Jail inmate arrested on drug charges

on Tuesday, 22 April 2014.

An inmate at the Oneida County Jail has been arrested on drug charges. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol reports that 41 year old Daniel Smith of Utica, who is incarcerated at the jail, was allegedly found to be in possession several items that later tested positive for methamphetamine. The items were reportedly found as a result of a routine cell search by Oneida County Correctional Officers. The investigation was turned over to the Oneida County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation/Narcotic's Unit and Smith was charged with Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, a class B felony, and Promoting Prison Contraband in the first degree, a class D felony. A warrant was obtained for those charges and lodged at the Oneida County Jail to secure his appearance at a later date in local criminal court.

Turning Stone to host PGA tournament

on Tuesday, 22 April 2014.

Turning Stone Resort has been named as the site of the 49th PGA Professional National Championship in 2016, marking a return visit of the showcase event for PGA Professionals to Central New York. The 312-player Championship will be conducted June 26-29, 2016. The Championship, previously hosted by Turning Stone Resort in 2006, will be contested on the Atunyote Golf Club and the Shenendoah Golf Club. Atunyote will host the final 36 holes of the Championship.

American & Canadian police crack down on distracted driving

on Tuesday, 22 April 2014.

The New York State Police and Ontario Provincial Police are combining efforts as part of an annual campaign to crack down on distracted driving which results in thousands of road accidents and hundreds of fatalities each year. The 2 agencies are increasing the number of patrols on highly-traveled roadways as part of the Safety without Borders campaign. The initiative is now in its 4th year & also includes the Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire state police and authorities in Québec.

Local News for 4/21/14

on Monday, 21 April 2014.

Griffo examines ethics reform

on Monday, 21 April 2014.

We continue with State Senator Joe Griffo, who discusses ethics reform in the state budget.

Audio Interview

We will have more with Senator Griffo tomorrow.

Ombudsman volunteers assist the elderly

on Monday, 21 April 2014.

We speak with Winny Sachno a program coordinator at Catholic Charities, who discusses what ombudsman volunteers do.

Audio Interview

We will have more on the program tomorrow.

West Leyden man charged with DWI & trespass

on Monday, 21 April 2014.

A 23 year old West Leyden man is facing charges following an incident Saturday afternoon. Lewis County Sheriff's Deputies report that they responded to Snow Ridge on a complaint that a pickup truck was driving up the slope. When they arrived on the scene, the truck had already left. The Sheriff's Department then received
reports of the same truck driving across the front lawns of residences in Brantingham. Deputies encountered the truck enroute to Brantingham & stopped the vehicle in Turin. The driver, identified as Michael Rouscher
failed field sobriety tests at the scene & was taken to the Public Safety Building, where he allegedly registered a 0.13% blood/alcohol content. Rouscher was arraigned in Town of Turin Court on charges of DWI & trespassing. He was then remanded to the Lewis County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.

Judge upholds SAFE Act

on Monday, 21 April 2014.

A judge has ruled that the NY SAFE Act does not violate the Second Amendment. The decision from state Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara also rejected claims that the gun law was improperly pushed through the legislature by Governor Cuomo, who issued a "message of necessity" that let lawmakers approve the measure without the usual waiting period for the consideration of bills. The SAFE Act bans the sale of many semi-automatic firearms and is unpopular in many areas of rural New York. The Plaintiff in the case, Robert Schulz stated that he plans to appeal the ruling to the Court of Appeals, which is the state's highest
court. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stated that the law established necessary safeguards without
infringing on gun rights. Meanwhile, hundreds turned out for an anti-SAFE Act rally in Gouverneur, including Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli, a long-time opponent of the SAFE Act who stated that overturning the SAFE Act means voting for a new Governor in November.

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