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April 16, 2009

Area dispute ends in gunfire

A Worcester man was arrested Wednesday after he fired a shotgun at someone who drove a motorcycle onto his property the previous night, Otsego deputies said.

The victim, Alan W. Stay Jr. 20, of East Worcester, was treated and released at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, deputies said.

Erik M. Manchester, 25, of Worcester, was charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree criminal use of a firearm and second-degree assault, deputies said.

There had been an ongoing dispute between neighbors, including Manchester, who lives at 167 Lum Road, and the Steeley residence at 185 Lum Road, deputies said.

Stay Jr. is a frequent guest at the Steeley's, deputies said. The incident occurred as follows, deputies said: At about 11:30 p.m., Stay Jr. drove onto Manchester's property and Manchester knocked him off the motorcycle. When Stay Jr. attempted to flee, Manchester fired multiple rounds from a 12-gauge shotgun that was loaded with a birdshot-type round. Stay Jr. was struck more than once and injured in the back, an arm and rear of the head. He was able to run to the Steeley house until law enforcement arrived.

Deputies were able to contact Manchester and talked him into surrendering. He was taken into custody without incident, and the firearm he allegedly used was recovered at the scene, deputies said. Deputies remained at the scene conducting interviews and collecting evidence, with all units leaving at 11:30 a.m., deputies said.

Manchester was arraigned in Worcester Town Court on Wednesday and sent to Otsego County jail on $100,000 bail to reappear Monday, deputies said.

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