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2014-01-08 / News

ONEONTA POLICE DEPARTMENT

New Year’s Eve: minute by minute
by Nicole Singleton

8:00 p.m. – Two hours into the night shift and already calls are coming in about fireworks. However, the city of Oneonta has no ordinance against fireworks and police can only patrol the areas of concern. 8:20 p.m.– A vehicle is stopped on Ala 132 for a non-functioning headlight. Upon further investigation, the tag is expired with no insurance, and the driver has a suspended driver’s license. Results: The car is towed, and the driver is ticketed for driving with a suspended license and is given a warning for violations. 8:48 p.m. – Back on patrol. 9:26 p.m. – A vehicle without a tag light is stopped on Springville Boulevard. Results: Verbal warning. 9:30 p.m. – Back on patrol. 10:10 p.m. – Smoke is seen coming from a vent at Camellia Court. The tenant is notified but seems unconcerned. Upon investigation, no fire is found. 10:15 p.m. – Back on patrol. 10:40 p.m. – Parked and observing traffic for potential violations. 10:47 p.m. – Vehicle with a drive-offthe lot tag is pulled over. Results: Driver gave proof they had just purchased vehicle. No warning. 10:49 p.m. – Back on patrol. 11:13 p.m. – Vehicle stopped for having illegal blue lights over their tag. Results: Verbal warning. 11:21 p.m. – Back on patrol. 11:42 p.m. – Industrial park ridethrough check. The park is a hot spot for burglaries, and officers try to patrol the area often. 11:49 p.m. – Traffic stop for expired tag at Phillips 66 service station. Driver was ticketed earlier that day for the same offense in Adamsville. Results: Verbal warning. 12:07 a.m. – Parked and observing traffic for potential violations. 12:09 a.m. – Report of fireworks hitting house and patrol requested. 12:21 a.m. – Report of fireworks hitting house on Ingram Avenue. Patrol only. 12:31 a.m. – Check on business that had been recently broken into. 12:34 a.m. – Investigating a car parked in a church parking lot. 12:39 a.m. – Traffic stop for headlight out. Results: Verbal warning. 12:42 a.m. – Back on patrol. 12:46 a.m. – A vehicle is stopped for no tag on Ala 75 headed north out of the city. Alcohol is visible in the vehicle and the driver admits to having three beers, but says he waited hours before driving. A field sobriety test is performed. The driver blows a 0.03 in the breathalyzer, but he has no driver’s license. Results: Ticket for no driver’s license and his vehicle is towed. Warning for no insurance and the beer in the vehicle is poured out. 1:35 a.m. – Back on patrol. 1:42 a.m. – Vehicle pulled over for not stopping at a stop sign. Driver comes back to have a warrant with Altoona. Upon contacting that department, they advise the driver he needs to pay his fine but declined extradition. Driver is ticketed for no insurance and receives a warning for not stopping at the stop sign. 2:00 a.m. – Back on patrol. 2:15 a.m. – Recheck the business that had recently been burglarized, and the car in the church parking lot. The vehicle is gone. 2:24 a.m. – A call comes in concerning a drunk man walking near Hudson Avenue and Androse Drive. The male cannot be located. 2:30 a.m. – Back on patrol.

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