Archives for January 2020

Truitt Found Guilty

It took the jury just two hours on Thursday to convict Gabriel Truitt of murder and arson in the December 2018 fire that killed former Oneonta firefighter John Heller. He died while rescuing his financee and his four nephews from their Walling Avenue apartment. Prosecutors said Truitt started the fire as revenge against a former girlfriend who lived in an adjacent apartment. All Otsego reports that prosecutors will seek life in prison when he’s sentenced April 3.


‘I Had To Do It For John’ Fiancee Recalls At Guilty Verdict

Man Killed In Deposit Standoff

A police standoff Wednesday at a Deposit home results in a man being killed by officers. According to State Police it happened at a Route 8 home where a burglary was initially reported but once officers arrived the suspect identified as a 34-year-old man was armed with a long gun. Negotiations went on for nearly six hours when the man emerged from the home with weapons aimed outward and that’s when he was shot. An investigation is under way.


Herzig To Give SOTC Speech On Tuesday

City of Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig presents his annual State of the City address on Tuesday at 7:00pm to open the regularly scheduled meeting of the Common Council. The speech will highlight progress and future plans to realize the goals of the City’s 2019 Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Additional topics will include next steps for city management, neighborhood stabilization, infrastructure upgrades, park improvements, support for local businesses, and housing. The public is invited to attend.

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Prposals Accepted For SUNY Oneonta’s Student Research & Creative Activity Days

Proposals are now being accepted for SUNY Oneonta’s 2020 Student Research & Creative Activity Days showcase taking place in Hunt Union on Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8. Students can request a variety of presentation formats including posters, computer displays, oral presentations or other exhibity. The deadline to indicate participation and submit abstracts for presentation is Friday, March 6 and proposals are only being accepted nline.

Milford Water Leak Repaired

Village of Milford officials had a mystery on their hands earlier this week when they found the daily water usage was around 60% more than the normal amount of around 100,000 gallons. An investigation found there was a leak at a South Main Street residence which accounted for a 65,000 gallon daily leak. It has since been repaired but officials are trying to determine how the leak happened. Officials ask residents to contact them if they encounter unusual cases of standing water or running water.


SUNY Oneonta Student Athletes Give Back

SUNY Oneonta athetic teams took time to help others during winter break. When Puerto Rico had experienced earthquakes the first week of January, the swimming & diving teams organized a food collection with the leftover canned and boxed goods the students had in their villas. The women’s basketball team also traveled to Puerto Rico and found themselves involved in working at a food pantry distribution center. And track & field teams competing in Virginia Beach took time to clean litter off the famous Virginia Beach boardwalk.

SUNY Oneonta student athletes give back during winter break trips

OCCOC Releases Parking Survey Results

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce reveals the results of its business parking survey conducted after the city approved the Dietz St. Artist Lofts project. The Chamber says the respondents represent 45 businesses with a total of over 260 downtown Oneonta employees. It found that businesses want more closer proximity parking, longer duration parking and a parking garage upgrade. The top solution suggestion was to pick a different location for the lofts project followed by not eliminating any parking spaces.

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Jury To Get Truitt Case

The jury in the Gabriel Truitt murder case will begin deliberations today. All Otsego reports the prosecution and the defense gave closing statements on Wednesday after Public Defender Michael Trosset presented his case in just under an hour, calling two witnesses before resting. Truitt is accused of starting a fire at a Walling Avenue apartment building which took the life of former Oneonta firefighter John Heller.

In Closing Statements, Attorneys Debate Timeline

Bassett Offering Two Dates For Free Medical Screenings

The Bassett Health Center mobile screening coach has two appearances next month. There will be free mammograms, breast exams, pap tests, pelvic exams and more to those uninsured or underinsured under age 40. Colorectal screening kits are available for those over 50. The first session is Thursday Feb. 6 from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Bassett Health Center on Main Street in West Winfield while the second is Thursday Feb. 13 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Southside Mall in Oneonta.

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital Announces Weekend Hours

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital announces operating hour changes at its Primary Care office in Walton. Beginning Feb. 1 the office will be open for appointment scheduling between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and noon. Director of Community Relations Dotti Kruppo says UHS made the Saturday hours available to coincide with the pharmacy’s open hours. The office is open until 7 PM Mondays through Thursdays. Other UHS facilities are open on the weekends including DVH’s MRI unit.

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