More charges pending for motel murderer

6/23/2021

More charges may be coming for Raymond C. George Jr., arrested last Tuesday for plowing his car into another man at the Colonial Motel in Cobleskill.
Charged with manslaughter, Mr. George is accused of hitting James E. Williams Jr. with his car as Mr. Williams was sitting with his dogs outside his room at the motel shortly after noon.
This is not the first time Mr. George crossed paths with police. Years ago, he was convicted of manslaughter/reckless cause of death; later he was convicted of sex offenses and on Tuesday was still on parole for those.
State Police are studying evidence to determine other details about Tuesday’s incident, including the speed of the c ...

More charges pending for motel murderer

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COVID: We did pretty darn good

6/23/2021

There were no fireworks—the celebratory kind—but good words all around Friday when Heath Director Amy Gildemeister ran through COVID stats for Schoharie County supervisors.
Only two supervisors were masked—a couple of others were missing—and with the exception of the Department of Motor Vehicles for now, if you’ve received a COVID vaccination, there are no longer any restrictions in place at the County Office Building.
Last June, supervisors were meeting virtually.
Friday, “This is so much nicer,” Chairman Bill Federice of Conesville said. “It’s a big step toward going back to normal.
“There’s still a lot of work to do in administering vaccines, but it’s a who ...

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After 2020, outlook sunny for Sunshine Fair

6/23/2021

Prospects for the 2021 Sunshine Fair are getting better and better.
“Amazingly, as it looks now, we’ll be at full capacity, like we were before COVID,” Fair President Doug Cater said last week.
His announcement followed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s relaxing of COVID rules and announcing earlier in the week that the State Fair will run at full capacity.
It was only in early May that the Fair Board decided to have a Fair at all this year. Then, Mr. Cater was unsure about capacity levels and said mask-wearing will be mandatory, vaccination or not.
That’s changed.
Mild protocols remain––hand sanitation stations––but mask-wearing will be on the honor system; if ...

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State: Schoharie justice resigns after anti-LGBTQ posts

6/23/2021

Schoharie Justice Ken Knutsen has resigned while under investigation by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct for anti-LGBTQ posts on Facebook and other misconduct, the commission said in a press release issued Wednesday.
Mr. Knutsen served as an elected justice for the Town of Schoharie and as an appointed assistant justice for the Village of Schoharie.
The village accepted Mr. Knutsen’s resignation at its June 8 meeting; the town didn’t meet in June.
According to the Commission on Judicial Conduct’s press release, Mr. Knutsen was notified in April that the Commission was investigating complaints alleging anti-LGBTQ bias and content on his personal Facebo ...

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Spa elections will be write-in only

6/23/2021

There will be no candidates from the Village of Sharon on the November ballot.
They’ll all be running as write-ins.
That’s because the village missed the deadline for filing petitions, Mayor Doug Plummer said Thursday.
“We were told yesterday that we were late yesterday,” he said. “And that’s only because we inquired. It’s really distressing.”
That means anyone interested in one of the two trustee seats or the mayor’s job will have to convince voters to write in their name—spelled correctly.
“And inevitably, people always want to put a “b” in Plummer,” Mayor Plummer said.
Mayor Plummer said he will seek re-election.
Also running for th ...

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