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Otselic man gets felony in animal shooting
June 26, 2017, 2:39 pm | Source
OTSELIC — A Chenango County man was charged with a felony in the death of a companion animal, the Chenango County Sheriff's Office reports.On June 18, Patrick R. Bousson, 35, of Otselic, was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals.The arrest followed "a complaint of (Bousson allegedly) shooting and causing the death of a domesticated companion animal with no justifiable purpose. It was found that (Bousson) did cause the death of his dog and was taken into [...]

Driver ticketed in 2-car crash
June 26, 2017, 2:00 pm | Source
VERONA — A teen was ticketed after distracted driving led to a collision, Oneida County sheriff's deputies report.Around 2:58 p.m. Saturday, Gregory Sanders, 32, of Oneida was driving a 2006 Pontiac north on state Route 13 when he was attempting to make a left hand turn into a local business. At the same time, Elizabeth Bish, 18, of Canastota, was driving a 2013 Dodge northbound on Route 13, when she was distracted inside her vehicle and failed to realize Sanders had stopped in [...]

Police blotter for June 25, 2017
June 26, 2017, 1:00 pm | Source
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Oneida County formulating ideas to merge services, cut costs
June 26, 2017, 12:55 pm | Source
Oneida County is home to three cities, 17 villages and 26 towns. Of those, 36 have courts.Each city handles its own cases, and some towns handle village matters as well. But the majority spread public defenders and law enforcement fairly thin and make it particularly difficult to find people interested in staffing judicial positions in some remote townships, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said.A solution would be consolidation — a practice Picente has [...]

RISE: 150 dead in Pakistan; boat sinks in Colombia; Trump positive on heath care
June 26, 2017, 12:00 pm | Source
Alerted by an announcement over a mosque's loudspeaker that an overturned tanker truck had sprung a leak, scores of villagers raced to the scene with fuel containers Sunday to gather the oil. Then the wreck exploded, engulfing people in flames as they screamed in terror.

Former O-D photo editor talks journalism, perfect photos
June 26, 2017, 11:30 am | Source
Nancy Ford was the Observer-Dispatch's photo editor through the '90s and owns her own photography studio in Utica. But starting out, Ford said she learned a lot on the job.Ford, who was with the O-D from the late 1980s to 2002, said she started as a freelancer who learned to wield a camera as she photographed different gigs, such as bands, personal portraits and family pictures.While she was with the newspaper, Ford said many of her staffers earned accolades from the [...]

Stopping a stalker: Police offer advice after Utica woman's experience
June 26, 2017, 11:16 am | Source
UTICA — It was about midnight on May 28 when Utica resident Courtney Benson became aware that she was being followed.Benson, 26, was on North Genesee Street and had a two-mile walk ahead of her to her East Utica home. She tried her best to avoid the man following her, she recalled, but ended up calling the police after he attempted to “grab her” from behind.Officers couldn’t find the man, who appeared again near her home days later, but it [...]

For Herkimer County, keys to consolidation lie in past efforts
June 26, 2017, 10:00 am | Source
Roughly two years ago, several municipalities in an eastern part of Herkimer County municipalities worked to rethink their area’s fire service after a study found their existing model to be unsustainable.Officials with the Town of Manheim and the village of Dolgeville were among those to establish the Manheim Fire District, shifting control of the Dolgeville Fire Department from the village to a board of five fire commissioners.The result has officials hopeful that the [...]

Over 150 dead as overturned fuel truck explodes in Pakistan
June 26, 2017, 3:00 am | Source
Alerted by an announcement over a mosque's loudspeaker that an overturned tanker truck had sprung a leak, scores of villagers raced to the scene with fuel containers Sunday to gather the oil. Then the wreck exploded, engulfing people in flames as they screamed in terror.At least 153 men, women and children were killed, with dozens more in critical condition, hospital and rescue officials said."I have never seen anything like it in my life. Victims trapped in the [...]

State police: Rome man arrested after domestic incident
June 26, 2017, 2:19 am | Source
ROME — A Rome man was arrested Sunday on charges of reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon, state police said.State police responded to a call on Cornell Street Sunday morning for a reported domestic incident, at the home of Andrew S. Howard, 33, of Rome.When troopers arrived, Howard refused to speak with troopers and told them he was in possession of a gun and threatened to shoot the police, state police said.Troopers were able to [...]

UK: All samples from high-rise towers fail fire safety tests
June 26, 2017, 2:00 am | Source
The list of high-rise apartment towers in Britain that have failed fire safety tests grew to 60, officials said Sunday, revealing the mounting challenge the government faces in the aftermath of London's Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.All of the buildings for which external cladding samples were so far submitted failed combustibility tests, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said. As of late Sunday, that includes 60 towers from 25 different areas of the country— double the figure [...]

9 dead, 28 missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia
June 26, 2017, 1:21 am | Source
Nine people were dead and 28 missing after a tourist ferry packed with around 170 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized Sunday on a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin, officials said.A major rescue effort involving Colombia's air force and firefighters from nearby cities was looking for survivors at the Guatape reservoir where the four-story El Almirante boat sank. As it went down, a flotilla of recreational boats and jet skis rushed to the scene to pull people [...]

Utica Academy of Science Charter School graduates first class
June 26, 2017, 12:28 am | Source
UTICA — On the way to success, failure is inevitable, but one shouldn’t make it a habit.That was the message the first graduating class of Utica Academy of Science Charter School received Sunday during its graduation at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute in Utica.Hanka Grabovica, dean of students, was one of a handful of staff members who spoke at the ceremony, all offering a similar realistic message to the Class of 2017. [...]

Construction begins on $4.2M trail in Binghamton
June 25, 2017, 11:45 pm | Source
Construction has begun on a new multi-use trail on New York's Southern Tier that's intended to make it easier to get around the city of Binghamton.The $4.2 million bicycle and pedestrian path will connect downtown Binghamton to neighborhoods on the city's south side.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the start of the work on Thursday. He says the trail will provide visitors and residents with new transportation options and better connect the entire community.It's [...]

Forest fire in Spain threatens renowned national park
June 25, 2017, 11:04 pm | Source
A forest fire in southern Spain forced the evacuation of at least 1,000 people and threatened a national park famous for its biodiversity and endangered species, authorities said Sunday.The fire started on Saturday night on Spain's southern coast, then advanced east to reach the Donana Nature Reserve, one of the country's most important wildlife sanctuaries and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994."The fire has entered in the limits of the reserve, and that is where [...]

Once-homeless sisters mingle with track stars at nationals
June 25, 2017, 9:45 pm | Source
The three once-homeless sisters recited all the athletes they met at nationals and the souvenirs they received as they slurped shaved ice.Nine-year-old Brooke Sheppard got pointers from high jumper Vashti Cunningham . Rainn, 11, showed off the shirt she picked out at the merchandise tent. And 12-year-old Tai, well, her family's story moved Justin Gatlin so much that he gave her the first-place medal he won in the 100 meters at the U.S. track and field championships.The [...]

Man catches teen falling from park ride: 'It's OK let go!'
June 25, 2017, 9:30 pm | Source
Matthew Howard Sr. was just leaving a New York amusement park Saturday evening when he heard someone screaming.He looked up to see a young girl dangling about 25 feet off the ground from a slow-moving gondola ride. Her little brother sat next to her in the green two-person pod, crying hysterically for help, saying he couldn't hold on.Howard, 47, and his 21-year-old daughter, Leeann Winchell, positioned themselves under the girl as the ride stopped and security came [...]

Activists kept from gathering en masse for Istanbul Pride
June 25, 2017, 8:22 pm | Source
Turkish police stopped activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for an LGBT pride event in Istanbul on Sunday, but smaller groups made impromptu press statements defying a ban imposed by the governor.Organizers of the 2017 Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride had vowed to march in central Taksim Square, using a Turkish hashtag for "we march," despite the ban on gay pride observances ordered by the Istanbul governor's office for the third [...]

Police blotters for Saturday, June, 24, 2017
June 25, 2017, 7:13 pm | Source
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Trump: Not 'that far off' from passing health overhaul
June 25, 2017, 7:06 pm | Source
Making a final push, President Donald Trump said he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on a health overhaul to replace "the dead carcass of Obamacare" and signaled that last-minute changes were coming to win enough support for passage. GOP critics expressed doubt over a successful vote this week."We have a very good plan," Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday. Referring to Republican senators opposed to the bill, he said: "They want to get some [...]

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