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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Gloversville’s Railfest 16 draws big summer crowd

Gloversville’s Railfest 16 draws big summer crowd

GLOVERSVILLE -- Picture-perfect weather combined with community enthusiasm for gathering together again in public after more than two years of the coronavirus pandemic helped spur an estimated record turnout for the 16th annual Gloversville Railfest at Trail Station Park on Saturday.City Clerk Jenni Mazur, who serves as the liaison to the Recreation Commision, said the 16th Railfest was the biggest success its been for the four years the Recreation Commission has been running the event. She said last year there were about 45 vendors, but this year there were more than 70."It's been incredible. It's the biggest Railfest we've had…
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Gloversville Police Department experiencing staff shortages

Gloversville Police Department experiencing staff shortages

 In recent months, the Gloversville Police Department has been reduced to as few as 25 sworn officers from the 37 officers budgeted for in the city’s 2022 budget.The shortage has forced some of GPD’s senior staff, including Police Chief Anthony “Tony” Clay to perform regular patrol duties normally assigned to younger officers.“I’ve taken a few patrols,” Clay said. “Actually, it’s refreshing, to be honest with you. Kind of getting back to the roots kind of thing, but unfortunately [whenever] you have somebody doing a job outside of what their regular job is you’re kind of robbing Peter to pay Paul,…
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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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County police departments eye training officers in active shooter scenarios

County police departments eye training officers in active shooter scenarios

GLOVERSVILLE — A group of Gloversville police officers in full gear moved cautiously through the hallways of McNab Elementary School Tuesday morning, practicing various scenarios for an active shooter.Officers are making their way through each of the city schools this summer — learning building layouts and preparing for a day all schools hope will never come. The department will wrap up its training at middle and high school campus, once the summer school program is over, said Police Chief Anthony Clay. The training comes only a few months after the killing of 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. “We thought this was…
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Racing Around: Fonda’s championship night could be historic

Racing Around: Fonda’s championship night could be historic

By James A. Ellis For The Leader-Herald It's possible that history could repeat itself Saturday night at Fonda Speedway. Last year, Rocky Warner put together a late-race charge to tie Ronnie Johnson for the modified track championship, making them the first modified co-champions in track history. Heading into this Saturday’s Benjamin Moore Paints-sponsored championship night, Johnson and Warner are separated by six points. However, after points leader Matt DeLorenzo, the 2007 track champion, placed 21st after retiring from last Saturday’s modified feature with a bent front axle, coupled with strong runs from Johnson and Warner, the race for the track championship…
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