The murder trial of a man charged in the shooting death of a former Oneonta woman started Tuesday, according to Gazette.net, a community newspaper website based in the state of Maryland.

Shawn M. Henderson, 26, is charged with shooting Lindsay Marie Harvey, 25, in the head during a robbery outside her home at an apartment complex April 13.

Henderson was charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, the report said, and he faces a potential sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

On the first day of the Montgomery County Circuit Court trial, Henderson's girlfriend testified that he told her during a phone call that he had shot the woman, Gazette.net reported. Also Tuesday, co-defendant Anthony Moore, 16, of Gaithersburg, said Henderson threatened to kill Moore and his family if he did not take the blame for Harvey's death.

Moore faced cross-examination Wednesday, and other witnesses testified, according to Gazette.net.

Harvey was a DNA analyst at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory in Rockville. She graduated from Oneonta High School in 2000.

The prosecution is expected to rest its case today, the website reported.

{"headline18"/}Outage lasts 4.5 hours

A problem with an insulator at a substation in Cobleskill led to an outage Wednesday that affected about 5,600 National Grid customers in Otsego and Schoharie counties, a company official said.

Power was off from about 11:30 a.m. until about 3 p.m., said National Grid spokesman Patrick Stella. Customers in the Cobleskill, Richmondville, Summit, Worcester, East Worcester and Schenevus areas were affected, he said.

The emergency outage was needed to avoid a more widespread and longer-lasting problem, Stella said.

Among those impacted was Worcester Central School, where Superintendent Gary Kuch said the school closed at about 12:30 p.m. because of the outage.

It was a good test of the school's emergency procedures, he said. "It looks like it went smoothly."

{"headline18"/}Otsego has website issues

A missed communication led to the Otsego County website _ www.otsegocounty.com _ being temporarily unavailable on Tuesday, a county official said.

Steps have been taken to make sure the problem is not repeated, said county Information Technology Director Brian Pokorny.

The service provider switched off the site at midnight when the county missed a deadline to reauthorize its use, Pokorny said. The county owns several domain names, and it takes action annually to make sure taxpayer money is spent wisely, he said. In the future, the site will be automatically renewed, and the county was never in danger of losing the site, he said.

An e-mail notifying the county of the deadline was not received by Pokorny before the deadline, he said. When he was notified of the problem at 9 a.m., he took action and service was restored at 9:30 a.m., he said. The site was not available at The Daily Star until after 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Pokorny said that it might take some Internet providers up to 24 hours to correct such a situation.

{"headline18"/}Prof writes book section

ONEONTA _ Assistant Professor William Ashbaugh, chairman of the history department at the State University College at Oneonta, is the author of a section on East Asia in the three-volume "Greenwood Encyclopedia of Global and Medieval Life and Culture."

The encyclopedia, which was released recently by Greenwood Press, offers essays and short entries on topics and primary documents to help readers understand medieval life and culture from 400 to 1400, according to a media release from the SUNY Oneonta.

Ashbaugh worked on the encyclopedia from April 2006 through August 2008 and wrote about 100,000 words for his section, which comprises more than 160 pages of the volume. His material focuses on China, Japan and Korea.

His work on religion and history was drawn in part from his teaching of The History of Asia to 1500, a course that he developed at SUNY Oneonta.

A recipient of the 2008 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Ashbaugh joined the SUNY Oneonta faculty in 2001.

{"headline18"/}Fox awarded state grant

A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital has been awarded a grant to help people interested in nutrition and exercise.

The state Nutrition Council awarded a $1,500 grant to develop the N.E.T. Links, Nutrition and Exercise Training Program, according to a media release issued Monday by the Oneonta hospital.

The first-time grant was obtained through the collaboration of Fox's nutrition consultation services and the State University College at Oneonta's graduate dietetic internship program.

The NYSNC grant is a special projects award to support a community nutrition and health promotion project, the release said. The N.E.T. Links program incorporates nutrition with exercise to promote wellness, prevent chronic disease and increase age-appropriate physical activity, as well as support weight and disease management.

The grant will provide scholarships to individuals motivated to begin the program but who face a financial barrier, the release said. Partial and full scholarships will be awarded up to $100, which represents half to all of the $100 initial fee of the program, hospital officials said.

For more information or to request a scholarship application, call Becky Drake at the FoxCare Center at 431-5181.

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