Utica police investigate shooting death

Public Safety A shooting death on Utica’s east side is under investigation this morning. Police said an adult male was found shot in the 700 block of Elizabeth St. at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, near Hubbell Street. Police were responding to a report of shots fired. The victim, whose identity has not yet been released, was rushed to a local hospital for treatment. Police said the man died from... 4:00pm 08/20/18

Man accused of threatening to kill law enforcers

Public Safety NEW HARTFORD — A New Hartford man is accused of threatening to kill law enforcement officers over the telephone. Sheriff’s deputies said Frank Bommarito Jr., 32, made multiple telephone calls to the Sheriff’s Office threatening to kill the law enforcement officers that were attempting to make contact with him on Aug. 17. Deputies said Bommarito was taken into custody on... 4:00pm 08/20/18

Salaries mixed for area teachers, report shows

County Average wages for most middle school teachers in the greater Utica-Rome region are above national averages but below the statewide mean, according to a new federal report. Meanwhile, averages for elementary and secondary-grade teachers in the region are similar to the national pace while trailing statewide averages, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report that was... 4:00pm 08/20/18

Yorkville man accused of killing brother pleads not guilty

Public Safety The Yorkville man accused of stabbing his brother to death pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in County Court this morning. John W. Ferguson, 37, of 10 Jones Place, appeared before Judge Michael L. Dwyer and pleaded not guilty to one count each of second-degree murder and third-degree possession of a weapon. His case was adjourned to Sept. 10 for the attorneys... 12:00pm 08/20/18

Junior Ranger Day coming to Fort Stanwix

Rome Fort Stanwix National Monument will host Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, Aug. 25. Offered at national parks across the country, the Junior Ranger program encourages children to explore, learn about, and protect their favorite parks. This free event begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., according to an announcement by Fort Stanwix officials. The theme of the day is: “Past Tales,... 4:00pm 08/20/18

Area job count remains stable, according to state Labor Dept. statistics

Oneida For the 12-month period ending with July, the local job count remained stable, with gains in private sector employment, according new statistics from the state Department of Labor. The non-farm job count for the Utica-Rome metro area remained stable at 129,900. Private actor employment fared better, adding 800 jobs — 0.8 percent — reaching 98,900. Job gains occurred in... 4:00pm 08/20/18

Tinkergarten to host free trials in Barneveld

Education BARNEVELD — At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play — and families can learn first hand about the program during two upcoming free trials, according to a program announcement. In this free trial, Tinkergarten Leader Audrey Pincott will facilitate a play scenario allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve,... 4:00pm 08/20/18

State takes aim at DWI, drugged driving

Public Safety The state Department of Motor Vehicles, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, and state law enforcement officials has announced the start of a two-week long, statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement and education initiative designed to prevent drunk and drugged driving. The enforcement will run through Labor Day — Monday, Sept. 3. The ”Drive Sober or Get... 4:00pm 08/20/18

Yard Dogs drop EFL game

Sports PLATTSBURGH — The Utica Yard Dogs undefeated run in the Empire Football League came to a halt Saturday with a 23-20 loss to the Plattsburgh North Stars. The home team took advantage of a late miscue by the Yard Dogs and cashed in with a field goal to edge Utica 23-20. The first-place Yard Dogs, who were coming off a 102-0 victory last weekend, are 6-1 in the Empire Football... 4:00pm 08/20/18

Skip Jive wins Vernon Downs feature

Sports VERNON — Skip Jive and driver Jimmy Whittemore won the Vernon Downs featured pace on Saturday. Skip Jive jumped out to the lead and never looked back. The horse owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Dennis Whittemore held off the late charging JDs Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) to secure the victory. Weapon to win (John MacDonald) finished third. Skip Jive is a 5-year-old... 4:00pm 08/20/18

Sports agate — Aug. 20, 2018

Sports Agate National Football League Preseason Saturday’s Games Jacksonville 14, Minnesota 10 L.A. Rams 19, Oakland 15 Cincinnati 21, Dallas 13 Tampa Bay 30, Tennessee 14 Houston 16, San Francisco 13 Chicago 24, Denver 23 L.A. Chargers 24, Seattle 14 Monday’s Game Baltimore at Indianapolis, 8 Thursday’s Games Philadelphia at Cleveland, 8 Friday’s Games New England at Carolina, 7:30 N.Y.... 4:00pm 08/20/18

Baseball agate — Aug. 20, 2018

Sports Agate American League East Division W L Pct GB Boston 88 37 .704 — New York 78 46 .629 9.5 Tampa Bay 63 61 .508 24.5 Toronto 55 69 .444 32.5 Baltimore 37 87 .298 50.5 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 71 52 .577 — Minnesota 59 64 .480 12 Detroit 51 74 .408 21 Chicago 46 77 .374 25 Kansas City 38 86 .306 33.5 West Division W L Pct GB Houston 75 49 .605 — Oakland 74 50 .597 1... 4:00pm 08/20/18

Ehlinger joins Community Wellness Partners

Health NEW HARTFORD — Community Wellness Partners announced the addition of Bryan Ehlinger to the position of Administrator of Presbyterian Home for Central New York.  As Administrator, Ehlinger is responsible for managing the oversight and alignment of Presbyterian Home for Central New York programs, staffing and care with the organization’s mission to help older adults create... 4:00pm 08/20/18

RMH announces new director of food services

Health Elizabeth Nadeau has been named director of food services at Rome Memorial Hospital, announced David Jabs, vice president of support services. “Liz has worked in Rome Memorial Hospital’s Food and Nutrition department for over 40 years,” Jabs said. “With experience in nearly every aspect of the department, there is no better choice to lead our kitchen and cafeteria staff.” 4:00pm 08/20/18

Autumn Tramp and Trail events announced

Health Tramp and Trail Club of Utica has announced its schedule of events for September, October and November. All activities open to the public. Participants must sign a waiver. Car pooling is encouraged. For more information visit Trampntrail.org. Those interested should call the leader for information or look on the website, click on “schedule” then month for... 4:00pm 08/20/18

Youth bereavement group lists fall gatherings

Health NEW HARTFORD — Children’s Brave Hearts Grief Groups will be held in Oneida and Herkimer counties beginning in September. The groups are for children between the ages of 6-12 who have experienced the death of a parent, grandparent, or special person in their life.  The group utilizes arts and crafts to help children recognize their own grief, understand their feelings, express... 4:00pm 08/20/18