Search warrant executed in Oneonta apartment

ONEONTA _ The Otsego County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant Wednesday night at an apartment on Columbia Street.

Four sheriff's vehicles, including a K-9 unit, were seen on the street and in the driveway of 14 Columbia St. and deputies were seen going through the upstairs apartment.

A man outside who identified himself as the apartment manager said he had gotten a call from law-enforcement officials who asked him to unlock the door to allow the warrant to be executed.

He said a man and a woman lived in the apartment, but they apparently were not home at the time.

Deputies said the search was related to an ongoing investigation but released no additional information Wednesday night.

Road work announced

The state Department of Transportation will perform bridge maintenance on Interstate 88 eastbound today between exits 12 and 13 in the town of Otego. Work is expected to start at about 7 a.m. A passing lane will be closed, with flaggers on site to direct traffic. Officials said they expect to complete work by Oct. 15, weather permitting.

In addition, city officials announced Tuesday that the Bugbee Road project is entering its final phase. Milling of the pavement from the upper section of Bugbee Road was done earlier in the week, and paving of the lower section of Bugbee Road will continue throughout the week.

Manholes, catch basins and water valves will be adjusted each day, and final paving is scheduled to be completed by Friday, weather permitting. Cleanup and other minor work will be completed next week. Residents are advised to use alternate routes.

Man charged with rape

A Mount Upton man was arrested Tuesday night and charged with first-degree rape in connection with an alleged sexual assault last week.

A women in her late teens from the Sidney area identified Quentin M. Tompkins, 21, as the man who used physical force and raped her Sept. 8 at the home of a person known to both of them, state police at Sidney said.

Tompkins and the woman were acquainted and no weapon was used, troopers said.

The woman reported the alleged rape to troopers Saturday.

Tompkins was arraigned in Masonville Town Court and faces further court action in Sidney within the next week, troopers said.

He was sent to Delaware County jail on $50,000 bail.

Injuries in area crash not life-threatening, police say

The driver of a car that struck a tree in the town of Franklin after swerving to avoid a collision was treated and released at A.O. Fox Hospital on Tuesday, officials said Wednesday.

Names were not available for the passengers of the car being driven by Rex Safford, 26, of Franklin, but state troopers at Oneonta said the injuries were not life-threatening. The car was traveling west at about 4 p.m. on state Route 357, near county Route 14, when Safford swerved to avoid a truck driven by Benjamin Wayman _ no address or age available _ traveling east, troopers said. The truck drifted into his lane, causing Safford to drive off the north shoulder, striking a tree, troopers said.

Troopers said Wayman as ticketed for failure to maintain lane and driving across hazardous markings, troopers said.

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