Large fire rages at Utica plant

Public Safety A large fire broke out at the Pacemaker Steel & Piping plant on Broad Street in Utica early this morning. Authorities said the alarm was raised shortly before 6 a.m. and the building was fully involved. Firefighters spent the morning battling the blaze, largely from the outside. Neighboring buildings were also protected from the fire. The factory is located alongside the... 12:00pm 01/19/18

RFA to host speech and debate tourney

Education Rome Free Academy is hosting what is believed to be its first multi-school speech and debate tournament on Saturday, continuing the growth of RFA’s club which last year competed in tournaments for the first time in several years. The event was noted at the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night by school district Superintendent Peter C. Blake, who will be among several... 4:00pm 01/18/18

Picente backs call for online retailers to collect sales tax

Oneida Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s inclusion of an “internet fairness conformity tax” in his executive budget is attracting attention from Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. If the state Legislature goes along, Cuomo intends to force “market place providers” that sell products for others on the internet to collect the state sales tax on items sold to New Yorkers. Unlike... 4:00pm 01/18/18

AIS awarded $48M Air Force contract

County Assured Information Security Inc. of Rome has been awarded a $48 million Air Force contract, and will be increasing employment as a result, the Griffiss park-based company announced Tuesday. The contract is for exploring “next-generation network operations and vulnerability assessment technology,” said AIS. The objective “is to provide new cyber assessment tools for... 4:10pm 01/17/18

DWI charged in early morning traffic stop

Public Safety A 21-year-old man was charged with drunken driving on East Garden Street early this morning, according to local law enforcement officials. Police said Connar Diberardino, of Charles Street, was pulled over for speeding near East Garden Street and Black River Boulevard at about 2 a.m. Officers Hollie B. Kennedy and Sanel Galijasevic determined that Diberardino had been driving... 4:00pm 01/18/18

Changes in offing for program to promote local consolidation efforts

Oneida Oneida County’s program to promote local consolidation efforts at the local level is undergoing some changes. Eligibility for money is being expanded to include reimbursement. Until now, funding was only for activities or plans that were ready to be implemented but were lacking the final piece of the puzzle to take them from the planning stage to implementation. This money was... 4:00pm 01/18/18

Free family gym time offered for Sherrill residents

Oneida SHERRILL — The Sherrrill Community Activity Center, 139 E. Hamilton Ave., is hosting free family gym time during Mondays and Tuesdays, the center has announced. Sherrill residents are invited to use the gym for basketball on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m. Children 14 years old and under must be supervised. 4:00pm 01/18/18

Crash sends Remsen man to hospital

Public Safety TOWN OF MARCY — A 48-year-old man was hospitalized after he was cut off on Old River Road Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff’s deputies said Frank Getti, of Remsen, was eastbound at about 5 p.m. when Christopher Crolius, 59, of Boonville, pulled out in front of him from Chaminade Road. Deputies said Getti’s 2005 Chevy Cavalier collided with Crolius’ 2016 GMC Sierra. Getti suffered... 4:00pm 01/18/18

Sports calendar — Jan. 19, 2018

Sports Tonight’s Schedule...ProfessionalHockey — American Hockey League: Utica at Hartford, 7:15.CollegeHockey — Colgate at Cornell, 7. Scholastic boysBasketball — RFA at Central Valley Academy, Whitesboro at VVS, 7; Copenhagen at Remsen, 7:30.Hockey — RFA vs. Mohawk Valley at Kennedy Arena, 7; Clinton at Gates-Chili, TBD.Swimming and diving — RFA and Holland Patent at Proctor,... 2:00pm 01/19/18

Michigan State transfer among SU additions

College Sports SYRACUSE (AP) — Syracuse has added five players to its football roster. Coach Dino Babers, who signed 15 players to national letters of intent last month, announced Thursday that the newcomers include transfers Trishton Jackson, a wide receiver from Michigan State, and Chattanooga linebacker Zack Lesko, who rejoins the Orange after one year with the Mocs. Both will have to sit... 12:00pm 01/19/18

Comets release Roy from PTO deal

Sports UTICA — The Utica Comets on Thursday released forward Marco Roy from his professional tryout (PTO) contract. Roy dressed in six games with the Comets, tallying two points, two goals, and 11 penalty minutes. Roy has also skated in seven games with the San Jose Barracuda this season and 14 games with the Fort Wayne Komets. Last season, Roy played in 23 games with Utica,... 11:50am 01/19/18

Oneida County Health Department performs food service inspections

Oneida Oneida County Health Department inspectors conduct unannounced and periodic checks of food service establishments to determine if they comply with the state codes, rules and regulations. Here are health department ratings after recent inspections: Restaurant conditions were found unsatisfactory. PLATE AT HOTEL UTICA, 102 LaFayette St., Utica, Dec. 29. Plumbing/floor drains not... 4:00pm 01/18/18

Bluegrass jam Saturday

Entertainment STITTVILLE — Musicians and listeners are welcome Saturday when the Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association holds its monthly musical jam session. It’s from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fire Department, 9069 Main St. It’s for anyone who enjoys bluegrass, country and folk music. On the net: MVBGA.com 4:00pm 01/18/18