Local news from the Utica Observer-Dispatch (UticaOD) for Utica and surrounding areas in Central New York.
Parents go to court to boot 30-year-old son from home
May 23, 2018, 3:30 am | Source
Michael Rotondo told the judge he knows his parents want him out of the split-level ranch they share. But he argued that as a family member, he's entitled to six months more time.
Cohen partner pleads guilty in deal requiring cooperation
May 23, 2018, 2:29 am | Source
Yellow cab magnate Evgeny "Gene" Freidman, the so-called Taxi King of New York, pleaded guilty to a single count of tax fraud in an Albany courthouse.
Trump rallies abortion opponents to vote for Republicans
May 23, 2018, 1:30 am | Source
Speaking at the Susan B. Anthony List's annual "Campaign for Life Gala," Trump took a victory lap for his anti-abortion policies and nominations of conservative justices to federal courts.
Winners finally announced in Utica school election
May 23, 2018, 12:54 am | Source
UTICA — Anthony LaPolla, Joseph Hobika Jr. and incumbent Donald Dawes on Tuesday were declared the winners of the Utica city school board race one week after the election.The six-candidate race was decided on a tight margin. Here’s the final vote tally:• LaPolla: 1,410• Hobika: 1,342• Dawes: 1,314• Briana Moriarty: 1,298• James Paul III: 1,040• Hanka Grabovica: 984LaPolla, Dawes [...]
Facebook chief faces EU grilling over his 'digital monster'
May 23, 2018, 12:30 am | Source
Mark Zukerberg apologizes for the way the social network has been used to produce fake news, interfere in elections and sweep up people's personal data
Parents go to court to boot 30-year-old son from home
May 22, 2018, 11:40 pm | Source
SYRACUSE — In a real-life case of "Failure to Launch," an upstate New York judge Tuesday ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents' house after they went to court to have him ejected.Michael Rotondo told the judge he knows his parents want him out of the split-level ranch they share. But he argued that as a family member, he's entitled to six months more time.State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood rejected that as outrageous, the Post-Standard of [...]
Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to cops
May 22, 2018, 10:57 pm | Source
Privacy advocates say police could use the technology to "easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone"
Rome's Cold Point plans to build on Rome Cable site
May 22, 2018, 10:33 pm | Source
ROME — The company behind Project Blue Crab finally has been publicly identified, after being kept secret for more than nine months.Cold Point has an interest in building a 50,000 square-foot metal structure on the former Rome Cable Complex 3 site at the Northwest corner of South Jay and Henry streets.The company designs and manufactures water source heat pumps, packaged terminal air conditioners, condensing units, as well as packaged heat pumps and air conditioners for [...]
Law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney is hit with $10M judgment
May 22, 2018, 10:30 pm | Source
Michael Avenatti was hit with the judgment in U.S. Bankruptcy Court after he broke his promise to pay $2 million to a former colleague
Barbara Underwood chosen as interim NY attorney general
May 22, 2018, 9:35 pm | Source
The New York state Legislature has chosen acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood as interim attorney general in the aftermath of Eric Schneiderman's resignation earlier this month.A joint session of the Democrat-controlled Assembly and the Republican-led Senate overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to name the 73-year-old Underwood the state's top legal chief. Her appointment comes two weeks after Schneiderman abruptly resigned when The New Yorker reported that four women accused him of [...]
Death rate from cancer is falling for all Americans
May 22, 2018, 9:30 pm | Source
Gains have been seen in men, women and children, as well as across racial and ethnic groups
Pentagon adopts new cellphone restrictions
May 22, 2018, 8:30 pm | Source
Officials stop short of imposing an all-out ban, but impose more stringent limits
What the Truck event in North Utica canceled
May 22, 2018, 8:13 pm | Source
UTICA — The weekly What the Truck event on Leland Avenue in North Utica has been canceled due to the weather, according to organizers.
Stolen vehicle, still running, found on Route 49 exit ramp to Oriskany
May 22, 2018, 8:08 pm | Source
Authorities Tuesday afternoon continued their investigation into a stolen vehicle that was found on the Route 49 exit ramp to Oriskany.At 12:38 p.m., an Oneida County sheriff's deputy spotted the vehicle, which was damaged but still running.A New York State Police K9 unit was in the area and responded. Authorities believed they were on the trail of the suspect but it was called off at 2:06 p.m. when K9 handlers believed the suspect was picked up by vehicle.The [...]
Why Trump's summit with NKorea's Kim could be delayed
May 22, 2018, 7:30 pm | Source
Trump said: "If it doesn't happen, maybe it happens later," reflecting recent setbacks in efforts to bring about reconciliation between the two Koreas.
Teen All-Stars awarded at annual breakfast
May 22, 2018, 7:20 pm | Source
WHITESBORO — Out of the 109 students who applied for the Observer-Dispatch’s Teen All-Star award, only 25 were given the honor.On Tuesday, those select students received their award in front of their peers and parents for the annual breakfast recognizing Teen All-Stars at Hart’s Hill Inn.After a blessing from the Rev. Mike Ballman, guest speaker Barry Sinnott, vice president of Bank of Utica, introduced the ceremony with a look back at the history of [...]
Meet the O-D's 2018 Teen All-Stars!
May 22, 2018, 7:12 pm | Source
The Observer-Dispatch recognized 25 outstanding local high school seniors Tuesday morning at its annual Teen All-Stars breakfast at Hart's Hill Inn. Here's a look at what made these students stand out.
Hawaii volcano producing toxic lava haze plume called 'laze'
May 22, 2018, 6:30 pm | Source
It's just the latest hazard from a weeks-old eruption that has so far generated earthquakes and featured gushing molten rock, giant ash plumes and sulfur dioxide
McDonald's workers file sex harassment claims
May 22, 2018, 5:30 pm | Source
Two national advocacy groups are teaming up to lodge sexual harassment complaints against McDonald's on behalf of 10 women
Australian archbishop is most senior cleric convicted of child sex abuse cover-up
May 22, 2018, 4:30 pm | Source
Test case holds to account church hierarchy that kept silent in the face of an international pedophile crisisc