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Police Chief Kevin C. Beach defended his officers and department about not being “knowledgeable” or having the materials available for the public to file personnel complaints — part … more
WHITESTOWN — The union for correctional officers at the Oneida County Jail issued a statement on Monday decrying the “staffing crisis” and the “excessive overtime” at the lockup. According … more
TOWN OF ANNSVILLE — A second brother has been charged in connection with the murder of James E. Westcott at the family home on Route 69 in Annsville on Friday, according to the New York State … more
ALBANY — The New York Court of Appeals has declined to hear convicted killer Kaitlyn A. Conley’s latest appeal attempt. According to court documents dated Sept. 13, the highest court in the state … more
TOWN OF ANNSVILLE — One man is hospitalized in critical condition at Rome Health after being shot with a shotgun in a domestic dispute between brothers on Friday, according to law enforcement … more
The murder of 17-year-old Bianca Devins in Utica will be the focus of the series premiere episode of “48 Hours” on CBS Saturday night. The episode will air at 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 on CBS … more
YORKVILLE — A family dog was killed in a garage fire that spread into the home on Campbell Avenue very early Thursday morning. Fire Chief Joseph Morosco said smoke detectors likely woke the family … more
Rome Fire Lt. Brian Townsend was named this week as the Firefighter of the Year by the Oneida County Fire Chiefs Association. Townsend, a 15-year veteran of the department, was honored for his rescue … more
The city’s annual Sept. 11 memorial ceremony will be held on Saturday morning at the Rome Police & Fire Memorial Park on Black River Boulevard. The event will mark the 20th anniversary of the … more
TOWN OF STEUBEN — Two people are dead following a house fire on Fraser Road in Steuben very early Monday morning. Trenton Joint Fire District Chief Kevin Kalk said the alarm was raised at 1:06 a.m. … more
The Oneida County Overdose Response Team has issued a warning to the community regarding two cocaine-related fatalities that occurred in the City of Utica in less than a 24-hour period. The … more
When a 30-year-old David J. Collins sat before Rome city officials for his first interview to be a police officer back in 2005, he already had his career mapped out in his head. “They said ‘where … more
As part of International Overdose Awareness Day, the Oneida County Opioid Task Force unveiled a series of new initiatives to help the community deal with the opioid epidemic. The new initiatives … more
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is still assessing the damage to the Rome Fish Hatchery following last week’s floods. Officials said it was “less than a total loss.” … more
TOWN OF AVA — No one was injured in a house fire Tuesday that claimed the home of a local volunteer firefighter. Western Fire Chief Michael Anania said the double-wide residence at 9265 Mullen Hill … more
Hundreds of local firefighters, law enforcement officers and other residents took part in Utica’s first ever Tunnel to Towers 5K run on Sunday to honor the first-responders who died in the Sept. 11 … more
A record-breaking rainfall has flooded multiple neighborhoods and parks throughout the City of Rome, leading to days of clean up and recovery for its citizens and first-responders. Meanwhile, … more
Flooded streets, basements and backyards, downed trees and power lines as well as the emergence of impromptu rivers, lakes and streams — were prevalent across northern Oneida County and southern … more
In a true blast from the past, an antique, 1938 hook and ladder truck that once served the Rome Fire Department for more than 30 years has been returned to the city from a collector in Canada. The … more
The Rome Police Department promoted and swore in a new deputy police chief during a ceremony at City Hall Wednesday morning. David J. Collins is the department’s first Black deputy chief. Since … more
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