Oneida County en Verona cleaning up after tornado touches down <p>The Oneida County town of Verona is still cleaning up after a tornado touched down and caused damage to homes, road signs, trees and businesses Tuesday night.</p><p>Town Councilman Fred "Fritz" Scherz lives only a few miles from where the tornado landed. He says he quickly reached out to the National Weather Service to survey the damages.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:27:48 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57599 at Verona cleaning up after tornado touches down Drug Court offers offenders rehabilitation instead of jail time <p></p><p>As the use of heroin surges, many people arrested for drug-related crimes are ending up in drug court, one of the so-called "problem solving courts" that have been started in recent years.</p><p>Every Thursday afternoon in the Oneida County Courthouse, the Judge John Balzano seems to be equal parts judge, guidance counselor and the leader of a support group.</p><p>This is drug court. Balzano dispenses justice here with an emphasis on rehabilitation.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 10:50:35 +0000 Dave Chanatry 56573 at Oneida County Sheriff creating a community affairs unit <p></p><p>The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is launching its new community affairs unit with hopes that it will continue providing positive contact between law enforcement and the county's residents.&nbsp;</p><p>Sheriff Robert Maciol introduced the community affairs unit during his inaugural state of the county law enforcement address at Utica College earlier this week.</p><p>"I need a direct life line to the community of Oneida County. I mean we need the people of Oneida County just as much as they need us," he said.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:53:12 +0000 Gino Geruntino 55076 at A hard life: heroin use increases in region, strains services <p></p><p>Last week the Food and Drug Administration approved a prescription device that can inject a fast acting antidote to heroin and other opioid drugs. It’s the latest response to a surge in opioid abuse. Heroin use has doubled between 2007 and 2012, and it’s no longer just an urban street drug; it’s now common in small town America.</p><p>For almost 40 of his 54 years, Jerry Jones has done drugs.</p><p>"At an early age, started with pot, drinking," Jones said. "It wasn't long after that where I started using other drugs, cocaine, speed, acid. I've done every drug under the sun."</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:42:11 +0000 David Chanatry 53920 at Utica loves its chicken riggies, but would it taste good as a potato chip? <p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:14:28 +0000 Gino Geruntino 53158 at Utica loves its chicken riggies, but would it taste good as a potato chip? Oneida Rail Trail project receives grant to build new website <p></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:24:52 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50920 at Village of Bridgewater faces decision whether to dissolve <p></p><p>Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Oneida County sits the Village of Bridgewater. To the average eye, it looks the part of most upstate villages, but come March, the village and its two centuries of history could dissolve into a thing of the past.<br /><br />Gary Comstock has been mayor of Bridgewater since the 1990s, but because of financial struggles, he wants to dissolve the village. he says the time has never been better to merge with the surrounding town, especially following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's clarion call for streamlining state and local governments.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:30:11 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50690 at Village of Bridgewater faces decision whether to dissolve Oneida County enacts new cyberbullying law <p>Cyberbullying has become a front and center issue for Oneida County in recent months. Now those online attacks are a punishable offense.<br /><br />The newly enacted local law makes several forms of computer bullying illegal, including posting doctored images, creating a fake profile or website, and making online statements that are meant to immediately provoke another person.<br /> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:21:24 +0000 Gino Geruntino 47739 at Mohawk Valley homeowners to start receiving aid checks <p></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:55:00 +0000 Gino Geruntino 43390 at Mohawk Valley homeowners to start receiving aid checks West Nile Encephalitis confirmed in horse in Oneida County <p>A yearling horse in the town of Vernon has tested positive for West Nile Encephalitis, despite the fact the county has not yet discovered the virus in any mosquito pools during its summer monitoring.<br><br>The horse eventually became paralyzed in its hind legs, but was treated by veterinarians and has shown improvement. Ken Fanelli, a spokesman with the Oneida County Health Department, says it can be difficult to keep horses from contracting West Nile Virus.<br> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:47:44 +0000 Gino Geruntino 42541 at Senecas are remaining holdout to reach a casino deal with NY state <p>The governor is optimistic Oneida and Madison Counties will go along with the deal he struck last week with the Oneida Indian Nation over casino gambling. The state also reached a deal with St. Regis Mohawk leaders this week. The Seneca Nation is the remaining holdout tribe still in dispute with the state over gambling</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 13:31:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Ashley Hirtzel 38386 at Senecas are remaining holdout to reach a casino deal with NY state Flu season starting early in upstate New York <p>The flu is making an early appearance across upstate New York this fall, from the North Country through the Mohawk Valley. With the holiday season approaching, experts say it becomes more important than ever to take precautions. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:14:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 29263 at Flu season starting early in upstate New York Oneida County bath salts use down, but drugs still a problem <p>The use of synthetic drugs like bath salts became a growing health and law enforcement problem in upstate New York this summer.&nbsp; Wednesday, the public had a chance to learn more about this latest trend in drug abuse at a forum in Utica. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:40:16 +0000 Luke Tubia 26299 at State primary day brings confusion <p>It's a quiet primary day in Central New York this year.&nbsp; There are only scattered elections across the area on the day that lets voters, registered in political parties, choose who will be on the November ballot. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:56:08 +0000 Ellen Abbott 25934 at Technology could be key in allowing CNY residents an equal chance at healthy lives <p>There is a difference of up to 33 years of life expectancy depending on where you live in Central New York and there is no simple answer to creating equal health for all.</p><p>Economics, race and gender all figure into these health disparities but technology could play a major part in closing the healthcare gap found between many Americans.</p><p> Mon, 21 May 2012 20:40:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 19640 at