No cause of death shared after Johnstown 7-year-old’s autopsy

No cause of death shared after Johnstown 7-year-old’s autopsy

TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN - The autopsy of a 7-year-old Johnstown boy, who was found unresponsive and later died, has been completed, according to state police.  “The results are pending and the investigation is ongoing,” said Stephanie O’Neil, acting public information officer for Troop G.  Fulton County Coroner Margaret Luck did not return a request for comment.  State police have been investigating the death of Hunter Degroat since was found unresponsive in his Johnstown home on the afternoon of Aug. 9. He was later pronounced dead at Nathan Littauer Hospital.  O’Neil said that a family member called 911. However, additional information from the…
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Johnstown, Gloversville to combine for alpine, Nordic skiing

Johnstown, Gloversville to combine for alpine, Nordic skiing

JOHNSTOWN, GLOVERSVILLE - For the first time, Johnstown and Gloversville will field a joint athletic team this winter. The area rivals have had battles in nearly every sport, but now the schools have agreed to combine for alpine and Nordic skiing. The merged program was recently approved by the Johnstown school board. “It’s one of those programs that it’s always a struggle to field a full team,” Gloversville athletic director Mike DeMagistris said. “I think it will be a great opportunity for student-athletes at both schools.” Gloversville had an alpine program of its own until the 2009-10 school year. Gloversville…
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Judge adjourns plea agreement hearing in Johnstown funeral home case

Judge adjourns plea agreement hearing in Johnstown funeral home case

JOHNSTOWN - The Johnstown funeral home owner accused of improperly handling human remains was set to take a plea deal Monday afternoon in Fulton County but the hearing was adjourned for at least a couple of months. Brian M. Barnett, the owner and former director of the Ehle-Barnett Funeral Home at 15 North William St. in Johnstown was expected to plead to third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony. “Which was the highest charge we could get,” said Amanda Nellis, the acting Fulton County District Attorney early Monday afternoon. However, by late afternoon, the case had been adjourned by Judge…
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After COVID hiatus, Eddie Music Fest back on this year to honor beloved local musician

After COVID hiatus, Eddie Music Fest back on this year to honor beloved local musician

By Jordan RiesFor The Leader-HeraldGLOVERSVILLE — In honor of the late, local Johnstown musician Edward Lakata, 14 bands are scheduled to take the stage during the annual Eddie Music Festival at the Concordia Club in Gloversville on Saturday. The festival kicks off at noon and should wrap up by 10 p.m., although, organizer John Lakata said the festival has tended to run a little longer in past years. Admission is $5.“The feedback has been that the music at the Eddie is fantastic,” John Lakata said. “We’ve never had complaints about any of [the bands].”Edward Lakata died in a bicycle crash in…
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Knox Field project begins early, closed starting Wednesday night

Knox Field project begins early, closed starting Wednesday night

Knox Field will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday night through Aug. 19, as the 15-year-old turf is replaced, according to a statement from the Greater Johnstown School District.Equipment and materials for the turf project will be delivered this week, with staging to begin on Wednesday, and removal of the old turf scheduled to start Monday. The initial timeline of the project, part of a $2 million capital project approved by the community by a vote of 572-178 in May, called for the turf replacement to take place in late August, according to the release.District officials were pleased to learn…
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State Police: Death of 7-year-old Johnstown boy under investigation

State Police: Death of 7-year-old Johnstown boy under investigation

JOHNSTOWN -- A 7-year-old boy is dead after being found unresponsive Tuesday afternoon in Johnstown, according to New York State Police.State police in Fonda said they received a call at 3:23 p.m. Tuesday for reports of an unresponsive 7-year-old boy, later identified as Hunter Degroat, in his Johnstown home.  Life-saving measures were performed on Degroat but were unsuccessful, according to a press release. He was pronounced dead at Nathan Littauer Hospital. "A family member called 911 and an autopsy will be conducted as soon as possible," said Stephanie L. O'Neil, the acting public information officer for Troop G. Additional details on the case…
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