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Utica man accused of raping, getting mentally disabled minor pregnant, troopers say
UTICA, N.Y. -- A 46-year-old Utica man is accused of raping and impregnating a mentally disabled minor, according to New York State Police. Roger C. Herne was charged with second-degree rape and third-degree rape, both felonies, according to state police.
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.
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.
New Hartford police looking for suspect in grocery store parking lot hit-and-run
NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - New Hartford Police are looking for the driver who they say hit a pedestrian in the Hannaford's Grocery Store parking lot and then fled the scene.
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
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 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.
2 murder cases proceed through Oneida County Court
UTICA — Two defendants facing second-degree murder charges, in separate cases, appeared in Oneida County Court on Wednesday. A Huntley Hearing was held in the case of Raekwon Winston, a proceeding that examines the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.
BREAKING: Cuomo wants to close three more NY state prisons
Governor Cuomo announced Friday that three state correctional facilities will close under the new state spending plan. "In my first State of the State address eight years ago, I said prisons are not a jobs program. Since then, I am proud to have closed more prisons than any governor in history," Cuo
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
Father, 4 daughters dead after upstate New York house fire
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Police say a man and four daughters from 4 to 14 years old have died after a fire tore through their home in northern New York. Watertown fire officials tell television station WWNY on Friday that Aaron Bodah, 38, and his daughters Skylar and Erin died Thursday and Alexa and Mer
YWCA Responds to Oneida County Executive Candidate
UTICA, N.Y. - During an argument with his fiancé, a cell phone was smashed and David Gordon was arrested afterwards. The YWCA has responded and said arguments should never end in violence.
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.
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
Young girl rescued from elevator shaft
UTICA, N.Y. - Utica Fire Department responded to a call at Michael Walsh Apartments after a young girl fell into the elevator shaft. Crews arrived on scene around 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The original call that came in said someone was stuck in the elevator, but when crews got to the apartment building,
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.
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.
Oneida County Exec Candidate Dave Gordon Threatens Suit After Release of 2017 Arrest
On Friday, WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning released details of a police report filed in Utica in 2017 which detailed a warrant for the arrest of now local political candidate David Gordon.
This Week in History: No snowballing In Utica!
Snowballing in public places — to a great annoyance to passers-by — is a common thing at the present in Utica and many of the men and women who have been hit by snowballs have begun to complain to the police.
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.