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Utica man breaks into residence then threatens bystanders with a knife

UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The Utica Police Department is reporting that a man has been arrested for breaking and entering a home, destroying property and then threatening witnesses with a knife. Around 8:30am on September 22nd, UPD received a call about a robbery that was taking place at a residence...
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Man shot early Thursday morning in Syracuse, police say

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Just before 5 a.m. Thursday a man was shot in the midsection, Syracuse Police said. Officers responded to the 100 block of Berger Avenue for a shooting with injuries call where the 43-year-old victim was located, officials said. He was transported to Upstate Hospital and is...
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43-year-old man shot near Onondaga Park

Syracuse, N.Y. – A man was shot in the midsection near Onondaga Park early Thursday morning, police say. Police were called to the 100 block of Berger Avenue for reports of a shooting with injuries, according to a news release from Syracuse police. The 43-year-old man told police that he...
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Oswego County man arrested on child pornography charges

A West Monroe man is facing child pornography charges. On Monday, State Police say they responded to 338 County Route 11 Lot 144 in West Monroe to execute a search warrant regarding an investigation into child pornography. Joshua A. Ryan, 24, was arrested and charged with possession of a sexual...

Beloved California sea lions set to leave Utica Zoo

UTICA — The Utica Zoo has recently recognized that its California Sea Lion exhibit did not provide an ideal habitat for residents, Porter and Munchkin, according to a release. So, changes are being made. “Our male, Porter, weighs approximately 685 pounds, while the smaller female, Munchkin, weighs 240 pounds. The...

Black bear sighting in Whitesboro backyard

WHITESBORO, N.Y. – A Whitesboro couple saw quite a surprise on their security footage early Wednesday morning -- a black bear strolling across their backyard. Wendy and Rick Short live near Hart’s Hill Elementary School where bears are a rare sight to be seen. The two say they’ve seen deer,...

‘Where are we gonna go now?’ Saying goodbye to The Blue Tusk after 26 years

Syracuse, N.Y. — At The Blue Tusk this week, a lot of grown men were crying in their beers. “I’m going to miss the beer and the place of course,” said regular Paul Chwalek while standing with a group of friends at the Armory Square bar during a lunch hour. “But mostly it’s the people here. I didn’t know a lot of them when I first came here, and now, with some of them, we’ve been friends for 20 years.”

Utica's ethnic grocery stores speak universal language of food

When Grace Rai, a Bhutanese refugee who grew up in Nepal, first came to the United States in 2018, she had trouble finding the food she was used to. She and her family finally felt at home, she said, when a woman named Muju brought them Nepalese food. Her husband,...

Major TV Network Casting Syracuse Area Cougars Who Date Young Vibrant Men

A major TV network and studio is currently casting for a new series that films in November. They are searching for Syracuse area women who date younger men. According to a post on the Syracuse CraigsList page, this network is searching for cougars. They posted specifically in the Syracuse page, but would take women from Utica, Rome, Rochester, and all over New York:

Where can I buy ethnic groceries in Utica? Here's a list

A growing number of ethnic grocery stores have opened locally, predominantly in East Utica. Many of the stores carry specialties from one geographic region: Asian groceries started by Burmese, Thai, Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees; eastern European stores started by Bosnian, Serbian and Russian immigrants; a Latin American grocery and restaurant owned by an Ecuadorean immigrant; and a store selling Arabic and Bosnian food.

Man finds Syracuse native’s golden ticket, turns down candy factory prize in Willy Wonka-inspired contest

A Colorado man found the winning golden ticket in a Syracuse native’s Willy Wonka-inspired contest, but turned down the grand prize: A candy factory to call his own. The Washington Post reports Andrew Maas, a 39-year-old father of two from Colorado Springs, entered David Klein’s “The Gold Ticket” contest, which featured riddles with clues to find “golden tickets” — gold necklaces with a tag that includes a code to verify its authenticity — in secret locations in all 50 states. Treasure hunters win $5,000 with each gold necklace, plus a chance to find the “ultimate” prize, which is the key to a candy factory in Florida.

Meet the CNYSPCA Pet of the Week: Latte

Submitted by Donna Newman for the Central New York SPCA. Would you like something sweet with your latte? If you’re Latte the dog, the answer is no – Latte ‘s sweet enough already. Latte came to the shelter as a stray, and she’s quickly become a shelter favorite. She’s about...