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New Hartford man accused of stealing $10K from NBT Bank in fraudulent check scheme

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. – NBT Bank is out more than $10,000 after a fraudulent check scheme was discovered over the past month. According to New Hartford police, 36-year-old Justin J. Vanderhoof allegedly deposited several bad checks into an NBT account at the Seneca Turnpike location starting in May. After each deposit, police say the money would be withdrawn in different ways shortly after.
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Local Bank Loses $10,000 in Fraudulent Check Scheme, Local Man Arrested

A New Hartford man is accused of stealing over $10,000 from an area bank branch in a fraudulent check cashing scheme. New Hartford Police have charged 36-year-old Justin Vanderhoof with Grand Larceny in the third degree, a class-D Felony. Police say over the course of one month, several checks were deposited into an NBT Bank account. Then, shortly after, the funds were withdrawn from the bank using 'various methods.'
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Invasion of the zombie deer? Animals with chronic wasting disease found near NY border

This is an article I hoped I would never have to write. One of the most deadly deer diseases to ever hit this country is chronic wasting disease, or CWD. It is sometimes called zombie deer disease, and is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) affecting (only) deer. Once any Cervid (all members of the deer family, including all species of deer, elk, moose and caribou) is infected, a slow death is the certain result. There is no possible recovery, and no known treatment that might reverse the infection.

County launches spike alert text message program

UTICA — Oneida County has launched a text message alert program with Partnership to End Addiction aimed at reducing the amount of substance use overdoses by notifying the community of real-time drug and overdose threats. “We are pleased that Oneida County’s successful implementation of the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program...
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Oneida County Lawns Are Getting Flocked, What Does That Even Mean?

On two separate occasions, I've been driving around town and I've seen lawns covered in plastic flamingos and signs that say "You've Been Flocked!" The most recent experience I had was on my way home in Marcy. One of my neighbors had been "flocked." His entire front lawn was covered with lawn flamingos, and the sign. I couldn't read the full sign from my car, so I walked down the street to see if I could read it better.
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Blossvale man allegedly tries to disguise stolen U-Haul van with black spray paint

BLOSSVALE, N.Y. (UPDATED) – A Blossvale man accused of stealing a U-Haul van and spray-painting it to disguise its identity has been arrested by New York State Police. Austin O. Weismore, 25, drove the U-Haul from Florida to New York in March, but police say he never returned it to the company. The U-Haul location in Florida reported the vehicle stolen. Then on Wednesday, police found the van at a property on Preston Hill Road in the town of Vienna during a burglary investigation.
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After a three-day trial, jury acquits men charged in Utica homicide

Two Utica men were acquitted of murder charges by a jury last Thursday in Oneida County Court, officials said. Zaharae Wright and Isaiah Fraser, both 21, were found not guilty of the felony charges of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon on following a three-day trial, officials said. Jurors deliberated for about eight hours before reaching a decision.

Oneida County launches overdose spike text alert program

Oneida County residents can now sign up for text alerts to be notified when there’s a drug overdose spike in the area. People will get alerts when there are increases in overdoses or overdose deaths in a particular part of the county. It also connects people to treatment and recovery resources.
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2 people, dog rescued from Oneida Lake after boat capsizes

BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. – Two people and a dog were rescued from Oneida Lake Wednesday night after a boat capsized about a mile from the south shore boat launch. The two people and their dog were in the water for about 45 minutes before a passing boat stopped to help them, according to a post in the Oneida County Emergency Dispatch Facebook group.

Masks required at primary polls

As June’s election season is underway for certain political races, the Oneida County Board of Elections has released a few reminders for both early voting, and the regular June 22 primary election day. “In light of recent CDC guidelines and after consulting with the Oneida County Health Department, all voters...

Guatemalan Missionary speaks June 20

Guatemalan Missionary Tim Pfeuffer will offer the sermon at the First Presbyterian Church, 108 W. Court St., on Sunday, June 20. RFA (class of 1989) and Penn State grad, Tim and his family have been serving in Guatemala for the past three years as full-time missionaries. Along with wife Cathleen, the Pfeuffers have four daughters: Lauren and Katelyn are students at Liberty University, and Anna and Emma serve alongside their parents in Guatemala. Since their first trip in June 2016, they felt God change their hearts from serving as short-term missionaries to serving as full-time missionaries, church officials noted.