Chanukah begins at sundown.
CHRISTMAS DINNER – 12:30-2:30 p.m. Annual Friends of Christmas dinner. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Onoenta. Info, Ann Steen 432-1283 or Kelly Ahlqvist 432-1871
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – 6:45 p.m. Includes a Living Nativity scene. Main St. Baptist Church, 333 Main St., Oneonta. Info, msbchurch.org/ or call 607-432-5712
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – 7 p.m. Family Service with Childrens pageant followed by Christmas Tea and Candlelight service at 10. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Onoenta. Info, firstumc-oneonta.org
WORCESTER – At age 15, Dylan Robinson is the youngest person to be tried in Otsego County Court for murder.
The OHS student allegedly shot and killed his father, Kenneth Robinson, 53, during a burglary Thursday, Oct. 10, at the father’s mobile home on Head Road, Town of Worcester.
State police said four other teenagers and a 32-year-old Oneonta man were with him, looking to rob Robinson of $5,000 in cash and marijuana that Dylan had said were in the house.
Once inside, Dylan woke his father, nudging him with the barrel of the gun, and when he tried to wrestle the gun away, the son shot his father, once in the chest and once in the head.
“It doesn’t matter that some of them didn’t pull the trigger; they’re just as guilty.”
Dylan, along with Alexander Borgreen, 16, and Anais Soto, 15, appeared in front of County Judge John Lambert on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Cooperstown. The three are charged with second-degree murder and first-degree burglary.
“The facts established that Robinson, Borgreen and Soto were in the residence at the time of the shooting,” District Attorney John Muehl told Lambert. “They all had weapons. It doesn’t matter that some of them didn’t pull the trigger; they’re just as guilty.”
All three are Oneonta High School students.
Robinson, 53, was shot twice with a .30-06 rifle.
Soto – Muehl said she stood lookout out front during the burglary – sobbed in the courtroom, while Alex and Dylan made no outward displays of emotion.
Muehl is filing the paperwork to have the three charged as adults.
Two other teens, Alexis Lotterman, 16, Walton, and Tatiana Febo, 17, Downsville, were accused of burglary. “No evidence shows Lotterman was in the residence or that she even knew what the plan was,” said Muehl.
Though Alexis was arraigned with the other teens, Tatiana was arrested and arraigned Tuesday, Oct. 22. Muehl alleged that she drove the getaway car to and from Robinson’s house. Both were released to the custody of their parents and will likely be charged as juveniles, said Muehl.
At one point during Wednesday’s hearing, Alexis mouthed “I love you” to her family, gathered in the courtroom. Her attorney, Paul Madison, brought her a handful of tissues, and she put her head down on the table and wept.
“Alexis, Ace, Alex, Tatiana and D-Money”
The night of the shooting, the teens gathered at 37 Fairview Ave., Apartment 2½, Oneonta, occupied by Nicolas Meridy, 32, to plan the robbery, State Police Investigator Ronald Lussi told Town Justice William Fisher at Meridy’s hearing in Worcester Town Court.
“Did Mr. Meridy tell you who was involved in the planning?” Muehl asked.
“Alexis, Ace, Alex, Tatiana and D-Money,” said Lussi. “The defendant was unable to provide last names.”
“Ace” is believed to be Soto, “D-Money” Dylan.
After the planning session, Tatiana drove them to the scene, where Dylan opened the door and let Meridy and Alex in the home, Lussi testified.
Soto stood watch at the door, while Alexis and Tatiana waited in the car, Muehl said.
Once inside, according to Lussi’s account, Dylan went to the bedroom where his father was sleeping alongside Dylan’s 5-year-old half-brother, and woke his father with the shotgun in hand; when a struggle ensued, the son shot his father twice.
During a 4½-hour interrogation, Meridy told Lussi that Dylan struck him with the gun during the struggle, “causing the gash on his forehead,” the investigator testified.
Meridy had two guns on him, but told Lussi that, after the shooting, he went outside and waited in the car for Alex and Dylan to exit the home.
State Police Investigator Lester Burton was the first trooper to arrive at the scene, and found Robinson lying dead on the threshold.
Robinson’s other son, 12, was asleep in his bedroom.
Attorney Andy Puritz, representing Meridy, did not call any witnesses. “There is no evidence that my client entered without permission,” he said. “The deceased’s son let him into the home.”
“That’s not permission for robbery,” said Muehl. “He admitted to being let into the house in order to rob it, that he had guns and during that robbery, Kenneth Robinson was killed.”
Fisher sided with Muehl and transferred the case to Otsego County Court. He remanded Meridy back to the Otsego County Jail without bail.
“He told everyone he was going to kill his dad, and then he did.”
The police believe that Robinson’s death was part of a botched robbery. But, when the hearing ended, his niece, Stephanie, said she thinks otherwise.
“I think Dylan went in there with the intent of killing his dad,” she said. “He told everyone he was going to kill his dad, and then he did.”
During the hearing, Stephanie had sat next to Kenneth’s girlfriend, Jennifer Ives, comforting her while she wept audibly. Both held a photo of Robinson and battery-operated candles in their laps.
“Dylan stole those guns,” said Stephanie, “He knew that his dad didn’t have any money or weed there, and he led everyone there to kill his dad.”
They held the photos again outside the courthouse as Meridy was led past them and into the Sheriff’s transport van.
“Kenneth was an amazing man,” said Stephanie. “But it doesn’t matter who killed him or why. He’s still gone.”
WORCESTER – Dylan Robinson, 15, the son of Kenneth Robinson, woke up his father and shot him during a struggle for the gun, Senior Investigator Ronald Lussi told Worcester Town Justice William Fisher during a felony hearing for Nicolas Meridy, 32, the Oneonta man accused of helping orchestrate the robbery that lead to Robinson’s death.
“During my interview with Mr. Meridy, he did state that there was a planning session at his house at 37 Fairview Ave, Apt. 2 ½, where they planned to rob Mr. Robinson of money and marijuana,” said Lussi. “They then acquired weapons and drove to the residence.”
When they arrived, Lussi said, Dylan opened the door and let Meridy and the others – including Alex Borgreen, 16 – into the home. Anais Soto, 17, is believed to have been waiting outside.
COOPERSTOWN – A memorial service for Mona Buckley, 82, of Cooperstown, is planned at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Old Stone Community Church in Schuyler Lake, where she and her late husband, Bruce Buckley, established the St. Albans Anglican parish in the 1990s.
Mrs. Buckley passed away on Christmas Eve in McLean, Va., where she had been living with her daughter, Valerie Pineo, for the past year. A Cooperstown resident since 1964, she will be laid to rest at Hartwick Seminary Cemetery on June 3.
The service will be conducted at the Schuyler Lake church by the Rev. Dwight Dibble, who is pastor of the St. Alban Parish, (currently located in Edmeston.)
One of six siblings, Mona was born in Seymour, Ind., on Feb. 20, 1934, to Merle and Essie Graham. While a staff member at Indiana University Bloomington, she met and eventually married the late Dr. Bruce R. Buckley.
COOPERSTOWN – A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Carl B. Good, 79, will be at 3 p.m. this Saturday, May 7, at First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Elsie Rhodes, pastor, officiating. Mr. Good, a businessman who retired to Cooperstown from Princeton, N.J., passed away March 14, 2016.
COOPERSTOWN – A memorial service for Gary Seamans Dunbar (June 8, 1931 – Aug. 16, 2015), UCLA professor emeritus who retired to Cooperstown, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the First Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New York State Historical Association, The Farmers’ Museum, the First Presbyterian Church or to a charity of your choice.
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT – 10:30 a.m. Celebrate the holiday with the family. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta. 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-3491 or visit www.facebook.com/UUSOneonta/
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES – 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. & 11 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Services. Elm Park united Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-6533 or visit elmparkumconeonta.org
COOPERSTOWN – The Baseball Hall of Fame board of directors today announced it has selected Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s widow, as the 2017 recipient of the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.
She becomes the fourth winner of the Buck O’Neil Award, established in 2007 to honor an individual whose efforts broadened the game’s appeal and whose character, integrity and dignity is comparable to the late O’Neil, who passed away in 2006 after eight decades of contributions to the game.
ONEONTA – Fox Hospital today announced the 85 employees recognized for longevity last Friday at the annual Employee Service Awards reception, with a special tribute to Dorothy Johnson, director of human resources, a 45-year employee.
In total, the hospital celebrated 1,200 years of experience during the luncheon at Stella Luna Ristorante. Each honoree received a commemorative pin and gift card, presented by Fox President Jeff Joyner, and Dan Robinson, president of NYCM Insurance who chairs the Fox board of directors.
“It’s the loyal dedication of the Fox family that sets it apart from other hospitals,” Joyner told the gathering. “Fox Hospital is a special place because of you.”
Editor’s Note: Family and friends of Joan Moyer, the former Oneonta school board president and civic leader who passed away July 28, gathered over Thanksgiving for a memorial mass. This is an excerpt from the eulogy delivered by her son, Scott, raised in Oneonta but now living with his family in San Mateo, Calif.
One of my favorite memories from my childhood involves my dad driving the boat and my mom on the waterskis. Mom was not a daredevil or a thrill seeker, she was a person who saw something that looked fun and said, I’ll give it a try. She taught me that life is about enjoying our time together, the joy of the opportunities we’re given, and about wonders that we find around every corner.
In my teenage years, I’m sad to admit, I didn’t understand my mom at all. I’d come home from school, and she would have a million questions about my day. She seemed to mistakenly think that my life was far more interesting than it actually was.
What I came to realize was that mom didn’t see my life as I did. Mom saw possibility and potential in me long before I was able to see it for myself. Like God, my mom was loving me into the person I was created to be. She never settled for the limits of my imagination.
As I moved out into the world, I learned that God’s love and my mom’s love is not limited by time and space. God loves each one of us individually in every moment, and it is that love that literally holds us in existence.
My mom shared that love by letting me know that she was always remembering me and loving me. How many of us received a handwritten note or a newspaper clipping that my mom sent just because she was thinking of us. She cherished every relationship, when you were apart you knew you were not forgotten; when you were together, you knew there was no where else she wanted to be.
…My mom’s service was a quiet service, not seeking recognition or reward. Whether it was driving us kids around town for countless activities, or making dad a smoothy, or planning a family reunion, or making a dish for the bereavement committee, or working for the Executive Service Corp, or gathering her book club.
We were all on the receiving end of her service. It was a service that drew us in, made us feel at home, made us feel valued, made us feel special. It was a service that built family and community. A service that bound us together in love.
COOPERTOWN – Time Warner customers in the southwest corner of Cooperstown lost Internet and phone service shortly after 10 a.m. today.
While some customers reported regaining service shortly after 2 p.m., Time Warner was saying all service would not be restored for another two hours.
The source of the problem was a modem on a pole at Grove Street and Glen Avenue, in front of the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, where a two-men crew was at work much of the day.
The person who answered Time Warner’s customer service line called it “a signal issue.” He likened the signal leaving the modem to “a care driving through very, very dense fog. “ So the modem was being replaced, he said.
Time Warner customers along Railroad Avenue reported losing Internet and phone service, and so did Mayor Jeff Katz, who lives on Chestnut Street. However, DPW Superintendent Brian Clancy, who answered the phone in the Village Clerk’s Office, said service had not been interrupted at Village Hall.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Jone M. Robinson, 92, a homemaker with an artist’s spirit, died Nov. 28, 2017, in Johnson City with her family by her said.
Her favorite mantras were “ever onward” and “God is good.”
She was born on March 26, 1925, in Buffalo, daughter of the late William and Maybelle (Printup) Green. She was educated at the Thomas Indian School on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in Erie County, and later attended and graduated from Richfield Springs Central School. She furthered her education at SUNY Albany.