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Suspected Fla. Slaying Victim Returned For Oneonta Burial

Suspected Fla. Slaying Victim

Returned For Oneonta Burial

A celebration of life memorial service for Michael D. Shaver, whose body was recovered in March 2017 behind his Florida home, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the First United Presbyterian Church, Walling Ave., Oneonta NY 13820. He will be placed at rest with his paternal grandfather, Alfred W. Shaver, at Oneonta Plains Cemetery.
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Steven Mednansky, 89; Korean Era Veteran, Amphenol Retiree

IN MEMORIAM: Steven Mednansky, 89;

Korean Era Veteran, Amphenol Retiree

LAURENS – Steven Mednansky, 89, of Laurens, a Korean Era veteran and Amphenol retiree, passed away on September 13, 2018 at his home.

He was born on Aug. 18, 1929, in Burlington, Conn., a son of the late Paul and Eva (Kovacovic) Mednansky. He was a graduate of Laurens Central School.

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Laurens Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Parents

Laurens Man Pleads

Guilty To Killing Parents

Kevin Perry, 23, was arrested and charged with the murder of his parents in December 2017. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

LAURENS – Kevin Perry, 23, arrested for shooting his parents Timothy and Solveig in their home in Laurens a week before Christmas, Friday pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, according to reports.

Perry was arrested after crashing his father’s stolen truck in Schoharie. His sister Rebecca had discovered their parent’s bodies earlier that evening and notified Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputies that the truck had been stolen.

During his arraignment on Dec. 18, Rebecca told the judge that Perry had been intoxicated and agitated earlier that day. She left that evening to visit a friend, and upon returning, she found her father’s body in the kitchen.

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Construction Begins Next Week on Laurens Solar Farm

Construction Begins Next Week

On New Laurens Solar Farm

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

LAURENS – With plans to bring solar energy to 400 households throughout Otsego and the surrounding counties, construction on the new 13-acre community solar farm on Pool Brook Road north of this village is slated to begin next week.

“Eighty percent of the population nationwide cannot install solar panels because of cost, their roof is to old or their roof doesn’t face the right way,” said Solstice spokesperson Andrew Alayza. “Community solar projects, in a centralized location, produce electricity on behalf of the subscribers, sends it to NYSEG, and the customer gets those credits on their electric bill.”

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Barbara Novko, 86, Of Laurens; Mother Of 9 Children

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara Novko, 86,

Of Laurens; Mother Of 7 Children

Barbara K. Novko

LAURENS – Barbara Katharine Novko, 86, who raised seven  children, passed away, Aug. 13, 2018 at Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.

She was born Dec. 19, 1931, in Albany, the daughter of Arthur and Katharine (Carey) Hutson.

Barbara graduated from Holy Names Academy in Albany.  She held several jobs during her lifetime, her most treasured was being a mother and grandmother.

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Donna Jane Whitmore, 72;  SUNY Oneonta Accountant For 30 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Donna Jane Whitmore, 72; 

SUNY Oneonta Accountant For 30 Years

Donna Jane Whitmore

LAURENS – Donna Jane Whitmore of Laurens passed away peacefully on July 26th, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Oct 23, 1945 to Donald and Clara Scanlon and was the oldest of four siblings. She married her Toad (Ronald ‘Toad’ Whitmore) on December 10, 1966 and they were blessed with two daughters, Jodi and Julie.

Donna worked at the State University College at Oneonta for over 30 years. She worked in Accounts Receivable where she was very loved by her co-workers and was a mentor to many.

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Donald Bush, 74; Vietnam Veteran, Laurens Mayor

IN MEMORIAM: Donald Bush, 74;

Vietnam Veteran, Laurens Mayor

LAURENS – Donald R. Bush, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and former mayor of Laurens, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2018, at Bassett Hospital after an extended illness.

Born, July 25, 1944, he was the son of Walter K. Bush and Olive (Spoor) Bush.  Born and raised in Laurens, Don graduated from Laurens Central School in 1961.  After graduating high school, Don worked at Phillips Buick in Oneonta.

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JoAnn K. Gravelin, 70; Office Manager At Oneonta Rent-A-Wreck

IN MEMORIAM: JoAnn K. Gravelin, 70;

Office Manager At Oneonta Rent-A-Wreck

JoAnn Gravelin

LAURENS – JoAnn Gravelin, 70, of Laurens, office manager at Rent-A-Wreck until her retirement, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2018, at Bassett Hospital.

JoAnn was born on April 7, 1948, daughter of the late Benjamin and Marian (Harris) Keator. JoAnn married her high school sweetheart, David Gravelin, on April 22, 1967, in Laurens.

JoAnn loved to cook, garden and have family gatherings during the holidays. Her family was always her first priority, and she had a deep passion caring for them.

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Remains Found In Florida Confirmed As Missing Laurens Man

Wife Considered Suspect In Death

Remains Missing Florida Are

Missing Laurens Man, Police Say

Michael Shaver

CLERMONT, Fla. – The human remains found buried beneath a fire pit in the backyard of a Lake County home have been positively identified as belonging to Michael Shaver, a Laurens man missing since 2015.

According to Lieutenant John Herrell, Office of Professional Standards with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, detectives positively identified the remains found on Laurie Shaver’s property at 9850 Sandy Pines Road in Clermont, Fla., following testing. Those results were released by Herrell this morning.

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Man Charged With Stealing Guns

Man Charged With Stealing Guns

Garreau

LAURENS – A Sherburne man was arrested by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department after he allegedly stole five guns and other items from a Laurens residence.

According to the complaint, Richard Garreau, aka Ricky Diamond, 22, was allowed to live with and was given a job by the victim. After Garreau moved out, the victim allegedly found that five guns and other personal items had been stolen from the residence and filed a report with the Sheriff’s Department.

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