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Laurens

Arrest Made in Pig Abuse Case

Arrest Made In

Pig-Neglect Case

With a container of dry corn, Alicia Neilsen seeks to lure one of the four rescued pigs into the Susquehanna Animal Shelter on Monday.  Neilsen, a volunteer at Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, New Berlin, is assisted by SAS volunteer Cat Chicorelli, left.. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Jared Talbot

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested and charged with torturing animals after Otsego County sheriff’s deputies rescued his four emaciated pigs Monday from an un-insulated shed on Fisk Road in Laurens.

Jared J. Talbot, 21, was arrested today following a civilian complaint that led deputies to his property, where four pigs were found living without food or water and in an improper shelter.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 28

Parade of Legends

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PARADE – 6 p.m. Following awards presentation, Hall of Famers ride trucks down Main Street to special reception at Baseball Hall of Fame. Staging on Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org

ZUMBATHON – 1 – 4 p.m. Zumbathon, vendor fair to benefit Days For Girls, helping girls stay in school. Cost, $10/adult. Greater Plains Elementary School, 60 West End Ave., Oneonta. 607-643-8209 or visit www.facebook.com/Days-for-Girls-Unadilla-NY-Team-136991406948185/

Harold R. Moore Sr., 87; Retired Farmer Lived, Gardened In Laurens

IN MEMORIAM:  Harold R. Moore Sr., 87;

Retired Farmer Lived, Gardened In Laurens

Harold R. Moore Sr.

LAURENS – Harold R. Moore, Sr., 87, a retired farmer, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family and friends on Jan. 20, 2018.

He was born Nov. 17, 1930, in Jefferson, the son of Cryus and Hazel (Rifenbark) Moore.

Harold was a farmer until his move to Laurens in 1970.  He enjoyed gardening and landscaping.

Laurens Homicide Sent To Grand Jury

Laurens Homicide

Sent To Grand Jury

Defense attorney Andrew Puritz argued that the evidence in the first degree murder case against his client, Kevin Perry, was circumstantial. Town Justice Sean Farrell denied the request and referred the case to the grand jury (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Arguing on behalf of his client, Kevin Perry, defense attorney Andrew Puritz told Town Justice Sean Farrell that Perry, accused of the murders of his parents, Timothy A. Perry, 59, and Solveig E. Perry, 52, on Tuesday, Dec, 12, should be released on his own  recognizance.

“The evidence tying him to the crime is thin, circumstantial evidence,” he said during the 75-minute felony hearing in Oneonta Town Court this morning. “No one saw him in possession of the gun relative to the time of death. We were told by hearsay that he was found in the red Chevy Colorado, but no witness testified that he was operating it. And even if we take it as evidence that he was driving, there is no evidence presented here that he fired the fatal shot.”

“What?” came a reaction from the audience of family and friends of the deceased.

Solveig E. Perry, 52; Wife, Husband, Worked At Walmart

Solveig E. Perry, 52; Wife,

Husband, Worked At Walmart

LAURENS – Solveig E. Perry, 52, of Laurens passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at her home.

She was born in Cooperstown, the daughter of Michael and Liv (General) O’Mara. Sue married the love of her life, Tim, on Aug. 12, 2017. Sue worked as a cashier at Walmart for many years.

Sue enjoyed gardening, long walks, collecting salt and pepper shakers and Coca Cola memorabilia and spending time with her grandchildren. Sue was very devoted and close to her family and above all things,family was her true enjoyment.

Sue is survived by her loving family: her mother Liv O’Mara; her daughters, Bobbi-Jo Nye (Eric Wilcox), Nicole Stilson (Tim), and Rebecca Perry (Lee Jackson); stepson Timothy A. Perry Jr. and son Kevin A. Perry; grandchildren Kayla Perry, Taylor Nye, Kali Wilcox, Dylan Perry, Kalee Stilson, Conner Stilson, Alyssa Jackson, Logan Jackson and many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris. A funeral Service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Johnston Funeral Home, with Rev. Steve Fournier officiating.

Interment will take place in the spring, where together, with her husband Tim, she will be laid to eternal rest. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family at www.gofundme.com to “The Perry’s Support Fund.” .

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.johnstonfh.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Johnston Funeral Home, Morris, NY.

Timothy A. Perry Sr, Laurens; Married Love Of Life In August

Timothy A. Perry Sr, Laurens;

Married Love Of Life In August

LAURENS – Timothy A. Perry Sr., of Laurens passed away, with his loving wife Sue, on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Oneonta, the son of Samuel and Pauleen (McMullen) Perry. Tim married the love of his life, Sue, on Aug. 12, 2017. Tim worked at Walmart for many years.

Tim was an avid deer hunter and a collector of many things. He enjoyed collecting coins, Coca-Cola memorabilia and many other collectIbles. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Tim was very devoted and close to his family and above all things, family was his true enjoyment.

Tim is survived by his loving family; his daughters; Bobbi-Jo Nye (Eric Wilcox), Nicole Stilson (Tim), and Rebecca Perry (Lee Jackson); his sons Timothy A. Perry Jr. and Kevin A. Perry; grandchildren Kayla Perry, Taylor Nye, Kali Wilcox, Dylan Perry, Kalee Stilson, Conner Stilson, Alyssa Jackson, Logan Jackson, a close brother Joseph Perry along with many other brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and his mother-in-law, Liv O’Mara.

Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris.  The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris, with Rev. Steve Fournier officiating.

Interment will take place in the spring, where together, with his wife Sue, he will be laid to eternal rest. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family at www.gofundme.com to “The Perry’s Support Fund.” Online condolences may be made to the family at www.johnstonfh.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Johnston Funeral Home, Morris.

BULLETIN: Clark 561, Nardi, 543

BULLETIN:

Clark 561, Nardi, 543

COOPERSTOWN – With all absentee ballots counted, republican incumbent Kathy Clark has won her District 3 seat on the Otsego County Board of Representitives over challenger Cathy Nardi, 561-543. Further results coming shortly.

Absentee Ballot Counts Due In Tight Races First

Absentee Ballot Counts

Due First In Tight Races 

Key Tallies To Be Done Next Wednesday

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Absentee ballots will be counted first in close races where they might change the outcomes, Elections Commissioners Lori Lehenbauer and Mike Henrici said today.

Usually, absentee ballots are counted in alphabetical order, according to the names of the jurisdictions, they said.

MIRABITO SIGNS RISE AT TAYLOR’S

MIRABITO SIGNS

RISE AT TAYLOR’S

Binghamton-Based Company Said

About To Buy Cooperstown Firm

Mirabito Energy Products Regional Manager Phil Barton, left, and Sales & Marketing Director Kevin Quinton pause outside the Goodyear Lake convenience store shortly after the sign was changed from Taylor’s. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

“Mirabito” replaced “Taylor” on the sign in front of the Goodyear Lake quick-stop this afternoon as the worst-kept secret in Otsego County in recent days became public.

Word is that Binghamton-based Mirabito is buying Cooperstown-based Taylor Heating & Mini Marts.  Of the seven stores, five are in Otsego County, including the lighthouse-adorned one, a landmark as you enter Cooperstown on Route 28 from the south.

In addition to Goodyear Lake and Cooperstown, Mirabito is acquiring the Mini Mart in Oneonta’s East End, plus the ones in Laurens and Richfield Springs.  Outside Otsego County, Mini Marts in Norwich and Richmondville are part of the package.

Tree Down On Brewster Hill Road

Tree Down On Laurens Road

Travelers are advised that there is a tree down across Brewster Hill Road in Laurens. Firefighters are en route to remove the tree, but drivers are asked to use extra caution when traveling. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)t
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Blaze Leaves 11 Laurens Residents Homeless

Chief Justin Hill of the Laurens Fire Department this morning surveys the scene of the Thursday afternoon fire in the Village of Laurens. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

LAURENS – It took off like a house on fire.

“I got called in at 4:30,” Fire Chief Justin Hill recounted today, the morning after flames ripped through a village home at dusk Thursday afternoon.  “I was driving from West Oneonta and I could already see the column of smoke.”

Ten fire departments were called to help battle the blaze that gutted three apartments at 39 Main St., across the street from the fire department.

“The fire started on the second floor in the rear,” said Hill, surveying the smoking ruins. “The layout of the building made it very difficult to attack the fire. We entered through the back door but there was so much fire in the stairs we couldn’t get up them.  That’s when we knew we had to go at it from the exterior.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, NOV. 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, NOV. 29

Memorial Basketball Game,

Celebrating Coach Patt Grasso

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GIVING TUESDAY

MEMORIAL BASKETBALL GAME – 6 p.m. In memory of Coach Patt Grasso, Laurens Girls Varsity vs. Milford followed by Laurens Boys Varisty vs. Worcester. Admission by donation. Proceeds go to Patt Grasso scholarship fund. Laurens Central School, 55 Main St, Laurens. Info, www.laurenscs.org

HOLIDAY SHOW & SALE – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. browse and buy original arts and crafts by local and regional artists. Help us celebrate giving tuesday at the Coopertown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstownart.com

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