Army Re-organization

on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.

The Pentagon announced a reorganization of the Army yesterday that will result in a net loss of 1,500-2,000 soldiers from Fort Drum. In announcing the loss of the 3rd Brigade Combat team, Fort Drum Commander Major General Stephen Townsend said he doesn’t expect the overall reduction to have a significant impact at the base and he expects additional maneuver battalions to be assigned to the remaining brigades.

The 3rd brigade will be inactivated by 2017 and its remaining troops will be absorbed into the 1st and 2nd Brigades.  Known as the Spartans, the 3rd Brigade was activated at Fort Drum in September 2004. Since then, the Spartans have deployed three times to Afghanistan. Pentagon officials said that this loss is not related to sequestration.

The Great Wallendas

on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.

While over 13 million people watched Nick Wallenda walk a tight wire over the Grand Canyon on Sunday night, many local old timers will remember that Nick’s Famous family used to perform at the Enchanted Forest in Old Forge. Before Enchanted Forest became known as New York State’s largest water-theme Park, it used to be a regular theme park with shows and rides, part of which still exist today.

The famous Flying Wallendas were part of Enchanted Forest's lineup at times between 1956 and 1976. According to the park, the daily circus shows featured the internationally known Great Wallendas. Part of an NBC special documentary, as well as a CBS documentary on the Wallendas was filmed at the Enchanted Forest.

In fact, Nick’s grandfather, Karl Wallenda performed in Old Forge the same day as the funeral for his son-in-law who was killed in one of the family's stunts. Wallenda said, "People are coming from hundreds of miles to see us. I don't see any reason why they should not see us. I don't want to cheat them out of that."

Karl died in March of 1978 after a fall from the tight rope while performing in Puerto Rico.   33 year old Grandson Nick successfully walked across a 1500 feet deep gorge of the Grand Canyon, Sunday night without a restraining harness.

Hanna discusses sequestration

on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.

We continue with Congressman Richard Hanna, who discusses sequestration.

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Tomorrow, Mr. Hanna discusses the recent announcement that there will be no round of base closures scheduled in Washington.

Dr. Vora discusses preparations for Mount Everest

on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.

We continue with Dr. Manoj Vora, who discusses his preparation to climb Mount Everest.

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Tomorrow, Dr. Vora discusses the qualifications to climb Mount Everest.

Missing Boater

on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.

The search resumed this morning for a 62 year old man missing on Delta Lake since yesterday. A local resident found an empty pontoon boat that washed up behind her home on the south shore of the lake last night around 8PM. The Oneida County Sheriff Department’s Marine Patrol as well as firefighters from Westernville were on the scene until 11PM last night. The man, whose name was not released, was last seen by his family earlier in the day.

Trenton Fire

on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.

Oneida County Firefighters battled a blaze in the Town of Trenton Tuesday afternoon.   The fire happened just before 4 p.m. at an abandoned home on 10977 Middle Road.   The owner of the home was said to be in the process of demolishing it when the fire started. He was using a chainsaw to cut some floor joints when something sparked and the fire started. The man was able to get out of the home safely and call 911.   Firefighters worked to fight the fire for more than 20 minutes, the home was severely damaged. Several fire departments were on the scene... including Remsen, Prospect, Barneveld and Holland Patent.

Watson Man Charged with Murder

on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.

A Town of Watson man has been formally charged with shooting and killing his son. Sheriff's officials say that an argument led to the shooting on Stillwater Road last month but they are not saying what the argument was about.   Lyle Devoy Sr has been formally charged with second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm in the death of his 29 year old son, Lyle Devoy Jr. Devoy is in the Lewis County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.

Forestport Man Charged with Second Degree Murder

on Tuesday, 25 June 2013.

An Oneida County Court judge has denied bail for the Forestport man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife.


45 year old Stacey Utter was found dead in the couple's home on Trestle Road in the Town of Foresport on June 11. An autopsy revealed she had been shot two times.


Investigators said that her husband, Larry Utter had called 911 to report a shooting inside the residence and told authorities that he accidentally shot his wife. When officers and EMS entered the residence, they found his wife dead and Utter was taken into custody.

Authorities said that law enforcement had responded to the residence twice in the last year for domestic incidents, but that no arrests were ever made. Family members told police that there had been recent domestic tension between the two and that Stacey had been staying elsewhere in the days before the incident.


On Monday, Utter's Public Defender, Dave Cook requested that motion for bail be set at $50,000. But Oneida County Court Judge Michael Dwyer denied the request

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