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Drone Law In The Works For Cooperstown

Drone Law In The Works

For Cooperstown

Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting brought about an announcement from Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, pictured above, that he was looking into regulations for flying drones within village limits. According to Katz, the law would bring about a $250 fine for violating the law. Board member Richard Sternberg challenged that the law should carry a heavier fine of $500, but the maximum fine allowed by the state is only $250. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Robert W. Alcott, 82; Custodian, Edmeston Community Leader

IN MEMORIAM: Robert W. Alcott, 82;

Custodian, Edmeston Community Leader

Robert L. Alcott

EDMESTON – Robert Lewis Alcott, 82, an Edmeston Central custodian, firefighter and president of the library board, passed away at his home on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.

Robert was born in Masonville on Feb. 3, 1935, the son of the late Russell Lewis and Daisy Greengrow Alcott. In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by his brother Ed, and sister Nancy.

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Missing Bronx Man Found Dead in Roxbury

Missing Bronx Man

Found Dead in Roxbury

Christian Rojas-Martinez

ROXBURY – State Police reported this afternoon that the body of Christian Rojas-Martinez, 22, Bronx, was recovered earlier today, after being reported missing by his companions shortly after midnight on Jan. 21.

Martinez was allegedly camping with six other men at a home on 521 Old Ferris Farm Road, in the town of Roxbury over the weekend. The friends told police that he wandered away from the campsite at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 and did not return.

His body was found inside a body of water in the area being searched. State Police were assisted in the search by two NYSP K-9s, NYSP Aviation, NYS DEC, NYS Forest Rangers, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies, Delaware Emergency Management Agency, Town of Roxbury Constable, and fire department and EMS personnel from Roxbury, Grand Gorge, and Hobart.

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Alexander Johannesen, Wildlife Biologist, 30, Dies While Working In Alaska Fisheries
IN MEMORIAM

Alexander Johannesen, Wildlife Biologist,

30, Dies While Working In Alaska Fisheries

Alexander Johannesen

FLY CREEK – Alexander Johannesen, 30, formerly of Fly Creek, died unexpectedly in Dutch Harbor, Alaska., on Thursday, Jan. 18. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown.

Alex was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sept. 30, 1987, the son of Jennie Johannesen, of Fly Creek, and Roy Johannesen, of Colfax, Calif. He was also the grandson of Dr. Robert William Mackie, of Fly Creek, who passed away in 2008.

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Harold R. Moore Sr., 87; Retired Farmer Lived, Gardened In Laurens

IN MEMORIAM:  Harold R. Moore Sr., 87;

Retired Farmer Lived, Gardened In Laurens

Harold R. Moore Sr.

LAURENS – Harold R. Moore, Sr., 87, a retired farmer, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family and friends on Jan. 20, 2018.

He was born Nov. 17, 1930, in Jefferson, the son of Cryus and Hazel (Rifenbark) Moore.

Harold was a farmer until his move to Laurens in 1970.  He enjoyed gardening and landscaping.

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Kevin J. Kenney, 59; Musician Also Worked At Nursing Homes

IN MEMORIAM: Kevin J. Kenney, 59;

Musician Also Worked At Nursing Homes

Kevin J. Kenney

COOPERSTOWN – Kevin J. Kenney, 59, of Greenough Road, a musician who for the last three decades also cared for residents at The Meadows, Otsego Manor and Focus, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Bassett Hospital, surrounded by family.

Born Oct. 14, 1958 in Bridgeport, Conn., he was the son of James R. and Mildred (Anderson) Kenney. In 1965, the family moved to the Cooperstown area, where he and his sisters were raised.

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Katherine E. Rose, 94

IN MEMORIAM: Katherine E. Rose, 94

Katherine E. Rose

COOPERSTOWN – Katherine E. Rose, “sunshine mixed with a little hurricane” and matriarch of the family, passed away Friday morning, Jan. 19, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing. She was 94.

Born April 16, 1923, in Cooperstown, she was a daughter of George P. and Edith E. (Olmstead) Allen. She attended Cooperstown schools.

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Althiser Pleads Guilty To Milford Church Arson

Althiser Pleads Guilty

To Milford Church Arson

Above, Gerald Althiser, 21, and his lawyer, David Taylor, listen as county Judge John F. Lambert reads the terms of Althiser’s guilty plea this morning. Althiser plead guilty to attempted arson, third degree, for the fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church last March. At right, Rev. Sylvia Barrett, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, read a statement on behalf of the church, telling Althiser that although they forgave him and were praying for him, they hoped the court would sentence him to a facility where he could receive mental health treatment.  Lambert sentenced Althiser to five years probation, to be served at the Homer Folks Facility, a supervised institution for the developmentally disabled, where he will receive counseling. Should he attempt to leave the facility, he will be arrested and sent to state prison for up to seven years. A judgement of $1 million was also placed against him.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Too Many Baseball Stores, Jane Forbes Clark Suggests

Too Many Baseball Stores,

Jane Forbes Clark Suggests

Let’s Work Together To Revive Downtown,
Cooperstown’s Benefactress Tells Chamber

Jane Forbes Clark told Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce members this morning that the village’s downtown, which lost the CVS and Cooperstown General Store in recent months, is at a crossroads, and she adopted the chamber’s 2018 of “togetherness” as a way toward a solution.  The Hall of Fame chairman said store rents – as high as $7,000 a month – are “too high” to achieve mixed retail offerings, and that there are too many baseball stores.  While suggesting no specific solutions, she detailed the hundreds of thousands of visitors Clark entities – The Hall, The Fenimore and The Otesaga among them – attract to Cooperstown annually, potential customers for downtown establishments that can figure out how to bring them in the doors.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

FULL REPORT IN THIS WEEK’S FREEMAN’S JOURNAL,
DUE ON  NEWSSTANDS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
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Car Hits Plains At Parish; No Injuries Reported

Car Hits Plains At Parish;

No Injuries Reported

Ryan Winchester, a tow truck operator with Thetford’s Towing, prepares to tow a car after it crashed into an apartment at the Plains at Parish this afternoon. The crash happened after a resident allegedly lost control of the vehicle while attempting to move to a different parking space, going over a snowbank and a bush before hitting the outside wall of an apartment in the main building. No one was injured, but the State Police and West Oneonta Fire Department were on the scene, and the investigation is ongoing. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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