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Madison County seeks volunteer fire, emergency service help

County Madison County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has launched a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical personnel recruitment campaign to address a manpower shortage among the county’s 22 volunteer fire departments. OEM representatives will visit the Firemen’s Fair in DeRuyter Aug. 11-14 and also local high schools in Madison County this fall as part of recruitment... 4:00pm 07/29/16

Rome Rotary Club Canalfest scheduled for Aug. 5-7

Rome The Rome Rotary Club Canalfest at Bellamy Harbor is Aug. 5-7 this year. This Rotary service project is fun for the whole family, and raises funds for the other service projects the club does for the community throughout the year. All weekend long, there are children’s rides, carnival games, fireworks, water ski shows, live entertainment, craft vendors, raffles and festival... 4:00pm 07/29/16

Accused horse killer found mentally competent for trial

Public Safety The Verona man accused of shooting and killing a horse in Kirkland has been ruled stable enough to stand trial. Robert R. Webster Jr., 43, has been undergoing psychological treatment since April, when he was determined to be mentally unfit to face the charges against him. But Webster returned to County Court on Thursday after doctors gave him a clean bill of mental health.... 4:00pm 07/29/16

Wedding crashers sought by Utica police

Public Safety A pair of well-dressed wedding crashers are wanted by Utica Police after they swooped in and stole gifts from two separate receptions. Police in New York Mills are also looking into similar wedding gift thefts. “It’s quick. They’re in an out before anybody even saw them,’ describes Utica Lt. Bryan Coromato. “We don’t know if they got lucky or know what they’re doing.” Coromato... 4:00pm 07/29/16