N.B. woman killed in crash

SOUTH NEW BERLIN _ A man running a red light at a South New Berlin intersection caused a crash that left a 49-year-old woman dead, according to Chenango County deputies.

Rosalie Searles of New Berlin was pronounced dead at the scene from head and neck injuries after her car was struck by a vehicle driven by Christopher Greco, 22, of New Berlin, deputies said in a news release.

Greco was driving north on state Route 8 when he failed to stop for a red light at the intersection with state Route 23, they said.

He was charged with failure to yield the right of way at a red light and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Greco and a 21-year-old passenger not named by deputies were treated at the scene for minor injuries and released.

All those involved in the crash were wearing seat belts, deputies said.

The collision occurred in the intersection and the impact caused both cars to come to rest north of it.

Deputies were assisted by the South New Berlin Fire Department and its ambulance, the New Berlin Fire Department and the New Berlin Police Department.

A dispatcher at the sheriff's department Sunday afternoon said no additional information was available.

2 jailed in theft of snowblowers

COBLESKILL _ Two men suspected of stealing snowblowers from the Sears store in the village of Cobleskill on Saturday were caught by police in Amsterdam after a pursuit, according to Schoharie County deputies.

Richard Burton, 38, of Amsterdam, and Darwyn Dery, 35, of Albany, were each charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Schoharie County deputies were informed of the theft of two snowblowers after they were loaded onto a red Ford pickup in front of the store at about 12:30 p.m. A deputy attempted to stop a vehicle matching the description driving north on state Route 30 in the town of Schoharie, but the truck didn't stop and continued driving through several side roads in Schenectady and Montgomery counties, deputies said.

The vehicle eventually came to a stop in the town of Amsterdam and the suspects were taken into custody, deputies said.

The investigation is continuing and more charges are expected.

Burton and Dery were arraigned in Esperance Town Court and sent to county jail on unspecified bail to appear in the Schoharie Town Court at a later date.

Deputies were assisted by state police, Montgomery County deputies, Amsterdam police and state Department of Environmental Conservation police.

Bar argument leads to violence

ONEONTA _ An argument at a downtown bar ended early Sunday morning when one patron partially severed another's left ear with a pint glass, according to city police.

The argument was apparently sparked when Jonathan Robbins, 27, of South New Berlin, bumped into Ryan P. McGraw, 33, of Oneonta, at about 2 a.m. in the Sip & Sail Tavern at 80 Water St., police said Sunday afternoon. McGraw then struck Robbins on the left side of his head with the glass, which cut both him and Robbins, police said.

McGraw suffered a cut to his right palm and was treated at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital. Robbins was treated first at Fox and then transferred to Albany Medical Center for surgery to reattach his ear, police said.

McGraw was charged with second-degree assault, a felony.

Police investigate alleged knifing

NORWICH _ Norwich police are investigating an alleged stabbing after a 24-year-old Sherburne man turned up at their station shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday with stab wounds.

The man, Jacob A. Wilkes, was taken by a Norwich Fire Department ambulance to Chenango Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery for two wounds to his upper body, police said in a news release.

Wilkes' condition was not released by the hospital Sunday.

The stabbing took place at a home on Sheldon Street, Police Chief Joseph Angelino said in the release.

"We don't have anybody in custody for this, we are still investigating and from what we have learned so far, I don't feel the public at large is in any danger," Angelino said.

The police department was continuing its investigation during the day Sunday and was interviewing witnesses.

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