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GOP Elections Commissioner New Republican Chairwoman

GOP Elections Commissioner

New Republican Chairwoman

Lori Lehenbauer Succeeding Vince Casale

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

County GOP Elections Commissioner Lori Lehenbauer has been elected chair of the county Republican Party. With her is her Democratic counterpart at the Board of Elections, Mike Henrici. ( file photo)

SCHENEVUS – Lori Lehenbauer of Worcester, the county Republican elections commissioner since 2016, was elected Republican chairwoman when the county committee convened here last evening.

She succeeds Vince Casale, Republican chairman for the past seven years, who resigned in December, to devote more time to his political consultancy, The Casale Group, based in Cooperstown but serving candidates statewide.

“I’ve been a longstanding party member,” said Lehenbauer.  “I’ve very grateful and honored that they picked me.  I will work hard to represent all Republicans in Otsego County.”

Former Worcester Supervisor Proposed For County Board

Former Worcester Supervisor

Proposed For County Board

Democrat Addesso, Republican Mickle

Vie For Sen. Oberacker’s Former Seat

Diane Addesso

WORCESTER – Diane Addesso, former Worcester town supervisor, has been nominated  by the county Democratic Committee for the District 6 seat vacated by state Sen.-elect Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus.

Proprietor of Diane Addesso Design, a graphics arts studio based here, will be interviewed at 9 a.m. Monday by the county board’s Administration Committee, chaired by Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick.







Meridy Pleads To Murder 2nd;

Faces 22 Years To Life In Prison

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Nicholas Meridy, right, with defense lawyer Andy Puritz, prepares to plead guilty to murder, second degree, in Otsego County Court this morning. (Libby Cudmore/

COOPERSTOWN – Nicholas Meridy, one of the four charged in the murder of Kenneth Robinson last October along with Robinson’s son Dylan, this morning pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

“I was there to pick up drugs and money,” Meridy told county Judge John Lambert as part of the plea deal.

On Oct. 10, Meridy entered Robinson’s home on Head Road, Town of Worcester. Alleged to have accompanied him that night were, Dylan Robinson and Alex Borgreen, both 16, and Anais Soto, 17. All three have been charged as adults and are awaiting trial.






Telling a story of military service and personal challenges overcome, Kyle Van De Water of Millbrook, Dutchess County, this evening won support of Otsego and Schoharie counties’  GOP executive committees to challenge Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19th, in the November elections. At left is Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie, who is unchallenged for the Republican nomination in the 102nd District.  At right is Jan Bartow, Town of Middlefield committeeman; foreground is Steve Curry, City of Oneonta committeeman. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Ola Hawatmeh, founder of OLASTYLE in St. Louis who returned home to Poughkeepsie to run for Congress, said she plans to stay the course through a primary.

WORCESTER – Kyle Van De Water, a lawyer, Army veteran and father of three triplets – his daughter, challenged since her days in the womb, has undergone 30 operations in her 10 years – received the unanimous backing of the Otsego and Schoharie county Republican committees’ executive committees here this evening to challenge freshman Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, in this fall’s election.

The straw poll, while expressing the executive committees’ consensus, must still be affirmed by a meeting of the two full county committees.

Meeting at Worcester’s White House Inn, executive committee members heard from both Van De Water and the other Republican contender, Ola Hawatmeh, a Poughkeepsie native and successful fashion entrepreneur in St. Louis, Mo.

Worcester Decides: We Won’t Take In Schenevus Students

Worcester Decides:

We Won’t Take In

Schenevus Students

By JAMES CUMMINGS • Special to

WORCESTER – Less than a month after the Schenevus Central School Board voted to begin talks with Worcester about tuitioning-out, Worcester Central School turned down the proposal, citing legal issues.

“In the beginning, tuitioning for both sides looked good,” said Worcester superintendent Tim Gonzales. “But as we dug deeper and looked more into the legal side, that’s where it got muddy,” he said.

Robert F. Milavec, 82; Ran Dairy Farm, Tended Large Family

IN MEMORIAM: Robert F. Milavec, 82;

Ran Dairy Farm, Tended Large Family

Robert Milavec

WORCESTER — Robert F. Milavec, 82, a dairyman and family man, passed away at home on Nov. 22, 2019.

He was born Aug. 18, 1937, in Central Bridge, the son of Frank and Mary (Muehl) Milavec.

Bob graduated from Worcester Central School, Class of 1955.

He married Nancy Green on June 3, 1961, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Worcester.

He was a member of the Army Reserves, serving from 1955 to 1963.

Bob Evans, 73, Worcester, Key Player In Oneonta Media Scene


Bob Evans, 73, Worcester, Played

Key Role In Oneonta Media Scene

Bob Evans

WORCESTER — Robert W. Evans, 73, a fixture on Oneonta’s media scene for four decades — in radio, TV and print — passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 5, 2019, at Fox Hospital.

Bob was born April 16, 1946, the youngest son of Eddie R. and Flora Evans. He was a lifelong resident of Worcester.  In 1963, Bob met Barbara Haskell in high school. They were married at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Worcester on Aug. 26, 1967. They were high school sweethearts for 52 years.

Bob began his career in advertising in 1969 at WDOS, Oneonta. He was instrumental in the implementation of the first FM radio station in Oneonta, WSRK. During his career in advertising sales, Bob worked in all aspects of media, radio, TV and print.

Fifth Teen Arrested in Worcester Homicide
Driver Arraigned, Charged With Burglary

5th Teen Arrested

In Worcester Slaying

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – The alleged driver of the getaway car to and from the site of the murder of Kenneth Robinson, 53, Worcester, has been arrested, according to District Attorney John Muehl.

Tatiana Febo, 17, Downsville, was arrested and charged with burglary, first degree. “We believe she drove them in her car to Robinson’s house,” said Muehl.


Troopers: Robbery Planned in Oneonta



Nicolas Meridy, 32, is led out of a felony hearing in the Town of Worcester court, where he was accused of helping orchestra the robbery that led to the murder of Kenneth Robinson at his home in Worcester. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Stephanie Robinson, Kenneth’s niece, recalled how her uncle would do anything for his kids. “He was an amazing father,” she said.

WORCESTER – Dylan Robinson, 15, the son of Kenneth Robinson, woke up his father and shot him during a struggle for the gun, Senior Investigator Ronald Lussi told Worcester Town Justice William Fisher during a felony hearing for Nicolas Meridy, 32, the Oneonta man accused of helping orchestrate the robbery that lead to Robinson’s death.

“During my interview with Mr. Meridy, he did state that there was a planning session at his house at 37 Fairview Ave, Apt. 2 ½, where they planned to rob Mr. Robinson of money and marijuana,” said Lussi. “They then acquired weapons and drove to the residence.”

When they arrived, Lussi said, Dylan opened the door and let Meridy and the others – including Alex Borgreen, 16 – into the home. Anais Soto, 17, is believed to have been waiting outside.

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/


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.”

Oneonta Man, Teens Charged In Worcester Man’s Murder





Kenneth Robinson’s body was found inside his home on Head Road in Worcester. The cause of death was a gunshot wound. (Photo provided by State Police Troop C)


Nicolas Meridy

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man and three teenagers were charged with murder after they allegedly shot a Worcester man to death in his home last night.

Nicolas Meridy, 32, one 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds, all of Oneonta, were arrested after the body of Kenneth W. Robinson, 53, was found with a fatal gunshot wound inside of his residence on Head Road in Worcester.

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.



Two Arrested With Switchblade, Crack Cocaine

Deputies: Worcester Pair

Found With Crack Cocaine

Jesse Wilson
Samone Van Buren

WORCESTER – Two people were arrested in Worcester after Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputies allegedly found crack cocaine, a switchblade and drug paraphernalia at their home.

Jesse R. Wilson, 30, and Samone R. VanBuren, 29, both of Worcester were arrested after deputies executed a search warrant at their residence in the Town of Worcester.

Robert (Bob) Daly, 63; State Court Officer Had Wide Interests

IN MEMORIAM: Robert (Bob) Daly, 63;

State Court Officer Had Wide Interests

Bob Daly

WORCESTER – Robert John (Bob) Daly, formerly a state court office, went to his final rest on Aug. 11, 2019, following a long illness.

Bob was born in Brooklyn on May 8, 1956, to Francis Daly and Margaret (Tuite) Daly.

He was a graduate of Archbishop Malloy High School and Queensborough Community College. He later became a state court officer. He married his high school sweetheart and soulmate Elizabeth (Libasci) on Oct. 22, 1977. Until 1999, they lived in Middle Village, Queens, where they both grew up, then they moved to Worcester.

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.

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