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Rome City pools waive fee for hot weekend
July 19, 2019, 1:23 pm | Source
ROME — All City of Rome will be waiving the $1 fee for usage due to the extreme heat, begining today and continuing through the weekend. Pool hours for the weekend are as follows:• Guyer (701 Laurel St.), Gryziec (corner of South James Street and Muck Road) and Stevens (740 West Court St.) pools will be open today from noon to 5 p.m.• The municipal [...]

Safety rules proposed after child dies in grease trap
July 19, 2019, 1:20 pm | Source
ROCHESTER — The death of a 3-year-old boy in a restaurant's underground grease collection tank has prompted two state lawmakers to draft new safety legislation.Police say the child fell through an unsecured plastic cover over a grease trap behind a Tim Hortons chain restaurant in Rochester on Monday.Restaurant grease traps are designed to keep used oil and grease out of sewer systems. In Alabama, lawmakers passed legislation requiring more secure covers after a 3- [...]

New standards aim to improve surgery for the oldest patients
July 19, 2019, 12:20 pm | Source
WASHINGTON  — The 92-year-old had a painful tumor on his tongue, and major surgery was his best chance. Doctors called a timeout when he said he lived alone, in a rural farmhouse, and wanted to keep doing so."It was ultimately not clear we could get him back there" after such a big operation, said Dr. Tom Robinson, chief of surgery at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System.The Denver hospital is trying something new: When their oldest patients need a [...]

New York state pools open more hours during heat wave
July 19, 2019, 11:50 am | Source
ALBANY — New York state parks are keeping their pools open longer to help people deal with the heat wave.Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the extended hours will begin Friday and continue through Sunday at more than 30 parks statewide.Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s around much of the state Friday as much of the nation deals with high heat. High temperatures are expected to linger through the weekend.A list of available swim locations and places [...]

Utica police investigate early morning Varick Street homicide
July 19, 2019, 11:30 am | Source
UTICA — Utica police are currently investigating an early morning fatal stabbing on Varick Street.Around 1:10 a.m. a fight involving at least four men broke out at the intersection of Varick and Cooper streets and continued north along Varick Street.When police arrived, a 33-year-old man - whose name has not been released by police - was found on the ground suffering from multiple stab wounds, said Utica police Lt. Bryan Coromato.He was transported to an [...]

Police blotter for July 18, 2019
July 19, 2019, 10:43 am | Source
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Community News for July 19, 2019
July 19, 2019, 8:27 am | Source
UTICAUtica native serves aboard floating airport at seaA Utica native and 1991 Utica Senior Academy graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the service’s newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford.Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Falvo is a public affairs officer aboard the carrier home ported in Norfolk, Virginia.As a Navy public affairs officer, Falvo is responsible for advising the commanding officer about all issues related to media and public [...]

Your vehicle has been stolen, now what?
July 19, 2019, 8:20 am | Source
Summertime in New York state generally is a busy time for car thefts, but the state has seen a steady reduction in the number of stolen vehicles in recent years, according to a recent statement from state Department of Motor Vehicles."New York has the third lowest rate of vehicle thefts in the nation, based on population, behind only Vermont and Maine. There were 13,410 vehicles stolen statewide in 2017 compared to 15,736 stolen vehicles in 2014," the [...]

Police investigate accident on Arterial at Noyes Street
July 19, 2019, 2:48 am | Source
UTICA -- City police and fire units late Thursday night were at the scene of an accident at Noyes Street and the Arterial.A bicycle could be seen on the road, and police were taping off the scene.The accident happened at 10:55 p.m., according to Oneida County 911 records.Check back as more details are learned.

Kelberman Center still raising concerns
July 19, 2019, 12:50 am | Source
  UTICA — Several South Utica residents had an opportunity to voice their concerns about construction of a new apartment complex in their neighborhood during an informational forum Thursday night.The Kelberman Center, a nonprofit organization that provides services and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, hosted the forum about its plans to build a 60-unit apartment [...]

Spocking? Pointing? Welcome to Rome's bocce tourney
July 19, 2019, 12:29 am | Source
ROME — Madisynn Reilly, 19, of Rome, spocked Thursday evening.If you don’t know what that means, then you’ve probably never played bocce.Reilly’s grandfather taught her to play at the Toccolana Club in Rome. And that’s where she was spocking Thursday evening in a skills competition on the opening night of the 46th World Series of Bocce, which organizers believe is the biggest bocce tournament in the country.Reilly admitted to loving all [...]

Death notices for July 19, 2019
July 18, 2019, 10:48 pm | Source
Bohm, Ryan Richard, 41, of Whitesboro, died July 16, 2019.  Arrangements by Dimbleby Funeral Homes, Inc., Whitesboro.Crim, Lucinda "Cindy" Ella, 51, of Reading, PA, died July 15, 2019.  Arrangements by Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Laureldale, PA.Dodge, Richard F. "Dick", 68, of Jensen Beach, FL, died  July 16, 2019.  Arrangements by Matt Funeral Home, Utica.Gamela, [...]

Cuomo signs aggressive climate act
July 18, 2019, 10:34 pm | Source
ALBANY — Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves.A new law signed Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation's most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to drive dramatic changes over the next 30 years. It calls for all the state's electricity to come from renewable, carbon-free sources such as solar, wind and hydropower. Transportation and building heating [...]

Murder suspect Clark out of hospital, in jail
July 18, 2019, 9:59 pm | Source
 UTICA — Brandon Clark, charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Bianca Devins of Utica, has been released from the hospital, according to the Oneida County district attorney.Clark, of Bridgeport, was supposed to have appeared in Utica City Court on Thursday morning, but his case has been adjourned until Monday morning, said DA Scott McNamara. Clark is now incarcerated in the Oneida County jail.Calling hours for Devins were held Thursday at the [...]

Officials report 3 assaults at Rome prison
July 18, 2019, 9:39 pm | Source
ROME — There recently were three assaults on staff at the Mohawk Correctional Facility, state correction officers said.• On July 8, an officer approached an inmate to counsel him about smoking while he was on his way to a program. The inmate turned and hit the officer several times in the head. Additional staff responded to the assault and found the inmate lying on the floor. When they went to apply mechanical restraints, he started to struggle. Restraints [...]

Woodstock 50 reapplies for festival permit
July 18, 2019, 9:27 pm | Source
VERNON — The fight for Woodstock 50 is not over.Concert organizers have applied for another permit to hold the festival at Vernon Downs. Town Attorney Vincent Rossi confirmed the application was submitted Wednesday — the festival’s third attempt to secure a permit. Woodstock 50 officials confirmed they had reapplied but said there was nothing else to add at this point. [...]

Death notices for July 18, 2019
July 18, 2019, 6:26 pm | Source
Brown, Andrea (Licari), 58, of Oneida, died July 17, 2019. Arrangements by Dimbleby Funeral Homes, Inc., Whitesboro.Cardillo, Victor F., 65, of Utica, died July 16, 2019. Arrangements by Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., Utica.Okusko, Carol R., 83, of Vernon, died July 15, 2019. Arrangements by Malecki Funeral Home, Vernon.Scheller, Russell C., 62, of New Hartford, died July 14, 2019. Arrangements by Bottini [...]

Area woman's donation unifies Oneidas, traditional homeland
July 18, 2019, 6:22 pm | Source
Clinton resident Liseli Haines has donated 30 acres of traditional Oneida Indian Nation homelands back to Oneida women from New York, Wisconsin and Canada.To those whose ancestors immigrated to this country, that might sound like a kind gesture. But at a ceremony celebrating the donation on Wednesday, it became clear that the gift holds deep meaning to its recipients, satisfying a two-century-old yearning to be united again on their own lands.“This is a remarkable day. [...]

NOAA: June toastiest on record, July may follow
July 18, 2019, 4:48 pm | Source
WASHINGTON (AP) — Meteorologists say Earth sizzled to its hottest June on record this year.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday announced that June averaged 60.6 degrees (15.9 Celsius), about 1.7 degrees (0.9 Celsius) warmer than the 20th century average.It beat out 2016 for the hottest June with records going back to 1880. Europe shattered June temperature records by far.Scientists say the record heat is what is expected with man-made [...]

Local performers competing in NYS Fair national anthem contest
July 18, 2019, 4:44 pm | Source
The list of semifinalists vying to perform the national anthem during the New York State Fair includes a number of local residents.Joseanne Esper of Utica, Vada March of Clinton, Jerry Plows of New York Mills and Ciara Wiggins of Rome are among the performers that may perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" live on the Chevy Court Stage during each of the 13 days of the state fair. They will receive free admission and parking passes, while some may also have to perform at certain [...]

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