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July 15, 2013

Area News

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---- — ‘Gasland II’ showing at brewery

Otsego 2000 and Brewery Ommegang will present a screening of the documentary “Gasland Part II,” a sequel to Josh Fox’s Academy Award-winning 2010 film “Gasland.” 

The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. at the brewery’s Cafe Ommegang. Space is limited; to RSVP, email Ellen Pope at with name and number of guests in the party. 

According to a media release, the film, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, “shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today”; namely, horizontal hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. 

Man accused of having stolen car

A Sharon Springs man was accused of possessing a car reported stolen more than three years ago, state police at Cobleskill said.

Joseph C. Najdek, 28, was charged July 8 with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, troopers said in a media release.

He was arrested after a month-long investigation involving a stolen 1991 Ford Mustang that originally was reported stolen to Suffolk County police in February 2010, troopers said.

Najdek was arraigned in Sharon Town Court and sent to Schoharie County jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 bond, the release said.

Summit man accused of rape

A Summit man has been accused of rape, state police at Cobleskill said.

Charles M. O’Kelly, 36, was charged July 7 with first-degree rape, a felony, and forcible touching, a misdemeanor, troopers said in a media release. 

Kelly, who was arrested with the assistance of Cobleskill village police, was arraigned in Summit Town Court and sent Schoharie County jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond, troopers said.

Seven to face rioting charges

Seven males were charged with riot in connection with a complaint made at 2:30 a.m. April 30 in the town of Hancock, state police at Deposit said in a media report.

Arrested on a charge of second-degree riot, a misdemeanor, between June 11 and July 10 were were Brandon A. Watson, 18, of East Branch; Tanner C. Austin, 18, of White Sulphur Springs; Dylan Tompkins, 16, Hamden; Ethan A. Meadow, 19, Liberty, Matthew Davies, 19, Youngsville, and Brian Clifford, 20, of Jeffersonville. Stephen Casciola, 18, of East Branch, was charged with second-degree riot and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

Most defendants were issued tickets to appear in court at later dates.


Alcohol sting nets two arrests

Two store clerks were arrested during a state police Underage Drinker Initiative to curb sales of alcohol to minors.

On July 6, between 3 and 9 p.m., a detail checked convenience stores in Otsego County in the towns of Worcester, Milford and Hartwick and the villages of Cooperstown and Richfield Springs.

According to a Troop C media release, arrested on a charge of unlawfully selling alcohol to a person under 21 were Ajay N. Ghiaar, 31, of Cooperstown, who was working at The Pit Stop in Hartwick, and Victoria Oldick, 21, of Fort Plain, who was working at Stewart’s Shops at 170 Main St. in Richfield Springs.

Six other stores checked were in compliance, troopers said.


Pa. truck driver charged at checkpoint

A Pennsylvania man was arrested July 10 on several charges after attempting to avoid a state tractor trailer safety inspection check point, New Berlin police said. 

Kevin M. Harrop, 27, of Exton, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating with a suspended license, failure to obey a traffic control device, failure to keep right and two transportation law violations, police said. 

He was arraigned in New Berlin Town Court and was released from Chenango County jail on $500 cash bail.