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Coronavirus: 13 new cases in Oneida County

There were 13 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported Friday in Oneida County, bringing the total to 2,324, health officials said.There were no new COVID- → Read More

Person killed in Madison County crash identified

The operator of the vehicle killed in the Sept. 8 two-vehicle crash on State Route 5 in the town of Lenox has been identified by Madison County → Read More

2 ostriches found dead at Utica Zoo

The staff of the Utica Zoo on Friday announced the death of their two female ostriches, Bina and Bushara.The ostriches were discovered by animal caretakers Thursday morning, and it is believed it may have been a result of aggression by their exhibit mate, a male Hartmann’s mountain zebra, according to a news release.The zoo’s male ostrich and the two male zebras in the exhibit space have been… → Read More

Victim airlifted from Herkimer County crash

A Utica man was airlifted following a wreck that happened Wednesday afternoon in the town of Newport, state police said.Michael F. Graham, 68, of Utica, → Read More

Coronavirus: 11 new cases in Oneida County

There were 11 new COVID-19 cases reported by Oneida County officials Wednesday, bringing the total to 2,305.There were no new reported deaths, leaving → Read More

Coronavirus: 7 new cases in Oneida County

There were seven new cases of COVID-19 reported Tuesday in Oneida County, bringing the total to 2,294, county officials said.Upon further investigation, → Read More

Details released in North Utica fire

The cause of a North Utica is under investigation by the Utica Fire Marshal’s Office, officials said.City fire crews responded 10:08 p.m. Sunday to 628 Cosby Road and were told prior to their arrival that multiple people were reporting smoke visible and that cars were in the driveway and people in the house, fire officials said.When firefighters were searching for any occupants, they encountered… → Read More

Man reportedly stabbed in Utica

Utica police Sunday night were investigating a reported stabbing.It happened at about 7:30 p.m. on the 1500 block of Genesee Street.Initial reports indicated the victim was stabbed in the stomach. → Read More

Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital following Annsville crash

A motorcyclist was transported via Mercy flight to Upstate University Hospital following a crash on Taberg Florence Road in Annsville, according to the → Read More

1 killed, 1 injured in Webb shooting; suspect charged

One man was killed and another injured in a Saturday night shooting in the town of Webb in Herkimer County, town police said.Stephen Swanton, 43, of Rochester and who also has a residence at 168 Dan-Bar Acres Road in Webb, was charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, police said.He is accused of killing Scott Krempler, 50, of Patterson, NY, and injuring William… → Read More

Coronavirus: 4 new cases, 1 potential exposure in Oneida Co.

There were four new cases of COVID-19 reported in Oneida County as of noon Sunday, according to county officials.That brings the total to 2,281. Upon further investigation, one case was removed from Saturday’s total.There also was one new potential exposure site — an employee at Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse in North Utica from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 31. The person was wearing a mask. If you… → Read More

Coronavirus: 1 new case in Herkimer County

There was one new case of COVID-19 reported Sunday in Herkimer County, according to health officials.That brings the total number of cases to 320.There → Read More

Swastikas, racial slurs case being investigated in Rome

Rome police are investigating a case in which swastikas and racial slurs were written on a U-haul moving truck.The vandalism happened in the early morning hours Saturday on First Street when the truck was parked on the road. One of the tires also was flattened.Anyone with information can contact Detective Bryan Zoeckler at 315-339-7712 or Detective Kelly Lupinski at 315-339-7717. → Read More

Oneida Co. COVID-19 cases up as SUNY Oneonta students return home

Oneida County announced 13 new COVID-19 cases Friday, some of which reflect SUNY Oneonta students returning home, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. → Read More

Trailer stolen in Lee Center; contents worth $15,000

State police in Marcy are investigating the theft of a 2008 black, 19-foot enclosed Kristi Trailer that was taken Aug. 30 from private property in Lee → Read More

Local prisoner threatens to kill Brindisi, others, officials say

A prisoner at the Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome was indicted this week for sending threatening letters to politicians and a judge, federal prosecutors said Friday.Dennis J. Nelson, 49, is accused of sending letters in which he threatened to bomb and kill Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy, Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, and US Sen. Charles Schumer, officials said.The… → Read More

Coronavirus: 4 new cases in Oneida County

There were four new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday in Oneida County, bringing the total to 2,258, officials said (upon further investigation, one case → Read More

Rome woman charged after troopers seize heroin, weapons

A Rome woman faces felony weapon and drug charges following a vehicle stop on the Berkshire Spur span of the Thruway, state police said.Troopers said Alexis E. Miranda, 25, was charged Saturday with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and four counts… → Read More

Heroin, loaded weapons seized; Rome woman arrested, police say

A Rome woman faces felony weapon and drug charges following a vehicle stop on the Berkshire Spur span of the Thruway, state police said.At about 8:40 p.m. → Read More

Coronavirus: 7 new cases in Oneida County

There were seven new COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday by Oneida County officials, bringing the total to 2,255.There were no new deaths reported, leaving → Read More