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New York State Court of Appeals: Public allowed to see police body camera footage

NEW YORK (AP) — Police body camera footage is subject to public disclosure under New York law, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. The Appellate Division panel rejected a police union’s argument that body camera footage constitutes a personnel record and is therefore covered by a state law keeping


Oneida County man accused of sexually abusing 6-year-old girl, deputies say

BOONVILLE, N.Y. -- An Oneida County man is accused of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl in his home earlier this month, according to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. Ryan Lee Watson, 19, of the village of Boonville, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, deputies said. Watson was


Madison County adds four Saturdays for e-waste drop-off

The Madison County Department of Solid Waste is adding three Saturdays this year for drop off for its free electronic waste collection program for residents in a partnership with The Arc of Madison Cortland. The dates are March 23, June 22, Sept 8, and Dec. 7.


4 lbs of meth, loaded gun seized after unregistered vehicle stopped, deputies say

CORTLANDVILLE, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office says a homeless man and a California woman are behind bars after a drugs and a loaded gun were found during a traffic stop Tuesday morning.


Grand opening celebration at the Madison County Courthouse

Wampsville, N.Y. — Madison County is celebrating like it's 1909 and inviting the public to come join them at the newly-renovated courthouse for a day to remember and honor the past.


Madison County woman wins $1 million in scratch-off

CICERO, N.Y. — A big pay day is coming for a Madison County woman. She's about to become Central New York's newest millionaire. State lottery officials say a Bridgeport woman won $1 million on a "20X the Bills" scratch-off ticket.


Pounds of Meth Found in Cortland County Traffic Stop

Cortland County Sheriff’s officials say they found a huge amount of methamphetamine, measuring in pounds, not grams, during a stop of an unregistered vehicle in the Big Lots parking lot February 19.


Watching Birds & Collecting Shoes at Madison County Nature Center

Canastota's Great Swamp Conservancy runs year round programs, which are a chance to see all kinds of animals, birds and plants in its 36-thousand acres on the southeast shore of Oneida Lake. The 22 year old Center ---on swamp land that was originally drained for 'muck' agriucultural land, is being r


Oneida water and sewer main extensions moving forward

Oneida, N.Y. — After discussing costs and estimates, Oneida city councilors voted Tuesday to move ahead with the planned expansion of water and sewer lines along West Elm Street into Wampsville.


Group of co-workers claims largest jackpot in New York State Lottery history

CBS NY - The ticket to the largest Mega Millions jackpot in New York State Lottery history was claimed Tuesday. The eighth-largest Mega Millions jackpot in history now belongs to a group of 23 co-workers who came forward anonymously in January to form an LLC named, appropriately, "New Life 2019."


Meth Bust: Two Charged in Cortland County

Cortland, NY - Cortland County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the Big Lots parking lot, located on Route 281 in the Town of Cortlandville Tuesday morning. The vehicle which was occupied by the above two defendants was stopped for being unregistered. Officers located a loaded handgun, a


Albany County and Madison County achieve State Emergency Management Accreditation

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Albany and Madison Counties have achieved accreditation as part of the Local Emergency Management Accreditation Program. First proposed in the Governor’s 2017 State of the State, the accreditation program is the first of its kind at the state-level for l


Oswego County man accused of raping child under age of 14, state police said

MEXICO, N.Y. -- An Oswego County man is accused of raping a girl under the age of 14, according to New York State Police. James E. Pitcher Jr., 42, of Mexico, was charged Monday with second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and second-degree rape, both felonies. He was also charged wit


Columbus man charged with rape, menacing

COLUMBUS, N.Y. (WBNG) — Sheriff’s officials say a Chenango County man was arrested following the investigation into an alleged rape. According to the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, 20-year-old Lukest Wahlberg of Columbus is accused of forcibly holding down a female and forcibly raping her on two


Greene man facing felonies after Genesee Street burglary

GREENE, N.Y. (WBNG) — A Chenango County man is facing several charges following an investigation into a burglary in Greene. According to the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a complaint at 4:42 a.m. Monday that someone was breaking into a commercial building at 45 Genesee Street i


How much is that ticket?! For Duke-Syracuse basketball game, it’s a lot

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils are the hottest college basketball ticket in America. So says Nate Rattner of SeatGeek, one of the secondary ticket market purveyors that matches buyers with sellers for games, concerts and the like.


Oneida County honors youth volunteers for service

UTICA, N.Y. — Over the past 10 years, 13,059 youths have volunteered 33,823 hours of their time to make their community a better place thanks to the Oneida County Children Care initiative.


Police Blotter for Feb. 19

Sunday, Feb. 17: James R. White, 32, of Hamilton, was charged in Hamilton for driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, failure to keep right and moving fr


Death notices for Wednesday, Feb. 20

Ball, Arlene E., 94, of Perryville, NY, died February 15, 2019. Arrangements by Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Homes Inc., Morrisville. Bortle, Everett E., 73, of Oneida , died February 18, 2019. Arrangements by Ironside Funeral Home Inc., Oneida.


Healthy habits can help prevent cancer, says health department

UTICA, N.Y. — The Oneida County Health Department has been spending February raising awareness of cancer prevention through several educational initiatives. Many factors can contribute to a cancer diagnosis, but there are positive steps that can be taken at any age to help decrease risk. With Februa