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Trooper Aga Dembinksa

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.

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.

Two More Arrested In Walmart Vandalism

Two Men Arrested

In Walmart Vandalism

ONEONTA – State police have arrested the other two men accused of vandalizing the Walmart craft aisle in early January.

Jamie R. Sophie, 21, and Nathaniel Rubera 21, both of Unadilla, were arrested and charged with the felony of Criminal Mischief in the third degree and the misdemeanor of Conspiracy in the fifth degree for allegedly entering the store on Jan. 8, and opening bottles craft paint to damage more than $250 worth of merchandise in the fabric and craft aisles.

Walton Man Charged With DWI, Walmart Vandalism

Walton Man Charged With

DWI, Walmart Vandalism

ONEONTA – One of the three men wanted for allegedly vandalizing the Walmart fabric aisle with craft paint was arrested and charged with DWI over the weekend, according to Trooper Aga Dembinska, public relations officer, Troop C.

Devin K. Castillo, 19, Walton was arrested in Sidney Center after troopers received a complaint of a car rolled over on Main Street in Sidney Center at 3:36 a.m. on Saturday, Jan 11. When troopers arrived, they saw that four cars had been damaged, as well as a utility pole.

State Police Seek Three For Vandalizing WalMart Craft Aisle

State Police Seek 3 For

Vandalizing Walmart

ONEONTA – State Police are seeking three males who allegedly vandalized the craft and fabric aisle of the Oneonta Walmart, according to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C Public Information Officer.

At 8:33 p.m., a trooper was dispatched to Walmart after employees reported that three suspicious males damaged the craft and fabric aisle with craft paint around 7:14 p.m. The three then reportedly left the store through the grocery entrance then tried to enter Office Max, but were unable to enter and did not cause any damage.

Passenger Killed, Driver Injured In Guilford Crash

Rig, Car Collide;

Passenger Dies,

Driver Injured

GUILDFORD – A passenger was killed and the driver seriously injured after the car they were traveling in allegedly failed to stop at an intersection and went under a tractor trailer.

According to Aga Dembinksa, Troop C public relations officer, State Police at Sidney responded to the crash at the intersection of State Route 8 and County Road 35 in the town of Guilford at 6:17 p.m. this evening.

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.”

Smoky Blaze Engulfs Tar Truck in Otego

Smoky Fire Engulfs

Tar Truck in Otego

A tar truck owned by Webster Asphalt Inc., Oneonta,  caught fire yesterday on Calder Hill Road, Town of Otego. According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, the black smoke could be seen from I-88, but no one was injured. The blaze was believed to be caused in the tar kettle, which overheated, began to smoke and then quickly engulfed the truck. No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued, and the blaze was quickly extinguished by the Otego Fire Department.  (Photo courtesy Troop C)
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