woman driving an SUV north made a left turn onto Hyder Road, directly into Seamon’s path.  The SUV and motorcycle collided.

Police Investigating House Fire, Suspicious Death


Body Found In

Burned House

WORCESTER – State police are investigating the death of a yet-unidentified subject after a house fire in the Town of Worcester.

Worcester and East Worcester fire departments were called to the scene of a house fire just before 9:18 p.m. last night. When an adult was located deceased inside the residence, troopers were called to the scene to investigate.



Missing Oneonta Woman Found Safe in Binghamton

Missing Oneonta Woman

Found Safe in Binghamton

Amanda Lee Chandler

ONEONTA – An Oneonta woman who was reported missing by her family was located by state troopers in Binghamton over the weekend.

According to a press release, troopers made contact by phone with Amanda Lee Chandler, 27, Oneonta, who was reported missing by her family on July 20. The trooper stayed on the line with her until a trooper in Binghamton was able to check on her. Troopers determined she was in good health and not in any danger.


Motorcycle Crash Leads To Gun Arrest

I-88 Motorcycle Crash

Leads To Gun Arrest

WORCESTER – A Virginia man was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm after a motorcycle crash allegedly lead state troopers to discover he had two loaded pistols and no pistol permit.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, Phillip M. Davis, 25, Strasburg,. Va, was arrested after a trooper responded to an accident involving a motorcycle on Interstate 88 in Worcester.  Davis told the trooper that when a tractor trailer passed him, he applied his brakes and lost control of his Harley, but he he did not suffer any injuries.

Three Charged After False Abduction Report

Three Charged After

False Abduction Report

ONEONTA – Three people were charged after an Oneonta girl made a false report of abduction and her father shot at the alleged driver, state police reported today.

According to a release by Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officerCassandra A. Davi, 19, Oneonta, allegedly sent a text to her father asking for help while she was in a vehicle belonging to Charles O. Hall, 30, New Lisbon. Her father, Anthony M. Davi, 54, Davenport called 911 to report Cassandra had been abducted and went to locate his daughter on his own. Anthony located Hall’s vehicle and shot at the vehicle while on State Highway 23 in the town of Kortright and left with Cassandra.

Missing Man Found Dead in Ravine

Missing Man

Found Dead

Steve Kassirer.

ONEONTA – Steven Kassirer, 53, the man whose car was found abandoned near the State Trooper barracks on Oneida Street was found dead late yesterday afternoon, State Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, announced today.

His body was found in the brush behind the Safelite Auto Glass, where his car was found parked last week. According to police, he was last seen by his family in Irondequoit on Saturday, Oct. 20, after leaving his father’s funeral, and was later seen checking out of a motel in Binghamton on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Missing Man’s Car Found In Oneonta

Missing Man’s Car

Found In Oneonta

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Steve Kassirer was reported missing last week and his abandoned car was found in Oneonta’s West End.

ONEONTA – A car belonging to a man reported missing last week was found in Oneonta’s West End, State Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, announced today.

Steven J. Kassirer, 53, was reported missing by his employer, the Brattlebro Retreat in Vermont, after he failed to show for work on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

He had briefly been in contact with his employer on Monday, Oct. 22, stating that he would be in on the 23rd, but did not show and has not been heard from since.

Memory Of Ricky Lives On As PIT Run Celebrates 25th Year

Memory Of Ricky Lives On

As PIT Run Marks 25th Year

State Troopers Jared Porter and Matthew Strobeck, both with Troop C, stand and salute during the National Anthem with the runners of the 25th annual PIT run in Oneonta this morning. The race is held annually in remembrance of fallen State Trooper Ricky J. “Pit” Parisian, a state trooper who lost his life while stopping an armed robbery in 1994. At right, Ricky’s brother Sid Parisian waves as he takes off on the first leg of the race with friend David Weaver, Oneonta, on left, and wife Deb, and Alison Alkins, right, Morris, take off from the starting line. Girma Gebre of New York City took first in the 10K with a time of 31:03, while Dylan Davi took first in the 5K with a time of 20:16. (Ian Austin/

Teen Drowns In Canadarago Lake

Teen Drowns In

Canadarago Lake

Kayak Sinks During Sudden Storm

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – A Jordanville teen drowned in Canadarago Lake after his kayak capsized during last night’s storm.

According to State Police, Dustin Groat, 19, Jordanville, was with another teenager when they got into their kayaks at the Canadarago Lake Boat Launch at approximately 7:30 p.m. and paddled to Deowongo Island.

Police Identify Milford Fire Suspect

Springfield Man, 20,

Milford Fire Suspect

Gerald Althiser Jr.

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – State Police have arrested Gerald E. Althiser Jr., 20, of Springfield Center, under suspicion of starting the fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church in March.

On Saturday, July 08,  State Police arrested Althiser for allegedly starting fires in two campers.  During the investigation, police allege that Althiser admitted to setting numerous fires, including the March 12 fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church on State Route 28 in the Town of Milford.

Troop “C” Honors Officers Lost In Line Of Duty

Troop ‘C’ Honors Fallen Officers

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, is introduced to Broome County Sheriff David Harder, right, by DOT Regional Director Jack Williams before the start of yesterday’s State Police Troop “C” Memorial Day Service at troop headquarters in Sidney.  In left photo, former Station Manager of Troop “C” Marc Barbara, now serving with Troop “D”, marches in formation during the ceremony. Those honored were Troopers Covel Pierce and Timothy Pratt, and Investigator Paul Stuewer. (Ian Austin/


Two Arrested For Possessing Cocaine, Marijuana

Driver, Passenger Arrested

On Coke, Marijuana Counts

Brandon Richardson
Brandon Richardson
Kayla Kipper
Kayla Kipper

EXETER – A driver and his passenger were both arrested for possessing marijuana and cocaine after a traffic stop in the Town of Exeter.

Brandon S. Richardson, 20, of Ilion, was stopped by troopers for allegedly driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone on Route 28 near Schuyler Lake.

On approaching the vehicle, troopers reported they smelled marijuana inside and conducted a search, finding 10 grams of cocaine, more than 10 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Three Men Killed In Morris Car Accident

3 Die In Morris Crash

MORRIS – Three men were killed in an early-morning car accident on State Highway 23 after their vehicle failed to navigate a left curve, State Police said today.

Troopers responded to the scene of the one-car accident at 3:14 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 in Morris. Though the car was on fire when they arrived on the scene, the three victims, Jordan Crandall, 22, Norwich, Christopher Brissette, 22, Sherburne, and Dillon Clemens, 21, Norwich were already deceased inside the vehicle.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but police believe the driver, driving westbound on State Highway 23, failed to navigate a left curve. The car exited into the northbound shoulder, struck several objects and came to rest upside down in a field.

There have been discussions between local authorities to further improve road safety in the area with the addition of security cameras that monitor roads 24 hours a day. This is being suggested in the hope that the police can better observe surrounding areas to identify potentially dangerous drivers before they can cause an accident. Many residents argue that the loss in the community is massive when dangerous drivers slip through the net at early times in the morning. The lives of anyone who is lost in a car accident is tragic. Therefore, understanding the legal support structures that are there should soften the blow to the families that have lost their loved ones.

Loved ones of the deceased have been recommended a guide to compensation solicitors to find and develop a deeper understanding of compensation agreement possibilities going forward.

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