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Yorkville man waives felony hearing in homicide case
July 20, 2018, 6:48 pm | Source
YORKVILLE — A felony hearing was waived Friday morning in Yorkville Village Court,  for a Yorkville man charged with murdering his brother at their home on Tuesday.John W. Ferguson, 37, faces second-degree murder for allegedly killing his 42-year-old brother Daryl Ferguson at 10 Jones Place, a home the brothers shared with their mother.Around 3:50 a.m. police responded to the home for a report of a physical domestic incident involving [...]

Ohio killer spared after extent of childhood abuse revealed
July 20, 2018, 6:46 pm | Source
Republican Gov. John Kasich commuted the sentence of death row inmate Raymond Tibbetts to life without the possibility of parole, citing "fundamental flaws" in the sentencing portion of Tibbetts' trial.

UPDATED: Utica man admits guilt in girlfriend's death
July 20, 2018, 6:23 pm | Source
UTICA — Though he is responsible for his girlfriend's death, Brian Brewczynski said he did not mean for it to happen.“I know the family behind me is going to miss her dearly,” Brewczynski said during his appearance Friday in Oneida County Court, “But I could let you know that I’m not a cold-blooded killer. I didn’t mean to do this.”Brewczynski, 32, pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 49- [...]

Police divers recover body of 5-year-old girl in western Erie Canal
July 20, 2018, 5:57 pm | Source
The body of a 5-year-old girl who went missing has been recovered from the Erie Canal in upstate New York.

NY Times: Trump was recorded talking of paying Playboy model
July 20, 2018, 5:46 pm | Source
The newspaper says the FBI seized the recording during an April raid on attorney Michael Cohen's office.

White House: Russia call for Ukraine referendum illegitimate
July 20, 2018, 5:31 pm | Source
National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said agreements between Russia and the Ukrainian government for resolving the conflict in the Donbas region "do not include any option for referendum."

Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident climbs to 17
July 20, 2018, 4:45 pm | Source
Investigators blamed stormy weather for the accident Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake. Winds at the time were blowing as hard as 65 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

NFL, NFLPA freeze anthem rules amid backlash to Miami policy
July 20, 2018, 4:00 pm | Source
Hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week, the league and the players union issued a joint statement late Thursday night saying the two sides are talking things out.

Utica's parks master plan takes shape
July 20, 2018, 3:21 pm | Source
UTICA — Imagine a built-in hillside slide at Utica's Lincoln Playground taking you from one part of the park, near the playground, to another closer to the pavilion.How about a multi-sport field at Seymour Park in North Utica suitable for football, soccer and lacrosse?Those ideas, and more, are included in the current draft of Utica's Parks Master Plan.The draft plan evaluates the current state and future needs, including amenities and programming, for [...]

After corruption trials, Tenney, Brindisi call for change
July 20, 2018, 3:08 pm | Source
Days after the latest corruption trial in New York ended in a conviction, Rep. Claudia Tenney and her opponent Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi are renewing calls for ethics reform in the state and federal governments.Last week, former SUNY Poly President Alain Kaloyeros was convicted of bid rigging, favoring companies in Buffalo and Syracuse. This week, former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son were convicted of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. Previously, [...]

N. Korea puts reunion of war separated families in doubt
July 20, 2018, 1:53 pm | Source
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Friday that an August reunion of Korean families separated by war may not happen if South Korea doesn't immediately return some of its citizens who arrived in the South in recent years.The 2016 arrival of a group of 12 female employees from a North Korean-run restaurant in China has been a source of contention between the rival Koreas. North Korea has accused South Korea of kidnapping them, while South Korea says they decided to resettle [...]

Community News for July 20, 2018
July 20, 2018, 3:59 am | Source
UTICAOneida County announces Sidewalk Art Contest winnersOneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has announced the winners from the finals of the Youth Bureau’s 10th Annual Sidewalk Art Contest at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.This year, 1,100 youth ages 5-18 years-old participated in the week-long event at various municipalities and youth-serving agencies throughout the county and 80 youth made it to the final [...]

Travel advisory issued for Utica
July 20, 2018, 1:58 am | Source
UTICA —The state Department of Transportation Utica Regional Office has issued the following traveler advisory for motorists in Utica:From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Route 12 south off-ramp to downtown and 5S/Oriskany Street east will be closed to traffic due to work along the ramp.A signed detour will be utilized to advise motorists of the ramp closure and direct traffic to the appropriate detour route.

Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species
July 20, 2018, 1:30 am | Source
Administration officials said the new rules would advance conservation by simplifying and improving how the landmark Endangered Species Act is used.

Smaller than expected tax increase for Utica schools projects
July 20, 2018, 1:21 am | Source
UTICA — Only three Utica residents turned up for a meeting Thursday evening at Thomas R. Proctor High School to learn more about a $15 million referendum to improve athletic facilities at city schools.School board Vice President Donald Dawes had a surprise for them. The district found out Wednesday, he said, that the state would cover 75 percent of project costs, limiting the tax increase passage would bring to city residents.“I think the plan is very good [...]

Restaurant server in Georgia fights back after being groped; video goes viral
July 20, 2018, 12:30 am | Source
Incident at Vinnie Van Go-Go's in Savannah went viral on the /r/justiceserved subreddit.

Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species
July 19, 2018, 11:47 pm | Source
DENVER — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animals and plants and limiting habitat safeguards meant to shield recovering species from harm.Administration officials said the new rules would advance conservation by simplifying and improving how the landmark Endangered Species Act is used."These rules will be very protective," said U.S. Interior Department Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, adding that the [...]

Turmoil slows rebuilding of Puerto Rico's power grid
July 19, 2018, 11:30 pm | Source
The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has seen two chief executive officers and four board members resign in less than a week in a messy fight over how much the bankrupt agency should pay its CEO.

Utica planning board accepts downtown hospital scoping document
July 19, 2018, 11:24 pm | Source
UTICA — Mohawk Valley Health System's proposed downtown Utica hospital project took another step forward Thursday.The City of Utica Planning Board voted unanimously to accept the final scoping document presented by MVHS. The scoping document outlines what will be addressed in the environmental impact statement for the hospital project, a projected $480 million endeavor that would bring a new hospital campus to the neighborhood of Oriskany, Columbia and State streets and [...]

Council meets to discuss Herkimer Co. agriculture
July 19, 2018, 10:39 pm | Source
HERKIMER — The Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency held its first Agriculture Development Council meeting Wednesday to gather ideas from legislators and farmers about what needs to be done to better help the industry."We want to try and work with the agricultural industry and see how we can best support them," said John Piseck, the IDA’s executive chairman, at the start of the meeting held at Herkimer College.Piseck said that agriculture has a "rich [...]

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