COVID surge appears to be easing across Capital Region, state as fewer test positive

COVID surge appears to be easing across Capital Region, state as fewer test positive

ALBANY — The early-winter surge of COVID in New York shows continued signs of flattening or even declining, with the number of new infections each day of the past week significantly lower than in late December or early January.The progress is relative — the number of lab-confirmed positive tests each day is still far higher than the highest one-day total in the first 21 months of the pandemic.But the number of people hospitalized with COVID also has begun to decline, both for the state as a whole and individually in some of its regions. Some statistical snapshots from New York's battle…
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Johnstown Police find decomposing bodies, cremated remains at funeral home

Johnstown Police find decomposing bodies, cremated remains at funeral home

JOHNSTOWN — City police said they discovered human remains at an unregistered North Williams Street funeral whose funeral director was working without a license after executing a search warrant on Friday.Police, in a news release late Saturday, said they found the remains, which included three bodies and a dozen containers of cremated remains, after executing a search warrant of Ehle-Barnett Funeral Home following a complaint from a family who contracted cremation services through the funeral home but were unable to get in touch with the owner, Brian M. Barnett, for weeks.Police recovered three bodies, including two that were in "advanced states…
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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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Legislators, hospitals lobby Hochul for resources to run state testing site at FMCC

Legislators, hospitals lobby Hochul for resources to run state testing site at FMCC

As COVID-19 cases surge across the state — including in Fulton and Montgomery counties — Fulton-Montgomery Community College is ready to ramp up its COVID-19 testing operations.All the college needs in order to once again host a high-volume, state-run testing site is Gov. Kathy Hochul’s approval to send testing kits and manpower, according to Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam. He, along with Assemblyman Robert Smullen, R,C,I,SAM-Meco, has been lobbying the governor to ramp up the Johnstown testing site into a full-blown community testing location.Santabarbara and Smullen said the need for more community testing was brought to their attention by Fulton and Montgomery…
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Three Fulton County correctional officers arrested, face termination, after incident with inmate, sheriff says

Three Fulton County correctional officers arrested, face termination, after incident with inmate, sheriff says

JOHNSTOWN — Three Fulton County correctional officers have been arrested and face possible termination over allegations they held down an inmate and shaved off part of the inmate's eyebrow, Fulton County Sheriff's officials said Monday. Officials identified the three officers as Mathew Spraker, Mathew Smith and Stephen Swart. All three are listed as from the town of Johnstown. Ages were unavailable. They were each arrested Monday and charged with one count of second-degree unlawful imprisonment, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation. --- Help us bring this news to you, check out our subscribe page at: LeaderHerald.com/Subscribe --- They were…
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Salvation Army of Fulton County’s 5th Annual Toy Drive seeks donations

Salvation Army of Fulton County’s 5th Annual Toy Drive seeks donations

  FULTON AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES - The 5th Annual Salvation Army of Fulton County Christmas Toy Drive is facing a specific need for toys for children ages 10 and up and for infants up to 3 years of age. Toy drive coordinator Ryan Lorey, who also operates the Fulton County Area News Facebook page, has helped distribute about 50 toy collection boxes throughout Fulton and Montgomery counties over the past few weeks. "There is no Salvation Army in Montgomery County, so the Salvation Army helps out in Montgomery now from up here in Fulton County," Lorey said. "A lot of…
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