The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit announces the arrest of seven suspects in connection with an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the Village of Walton and the surrounding area. Deputies arrested 30 year old Edna Cering, 21 year old Brittany Bakker, 27 year old Ryan McGovern, 25 year old Robin Jordan, 23 year old Frank Mastrorocco, 30 year old Christopher Pashley & 29 year old Kimberly Pashley-Johns, all from Walton, on a variety of drug charges. All were remanded to the Delaware county jail, the investigations are continuing and more arrests are pending.


A portion of interstate 81 between exits 3 & 4 was closed for several hours this morning, following a collision of 3 tractor trailer trucks, 2 of which burst into flames.  The accident occurred shortly before 6:00 AM this morning, 2 lanes of traffic were opened at around 12:30 this afternoon.  The investigation is continuing and charges might be forthcoming.


The Broome County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year-old Tyrone Lester of Binghamton on an active bench warrant issued by the Town of Norwich Court.  Lester failed to appear to answer the charges of Petty Larceny and 6th degree Conspiracy; he was remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $500 bail.


38 year-old Thomas Lancaster of Windsor was convicted of sexually assaulting 2 women, by a Broome County jury.  Lancaster was found guilty of 5 rape and sexual abuse counts, for assaulting a 32 year-old woman in the Town of Colesville in 2010, and a 21 year-old woman in the Town of Windsor back earlier this year.


Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 20-year-old Benjamin Babcock of Roscoe for 4th degree Criminal Mischief.   The charge follows an investigation into a domestic dispute Babcock; he was given an appearance ticket to return to Colchester Town court at a later date.


State Police at Sidney arrested 43-year-old Thomas LaFever of Unadilla for Driving While Intoxicated.   The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on County Route 3A in Unadilla, LaFever was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Unadilla Court on December 10th.


State troopers in Oneonta arrested 41-year-old Frank Furlan of Laurens for Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC of  .18.  The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on State Route 28 in Milford; Furlan was arraigned in the Town of Milford Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.


The Oneonta city council is considering a number of fare increases and adjustments for Oneonta public transit at tonight’s meeting.  The adjustments do not affect bus routes inside the city, but are deemed necessary due to high fuel costs and maintenance of the city’s aging bus fleet.  A public information hearing will be held Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM at city hall.


Oneonta Police report that Main Street in front of the Post Office will be down to one lane of traffic today due to a gas line repair that NYSEG needs to perform. It is expected that this closure will remain in effect into the later afternoon hours.



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