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TOWN OF ANNSVILLE — A family of four has been left homeless after a mobile home fire on rural Boyd Road in the Town of Annsville late Monday night. Fire officials said the alarm was raised at … more
The Rome Police Department will disband its K9 Unit at the end of the year because there is no longer a need for marijuana-sniffing dogs, according to Police Chief Kevin C. Beach. The department is … more
A mental health evaluation has been ordered for Kyle J. Kirk, the man charged with killing his mother and father in Rome on Monday. Kirk, age 30, appeared for arraignment before Rome City Court Judge … more
A man and woman are dead in a double homicide in Rome's outer district Monday morning, stabbed to death by the son of one of the victims, according to law enforcement officials. The son, 30-year-old … more
A possible stabbing is under investigation on Old Oneida Road in Rome's outer district. State police were called to 5944 Old Oneida Road shortly before noon on Monday to check the welfare of someone … more
TOWN OF LEE — Longtime Lee Center volunteer fire chief Kenneth F. Baker Jr. is remembered as a dedicated first-responder, a loving husband, father and grandfather, and a selfless joker until the … more
New York State Attorney General Letitia James was in Utica on Tuesday to tout the likely $4 million coming to Oneida County as part of multiple settlements in her court battles against the opioid … more
After having to pause for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rome Fire Department will once again be opening the Central Fire Station for school tours as part of National Fire Prevention … more
A mother and her two children were displaced in an apartment fire on North Washington Street Sunday night. Fire Chief Thomas M. Iacovissi said the department received the alarm at 8:50 p.m. for the … more
Police Chief Kevin C. Beach defended his officers and department about not being “knowledgeable” or having the materials available for the public to file personnel complaints — part … more
WHITESTOWN — The union for correctional officers at the Oneida County Jail issued a statement on Monday decrying the “staffing crisis” and the “excessive overtime” at the lockup. According … more
TOWN OF ANNSVILLE — A second brother has been charged in connection with the murder of James E. Westcott at the family home on Route 69 in Annsville on Friday, according to the New York State … more
ALBANY — The New York Court of Appeals has declined to hear convicted killer Kaitlyn A. Conley’s latest appeal attempt. According to court documents dated Sept. 13, the highest court in the state … more
TOWN OF ANNSVILLE — One man is hospitalized in critical condition at Rome Health after being shot with a shotgun in a domestic dispute between brothers on Friday, according to law enforcement … more
The murder of 17-year-old Bianca Devins in Utica will be the focus of the series premiere episode of “48 Hours” on CBS Saturday night. The episode will air at 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 on CBS … more
YORKVILLE — A family dog was killed in a garage fire that spread into the home on Campbell Avenue very early Thursday morning. Fire Chief Joseph Morosco said smoke detectors likely woke the family … more
Rome Fire Lt. Brian Townsend was named this week as the Firefighter of the Year by the Oneida County Fire Chiefs Association. Townsend, a 15-year veteran of the department, was honored for his rescue … more
The city’s annual Sept. 11 memorial ceremony will be held on Saturday morning at the Rome Police & Fire Memorial Park on Black River Boulevard. The event will mark the 20th anniversary of the … more
TOWN OF STEUBEN — Two people are dead following a house fire on Fraser Road in Steuben very early Monday morning. Trenton Joint Fire District Chief Kevin Kalk said the alarm was raised at 1:06 a.m. … more
The Oneida County Overdose Response Team has issued a warning to the community regarding two cocaine-related fatalities that occurred in the City of Utica in less than a 24-hour period. The … more
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