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Pink Days in Whitesboro draws ’generosity’
September 26, 2020, 9:57 pm | Source
WHITESBORO – There is added significance to this year’s Pink Days event at GreenScapes Garden Center and Landscape Co.The event, which was organized by Mollie Wadsworth and is in its ninth year, aims to raise funds for breast cancer research. The event is highlighted by Incredible Spirit hydrangeas that are pink – the color associated with breast cancer awareness – as well as raffle prizes as part of the fundraising efforts.The event started [...]

Coronavirus: Six new cases in Oneida County
September 26, 2020, 7:49 pm | Source
Oneida County announced six new positive COVID-19 cases as well as three possible public exposures Saturday.One positive case has been removed from the previous day’s total after further investigation, according to the county. That leaves the total at 2,403 cases in the county, according to officials.A total of 34 cases have been reported by Oneida County since last Saturday.There were no new COVID-19-related deaths reported, which leaves the total at [...]

How Trump, Biden are preparing for first presidential debate
September 26, 2020, 5:57 pm | Source
WASHINGTON — Ahead of the first debate-stage matchup between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, each campaign is promising a stark contrast in policy, personality and preparation.Trump has decided to skip any formal preparation. And while Biden's team believes the significance of the debate may be exaggerated, the Democratic nominee has been aggressively preparing to take on the president.Biden's campaign has been holding mock debate [...]

Woman to lead Rochester police after Daniel Prude's death
September 26, 2020, 3:53 pm | Source
ROCHESTER — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren tapped a Black woman to become the new interim city police chief, saying Saturday she will bring a "fresh approach to policing" amid the tumultuous aftermath to Daniel Prude’s death.Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, who retired from the department in 2009 as a lieutenant, will become the first woman to head the police department on Oct. 14. Warren fired former Police Chief La’Ron Singletary this month after police body camera [...]

Some US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks
September 26, 2020, 3:13 pm | Source
MADISON, Wis. — Colleges across the country are struggling to salvage the fall semester amid skyrocketing coronavirus cases, entire dorm complexes and frat houses under quarantine, and flaring tensions with local community leaders over the spread of the disease.Many major universities are determined to forge ahead despite warning signs, as evidenced by the expanding slate of college football games occurring Saturday. The football-obsessed SEC begins its season with fans in [...]

Police blotter for Friday, Sept. 25, 2020
September 26, 2020, 2:49 pm | Source
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UPDATED: Utica police sergeant suspended; officers abandon shifts in response
September 26, 2020, 1:51 am | Source
UTICA — A Utica Police Department sergeant is suspended without pay after body camera footage showed him dispensing pepper spray on a suspect and nearby teenager during a confrontation in August, according to a statement Friday from the City of Utica.Sgt. Samuel Geddes was immediately suspended without pay after the city administration reviewed body camera footage of him making "inappropriate comments" to a suspect and two teenagers before discharging pepper spray at them, a [...]

Remington Arms workers in Ilion on paid leave amid company’s uncertain future
September 25, 2020, 9:16 pm | Source
Employees at Ilion’s Remington Arms plant are on paid leave until at least Monday as the company awaits word from federal bankruptcy court about an auction of the company’s assets.Billy Hogue, Remington’s vice president of operations, said Ilion employees were given instructions Thursday to stay home through Monday at this time. They will be given information prior to Monday on any next steps, which Hogue said have not yet been determined at this time. [...]

Rome Free Academy athletes voice dismay over delay; Officials OK fall sports start
September 25, 2020, 8:04 pm | Source
ROME — Some Rome Free Academy athletes got good news Thursday.After the Class AA school and Tri-Valley League member’s fall sports season had been delayed for various reasons related to the coronavirus, officials at a Rome Board of Education meeting Thursday night OK’d five teams to begin. Official practice is set to begin Monday.In addition, a total of 15 coaches were also approved for fall sports teams, which would begin games and contests Oct. 13 [...]

Virus surges in France, Marseille fights against closures
September 25, 2020, 5:34 pm | Source
MARSEILLE, France — Angry restaurant and bar owners demonstrated in Marseille on Friday to challenge a French government order to close all public venues as of Saturday to battle resurgent virus infections.The protesters, and local officials in France's second-biggest city, are also threatening legal action, to try to block the order via the courts. They argue that Marseille's virus case rise has been stabilizing, and that the central government in Paris is unfairly singling [...]

Police blotter for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020
September 25, 2020, 10:24 am | Source
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NY-22: Brindisi, Tenney spar on debates, forums
September 25, 2020, 8:05 am | Source
As the clock ticks down on the Nov. 3 general election, the divide between U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi and former congresswoman Claudia Tenney is reflected in the run-up to the debates.So far, the campaigns for Brindisi, the incumbent Democrat from Utica, and Tenney, the Republican challenger from New Hartford, have agreed on a pair of debates — on Spectrum News on Oct. 14 and Nexstar Broadcasting stations, like WUTR in Utica or WIVT in Binghamton, on Oct. 26. [...]

Rome woman impacted by racist graffiti speaks out: ‘We’re fed up’
September 24, 2020, 9:21 pm | Source
Joya Stuckman was moving from her Rome home earlier this month when she discovered racist graffiti on her moving van.The incident, which saw swastikas and racial slurs posted on the van, was not the first of its kind Stuckman said she has experienced in Rome."(This is the) straw that broke the camel’s back," Stuckman said during the public comment period of [...]

Lawyer: Horseheads church involved in COVID-19 outbreak should be reopened
September 24, 2020, 8:42 pm | Source
A lawyer representing the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Horseheads, the source of a rapidly growing cluster of COVID-19 cases across New York, said Thursday the church is asking Chemung County to remove an order of closure, claiming its First Amendment rights have been violated.In a statement, Buffalo attorney James Ostrowski said the church "is committed to cooperating with the County to reopen the Church in a manner consistent with the health of the community," but [...]

Herkimer Co. Board of Elections reports delayed receipt of voter info
September 24, 2020, 5:17 pm | Source
In February, Mike Feeney was approached by his friend, Mark Rose, who asked if Feeney would be willing to change to the Republican Party. Rose was running in the primary for Herkimer County Family Court Judge and wanted Feeney’s support.Feeney, then an independent, agreed, and headed down to Rose’s law office where he registered for a new political party through the online portal via the state Department of Motor Vehicles.Feeney said he registered as a [...]

Rome council grants mayor extension for budget proposal
September 24, 2020, 3:13 pm | Source
Rome’s Common Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to allow Mayor Jacqueline Izzo an extra month to submit her proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year.The mayor’s budget proposal is normally due by the end of September, per the city’s charter. Izzo requested the extension after stating her administration is still gauging the financial implications the coronavirus pandemic has on the city’s finances.The measure passed the council with no [...]

Police blotter for Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020
September 24, 2020, 10:33 am | Source
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County prepares for eminent domain in Utica hospital project
September 24, 2020, 8:05 am | Source
Oneida County is getting ready to start eminent domain proceedings against property owners whose parcels sit in the footprint of a planned parking garage in Utica, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said.The garage, to be located at Oriskany, Lafayette and Cornelia streets, will provide parking for the general public and for the Mohawk Valley Health System hospital being built across Lafayette Street from the garage."Obviously, our process is moving forward," [...]

Oneida County’s Lawrence to head Griffiss drone program
September 24, 2020, 7:50 am | Source
Michael "Chad" Lawrence has been moved from aviation commissioner to head Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) at Griffiss International Airport, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said Wednesday.Picente appointed Lawrence as aviation commissioner in January 2018. Lawrence had served as deputy commissioner for the previous five years.Lawrence began his career with Oneida County at the old county airport in Oriskany as the airport maintenance supervisor in 1995, [...]

2 Louisville officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests
September 24, 2020, 1:33 am | Source
Hours after a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for Breonna Taylor's death and protesters took to the streets, authorities said two officers were shot and wounded Wednesday night during the demonstrations expressing anger over the killings of Black people at the hands of police.

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