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Laurens News

Suzanne M. Gregory, 79; Returned Home After Government Career

IN MEMORIAM: Suzanne M. Gregory, 79;

Returned Home After Government Career

MOUNT VISION – Suzanne M. Gregory, 79, who was active in civic life locally after retiring from a career in the U.S. government, passed away Jan. 6, 2019, at Albany Medical Center.

She was born July 1, 1939 in Cooperstown, the daughter of a Leo Francis and Marjorie Ruth (Pitts) Wikoff.  Suzanne married Michael Quinn Gregory on July 21, 1957 in Hartwick.

Laurens Parents’ Deaths At Hand Of Their Son Revisited A Year Later

Laurens Parents’ Deaths

At Hand Of Their Son

Revisited A Year Later

Binghamton Newspaper Publishes Report

Editor’s Note:  An hour ago, The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin published an in-depth look at the case of Kevin Perry, now in prison in the deaths of his parents a week before Christmas 2017. 

Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

Kevin Perry is led into his arraignment in Oneonta Town Court a few days before Christmas 2017. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

After a heated argument with his mother and father, an angered Kevin A. Perry stormed into another room.

That’s when the 23-year-old threatened to kill his parents someday, a vow his cousin overheard.

Two days later, on Dec. 12, 2017, Timothy and Solveig Perry were shot to death in their Town of Laurens home.

Their daughter made the horrifying discovery that, along with family members learning her father’s pickup truck was missing, sent police officers in two counties on a search for a killer — the victims’ own son.

Convicted of second-degree murder, Kevin A. Perry, now 24, received the maximum sentence in October: 25 years to life in prison.

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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.
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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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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