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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 www.AllOTSEGO.com

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/AllOTSEGO.com)

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/AllOTSEGO.com)

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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.

VICTIMS RECALLED FONDLY IN HOMETOWN
Police Seek Tips In Unadilla Cemetery Vandalism

State Police Seeking Tips In

Unadilla Cemetery Vandalism

This facebook posting shows damage to the Goodrich family memorial at Evergreen Cemetery, Unadilla.
This facebook posting shows damage to the Goodrich family memorial at Evergreen Cemetery, Unadilla.

UNADILLA – State Police are seeking the identity of the person responsible for carving out the name on a gravestone in the Evergreen Hill Cemetery here.

One name and part of the date on the Goodrich tombstone appear to have been scratched out with a chisel or a power tool. A member of the family alerted police to the vandalism last week.

Oneonta Man Arrested With 110 Bags of Heroin

Oneonta Man Arrested

With 110 Bags of Heroin

Baby, 5-Year-Old Living In Raided Home

State police released this photo of bags of alleged heroin seized in Oneonta Thursday.
State police released this photo of bags of alleged heroin seized in Oneonta Thursday.

ONEONTA – 110 bags of heroin, 22 marijuana plants and nine guns were seized at a Main Street residence yesterday by state troopers and the OPD.

Tadd Sherwood
Tadd Sherwood

Tadd A. Sherwood, 29, was arrested after the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, working with city uniformed officers, executed a search warrant at 510 Main St.

Also seized were $343 in currency,  digital drug scales, 22 marijuana plants, approximately 2 grams of marijuana, a marijuana pipe, five shotguns, four rifles, ammunition, three daggers, and lights with inverters and timers used in the cultivation of marijuana.

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