Car crash knocks out power

ONEONTA _ A one-car crash Saturday on Franklin Mountain prompted a power outage that shut off electricity to most of Oneonta's Southside.

The driver of a southbound car on state Route 28 lost control due to glare from the sun and collided with a support cable for a utility pole, according to troopers.

Power lines were brought down in the crash, which caused a transformer on the pole to explode, they said.

Both lanes of Route 28 were shut down for about two-and-a-half hours until the southbound lane could be opened. The northbound lane was opened about an hour after that, troopers said.

The crash occurred about a 1/4 mile north of the intersection with county Route 48.

Power was out for several hours after the crash, resulting in non-working traffic signals and closed businesses.

The man's injuries were minor, troopers said.

His name and other details of the crash were not immediately available Sunday night, troopers said.

College awarded $250,000

COBLESKILL _ SUNY Cobleskill will receive a $250,000 grant to help with energy conservation and facility upgrades to the campus.

Sen. James Seward, a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee, announced the grant Friday with campus officials and Assemblyman Peter D. Lopez on hand.

The SUNY Cobleskill campus was constructed in 1916 and comprises more than 30 buildings totaling a million square feet. It is one of the nation's oldest agricultural-technology colleges and has an enrollment of approximately 2,500.

An energy audit performed by the New York Power Authority identified eight separate energy saving measures, including "occupancy based" controls in the college's 10 dormitories to provide more efficient lighting; the replacement of existing windows with energy efficient "low E" windows and replacement of the Hodder Hall greenhouse with a more efficient structure to meet reserach and teaching needs.

Additionally, the audit suggests replacement of the roof at Wheeler Hall with added insulation and new electric motors in water pumps.

The campus stands to save $212,000 per year when all off the audit's recommendations are in place, Seward said. The cost the improvements, particularly the replacement of Hodder Hall, will exceed the amount of the grant.

No tax dollars fund the program. The grant will be provided from Petroleum Overcharge Restitution (POCR) funds, administered by the NYPA. The funds are from the proceeds of court settlements relating to oil company violations of federal price controls in the 1970s and 1980s.

Police: Offender didn't report

ONEONTA _ A former Oneonta man who is a registered state level 2 sex offender was arrested Friday for failing to change his address in ten days, Otsego deputies said.

John D. Miller, 28, was charged with failure to notify of an address change for a registered sexual offender, a felony, Otsego deputies said. He faces up to four years in prison on the charge, deputies said.

An investigation showed that Miller moved from his Oneonta address to the Delhi area and then back to the city of Oneonta for a week, deputies said. He was located on Friday at a Davenport residence, deputies said. He was sent to Otsego County jail on $2,500 bail to repair at a later date, deputies said.

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