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Hot dog eating contest, Showtime highlight O-D birthday bash
August 19, 2017, 9:26 pm | Source
UTICA — During the work week, the large parking lot adjacent to the Observer-Dispatch building in downtown Utica is usually filled with cars.But on Saturday, it was filled with games, food, beverages and music as part of the O-D’s bicentennial celebration.“I get the O-D and it looked like there was a lot of stuff going on,” said Deansboro resident Annie Wafer before playing a game of life-size Jenga with Claire, 8, and Gabe, 11.Wafer was [...]

Rome police identify suspect in homicide
August 19, 2017, 9:24 pm | Source
ROME — Rome police are investigating a homicide near a business in the city.Rome resident Thomas E. Shepherd Jr., 25, was shot early Saturday morning in the parking lot of Sammy G's, at 417 W. Dominick St., according to Detective James Boyer. Oneida County 911 Center records show emergency responders were dispatched at around 3:30 a.m.Boyer said Shepherd was shot with a handgun during an altercation in the parking lot. Shepherd was taken to Rome Memorial [...]

Two arrested in Utica shooting
August 19, 2017, 9:23 pm | Source
UTICA — Two men were arrested Saturday on charges stemming from a shooting that occurred near the intersection of Lansing Street and Mohawk Street, according to the Utica Police Department.Police said emergency responders were dispatched to that area to reports of a man struck by gunfire. After an investigation, police charged Utica residents Raymond Guarno and Joseph Pavia with multiple charges, including attempted assault and criminal possession of a controlled substance. [...]

Thousands march through Boston week after Virginia bloodshed
August 19, 2017, 5:01 pm | Source
Thousands of leftist counterprotesters marched peaceably through downtown Boston on Saturday, chanting anti-Nazi slogans and waving signs condemning white nationalism.

O-D birthday bash underway
August 19, 2017, 4:59 pm | Source
Free parking for the event is available at the old APAC parking garage, located across the street from the O-D parking lot.

Tribes hope for renewal in solar eclipse; not all will watch
August 19, 2017, 4:52 pm | Source
While much of the country gawks at the solar eclipse, Bobbieann Baldwin will be inside with her children, shades drawn.In Navajo culture, the passing of the moon over the sun is an intimate moment in which the sun is reborn and tribal members take time out for themselves. No talking. No eating or drinking. No lying down. No fussing."It's a time of renewal," said Baldwin, a Navajo woman from Fort Defiance, Arizona. "Kind of like pressing the alt, control, delete button [...]

Herkimer County Legislature reserves right to eminent domain for jail
August 19, 2017, 12:42 pm | Source
The Herkimer County Legislature will make an offer to the owner of the property where they want to construct a new correctional facility, but has reserved the right to use eminent domain if negotiations fail.

Sheriff: Coyote that bit woman on New York trail had rabies
August 19, 2017, 2:15 am | Source
KINGSBURY, N.Y. — Authorities say a coyote shot by an environmental conservation officer after it attacked a woman on a rural New York trail has tested positive for rabies.The Washington County sheriff's office says the animal was killed Thursday, one day after a woman was attacked on a trail along a canal in the town of Kingsbury.Police say she was bitten in the arm and leg during the attack and jumped into the canal to get away from the animal. She went to a [...]

Utica Catholic Book Store makes a comeback
August 19, 2017, 1:20 am | Source
Retail operations have returned at a new location with an official reopening set for Monday.

Utica police seek man with 3 warrants
August 19, 2017, 12:02 am | Source
The Utica Police Department is asking the public for help locating 32-year-old Tyron Byrd, whose last known address was in Utica.Byrd is wanted on three warrants for first-degree criminal contempt, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and trespass in park, lodged by Utica City Court.Those with information to share may contact the Utica Police Department Warrants Unit at [...]

Police blotter for Aug. 17, 2017
August 18, 2017, 11:00 pm | Source
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Police blotter for Aug. 16, 2017
August 18, 2017, 11:00 pm | Source
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Utican faces weapons, drug charges
August 18, 2017, 10:29 pm | Source
A Utica man faces felony weapon and drug charges following an investigation into illegal weapons, police said Friday.

Lewis County pair charged with welfare fraud
August 18, 2017, 10:26 pm | Source
LOWVILLE — Two Lewis County residents are facing felony charges stemming from allegations that they unlawfully obtained welfare benefits, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.Copenhagen residents James Comfort, 41, and Cacee Comfort, 34, are accused of submitting false information to the Lewis County Department of Social Services related to welfare benefits.Both are charged with fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny, deputies [...]

Remembering Gen. Nicholas Herkimer
August 18, 2017, 10:22 pm | Source
LITTLE FALLS — A small group gathered at the gravestone of Gen. Nicholas Herkimer this week to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Revolutionary War hero’s death.Susan Jones-Graff, regent of the Col. Marinus Willett – Mohawk Valley Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, led the ceremony by placing a wreath of red, white and blue flowers adjacent to Herkimer’s gravestone.″(We) now rededicate this marker in [...]

Lawsuit: Santa's Workshop owner demanded sex for lower rents
August 18, 2017, 9:24 pm | Source
 OSWEGO — The owner of an amusement park named Santa's Workshop is being sued by six women who claim he demanded sex in exchange for lower rents at his central New York properties.The lawsuit filed earlier this month in federal court in Syracuse accuses Douglas Waterbury, of Oswego, of sexually harassing the women starting in 2012. They claim he demanded sex in return for lower rents and maintenance work at their apartments.CNY Fair Housing, a [...]

Charlottesville mayor calls for swift removal of Lee statue
August 18, 2017, 9:17 pm | Source
 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The mayor of Charlottesville called Friday for an emergency meeting of state lawmakers to allow the city to swiftly remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.Mayor Mike Signer's statement comes nearly a week after white supremacists descended on the city and violently clashed with counter protesters. One woman was killed Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd of people there to condemn what is believed to be the largest [...]

Strategist Steve Bannon leaves Trump's turbulent White House
August 18, 2017, 6:55 pm | Source
Steve Bannon, a forceful but divisive presence in President Donald Trump's White House, is leaving.

Looking Up: Clouds or not, a solar eclipse is coming!
August 18, 2017, 6:12 pm | Source
More Content Now The much anticipated solar eclipse is days, even hours away. On Monday, August 21, 2017, the New Moon will block the Sun, providing the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the United States, in 99 years. The total eclipse is limited to a narrow path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, but the rest of America will witness a partial solar event. That is- if skies are not completely cloudy!Clouds are the bane of astronomers both amateur and professional [...]

Strategist Steve Bannon leaving White House
August 18, 2017, 6:05 pm | Source
WASHINGTON  — White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post.That's according to two people familiar with the decision who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.Bannon was a key adviser to President Donald Trump's general election campaign and has been a forceful but contentious presence in a divided White House.The former leader of conservative Breitbart News pushed Trump to [...]

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