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Home Health Aide Indicted On Grand Larceny Charges

Home-Health Aide Charged 

With Theft From Elderly Pair

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Stephanie Shulgay leaves a county courtroom today after pleading not guilty to theft charges. (Libby Cudmore/

COOPERSTOWN – A former home health aide was arraigned in Otsego County Court today on charges that she stole more than $33,000 from an elderly couple over 15 months when they were in her care.

Stephanie Shulgay, 32, plead “Not guilty” to the third-degree grand larceny charges, filed by a grand jury. It is alleged that she stole the money from the couple by using their credit and debit cards between July 2017 and October 2018, while working as a home health aide.

“You can’t just breach someone’s trust like that,” said District Attorney John Muehl.

According to the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department, Shulgay allegedly used the money to pay bills for herself and an elderly uncle.

Man Charged With Stealing $18,000 From Food Pantry


Man Charged With

Stealing $18K From

Cooperstown Pantry

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Antoine Bourbon-Parm

COOPERSTOWN – The former co-director of the Cooperstown Food Pantry was arraigned at 12:30 p.m. today in Otsego Town Court, charged with stealing more than $18,000 from the organization.

Antoine Bourbon-Parme, also known as Anthony Cazzari, was sent to Otsego County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond by Town Justice Gary Kuch.

According to the court documents, Bourbon-Parme forged the names of  Audrey Murray, retired director, Stacey Smith, director, and Sharon Oberriter, president, on eight checks, beginning in October 2017. The last check, dated Jan. 22, was for $1,852.38.

Sheriff: Home Health Aide Stole $11,000 From Couple

Sheriff: Home-Health Aide

Stole $11,000 From Couple

Stephanie Shulgay

WORCESTER – A home-health aide was arrested after allegedly stealing $11,000 from an elderly couple in her care, according to Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.

Stephanie Shulgay, 31, Worcester, allegedly took cash advances from the bank account of a 91-year-old man and his wife while working as as their home health aide, using their credit and debit cards.

Police: Oneonta Man Stole $7,000 From Springbrook

Police: Oneonta Man Stole

$7,000 From Springbrook

Michael Graziano

MILFORD – An Oneonta man was arrested after state police received a tip that a Springbrook employee was stealing from the company.

Michael G. Graziano, 34, Oneonta, was arrested after police were advised of theft at Springbrook’s Milford campus. An investigation determined that Graziano had allegedly falsified business records from January to September 2017 to steal over $7,000 in pay.

Sheriff: Man Robbed Unadilla Woman Of Meds

Police: Man Broke Into Home,

Took Elderly Woman’s Meds


UNADILLA – A Unadilla man was arrested after an elderly woman reported he broke into her house, shoved her and stole her perscription medication, sheriff’s deputies report.

Robert Colvin, 32, was arrested and charged after the victim told a family member that earlier that day, she home alone when she heard loud banging on her door, the report said.

Cooperstown Man Accused Of Stealing $25,000 From County

 Treasurer Employee, Other

Charged With $25,000 Theft

treasurer-logoCOOPERSTOWN – A former county employee and his accomplice have been arrested and charged with stealing $25,000 in tax proceeds from the Otsego County Treasurer’s Office.

Lawrence Woodards, 34, Cooperstown, and Kevin Williamson, 34, New York City, are accused of working together to steal from taxpayers and the office.

Arrest Made In Purse-Snatching, Car Break-Ins

 Police Arrest

Purse Snatcher

Oneonta Man Charged With Robbery,

Assault, Larceny and Counterfeit

Joshua J. Johnston
Joshua J. Johnston

ONEONTA – A day after a 66 year old woman was pushed to the ground and her purse stolen on River Street, Oneonta Police have arrested and charged an Oneonta man with the crime, as well as several crimes dating back to July.

Joshua J. Johnston, 23, Oneonta, was arrested after police located him at a residence on Burnside Avenue.  He was charged with Robbery in the second degree, a Class C Felony and Assault in the third degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Through further investigation, it was determined that Mr. Johnston was the perpetrator in three separate Grand Larceny incidents whereby various items were stolen from the inside of parked cars over the past month.  As a result, he was also charged with three or more counts of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E Felony.

Cooperstown Police Seek Purse Snatcher

Cooperstown Police

Seek Purse Snatcher

Chief Urges Residents, ‘Lock Your Doors’

COOPERSTOWN – Police are warning Cooperstown residents to lock their doors after a man walked into a Nelson Avenue home and stole a purse.

Around 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon, a man in drove up to a home on Nelson Avenue in a green Dodge Caravan and walked into the house while the residents were upstairs.  He allegedly stole a purse off a table, and the children saw him as he was exiting the home.

Oneonta Couple Accused Of Stealing From Elderly Woman’s Bank Account

Oneonta Couple Accused Of Stealing

From Elderly Woman’s Bank Account

Gordon Carr-Wisner
Gordon Carr-Wisner
Rebecca Carr-Wisner
Rebecca Carr-Wisner

ONEONTA – An Oneonta couple was arrested Monday, Feb. 8 and charged with using an elderly neighbor’s checking account to pay their bills.

The Otsego County Sheriff’s office was alerted by the Office of the Aging that an elderly woman’s checking account was being used to make payments on her neighbor’s bills.  An investigation revealed that Gordon Carr-Wisner, 29 and his wife, Rebecca Carr-Wisner, 25, obtained the account information, over-paid on their NYSEG account and then received a refund check for more than $3,000.  The investigation also revealed that the account was being used to pay the couple’s Time Warner Bill, as well as other purchases.

State Police Ask For Assistance In Sidney Jewelry, Coins Theft

State Police Ask For Assistance

In Sidney Jewelry, Coins Theft

This is one of the gold charms reported taken from a Sidney home earlier this month.  (State Police photo)
This is one of the gold charms reported taken from a Sidney home earlier this month. (State Police photo)

SIDNEY – State police are investigating the theft of gold jewelry and gold coins reported taken from a home in the Town of Sidney sometime after July 6

The items include:

•    Antique 1960s-era gold charm bracelet with five large heart-shaped gold charms.   The charms may contain inscriptions on the back that contain the names “Henry,” Jeanette” and various dates.

•    Gold ring with a heart and diamond chip in the heart-shaped setting.

•    Gold necklace with a gold heart-shaped pendant.

•    Two gold bullion one ounce coins.

Please call Investigator Craig Starr with any information that could lead to the recovery of these items.  When you call (607) 561-7400 please reference Case # 6365669.

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