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Timothy Perry


Memorial Concert ‘Musical Moods’


MEMORIAL CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Performance of “Musical Moods – Meditative to Manic” with Timothy Perry and Margaret (Pej) Reitz, performing on clarinet and piano. Free, open to public. RM 201 Fine Arts Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-3419.

BOOK CLUB – 6 – 7 p.m. Discuss novel ‘Eleni’ by Nicholas Gage. Richfield Springs Public Library, 102 Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or visit

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/

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.


‘Brandenburg Concertos’ By Bach


CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Hear Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos” performed by returning favorite Joseph Lin. Ticket’s, $25/adult. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 877-666-7421 or visit

ANTIQUE ENGINE SHOW – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Single-cylinder gas engine enthusiasts show their antiques from the early 1900s. Stop by for engines, food, community lawn sales, more. Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. 607-547-9692 or visit

Underwood Gets 20, Perry Offered 25



Perry Offered 25 In Parents’ Slaying

By LIBBY CUDMORE  • Special to

Joshua Underwood plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter and will serve 20 years in prison.

ONEONTA – Joshua Underwood, 25, who plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the New Year’s Day death of his boyfriend, Mark Morrison, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Otsego County Court.

Officials say around 3:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2017, Underwood called 911 and reported that he had killed his boyfriend, 52-year-old Mark Morrison of Oneonta. Police found Morrison dead in his Main Street apartment from what was later ruled to be blunt force trauma to the head. Police also alleged that Underwood tried to conceal the crime by stuffing the apartment doorway with newspapers and setting them on fire.

Though originally scheduled to be sentenced in mid-December, Underwood tried to withdraw his guilty plea for first-degree manslaughter, claiming he was coerced by the public defender’s assistant assigned to the case.

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 to “The Perry’s Support Fund.” Online condolences may be made to the family at

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

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