Nation commemorates 10th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks

1st — A horse in the Camden area has died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis, according to the Oneida County Health Department, and officials are awaiting test results on two more affected animals. The county also reported that the first mosquito pool testing positive for West Nile Virus was detected in specimens collected in the Town of Verona last week.

2nd — Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has asked the county’s two election commissioners to document how the Sept. 13 elections will avoid a repeat of the problems in reporting results that occurred in elections last November.

3rd — Matthew Miller, executive director of Rome Rescue Mission, said the mission has served an average of 180 meals per day to Rome area residents in need. That was a dramatic increase of 100 meals more per day than July of last year, he said. Also, it was the first time in the mission’s history that people had to be turned away for food baskets as a result of the shortage.

4th — Blazing bonfires create the Ring of Lights around Delta Lake State Park in celebration of Labor Day weekend. Landowners, as well as the state park, lit bonfires — or flares, if there’s no room for a fire — along the shoreline, and fireworks lit the sky.

5th — A roaring wildfire raced through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Central Texas on Monday, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance that was fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.

6th — A bachelor party turned deadly when a drunken party-goer stepped out of the limousine shuttle bus while it was driving on the Thruway. State police investigators said 29-year-old Brian D. Bauer thought the door was the bathroom. Investigators said Bauer, of Pittsburgh, was killed when he fell out onto the speeding pavement and was hit by another vehicle.

7th — The county Board of Elections is bringing back the reporting of preliminary results as quickly as possible after the polls close next Tuesday in primary contests around the county and special election in the 116th Assembly District. The telephone-based system for compiling unofficial numbers is being resurrected to avoid the long delays encountered last fall.

8th — Heavy rains from the second southern storm in as many weeks caused several area schools to either delay this morning or close, on what was supposed to be the first day of school for many. All day rains on Wednesday flooded the Mohawk River and the Sauquoit and Oriskany creeks. County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. declared a State of Emergency for the county at 10:26 p.m.

9th — David L. Trebilcock, 30, formerly of 408 Primo Ave. in Sherrill, pleaded not guilty to murdering a 6-year-old with a steak knife. The case was adjourned to October. Two psychologists ruled that he was fit to stand trial, however, the defense has said that Trebilcock may suffer from paranoid schizophrenia. Earlier, Chief Public Defender Frank Nebush said that Trebilcock told the authorities that "Jesus told him to" kill 6-year-old Lauren Sylvia Belius on the morning of July 19.

10th — "Our lives are so different" since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, says Gordon W. Felt of Remsen, reflecting on the legacy that includes the loss of his brother Edward Porter Felt aboard United Airlines Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pa. Felt, president of Families of Flight 93 and one of the featured speakers today and Sunday at the newly dedicated permanent memorial near the crash site. Among other scheduled speakers were Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and former Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush.

11th — Rome commemorated the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States in an emotional 45-minute ceremony today. About 200 people gathered in Fire & Police Park at Black River Boulevard and East Liberty Street, where black crepe was draped across two pieces of steel from the World Trade Center as well as atop glass-block representations of the twin 110-story towers that collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. Plaques were also unveiled for a former police officer and two retired firefighters. Recognized were: Detective Richard L. Ferrucci who served from 1957 to 1991; Fire Lt. Raymond P. Wakulik, 1954-1989; and Fire Chief Roger R. Sabia, 1968-2009.

12th — Local officials are slated to meet tomorrow with the head of the state agency that is overseeing the $50-million fund for the reuse of closed state prisons such as Oneida Correctional Facility.

13th — Long-simmering concerns about the stability of the Rome Air Force Research Laboratory are heating up again, although no specific details have surfaced at this point. The work of a congressional budget-cutting "super committee" is causing uneasiness about major overall defense spending reductions that could result from the process.

14th — Democrat Anthony Brindisi is the new Assembly member in the 116th District. Voters favored the 32-year-old lawyer from Utica over Republican Gregory J. Johnson of Marcy in Tuesday’s special election. With 75 percent of the machines counted late Tuesday, Brindisi was ahead 6,701 votes to 4,963, with results reported from 79 of 105 machines.

15th — Unwilling to wait for the mayor to be brought up to speed, the Common Council’s Republican majority pushed through the repeal of the "gas cap" tax Wednesday night. Removal of the cap will generate an estimated $246,800 a year for the city, according to calculations based on gas sales in Rome last year.

16th — The end of summer and arrival of snow is inevitable, but some folks in northern Oneida County didn’t expect to go from scorching heat to freezing cold in just a day or two. In the upper elevations north of Boonville, thermometers dipped down to the low 30s, creating a sheet of white across many lawns. Tuesday is the first day of Fall. Winter arrives on Dec. 22.

17th — In order to save local law enforcers on time and gasoline, Hamilton College public safety officials want to become authorized to hold small amounts of marijuana they find or confiscate on the hilltop campus. No need for police to drive all the way up College Hill Road for one little joint, they argue.

18th ­— With home heating oil prices on the rise, area residents can hope for a mild winter while expecting to dig deeper into their pockets. In the Central Region the average cost of a gallon of home heating oil is $3.70 per gallon, compared to $2.66 a gallon at this time last year, an increase of 39 percent.

19th — State Senator Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome wants to take away the right of accused criminals to reject video arraignments from the county jail in Whitestown.

20th — Remnants of Tropical Storms Irene in late August and Lee in September sogged the region, causing the loss of hundreds of pumpkin patches.

21st — The Oneida Indian Nation’s First Allies Living History program, which has long assisted at Fort Stanwix National Monument and other community activities including cannon-firing at the annual Honor America Days concert, is no longer in operation.

22nd — A giant Horizon blimp drew a lot of attention as it hovered around the city Wednesday afternoon before finally coming in for a landing at Premier Aviation at Griffiss for a complete make-over before baseball playoffs in October.

23rd — Department of Environmental Conservation officials hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Rome Fish Hatchery for the new visitors’ center, hatch house, conference room, workshop and storage areas this morning. The upgrades cost $2.1 million.

24th — Texting behind the wheel became a primary offense on July 12. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said from January through June of this year, an average of 427 tickets were issued each month for texting while driving. When texting became a primary offense, the number rose to 1,082 in August.

25th — Main Street in Remsen was packed over the weekend as thousands of shoppers turned out to view more than 250 artists and crafts vendors at the 32nd annual Barn Festival of the Arts.

26th — New Verizon telephone directories for 2011-12 that are now being delivered in the Rome area contain no white-page residential phone listings, although they are available by request. At least 200,000 cell phones are in use in Oneida County, according to estimates by county Emergency Services Director Kevin Revere

27th — A 20-year-old man is in critical condition at Rome Memorial Hospital today after law enforcers said he was stabbed multiple times in the chest near the south Rome intersection of Lawrence Street and Day Avenue. Witnesses identified the man as Stephen M. LaPointe.

28th — The Brooklyn man charged in the stabbing murder of 20-year-old Stephen M. LaPointe was found by law enforcers walking on Erie Boulevard East back towards the south Rome crime scene Tuesday morning. Terrence Dames, age 26, was taken in for questioning shortly after 8 a.m., nearly four hours after LaPointe was fatally knifed four times in the street.

29th — The 74-year-old Herkimer County man who was found dead off Eatonville Road in the Town of Little Falls paid a woman to kill him, and law enforcers said she ran him over with her motor vehicle. State police said Francis R. "Mickey" Nelson was found early Tuesday morning with his wrists and ankles bound. The woman, 28-year-old Jennifer R. Riesel, of 8 Furnace St., Little Falls, has been charged with second-degree murder, state police said.

30th — A price tag of $180,000 was the agreed upon amount for the 74-year-old Herkimer County man who asked a 28-year-old woman to kill him, law enforcers said.