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Amazon decision prompts another pitch from Oneida County

Amazon’s decision to not pursue a new corporate center in the New York City borough of Queens prompted reaction from Mohawk Valley state lawmakers and a renewed pitch to the company to set up in the Rome area.


Rome father picked up 2-year-old son by his ears, slammed his head through sheetrock, police say

ROME, N.Y. -- An Oneida County man is accused of assaulting his 2-year-old son, Rome police said. Brandon J. Shugars, 24, is accused of picking up the child by his ears and slamming his head through the sheetrock after the toddler “went to the bathroom on the floor,” police said.


Oneida County Sewer District Proposed Bill Increase

UTICA, N.Y. - The Oneida County Department of Water Quality has said that those in the Oneida County Sewer district will see an 11% Increase on their bill compared to their 2018 rate if proposals pass. The public can send written comments, submitted to the Department Of Water Quality and Water Polut


Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to shut down up to 3 NY state prisons

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he wants to shut down up to three state prisons by Labor Day, citing record declines in the state’s prison population and crime rate. Cuomo said he wants the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to recommend which of the state’s 54 correctional f


Rome man accused of hurting toddler

A 24-year-old man is accused of smashing his 2-year-old son’s head through a wall by the ears on North Crescent Drive. Police said Brandon J. Shugars picked his 2-year-old son up by the ears at their residence and slammed the boy’s head through the sheetrock on Monday, Feb. 11. Police said the child


With 4 unwilling to sell, Oneida County considers eminent domain for hospital garage

UTICA — In what could be a first for the Oneida County Attorney’s Office, the Oneida County Board of Legislators voted Wednesday to authorize the office to handle any eminent domain issues that may come out of a parking garage proposed with Mohawk Valley Health System’s downtown Utica hospital proje


Rome parking garage to temporarily become parking lot

ROME, N.Y. -- Rome is moving forward with its downtown revitalization initiative with plans to demo the parking garage on Liberty and George streets. The garage is considered structurally unfit.


Rep. Anthony Brindisi holding February town hall in Oneida County

ONEIDA COUNTY - First-term Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D- NY22) will be holding a town hall for his constituents. The town hall will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Mohawk Valley Community College Rome campus at 6 p.m.


CNY man honored for rescuing trapped woman moments before her car burst into flames

DANUBE, N.Y. -- A Herkimer County man was honored this week for putting his life on the line to save an Oneida County woman after a car crash in 2018. Melissa Knudsen, of Yorkville, was driving on state Route 5S in the town of Danube on Sept. 9, 2018 when she struck a mailbox and her vehicle overtur


Herkimer County man faces child pornography charges, state police say

FRANKFORT, N.Y. -- A Herkimer County man is facing child pornography charges after an investigation into “inappropriate behavior" involving two Oneida County children, according to New York State Police.


About 500 homes without power north of Rome

WESTERNVILLE, N.Y. - A transformer fire is causing a power outage for sections of Rome, Westernville, Ava, and the town of Steuben. The fire started before 7 p.m. on Friday night.


Oneida County legislature wades back in to Utica hospital plan

Oneida County legislators will have a chance to discuss the plan by the Mohawk Valley Health System to combine its two main hospitals into one on a site downtown during their meeting on Wednesday.


Boonville Snow Festival returns to track in full force

After a three-year absence due to mother natures lack of cooperation, the Boonville Snow Festival’s return to racing last weekend Feb. 2 and 3 can be considered nothing less than a huge success.


Volunteers Needed for 2019 New York State Seed to Supper course

HELP WANTED! Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County and The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition are excited to announce the launch of their 2019 New York State Seed to Supper course. Throughout this 5-week class, new gardeners will learn the ins and outs of vegetable gardening—on a bud


Rome priest named in sex abuse lawsuit

A Rome priest is one of three accused of past child sexual abuse as part of a new civil lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, according to a report from Syracuse.com.


Oneida County executive candidate calls on Picente, others to resign

UTICA — During a Monday morning press conference David Gordon, a Republican candidate for Oneida County executive, called on several county officials to resign over ethics allegations and spoke out on his own August 2017 arrest.


Gordon calls for three Oneida County officials to be removed from office

UTICA, N.Y. - Former Oneida County Legislator Dave Gordon wants to become the next Oneida County executive, and Monday morning he announced during a press conference that he believes current Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente should be removed from office now.


Year Long Investigation Leads To Rape Charges Against Utica Man

A year-long investigation by State Police and the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center has led to the arrest of a Utica man on rape charges. Police say 46-year old Roger Herne allegedly had sex with a mentally disabled girl under the age of 17. They say the victim gave birth to a child.


NYSCOPBA: Inmate threw bodily fluids at officer in Midstate Correctional Facility

An inmate held at Midstate Correctional Facility in Marcy threw urine at an officer and then threatened prison staff earlier this week, the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA) reported Friday.


Oriskany resident commanding Eastern Air Defense Sector

ROME — A local New York Air National Guard unit that's part of the nation's air defense system now has a new commander. Col. Paul Bishop formally took command Thursday of the 224th Air Defense Group during a ceremony held at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome.