EEE found in western Oneida County

County One pool of mosquitoes collected in the western region of Oneida County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, county Health Department officials confirmed today.  “This is the first positive EEE mosquito pool detected in Oneida County this year,” said Dan Gilmore, director of Environmental Health. “Earlier this summer we had one West Nile Virus (WNV) positive... 4:05pm 08/28/15

Candidate accused of forcible touching

Public Safety County legislature candidate Ronald D. Townsend was taken into custody Thursday night on accusations that he groped a woman in Rome. Police said Townsend, age 70, touched an adult woman on an intimate part of her body on Aug. 18 in Rome. Following a 10-day investigation, Townsend was taken into custody on Thursday on charges of forcible touching, a misdemeanor, and... 4:03pm 08/28/15

Paperwork problem delays Tallarino case

Public Safety ONEIDA — Oneida County legislator Frank D. Tallarino Sr. was supposed to appear in court this morning on stalking and coercion charges, but court officials said a paperwork snafu has delayed the case. Tallarino, 74, of 7883 W. Thomas St., made his first appearance in Oneida City Court on Saturday night, Aug. 22, where he was arraigned before Judge Michael J. Misiaszek on three... 4:02pm 08/28/15

Dorfman Center, YMCA among those seeking Zoning Board variances

Rome The Zoning Board of Appeals will hear four commercial requests and three more from homeowners when it meets next on Wednesday. The five-member volunteer board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Common Council chambers at City Hall. The first agenda item was previously tabled. The second half of the appeal from the Senior Citizens Council and Function Better PT is an area variance... 4:00pm 08/28/15

County gets $3.5M to upgrade emergency communications Rome, Utica and New Hartford to get new equipment; total project expected to cost $7.5 million

County Oneida County has received a $3.5 million state grant that will help fund a substantial emergency communications system upgrade. On tap is a $7.5 million project that will standardize frequency and technology among police and fire departments, as well as ambulance service providers, throughout the county, according to Kevin W. Revere, director of emergency services. The... 4:00pm 08/28/15

RFA band rehearsal

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Sestito scores first KHL goal

Sports RIGA, Latvia — Rome’s Tim Sestito scored a tying power play goal for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League, but it wasn’t enough for the club as it lost in overtime 3-2 to Severstal Cherepovets on Thursday. Sestito’s first goal of his KHL career came at 59:39, but Severstal’s Evgeney Mons found his second of the night and the game winning goal nearly five minutes into... 4:00pm 08/28/15

LDYC to host annual regatta

Sports On Saturday, the Lake Delta Yacht Club will hold its seventh annual Lightning Regatta for fiberglass and woody classes. A registration period will be held at 8 a.m., when the launch of the regatta is scheduled. A lunch and skipper’s meeting is scheduled at 11 a.m. The first race will start at noon and the last race will begin at 4. An after race party and awards ceremony will... 4:00pm 08/28/15

State adopts new rules to stem spread of Legionnaires’s disease

Health The state Department of Health has adopted emergency regulations to prevent the spread of Legionella bacteria as a result of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City. Cooling towers were implicated as the source of the outbreak. Regulations were effective Aug. 17 and require the registration, testing, inspection and certification of all cooling towers throughout... 4:00pm 08/27/15