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UPDATE: Cold likely cause of Utica water main break
January 22, 2019, 6:53 pm | Source
UTICA — A significant water main break at John and Oriskany streets in downtown Utica is causing a slow down in traffic this morning.While officials are unsure of the cause of the break, Jim Piccola, a regional spokesman for the State Department of Transportation, said it’s likely the extreme weather conditions. He doesn’t believe the construction downtown in the same area and the water main break are related.“For right now, we don’t have a [...]

Oneida County Office Building to close today due to water main break
January 22, 2019, 6:46 pm | Source
UTICA — Due to the water main break at John and Oriskany streets, the Oneida County Office Building at 800 Park Ave. will close today at 2:30 p.m., according to a news release.

Court filings detail allegations that Utica man stabbed grandmother
January 22, 2019, 5:54 pm | Source
UTICA — Court papers have shed light on a Utica man's alleged attack on his grandmother that has left her in critical condition.Andre Anderson, 23, remains held without bail after a Tuesday morning appearance in Utica City Court. He was arraigned Monday night on attempted murder and assault charges.Court papers reveal the charges stem from a Sunday night domestic incident at 1654 West St. between Anderson and his 68-year-old grandmother Freddie M. [...]

Masonic Medical Research Institute awarded $6 million state grant
January 22, 2019, 5:53 pm | Source
UTICA — The state has awarded a $6 million grant to support a multi-year transformation and expansion project for Masonic Medical Research Institute in Utica, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday.The life sciences grant will be used to renovate 5,500 square feet at the Bleecker Street facility, making way for increased lab space, five additional research facilities and continued research and development, Hochul said during her announcement Tuesday at the State Office [...]

West Utica forum to discuss available grants for homebuyers
January 22, 2019, 4:16 pm | Source
UTICA — The next West Utica Citizens Forum meeting will discuss grants available for homebuyer for down payments and closing costs.Representatives from the HomeOwnership Center will attend to discuss the grants and answer any questions. According to a release for the forum, the grants are offered as 100-percent forgivable loans as long as buyers maintain ownership for a five-year period. Properties must be purchased in specific target areas to qualify.The meeting is [...]

Water main break closes O-D
January 22, 2019, 3:29 pm | Source
A water main break which closed roads and diverted traffic in downtown Utica, also hit the Observer-Dispatch building hard. Water was pouring into the basement and firefighters evacuated the building due to safety issues.Due to a water main break near the Observer-Dispatch, redeliveries are delayed at this point.E-Editions are available through the O-D’s website.The phones will be unavailable at this time.The O-D will be closed until further [...]

Deputies: Minor crashes in Marcy caused by icy pavement
January 22, 2019, 3:12 pm | Source
Icy roads caused a chain of minor motor vehicle accidents Tuesday morning along State Route 49 in Marcy, according to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office.Deputies said they were called at around 6:30 a.m. to the area just east of the Cavanaugh Road ramp. According to the sheriff's office, 30-year-old Rome man John Chubbock was headed east along the bridge when he lost control of his vehicle due to the icy pavement and struck a guide rail on the south side of the road, disabling his [...]

OD delivery delays due to water main break
January 22, 2019, 1:28 pm | Source
Due to a water main break near the Observer-Dispatch, redeliveries are delayed at this point.E-Editions are available through the O-D's website.The phones will be unavailable at this time.Check back at uticaod.com for more updates.

Police blotter for Jan.21, 2019
January 22, 2019, 12:25 pm | Source
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Herb Philipson's faces off with creditor in bankruptcy case
January 22, 2019, 12:23 pm | Source
UTICA — The relationship between Herb Philipson’s Army and Navy Stores and its creditor Second Avenue Capital Partners LLC is souring, according to new court documents released last week.On Dec. 26, Herb Philipson’s filed a motion to subpoena Second Avenue after claiming the creditor “(risks) irreversibly (endangering Herb Philipson’s) reorganization efforts.” Called a Rule 2004 examination, the action, as part of the federal rules of [...]

January 22, 2019, 11:28 am | Source
Here are the latest school / organization closings and delays in the area:- Brookfield Central School District is closed today.

Announce your 2019 business anniversary
January 22, 2019, 9:30 am | Source
We want to highlight your longtime business anniversary in our upcoming special section.As part of PROGRESS 2019, which will publish in February, The Observer-Dispatch wants to accent area businesses that are celebrating significant anniversaries in 2019.We will feature those that have been in business beginning with their 10th anniversary and every five years after that, (e.g. 10th, 15th, 20th, 25, etc.).These listings are free and will be a key part of a project that [...]

More sexual abuse claims rock South Korean skating
January 22, 2019, 3:19 am | Source
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More South Korean female skaters are accusing their coaches of sexually abusing them, a group representing the athletes disclosed Monday following claims by two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee that her former coach had repeatedly raped her.The announcement came amid a growing #MeToo movement in South Korea's elite sports scene, which has been notorious for a brutal training culture and highly hierarchical relationships between coaches and athletes. [...]

China grants Ivanka Trump 5 trademarks amid trade talks
January 22, 2019, 3:16 am | Source
SHANGHAI (AP) — The Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump's company preliminary approval for another five trademarks this month, as her father's administration pushes ahead on trade negotiations with China.Four trademarks, including child care centers, sunglasses and wedding dresses, were approved on Sunday. A fifth, covering brokerage, charitable fundraising and art valuation services, was approved on Jan.6, according to online trademark office records. The applications [...]

The Latest: New York City airport faces wind disruptions
January 22, 2019, 2:07 am | Source
The Latest on the winter storm hitting the East Coast (all times local):8:55 p.m.Wind gusts exceeding 40 mph (64 kph) have caused flight disruptions at LaGuardia Airport in New York City.The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey warned passengers Monday evening to check their flight status before heading to the airport.The alert came as the National Weather Service said 25 to 30 mph (40 to 48 kph) winds were expected to decrease to 14 to 19 mph after midnight. [...]

Police: Upstate NY man dies from heart attack shoveling snow
January 22, 2019, 1:39 am | Source
SCOTIA, N.Y. (AP) — Police in the New York village of Scotia say a 70-year-old man has died after suffering a heart attack as he shoveled snow.Police said a crew plowing snow for the village found Frank Demasi lying on the stairs of his home Monday morning.Authorities say he was believed to have gone outside Sunday evening to shovel snow when he was stricken at some point.Police say an autopsy Monday determined that he had died of a heart attack.Scotia, part of [...]

Luncheon honors MLK Jr., future leaders
January 22, 2019, 12:54 am | Source
UTICA — Sub-zero temperatures couldn't keep guests away from the 35th Annual Mohawk Valley Frontiers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon held Monday at the Delta by Marriott hotel in Utica.The ballroom of people were welcomed with the National Anthem, an invocation, and introductions to the days honorees. The keynote speaker was state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.Craig Minor, the recipient of the Lifetime Friend award, said of the Rev. Martin Luther [...]

Update: Utica man arraigned on attempted murder
January 22, 2019, 12:44 am | Source
UTICA — A Utica man faces attempted murder and other charges after police say he allegedly attacked his 68-year-old grandmother Sunday night and set a home they shared on fire.Andre J. Anderson, 23, was arraigned Monday night in Oneida County’s centralized arraignment court on second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault."I plead not guilty to both charges on behalf of Mr. Anderson," [...]

Survey: CEO pessimism on economy spreads after upbeat 2018
January 21, 2019, 11:32 pm | Source
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — A survey of hundreds of corporate leaders shows "a record jump in pessimism" about the world economy, with sentiment doused by trade spats, a global downturn and fading benefits from U.S. President Donald Trump's tax cuts.Consulting firm PwC says the latest edition of its annual survey of CEOs found 30 percent feel growth will decline this year, a six-fold increase from a year earlier — when 57 percent were optimistic.The survey, released [...]

Buffalo workers help driver escape burning snow plow
January 21, 2019, 9:34 pm | Source
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says two city employees have helped rescue a driver from a burning snow plow.Brown tells WKBW-TV the rescue happened in north Buffalo Sunday after the private snow plow became engulfed in flames in the front.The driver of the snow plow had a leg injury and was unable to get out on his own. Brown says two Buffalo Municipal Housing Authorities helped the driver escape.No further information has been released.___ [...]

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