New Johnstown shop caters to budding business of home marijuana cultivation

New Johnstown shop caters to budding business of home marijuana cultivation

JOHNSTOWN — There really is an Uncle Bud, but he's not Karl Lakata's uncle and he's not in the same line of business.Lakata recently opened a horticulture shop on North Market Street and borrowed the nickname of the guy who would rent out a hay wagon for a music festival Lakata's friend organized."Bud" is also a nickname for marijuana, and that's what Lakata expects a lot of customers to be interested in as they visit Uncle Bud's Grow Shop. Growing your own marijuana at home will soon be a legal option in New York, and he expects a large demand for…
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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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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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Frontier union workers in Johnstown protest for fair contract

Frontier union workers in Johnstown protest for fair contract

Photo Caption: Frontier Communications employees and members of the IBEW 363 union Kathy Howell of Canajoharie, left, Carla Gagliano of Mayfield, center, and Terri Knapik of Amsterdam protest the recent contract offer from their employer at Sir William Johnson Park on Saturday. STAN HUDY/THE LEADER-Herald JOHNSTOWN - Carla Gagliano pumped her fist in the air and smiled at the driver of the truck as they drove through the light at the intersection of West Main Street and North Market Street Saturday morning. Gagliano was one of five IBEW 363 union members employed by Frontier Communications standing at the intersection with…
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Walmart hiring for Johnstown, Sharon Springs distribution centers

JOHNSTOWN — Walmart will host hiring events Wednesday and Thursday at three Mohawk Valley distribution centers.Prospective employees can apply in person from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at:300 Enterprise Road, Johnstown180 High St., Sharon Springs8827 Old River Road, MarcyApplicants can also text 240240 to seek employment at the facility.The hiring events follow the mega-retailer's announcement in September that it plans to hire 20,000 new employees nationwide for its growing supply chain network.Open positions include lift drivers, order-fillers, shipping loaders, power equipment operators, diesel technicians and drivers.
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Johnstown mayoral candidates preach openness

Johnstown mayoral candidates preach openness

By Andrew Waite/The Leader-Herald JOHNSTOWN — Both mayoral candidates in the City of Johnstown are pledging to prioritize financial openness. Republican Amy Praught and Democrat Michael Rose both expressed disappointment in past financial transparency dating to City Treasurer Michael Gifford’s tenure, which began in the late 1990s and ended recently after he announced that he would not seek re-election this year. Thomas Herr, the interim treasurer who has been on the job since the beginning of this month, is running unopposed in the upcoming general election. “In the past, there wasn’t always that transparency with the treasurer's office. I think…
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