Archives for May 2020

NYSP Announces Memorial Day Enforcement Results

The New York State Police issued more than 8,900 tickets during their special traffic enforcement period over Memorial Day Weekend. Troopers arrested 203 people for DWI, and investigated over 450 crashes, which injured 11 people. Two of those crashes had fatalities. In 2019 nearly 14,000 tickets were issued with 225 DWI arrests. Troopers also targeted speeders and aggressive drivers issuing over 3,300 tickets.


Siena Poll Says Cuomo’s Ratings Drop

A Siena College poll finds while a majority of New Yorkers approve of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s performance it declined by 11 percent from the record-setting numbers in April. Just over half of upstate respondents gave Cuomo a negative rating in addressing the needs of nursing homes where thousands of COVID-19 related deaths occurred. 2 out of 3 said loosening the stay at home orders too quickly and possibly losing more lives is more dangerous than moving too slowly and having a worse economic impact.


OCDOH Cancels Rabies Clinics

The Otsego County Department of Health’s Rabies Clinics for the month of June are now canceled. Officials say they will make determinations on the future clinics as information related to COVID-19 progresses. The Susquehanna SPCA recently announced it is partnering with the Department of Health to provide rabies vaccinations by appointment. To schedule your appointment call 607-547-8111 ext. 108.

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Man Slashed In Roxbury

A 36-year-old Roxbury man is in critical condition after being slashed with a knife. Police say they were called to a Spruce Street address on Wednesday and found James Bellows with a wound to the midsection. He was airlifted to Albany Medical Center. Detectives say they are still investigating what led up to Bellows’s injuries. Several people have been interviewed but at this time no one has been arrested.


SUNY Oneonta Donates Items To ARC ReUse Center

The public is invited to browse items donated by SUNY Oneonta’s fifth annual Move Out Donation and Reuse collection today and tomorrow between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the ARC Otsego ReUse Center on Duane Street. At the end of the semester, gently-used items and non-perishable food were collected from students on campus and then quarantined before they were donated to the ReUse Center. All proceeds will benefit individuals served by The Arc Otsego.

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Drowning Victim Found in Chenango River

The body of an 18-year-old man reported missing was found in the Chenango River. Police say Nicholas Russell of Smyrna was swimming in the river with three friends on Wednesday when Russell began to have difficulty staying above water. An individual attempted to assist Russell but he went under water and never re-surfaced. Russell’s body was located by the New York State Police Underwater Recovery Team.


Hospitals Are Doing Surgeries Again; Need For Blood Increases

The American Red Cross is appealing for blood donors to prevent another shortage like the one that occurred at the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in March. The need is urgent as hospitals resume non-urgent and elective procedures increasing the demand for blood products. Anyone donating blood through next Monday will receive a free We’re All in This Together Red Cross T-shirt, by mail, while supplies last. Go to for details on making an appointment.

Habitat for Humanity Ready to Resume New Home Construction

Habitat for Humanity in Otsego County announces it is ready to resume home building at their McFarland Road job sites. Volunteers will need to bring their own food, beverages and face covering for the foreseeable future. The scheduled work hours for volunteers are 8:30AM to 4:00PM on Thursdays and Saturdays. Every volunteer will be screened each day and there will be limits on how many volunteers will be permitted at each home site.


Two New COVID-19 Cases In Otsego County

The Otsego County Department of Health reported on Wednesday there are two new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. It’s the first new cases reported in the last two days. All contacts have been notified and are on quarantine. There are now 65 total confirmed cases with all but 8 listed as recovered. There are no hospitalizations but 16 people are currently quarantined. Five people died from the coronavirus.

Afton Fair Cancelled

The 131st Afton Fair originally scheduled for July 9 to July 12 is canceled for 2020 and will be postponed until 2021. The fair’s board says the decision was based on the uncertainty of the reopening of New York State and with just weeks before the fair is to open they felt is was their only option. The board thanked fairgoers for their continued support and they will be back even stronger in 2021.


Afton Fair postponed until 2021