Johnstown state of emergency continues through Feb. 1, water ops to stay under DPW

Johnstown state of emergency continues through Feb. 1, water ops to stay under DPW

JOHNSTOWN — The City of Johnstown will remain under its “limited state of emergency” due to its water system operations at least until Feb. 1. While that declaration, made Tuesday by Mayor Amy Praught — presiding over her first Johnstown Common Council meeting — sounds serious, the order is primarily being used as a way for the city’s day-to-day water operations to keep being handled by the Department of Public Works, rather than the Water Board.“It can just go away, or I can renew it,” Praught said after the meeting. “I’ll evaluate, and I’ll see.” Praught issued the original declaration during the…
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Bail set at $500K cash, $1M bond for female defendant in Fulton County torture case

Bail set at $500K cash, $1M bond for female defendant in Fulton County torture case

Calling the alleged acts "some of the worst allegations I’ve seen,” a Fulton County Court judge set bail for Nicole K. Elmore at $500,000 cash and $1 million bond on Friday. Judge Michael W. Smrtic has heard and argued numerous cases in Fulton County since the 1990s as a defense lawyer and judge. He noted during Friday's hearing that the bond amount in Elmore's case must be secured by a 10% down payment.Elmore, a 35-year-old Amsterdam resident, faces felony kidnapping, assault with the intent to disfigure and aggravated sexual abuse charges after she and her boyfriend, Justin J. Wilson, a 31-year-old Gloversville resident, allegedly…
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Perth solar project up for public comment after board declares it potential eyesore 

Perth solar project up for public comment after board declares it potential eyesore 

After the Planning Board deemed that a proposed solar farm in the Town of Perth has the potential to be an eyesore for the community, the town is now accepting public comments that could impact the future of the project. The Planning Board determined in August that Borrego Solar Systems' proposed 15.1-acre, 5 megawatt (AC) solar facility along County Road 132 may have negative visual impacts and potentially harm the character of the surrounding rural, residential neighborhood. In response, Borrego, which did not return voicemail messages seeking comment, submitted a revised plan last month spelling out how it would mitigate concerns.…
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Trump reportedly declares Stefanik ‘will be president’ during big night at Mar-a-lago

Trump reportedly declares Stefanik ‘will be president’ during big night at Mar-a-lago

During a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, on Tuesday night at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, former President Donald Trump showered Stefanik with praise and reportedly declared that she could be president in 6 years. The event and Trump’s words are among the strongest signals yet that Stefanik, the 37-year-old GOP House Conference Chair, could be on the shortlist of vice presidential candidates should Trump run for President in 2024.  Stefanik’s congressional campaign wouldn’t indulge speculation about future races, but it did confirm the money raised at Tuesday’s event. “I’m proud to announce that last night we raised $3.2 million…
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Documents detail Perth kidnap suspects’ police contacts; One suspect had order of protection against other

Documents detail Perth kidnap suspects’ police contacts; One suspect had order of protection against other

Prior to allegedly helping Justin J. Wilson brutally torture his estranged wife for six days inside a Broadalbin trailer, Nicole K. Elmore, 35, requested–and was granted–a “stay away” order of protection against Wilson, according to records in the Town of Perth Court. Wilson, 31 of Gloversville, allegedly violated that order, issued September 7, 2021, by Fulton County Family Court, several times, resulting in at least three misdemeanor criminal charges against him, according to court documents. The most recent violation of the order of protection came on December 23, just about a week before the alleged torture took place, court records show.…
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A frightening 6-day saga: Woman alleges she was kidnapped, tortured in Fulton County

A frightening 6-day saga: Woman alleges she was kidnapped, tortured in Fulton County

PERTH - A woman was kidnapped then assaulted, tortured and sexually abused over a six-day period in Perth, before being taken to an unknown house Jan. 6 and taking her chance to escape, authorities said. The woman suffered significant injuries in the prolonged attack, state police said.The woman's escape then led police to arrest two people and charge them with crimes that could lead to prison sentences of up to life, if convicted.Arrested were Justin J. Wilson, 31, and Nicole K. Elmore, 35, of Amsterdam. They each face one count each of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree assault and first-degree aggravated sexual…
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