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Record Breaking Bass Reeled In From Cayuga Lake on Opening Day

Not a bad way to kick off the opening day of bass season. With a record-breaking fish. Thomas Russell Jr., of Albion, New York set a New York State record for smallmouth bass. He reeled in an eight-pound, six-ounce from Cayuga Lake in Seneca County on June 15, the opening day of bass season. It beat the previous record by two ounces, which was a tie between fish caught on Lake Erie in 1995, and in the St. Lawrence River in 2016.
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Here’s the MV Crime Stopper’s Wanted Person of the Week

DOB: 06/16/1978 (44) Descriptors: Caucasian, male, 5’7, 150 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes, ‘BIRD’ tattooed on forearm. Location: Unknown current location. Known to frequent the southern Madison County area, including Morrisville, Erieville, Cazenovia areas. Charges:. Bench Warrant issued by the Oneida City Court in November 2021, for:

Here are the Top 11 Legal Fireworks Purchases This Year in CNY

If you're looking for LEGAL fireworks this Fourth of July weekend for your back yard enjoyment, we have a list of one company's top sellers for the 2022 season finale'. Speciale Fireworks of Utica is just one of the many local (and out-of-state) companies selling legal fireworks for this weekend's festivities.

Two Lakes In New York State Are Among America’s Most Polluted

New York has the distinction of being the only state with two lakes among the top 10 most polluted in America. Actually, both lakes are in the top 5 and we actually have the #1 most polluted lake right here in our state. AZ Animals put out the list of the top 10 for 2022. I really feel like we actually have three lakes on the list because Lake Erie is listed for Michigan, but any pollution from Michigan surely has an effect on our portion of Lake Erie, right?

Cameron Diaz Comes Out of Retirement For New Netflix Movie

Cameron Diaz hasn’t had a starring role in a movie since 2014, when she appeared as Miss Hannigan in the modern remake of Annie. After that, Diaz stopped working and in 2018 confirmed she was “semi-retired” from acting, reportedly because she disliked all the travel. Eight years...

12 Rockers You Maybe Didn’t Know Go By Their Middle Name

Outside of signing formal documents and being scolded by our parents, most of us avoid using our middle name. (You’ll rarely see me include Matthew in any byline or bio.) Yet, there are many reasons for why people – and musicians, specifically – may prioritize it over their actual first name. Perhaps it sounds cooler? Perhaps they don’t feel represented by what’s on their birth certificate?

Utica Man Facing Charges After Stabbing Incident

A Utica man is facing charges following a stabbing on the 800 block of Mohawk Street. Utica Police were called to St. Elizabeth Medical Center regarding a walk-in stabbing victim. The victim told officers he was stabbed by a man he knew after the man approached him and began an...

10 Amazing Upstate New York Neighborhoods You Must Not Miss!

New York has many great large cities and smaller towns and villages. And within these smaller locations are some wonderful neighborhoods. Here are ten favorites. These neighborhoods are easily walkable and you will learn much. Some offer guided tours, some offer information for self-guided walking tours, and some even offer details for driving tours. All are fascinating.

Utica Meeting Regarding Flood Mitigation Efforts Tonight

The city of Utica is taking steps to address conditions around the city when it comes to persistent flooding issues. A meeting is being held in the Council Chambers at Utica City Hall at 5:00 p.m. this evening regarding flood mitigation efforts, according to City Councilwoman Samantha Colosimo-Testa. The public...

State Police Investigating Homicide in Sandy Creek

State Police are investigating a homicide in the Town of Sandy Creek. Troopers were called to a home on Route 11 in Sandy Creek on Tuesday to check the welfare of 29-year-old Charles Rothenburg. Following information received during a search of the home, police returned today and found Rothenburg’s body...

Where To Find The Top Rated Fried Cheese Curds In Central New York

Looking to chow down on deep fried cheese curds in Central and Upstate New York? Here are some of the highest rated places to try. Cheese curds are the moist pieces of curdled milk either eaten alone as a snack. In the classic dish poutine, you'll find french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. Cheese curds are sometimes referred to as "squeaky cheese" in some parts of the United States.

NY Attorney General Sues Gun Distributors For Fueling Gun Violence

New York State Attorney General Letitia James has filed a landmark lawsuit against multiple gun distributors. In her nation-leading lawsuit, James claims the ten gun distributors sold tens of thousands of illegal parts to New Yorkers that were converted into unserialized, untraceable handguns and assault style weapons, known as “ghost guns.”

Utica Man Completes ‘Fire Tower Challenge,’ 25 Summits in 26 Days

A 38-year-old IT analyst from Utica recently accomplished an impressive hiking feat: 25 fire tower hikes in just 26 days. It's called the 'Fire Tower Challenge.'. The 'Fire Tower Challenge' is a popular Adirondack Park hiking challenge which is considered complete when a person summits 23 of the 28 peaks with fire towers on them. The 28 towers are spread across various parts of the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains.

NYS Rangers Rescue 135 Pound Dog After Injuring Leg On Hiking Trail

When hiking in the great outdoors, it isn't always just humans who can get hurt on the trails. Forest Rangers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation were recently sent over to Green County to rescue an injured dog. They received a message from 911 at around 9:30pm from a hiker who was looking for help getting the dog safely off the Pecoy Notch trail in Hunter.

MMRI Executive Director Named To Prestigious Group

The Executive Director of the Masonic Medical Research Institute in Utica has been elected a Fellow of the International Society for Heart Research. Dr. Maria Kontaridis was selected to be a part of the prestigious group of elite scientists at the ISHR World Conference that was held June 12 to 15 in Berlin, Germany.

NY Prisoner Found Dead After Altercation with Fellow Inmate

A inmate at an upstate New York prison is dead following an altercation with another prisoner. That's according to New York State Police who were called to investigate a death at Green Haven Correctional Facility located in Stormville, NY, in Dutchess County. Troopers are calling it a homicide investigation, but...

Are Squirt Guns A Good Idea In New York State?

The summer of 2022 is almost officially here and given the recent events and mass shootings around the country and here in New York State, everyone has gun violence on their minds. But just how far does the idea of trying to make a difference go?. My wife and I...