Cyberbullying has become a front and center issue for Oneida County in recent months. Now those online attacks are a punishable offense.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The use of synthetic drugs like bath salts became a growing health and law enforcement problem in upstate New York this summer. Wednesday, the public had a chance to learn more about this latest trend in drug abuse at a forum in Utica.
It's a quiet primary day in Central New York this year. 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.