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44-year-old Central NY man charged with repeatedly raping girl

Rome, N.Y. — A 44-year-old Rome man has been charged with repeatedly raping a girl under the age of 17 over the course of several months, troopers said. Michael E. Fox was arrested Thursday after a four-month-long investigation, according to a news release from State Police. The investigation began...
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Police release more details on Sandy Creek homicide

SANDY CREEK, N.Y. (WWTI) — New York State Police have released more details regarding a murder that occurred in Sandy Creek. According to New York State Police, troopers in Pulaki received a check on the welfare complaint about 29-year-old Sandy Creek resident Charles W. Rothenburg on June 27. After receiving information during a search regarding the complaint, Rothenburg’s body was located dead in the residence at 5863 State Route 11 on June 29.

Rome Police Looking For Help In Arson Investigation

The Rome Police Department is looking for help from the public regarding an arson that took place earlier this month. Police say the incident took place on June 11 at around 3:40AM near the 700 building of Liberty Gardens on North Levitt Street. They say a man threw a homemade...

Here’s an idea: Build a sustainable food system instead of aquarium (Your Letters)

As members of greater Syracuse, I would urge us to speak up against the funding of an aquarium in the Inner Harbor. I can see how an aquarium would most likely be an enjoyable and exciting place for visitors. It is also possible that an aquarium in the Inner Harbor would bring more people into Syracuse, and potentially support surrounding businesses; a very important consideration when planning for the economic future of a community. All this being said, the amount of money needed to fund a project that is designed primarily as a way to draw more money into the community doesn’t seem like a wise choice at this time. I don’t feel confident that we can justify using the resources needed, while as a community we remain so vulnerable to food insecurity. Whether these insecurities lie in difficulties regularly accessing fresh food, or for people who have recently felt the effects of our heavy reliance on outside providers through the height of the pandemic and its ongoing supply chain changes, every one of us benefits from consistent access to food.

Syracuse Hancock International Airport taking part in series of TSA job fairs

(WSYR-TV) — Those interested in working for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Syracuse Hancock International Airport can attend a series of job fairs in June and July. Both full and part-time positions are available with a starting wage of $18.59 an hour. Signing bonuses and retention incentives are...

Meet the CNYSPCA Pet of the Week: Sassafras

Submitted by Donna Newman for the Central New York SPCA. Sasafrass, aka Sassy, is 62 pounds of sweetness and love!. This pretty girl was surrendered to the shelter in February when her family could no longer care for her. Sassy is only about eighteen months old. She is a “hidden...

Bakery opens at Bella Vita Cafe

ONEIDA — Bella Vita Cafe’s bakery addition is bringing fresh-baked bread and treats to Oneida. Bella Vita owner Lori Seef welcomed customers and showed them the new bakery at 115 Main St. on Sunday, offering fresh-baked focaccia bread, scones, and cannolis. Local musician Ann Wieder sang and played guitar in front of the store, much to the delight of visitors.

Longtime deer hunter gets his first spring turkey

Rob Helfrich, an avid hunter from Baldwinsville, bagged a spring gobbler near Skaneateles on his first try during the last week of the season. The bird weighed 21 pounds, had a 9.5-inch beard, and 1-inch spurs. Helfrich actually went turkey hunting for the first time last fall, but “that was...

Recognize problem gambling before situation becomes desperate (Your Letters)

Last month’s headline read, “Deputy involved in murder-suicide stole $500K with wife” (May 26, 2022). Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick said there was evidence the couple used the money for gambling and lavish living. As gambling becomes more glamorized, accepted, and its accessibility increases, the problems associated with gambling increase, too.
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Making History: Sophie Norton adds to the Vernon Downs history as the only active female rider

Sophie Norton adds to the rich Vernon Downs history. Vernon Downs race track has always been a grand attraction for central New York. Every weekend from April to November, the pleasure of racing horses is second to none. Filled with so much history, like when Vernon Downs opened its doors for the first time back in 1953 to an audience of 4632 racegoers. Or back in 1964, when Jim Moran debuted as the voice for Vernon Downs and embarked on a half-century career before hanging it up in 2014. And even in 2004, Vernon Downs closed its doors before being opened back up in 2006.