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January 22, 2014

Teens eyed as suspects in arson case


According to its website, juvenile justice in Otsego County is handled by the Department of Social Services.

Steven Ratner, Otsego County social services attorney, said Tuesday that he had just found out about the incident earlier in the day and has not yet received any referrals regarding prosecution of the juvenile vandals.

Oneonta Little League President Bill Erario said he was always confident in the police’s ability to catch the vandals.

“The Oneonta Police Department does a fantastic job,” he said. “I knew they would find out who did it quickly.”

Erario said the next step for the Little League will be to tear down the dugout. It will be rebuilt once it gets warmer outside, he said.

After talking to his insurance company, Erario said, he found out there is a “little bit” of coverage for the dugout. He also said he has had several generous offers from local businesses. Home Depot offered to donate paint and materials to rebuild the dugout, along with Munson’s and the Oneonta Block Company, he said.

“It really restores your faith,” Erario said, of the generous offers and the $10,500 raised by three Townsquare Media radio stations Monday. “I’m overwhelmed. It was good to hear everyone’s memories of Little League on the radio and what it means to them. It will continue to be a great part of the community.”

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