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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.

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.

Everett L. Brooker, 88; Worcester Native Retired From Remington

IN MEMORIAM: Everett L. Brooker, 88;

Worcester Native Retired From Remington

LAURENS – Everett L. Brooker, 88, a Remington Arms retiree, passed away Monday, June 3, 2019, at home.

He was born on April 3, 1931, in East Worcester, the son of Elray and Dorothy (Patrick) Brooker.

Before joining Remington Arms in Ilion, Everett was a farmer. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed farming, cutting wood and driving through the countryside.

Muehl: Decatur Twins Died Of Asphyxiation





By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to


DECATUR – Kimberly Steeley’s infant twins, Bonde and Liam, both died from asphyxiation, according to District Attorney John Muehl.

“At first, everyone thought Bonde died of SIDS,” said Muehl. “Then 11 days later, Liam died of the same condition.”

Steeley, 27, Decatur, was indicted on two counts of second-degree manslaughter, one for each child, for recklessly causing the death of her children last June. The twins, born May 15, were barely a month old at the time of their deaths.

Gwendolyn Griffin, 80; Operated Oil Distributorship In Worcester

IN MEMORIAM: Gwendolyn J. Griffin, 80;

Operated Oil Distributorship In Worcester

Gwendolyn Griffin

WORCESTER – Gwendolyn J. Griffin, 80, who operated Cash Oil in Worcester with her husband, George, passed away April 7, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.

She was born May 19, 1938, in Troy, the daughter of Joseph H. and Lena Myrtle (Murdough) Webb. Gwendolyn married George F. Griffin Sr. on July 12, 1953, in South Lancaster, Mass.

While she lived in Worcester for 61 years, she spent many winters in Haines City, Fla. Gwendolyn was a member of the Red Hat Society in Florida.

Melissa Wilcox, 57; Cancer Survivor Worked For County

IN MEMORIAM: Melissa Wilcox, 57;

Cancer Survivor Worked For County

WORCESTER – Melissa L. Wilcox, 57, a cancer-survivor who worked in the Otsego County Treasurer’s Office, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at Fox Hospital.

She was born on Oct. 1, 1961, in Cobleskill, the daughter of Charles (Grace) Warner and Barbara (Wilfred) Howell. Lisa married Clyde F Wilcox on Aug.  27, 1983 at the East Worcester United Methodist Church.

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.

IN MEMORIAM: Dennis J. Enright, 63; Worked for Freeman’s Journal


Dennis J. Enright, 63;

Worked for Freeman’s Journal

WORCESTER – Dennis J. Enright, 63, who joined the staff of the Freeman’s Journal/Hometown Oneonta in his retirement, died at home Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018.

Born in Amsterdam, Dennis was the son of the late Basil and Mercedes Atala Enright.

He graduated from Schalmont High School in 1973 and later attended Herkimer County Community College and SUNY Geneseo, where received his Bachelor’s degree in communications and also served as the news editor of The Lamron, the school paper at Geneseo.  Dennis was employed as a sales agent with Terry Morris Ford in Burnt Hills for many years and also at Krystal Chrysler and Jeep in Warrensburg.

George Betts, 84; Social Worker Turned To Farming

IN MEMORIAM: George Betts, 84;

Social Worker Turned To Farming

WORCESTER – George Betts, 84, of a social worker in New York City before moving here in 1984 to pursue farming, passed away on Oct. 2, 2018. He died peacefully after a long illness.

George was born June 30, 1934 in Highland Park, Ill., the son of Harlan and Ida Jane Betts.

He and his wife Regina met at an Off -Broadway theatre in New York City, where they both worked. They were married 61 years.

Worcester Fire Department To Host State Seminar On Thermal Imaging

Worcester Fire Department To Host

State Seminar On Thermal Imaging

WORCESTER –  The Worcester Fire Department is hosting “Thermal Imaging: Expanding Your Horizons” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, one of 14 being presented statewide by the state Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC).

The program, open to fire-service leaders of all ranks, will be led by Jamestown Chief Bruce Heberer and Schenectady County Fire Coordinator Scott Pike.

Bonnie J. Garrity, 70; Taught Cosmetology 20 Years At BOCES

IN MEMORIAM: Bonnie J. Garrity, 70;

Taught Cosmetology 20 Years At BOCES

Bonnie Jeanne Garrity

ONEONTA – Bonnie Jeanne Garrity, 70, who taught cosmetology and related disciplines at ONC BOCES for 20 years, passed away Feb. 6, 2018, at Fox Nursing Home, with her family by her side.

She was born Jan. 2, 1948, in New Hyde Park, the daughter of Gilmore and Jeanne (Dietz) Garrity.

Bonnie grew up on Long Island.  She eventually moved to the Worcester area to be near her parents.

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