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Rome teen appears in court

A 17 year old Rome man was in Rome City Court for allegedly sending indecent materials. Timothy Luczynski was charged with sending indecent material to a minor, which is a class D felony. His bail was reduced to $5,000 & Luczynski's felony exam was waived. The case was sent to the grand jury. Luczynski was additionally charged by Investigators with the county Child Advocacy Center, with sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child stemming from an investigation into a sexual assault that allegedly occurred on Halloween. Also in Court, 63 year old Maureen Zito of Rome pleaded guilty to a count of petit larceny & her case was adjourned for sentencing to January 16th. State Police in Lee Center reported that Zito allegedly took $77 in merchandise from Wal-Mart on Rome-Taberg Road.

Various schools to test emergency program

Various Oneida County schools will be testing a program that allows 911 first responders instant, real-time access to school cameras and communication systems during emergencies. Governor Cuomo said the pilot program will enable police and other agencies to monitor 20 schools' phones, radios and mobile devices, allowing for streamlined communication during critical situations. 10 schools each in Oneida and Rockland counties will be the first to launch the program. The system links to 911 emergency dispatch systems or sheriff's offices and allows officials to quickly share video, audio or other information with law enforcement. A panic button feature can also be activated
by a school, immediately granting first responders and emergency services direct access to schools' communications. The counties will select which schools will participate.

Governor declares state of emergency

Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency in Jefferson, Lewis, & Herkimer counties due to the heavy lake effect snow storm. Other counties include Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Franklin, Genesee, Oswego, Wyoming, and contiguous counties. The Governor also
deployed the National Guard to affected areas and activated statewide Emergency Operations Centers. Under a State of Emergency, critical resources that are normally restricted to state use are mobilized to assist local governments and laws and regulations that would
otherwise impede their rapid response may be suspended.

LACS voters approve Capital Project

Voters in the Lowville Academy & Central School District went to the polls yesterday to cast their ballots on the district's proposed $11 million capital project. The proposition passed by a vote of 229-43.

16 charged as part of investigation

16 Oneida County residents have been charged with receiving benefits to which they were not entitled. Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara reports that over the last two weeks, the arrests were made as part of Operation Tax Burden, which is a continuing effort
of the District Attorney's Office, in conjunction with the county Department of Social Services, the U.S. Marshall's Service, Oneida County Probation, Utica Police, the state Division of Parole, the sheriff's office and state police. Locally, Brandy Galan of Westernville is accused of wrongfully obtaining approximately $472 in public assistance benefits and is charged with unlawfully obtaining public assistance. McNamara said others are still being sought as part of the on-going operation.

Copenhagen woman charged with petit larceny

A 45 year old Copenhagen woman is facing charges in the City of Watertown. State Police report that Michele Macaluso was charged with petit larceny after she allegedly stole merchandise valued at $508 from Target. She will answer the charge in Town of Watertown Court.

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