Hilltowns

On Tuesday, June 17, the Old Men of the Mountain met at the Blue Star Café in Schoharie where the OMOTM lamented that, at our breakfast the next Tuesday, the day will be shorter.

The sentence in Kenneth Fortuin's plea deal for arson was no surprise — his lawyer said he'll be out in a year — but the courtroom drama was: His lawyer alleged he was the victim, not his ex-wife, when he burned their house.

KNOX — Wesley Pulsifer was sentenced to 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years in prison for aggravated driving while intoxicated, a felony, on June 23, according to a release from Albany County District Attorney’s Office.

Judge Peter A. Lynch of Albany County Court was presiding.

HILLTOWNS — Among the natural pests that plague homeowners, the species named carpenter bees might be the most ironic. They burrow into dead wood, compromising structures built by the hands of human carpenters.

Jean Forti Day in the Knox Town Park on Saturday will raise funds for Forti's medical expenses. She was diagnosed with liver cancer in May and will undergo surgery on July 2.

The verdict in a DWI trial this week —a first for the Berne judge — turned on whether the drunk driver of a go-cart was driving on a public road or thrown there.

Judge James Corigliano allowed jurors to infer that, since the prosecution did not maintain the video footage requested by the defense, the missing evidence would have harmed the prosecution's case.

EAST BERNE — Ann Louise Dippolito was a versatile, family-focused woman who was entwined with others.

Mrs. Dippolito was a friend to Barbara Genter’s family and became an adopted grandmother and aunt, better known as “Annie.”

The first annual Rensselaerville Cycling Festival, coming up in September, is led by Tyler Wren, who races professionally all over the world.

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