Cooperstown Crier - Your Source for Hometown News - Cooperstown, Baseball Hall of Fame

Breaking News

December 24, 2013

Cooperstown gunman Renert captured in Virginia

Had fled after shooting incident Monday at Seventh Inning Stretch



“Our guys are down there, Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert said today, "along with the sheriff’s office guys.”

The Cooperstown Police Department, Richmond Police Department, Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, FBI in Albany, state police and district attorney investigators all participated in the investigation and manhunt, Covert said.
“Agency cooperation is what makes everything work,” said Covert.
Covert said that the FBI primarily assisted the investigation by providing technological resources, which helped to track Renert.
“I’m glad it ended without any injuries,” said Covert. “Now we have some closure and people can rest assured that he’s caught and relax a little more for Christmas.”
As of this morning, Cooperstown Police Department and Otsego County Sheriff’s Office investigators had yet to interview Renert in Virginia.
“They’re still waiting to get into the facility,” said Covert.
He also said that getting Renert back from Virginia would not be a problem.

“He has the right to fight extradition or he can waive extradition,” said Covert, who said that if Renert chose to fight extradition, the process would just take a little more time.  

Law enforcement sources said Renert had a grudge against Carfagno after the latter reported to village police earlier this year that Renert had stolen money from his shop while working there. That alleged crime was still under investigation at the time of Monday's incident.
Renert owns a house in Richfield Springs with his wife, Rebecca Sweet, according to county records. Sweet recently obtained an order of protection, forbidding Renert from contacting her. State police said in September that Renert violated that order, and he was briefly jailed at the Otsego County Correctional Facility.
Cooperstown police issued a nationwide all points bulletin for Renert shortly after the Monday incident, describing him as armed and extremely dangerous.

(Reporter Bera Dunau contributed to this story.)


Text Only
Breaking News
  • Buck pleads to first-degree manslaughter The Michael Buck murder case was resolved yesterday with a guilty plea to one charge of manslaughter in the first degree, a class B felony.

    June 5, 2014

  • The president's words at the HOF

    Following is a transcript of President Obama's speech at the Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday:

    May 22, 2014

  • Goodbye, Mr. President
    After Obama concluded his short speech, the motorcade departed the Baseball Hall of Fame at 4:13 p.m. and made the quick drive back to the helicopters.

    May 22, 2014

  • Hand-on at the Hall

    President Obama got more than a tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame — he got hands-on.

    May 22, 2014

  • Obama's in Cooperstown

    Marine One touched down in Cooperstown at 3:07 p.m. and the motorcade made the short drive to the Baseball Hall of Fame, arriving at 3:16 p.m.

    May 22, 2014

  • Emergency responders on the job

    For a volunteer fire department, preparing for the arrival of a sitting president is no small matter.

    May 22, 2014

  • Watch the President's remarks from Cooperstown

    President Barack Obama will deliver a live address from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown at approximately 4 p.m. today.

    May 22, 2014

  • Emergency responders on the job

    For a volunteer fire department, preparing for the arrival of a sitting president is no small matter.

    May 22, 2014

  • photo (2).JPG Not all the focus is on Obama

    For those gathering to protest against the New York SAFE Act, President Barack Obama's visit to Cooperstown is less important than the presence of Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the event.

    May 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • photo.JPG Down at the diner

    The morning of the day of President Barack Obama's visit to Cooperstown looks like any other at The Cooperstown Diner. Still, the patrons are very much aware the president's coming visit.

    May 22, 2014 2 Photos