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October unemployment down in all 4 local counties

Unemployment for the month of October was down in all 4 local counties. According to data from the State Labor Department, Lewis County reported October unemployment of 6.5%, which is down 1.3% from last year. Jefferson County reported 7%, down 1.5% from 2013. Oneida County reported October unemployment of 5.8%, down 1.2% from 12 months ago while Herkimer County reported 6.3%, down 0.6% from last year. By comparison, the United States reported October unemployment of 5.5%, down 1.5% from 2013 while New York State reported 5.7%, down 1.6% from 12 months ago.

Crafters needed for Christmas on the Canal

The Boonville Black River Canal Museum is looking for crafters for their 10th Annual Christmas on the Canal, which will be held Saturday, December 6th at the Museum Complex on Water Street in Boonville. Please call Laura at 942-5444 or Barbara at 392-4639 for information. Messages can be left at both numbers for your convenience.

Boonville Christmas Parade to be held Saturday

Boonville is getting decked out for the holidays. We spoke with Bill Flack, who has more.

Audio Interview

Since the interview was recorded, there has been a change, the parade will now line up in the Ethan Allen parking lot.

Owens comments on Keystone Pipeline legislation

We continue with Congressman Bill Owens, who comments on if the recently defeated Keystone Pipeline legislation will be addressed.

Audio Interview

We will discuss the issues that will be debated as the Congressional sessions on Friday.

Additional details on vehicle pursuit released

We have additional information on the vehicle pursuit that ended in the Town of Remsen on Monday afternoon. State Police in Remsen report that 22 year old Dominick Costello of Utica was charged with Burglary 2nd degree, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer 3rd, Reckless
Endangerment 2nd and several vehicle and traffic violations after a resident contacted Oneida County 911 to report a burglary in progress at his home located on Old Poland Road in the Town of Trenton. The resident stated that he witnessed a white male subject exit from the rear of his residence. Troopers responded to the residence and witnessed the suspect vehicle fleeing the driveway. The suspect refused to stop and continued traveling north on State Route 12 when he began to exit his vehicle via the passenger door while the vehicle was still in motion traveling at approximately 55 m.p.h. Costello's vehicle continued unattended northbound for approximately 1/4 mile when it entered the Southbound lane of State Route 12 & struck a Chevrolet Suburban, operated by Margaret Diorio of Old Forge at the
intersection of State Route 12 and Starr Hill Road. Diorio & her 3 passengers were not injured. Costello was taken into custody and was transported via Prospect Ambulance to St Elizabeth Medical Center where he was listed in serious condition. The investigation is

Carthage woman charged with AUO

A traffic stop in the City of Watertown resulted in charges for a 27 year old Carthage woman. City Police report that Ashley Grant was charged by with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle 3rd degree. She was taken to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, released on $150 police bail to appear December 10th in City Court.

Stop DWI crackdown to be held this weekend

Police agencies around the area will participate in a special enforcement effort that targets impaired driving during the Thanksgiving holiday. The STOP DWI Program is partnering with local police departments, as well as County Sheriff's Offices and State Police for the crackdown. The Thanksgiving enforcement will last from today through Sunday.

Lowville man appears in county court on drug charges

A 31 year old Lowville man was in Lewis County Court to answer drug charges. According to the Court Report from the Johnson Newspapers, Justin Hurley pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine 3rd degree, unlawful disposal of a meth lab, reckless endangerment and sale and possession of a controlled substance 5th degree. His case was adjourned to December 19th. Also in Lewis County Court, 26 year old Brandon Dicesare of Lyons Falls pleaded guilty to unlawfully fleeing from a police officer in a motor vehicle and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle 2nd degree. He was sentenced to time served in county jail and $250 in court fees. 44 year old Joseph Russell of Lowville was sentenced to three years' probation and $250 in court fees on a charge of
criminal possession of a forged instrument 3rd degree. Judge Daniel King also issued a five-year order of protection on the victim's behalf.
34 year old Amanda Walker of Lowville pleaded guilty to welfare fraud 4th degree &sentencing was set for February 6th. 34 year old Scott Dailey Lowville had sentencing on a charge of criminal mischief 3rd degree adjourned to December 5th. 35 year old Tonia Simmons of Harrisville had her case of criminal mischief 2nd & 3rd degree adjourned to January 9th. 22 year old Kayleigh Arnold of Croghan withdrew from the county Drug Court program and had sentencing on charges of grand larceny 4th degree and two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument 3rd degree set for February 9th. 23 year old Jonathan Aguiar of Watertown had sentencing on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon 4th degree adjourned to December 5th. A 43 year old Canastota man was in Jefferson County Court for sentencing
on a burglary charge. Robert Hall Jr. was sentenced as a second-felony offender to 2-4 years in prison and ordered to pay $365 in restitution on a charge of burglary 3rd degree. He was charged with allegedly entering the Carthage Elks Club with the intent to commit a crime on June 11th.

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