Johnstown woman accused of raping student she was tutoring

Johnstown woman accused of raping student she was tutoring

GLEN — A Johnstown woman accused of raping a 13-year-old student she was tutoring turned herself in to police on Monday, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.Kristin M. Bellinger, 39, of Johnstown, was charged with second-degree rape, a class D felony, following a lengthy investigation. She is accused of having sex with a juvenile male over a period of time in 2019.Bellinger was providing at home tutoring to the child outside of her then-role as a special education teacher with the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES, deputies said.The student first reported the allegations to HFM BOCES administrators. Police, the student’s family and the state…
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Apple Barrel to pay $500K settlement to estates of 2 pedestrians killed in Schoharie limo disaster

Apple Barrel to pay $500K settlement to estates of 2 pedestrians killed in Schoharie limo disaster

ALBANY — The estates of two pedestrians killed in the October 2018 Schoharie limousine disaster have reached a $500,000 settlement of their lawsuits against the Apple Barrel country store and cafe. Brian Hough, 46, and his father-in-law, James Schnurr, 70, were standing outside of their unoccupied vehicle in the Apple Barrel parking lot when it was struck by an out of control limousine on Oct. 6, 2018. The force of the impact caused the parked car to strike Hough and Schnurr, killing both of them. All 18 occupants of the limo, including the driver, were also killed when it crashed into…
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Ephratah fire fatality being investigated as ‘suspicious’ by state police

Ephratah fire fatality being investigated as ‘suspicious’ by state police

EPHRATAH — State police are investigating a “suspicious” death after an Ephratah woman was found dead in her home following a structure fire on Friday. Sara E. Stinnett, 74, of 517 Route 67, was identified as the woman who died by state police on Tuesday. Troopers responded to a the fire at the home as crews from the Ephratah Volunteer Fire Department worked to extinguish the blaze on Friday around 3:56 p.m. The home was believed to be occupied by Stinnett, the owner. She was subsequently found dead inside. New York State Police are investigating the fatal fire. State police are asking anyone…
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Ephratah fire fatality being investigated as ‘suspicious’ by state police

Ephratah fire fatality being investigated as ‘suspicious’ by state police

EPHRATAH — State police are investigating a “suspicious” death after an Ephratah woman was found dead in her home following a structure fire on Friday.Sara E. Stinnett, 74, of 517 Route 67, was identified as the woman who died by state police on Tuesday.Troopers responded to a the fire at the home as crews from the Ephratah Volunteer Fire Department worked to extinguish the blaze on Friday around 3:56 p.m.The home was believed to be occupied by Stinnett, the owner. She was subsequently found dead inside. New York State Police are investigating the fatal fire.State police are asking anyone with information or who…
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Brush fire spreads across 8 acres in Perth; Region remains at high fire risk, officials say

Brush fire spreads across 8 acres in Perth; Region remains at high fire risk, officials say

PERTH — A fast-spreading brush fire completely burned off about eight acres of field in Perth before it was stopped just short of the tree line on Wednesday, according to Steven Santa Maria, director of the Fulton County Emergency Management Department. The fire that broke out in a farm field on Nadler Road was called in to fire crews around 3:48 p.m. Crews from nine fire departments in Fulton, Montgomery and Saratoga counties responded to the scene of the fast moving brush fire. “It had old growth and some new growth and it just ignited and spread very quickly,” Santa…
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FBI probing agency involvement in Schoharie limo investigations; Letter released Monday

FBI probing agency involvement in Schoharie limo investigations; Letter released Monday

AMSTERDAM — The FBI is probing the agency’s involvement in investigations into the October 2018 Schoharie limousine disaster which killed 20 people, according to a letter released by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam. “In recent months, concerns have been raised about this incident and whether there was any FBI involvement in the investigation,” wrote Jill Tyson, assistant director at the FBI. “As a result, the director ordered that the FBI further review the matter.” The letter released on Monday does not address the nature or scope of the probe being undertaken by the inspection division. Tyson stated that no further…
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