The 2 suspects in a string of Otsego County break-ins and holdups that happened in a single day last year take plea deals. Prosecutors say Bryan Ruple of Otego pleaded guilty to burglary, robbery and assault receiving a 7-year jail sentence with 5 years of post-release supervision. Derrick Gray of Laurens will be in jail from 2-1/2 to 5 years for his guilty plea to third-degree robbery. Police say Ruple and Gray held up 4 gas stations while Ruple burglarized 2 other businesses.
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It’s 6 months in jail for an Oneonta man pleading guilty to a felony charge of promoting a sexual performance by a child under the age of 17. According to All Otsego John Adams expressed remorse when he appeared in court on Monday. Prosecutors dropped a second sexual performance charge and 2 counts of possessing those materials as part of the plea deal. Adams will be required to register as a sex offender.
The Otsego County Department of Health reports a 61st person died from COVID-19 related complications. The individual’s age and gender were not made available. It is the 42nd death this year. There are 57 active cases with 8 people hospitalized. The department reminds those who don’t have time to make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment that the State Mass Vaccination Site at SUNY Oneonta is accepting walk-ins. Hours are 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. 7 days a week.
This year’s SUNY Oneonta Alumni Weekend has gone virtual. The Alumni Association invites the campus community to participate in a variety of events and activities between June 3 and June 17 including the State of the College address from Acting President Dennis Craig on June 10. For a full schedule of events go to oneontaalumni.com/reunion-weekend-schedule. You can also callthe Office of Alumni Engagement at 607-436-2265 for details.
The SUNY Oneonta community showed its appreciation on Monday to all involved in organizing and operating the New York state-run COVID-19 vaccination site on campus. In recognition of the effort needed to sustain the site, Acting President Dennis Craig presented vaccination site workers with an oversized thank-you card. Craig says the college is proud to host this site and grateful to the workers who have made COVID-19 vaccination accessible to the residents of Otsego County and surrounding communities.
2 Davenport men are facing multiple felony charges from a State Police child pornography investigation. A search warrant was executed at a Mount Vista Drive residence on April 28 after a tip came in from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The investigation determined the suspects identified as Jeremie Hoyt and Peleg Booth engaged in sexual acts with a child less than the age of fifteen. Hoyt is also accused of possessing and promoting images of child pornography.
SUNY Oneonta’s 2021 graduating class will be recognized during commencement exercises that include virtual and in-person components. SUNY Oneonta’s virtual ceremony on May 15 is a full commencement program that features recognition of individual graduates and the official conferral of degrees. While the commencement ceremony itself will not take place in person, all graduates were invited to participate in an in-person stage-crossing event that gave them a chance to wear their regalia, have their name called, and have a formal photo taken.
A state appeals court rules in favor of the City of Oneonta after the plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the Dietz St. Lofts project sought to overturn a judge’s decision tossing the suit. The court found the city’s planning commission did not violate the Public Trust Doctrine and rejected other plaintiff claims as lacking in merit. Mayor Gary Herzig says the court now confirmed the commission carried out its responsibilities in both a professional and diligent manner.
A fire broke out Friday afternoon at a barn in the town of Sidney. It happened in the 300 block of River Road and the Unadilla Fire Department was first on the scene with companies from Franklin, Masonville, Sidney Center, Gilbertsville, Otego, and Wellsbridge also responding. According to authorities one firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion but no other injuries were reported. The fire’s cause is under investigation.
The Chenango Arts Council announced the winners of its 2021 CASA Student Art Show along with the council’s scholarship recipients.The Lucy Funke Scholarship awards two High School Seniors $500 each to pursue Visual, Performing or Theatrical Arts. The Chenango Music Scholarship awards $1000 to one High School Senior who wishes to study music in college in pursuit of a career in performing or teaching. The full list of winners is at the Council’s Facebook page.