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Mental health report still sought in Utica murder case

UTICA — The case involving a Utica man accused of murdering his grandmother and landlord remains stalled by an incomplete mental health evaluation months in the making.Naythen Aubain was charged in January 2019 with two counts of first-degree murder of his 90-year-old grandmother Katerine Aubain and 87-year-old landlord Jane Wentka as well as a number of charges for allegedly killing his… → Read More

UPDATED: Utica police officer suspended for alleged ‘unauthorized physical force’

UTICA — A Utica police officer is facing potential termination for using "unauthorized physical force" on a suspect during an arrest earlier this month after body camera footage showed him apparently kicking the suspect’s head multiple times, city officials said Thursday.Officer Matthew Felitto has been suspended without pay as police continue to investigate the events internally, with city… → Read More

Multiple crews respond to German Flatts fire

Multiple fire departments were called to the scene of a structure fire Thursday afternoon in the town of German Flatts after a young neighbor saw smoke → Read More

Brindisi, law enforcement push for ‘COPS’ grant increase

UTICA — Local law enforcement leaders are hoping a push to increase funding for a federal program could help hire more officers and boost community policing efforts.Speaking Monday outside of the Utica Police Department with law enforcement officials, U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, said he will push to increase the $350 million allocated to the federal Department of Justice’s Community… → Read More

‘It’s been tough’: Herkimer County bars struggle amid COVID-19

Bar patrons across the area may want to check the schedule before dropping into their favorite establishment.With local bars and restaurants open for business at 50 percent capacity amid New York’s coronavirus restrictions, customers are required to wear masks when they enter and to order food along with their beverages of choice.Some area bars have had to adjust their hours as a result. Others,… → Read More

CharlesTown fire: Brindisi calls for air quality monitor

U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi is calling on state and federal agencies to monitor the air quality in the Utica area in the wake of a massive fire Thursday at → Read More

UPDATED: Former CharlesTown Mall ablaze overnight

Half a dozen fire departments were at the scene of a large fire Thursday morning at the former CharlesTown Mall in Frankfort.Firefighters were called to → Read More

'Nothing left to burn’: Former CharlesTown Mall ablaze overnight

FRANKFORT — What might have been the largest fire reported at CharlesTown Mall could also be its last, with the century-old structure unlikely to survive the damage, firefighters said Thursday.Firefighters responded around 1:30 a.m. Thursday to the vacant property, which straddles the Herkimer-Oneida County line between the city of Utica and the town of Frankfort.Firefighters from Utica and… → Read More

Amid criticism, NY Liquor Authority defends COVID-19 policies

Since regulations of bars and restaurants to prevent the spread of COVID-19 began in New York, the Mohawk Valley has seen five restaurants cited for skirting such regulations.Earlier this month, Dick Smith’s Tavern in Utica and Side Street in Mohawk saw their liquor licenses suspended for such violations, with State Liquor Authority investigators describing bars packed with around 30 people… → Read More

Open for business: Character Coffee to open Rome location

Katie Aiello said when she opened Character Coffee in December 2017 on Genesee Street in Utica, she wanted to give people a space to make their own.She → Read More

Man charged in Oneida Castle homicide appears in court

VERNON – One of the suspects charged with the murder of an Oneida Castle man appeared Thursday in Town of Vernon Court.Romero Collier, 23, is facing → Read More

Man charged in Oneida Castle murder to appear in court

One of the two men charged in the death of an Oneida Castle man this month will appear for a felony hearing Thursday in Vernon, according to court records. → Read More

Utica man charged in 2 high-speed chases to be released

UTICA -- A Utica man who was arrested twice for charges related to two high-speed chases in a stolen vehicle will be released from Oneida County jail following a Utica City Court hearing Thursday.Alexander Walker, 24, appeared in city court over Skype from the jail. He was charged Tuesday with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, obstructing governmental administration… → Read More

Coronavirus: 10 new Oneida County cases

Oneida County reported 10 new confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases reported in the county to 2,082.Of these cases, → Read More

New attorney, hearing date assigned in Utica murder case

Brandon Clark, charged in the murder of 17-year-old Utica teen Bianca Devins, was assigned a new attorney Wednesday in Oneida County Court as he seeks to → Read More

New attorney, hearing date assigned for Utica murder case

Brandon Clark, charged in the murder of 17-year-old Utica teen Bianca Devins, was assigned a date to withdraw his guilty plea and a new defense attorney → Read More

Coronavirus: 9 new cases, 6 public exposures in Oneida County

Another nine coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Oneida County as of noon Thursday, officials said. Another six possible exposures to the virus also → Read More

Boyfriend seeks to withdraw guilty plea in gruesome murder of Utica teen Bianca Devins

In February, Brandon Clark admitted in court to the murder of 17-year-old Utica teen Bianca Devins. Now, Clark is trying to withdraw it. → Read More

Clark seeks to withdraw guilty plea in murder of Utica teen

UTICA — In February, Brandon Clark admitted in court to the murder of 17-year-old Utica teen Bianca Devins.Now, Clark is seeking to withdraw his guilty plea.Clark, who pleaded guilty Feb. 10 to second-degree murder, appeared Tuesday in Oneida County Court for his sentencing. As part of his guilty plea, Clark faced a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for killing Devins in July… → Read More

‘Climate of disrespect’: County sheriffs propose new police protections

Local law enforcement officials are calling for new state legislation that they say will improve the safety of police officers in the "current → Read More