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Utica man arrested after cocaine, heroin, meth, cash found in home search

UTICA, N.Y. -- A Utica man is facing drug charges after police say they seized drugs and more than $1,800 in cash from his home. Randy Sook is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, and obstructing governmental administration.


21 Overdoses & 5 Deaths in 10 Days Prompt Concerns in Oneida County

The Oneida County Overdose Response Team is issuing an Overdose Alert, following 21 heroin overdoses in the past 10 days-primarily, in Utica and Rome. Five were fatal, and the County is awaiting official confirmation whether the heroin was laced with deadly Fentanyl.


Rome Police: Man threatens and sends gun magazines to estranged wife

ROME, NY-- A Rochester man is facing charges after police say he made threatening phone calls and ordered gun magazines to his estranged wife in Rome. "She was receiving gun magazine subscriptions in the mail that were addressed to her at her new residence that she was living at," said Jeff Lanigan,


Oneida school district recognized for music education

Oneida, N.Y. — The Oneida City School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.


Oneida County heroin overdoses spike; five dead

An overdose task force has reported 21 heroin overdoses that resulted in five fatalities over the past 10 days. That spike could indicate a tainted batch of heroin is circulating locally, officials said.


Heroin kills 4 in Utica,1 in Rome, over past 10 days.

For the past three months in Oneida County, heroin has killed more than four people a month. So far this year, there have been 105 overdoses in Oneida County, 13 of which were fatal. The staggering numbers have prompted the county to issue a heroin overdose alert. In just the past 10 days in the cou


Oneida County law enforcement officers trained on how to handle elder abuse

UTICA, N.Y. -- Law enforcement officers Monday received training on how to handle elder abuse. A state committee along with the state Division of Criminal Justice, worked together to provide the training.


OCJ inmates celebrated for completing transitional programs

ORISKANY, N.Y. -- It was a different type of commencement ceremony Tuesday – in an unlikely place – the Oneida County Jail, and the graduates were inmates. More than a dozen inmates were honored in a Celebration of Success.


Gov. Cuomo: Upstate voters, 'they don't know me as well'

NEW YORK (WHEC) -- During a nearly 30-minute radio interview on Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed the Mueller report, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's presidential campaign, and the state budget.


St. Vincent Street shooting suspect still at large in Utica

UTICA, N.Y. -- Utica police are searching the person they say shot a man in Cornhill, authorities have been on the hunt for several hours now. The shooting happened around 3:30 Monday afternoon, in the 1100 block of St. Vincent Street.


Concerns at Rome City Schools

ROME- Officials with Rome City Schools held their annual meeting, invitng residents to voice their concerns within the school district. One parent expressed her concern for bullying happening throughout the school. She described what she calls discrimination in the classroom.


AIM Program Could Be Cut From NY State Budget

STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) – With the upcoming New York State Budget deadline fast approaching, the AIM program is facing a $60 million cut. If cuts are approved for the program, residents in Steuben County could see a tax increase.


New York State Man Steals Little Debbie Snack Truck

Maybe this guy just really wanted a Zebra Cake or one of their Oatmeal Creme Pies? In one of the state's stranger stories, WETM is reporting that an Elmira man allegedly took off in a Little Debbie snack delivery truck Monday. The 38 year-old man reportedly stole the truck from a loading dock.


Street Corner Market Coming To Downtown Utica

Utica is getting its first Street Corner urban market in the former Rite Aid building on Genesee Street. The 2,000-plus square foot store will be opening April 1st and will serve a variety of fresh and prepackaged grocery items.


Will Utica's school board pass nearly $180 million budget?

UTICA, N.Y. -- The Utica School Board is holding a budget hearing ahead of their regularly scheduled meeting. Tuesday night the school board will vote on whether or not they want to approve the nearly $180 million, 2019-2020 proposed budget.


Utica police: 1 injured in Cornhill shooting

One man has been injured in a shooting Monday afternoon in Cornhill, according to the Utica Police Department. Police and emergency responders were called at 3:20 p.m. to the 1100 block of St. Vincent Street to reports of a shots fired call. On-scene officers said the man suffered injuries that did


Monday Cornhill shooting remains under investigation

UTICA — Utica police continue to investigate a Cornhill shooting that sent one man to the hospital, police said Tuesday. A police spokesman confirmed the victim of the Monday afternoon incident is expected to recover from a lower body injury.


Rome Bowling Hall inducts five new members

The Rome Bowling Hall of Fame inducted five new members during its annual awards dinner on Saturday at the Teugega Country Club. The Hall of Fame once again held a combined ceremony honoring men’s and women’s inductees.


Column: How asbestos was once used in Utica buildings

On October 8, 1871, two significant fires began on the same night, and nearly at the same time: the Peshtigo Fire in Wisconsin and the famous Great Fire of Chicago. The loss of life and property from these events caused significant changes in the country's construction systems.


Warning issued as overdose deaths spike in county

Five Oneida County residents have died from heroin overdoses in the past two weeks, and law enforcement officials from across the county have come together to warn of a possible deadly strain of heroin on the streets.