A Morris man charged in a kidnapping and sexual assault takes a plea deal. Prosecutors say Dustin Freeman pleaded guilty to two felony charges in connection with the December 2018 incident where he tied up the victim and held her at knifepoint while forcing her to take drugs. The Evening Sun reports Freeman and the victim were one-time co-workers. His plea deal calls for an 18-year jail sentence with 10 years post-release supervision. Sentencing is sent for Sept. 9.
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The New York State Office of Victim Services announced significant changes that will make it easier for individuals to receive financial assistance for burial costs of those who were victims of crime. The emergency award available from OVS is now $3,000 which is a $500 increase. Individuals who paid or incurred burial costs for a crime victim may be eligible for up to $6,000 reimbursement. That amount could be reduced if it’s determined. The changes are now in effect.
A Laurens Central School class of 2019 graduate is the winner of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Tuition Assistance Award from the Oneonta Area Bramch of the NAACP. According to a news release Alexander Segina was selected for his exemplary leadership skills and because he is a champion for cultural awareness, diversity and harmony. Alex will be attending SUNY Oneonta this fall to study biochemistry and plans on post graduate studies in dentistry.
Two Plymouth residents are facing felony charges in a drug raid earlier this week. Police say they executed a search warrant Tuesday at an Ashcraft Road home and confiscated crystal methamphetamine along with drug packaging materials and an undisclosed amount of cash. A number of weapons were also seized. William Johnson Jr. and Kelli Johnson were taken into custody and their arraigment is being scheduled. Police say the investigation is continuing.
New Yorkers can fish for free without a license in one of the 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams across the state this weekend. Officials say New York’s Free Fishing Weekends help encourage more people – whether skilled or new to the sport -to get outdoors and enjoy the many world-class fishing opportunities available. Although the requirement for a fishing license is waived during free fishing days, all other fishing regulations remain in effect.
On Satuday a benefit concert is being held to celebrate the life of John Heller who was killed earlier this year while rescuing his four nephews and finacee from a burning Oneonta home. The concert is at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta starting at 7:00 p.m. and features Ken Wilber and The Jason Wicks Band. Organizers say all proceeds go to help John’s financee and there will also be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $20 in advance or $35 at the door.
A new study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition reveals the minimum income needed to rent a one bedroom or two bedroom apartment in every New York county. For Otsego County just over $26,000 is needed for a one bedroom unit and in Chenango along with Delaware Counties it’s just under $24,000. Two bedroom apartments need a minimum income of over $33,000 in Otsego County while in Chenango and Delaware Counties it’s just under $30,000.
Otsego County businesses with five or fewer employees including the owner are invited to apply for funding through the county’s Microenterprise Grant Funding Program. Funding up to $35,000 is available to be used for equipment, inventory, working capital and other business uses. Either the owner or new workers must have low-to-moderate incomes. Pre-applications are due no later than July 19th and we have details posted at our website cnynews.com
Source: Press release
Delhi Police deploy the opioid-overdose drug Narcan to save a woman’s life. According to a news release officers responded to a County Highway 18 address last Saturday and found a 38-year-old woman who was not breathing and did not have a pulse. After the Narcan was administered the woman resumed breathing but was stull unresponsive. Medics transported the woman to O’Connor Hospital where she was revived. All Delhi Police Officers have access to Narcan while on patrol.
Three people face felony charges in connection with a Schoharie County methamphetamine-making operation. Police say they received a report of trespassing on private property and an investigation found that Todd Diamond, Loreen Diamond and and Jeffrey Camp all from Middleburgh were making meth at a makeshift campsite on that property. Todd Diamond is being held on no bail with Loreen Diamond and Jeffrey Camp booked on $15,000 cash bail or $45,000 secured bond. The hazmat squad was called in to clean up the site.