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Branden Block

Branden has been a journalist for more than 15 years, working in newsrooms around Central New York, Western New York and the Capital District, where he covered urban crime and political news for Albany's WRGB. During his career, he's served as the New York State  Television Chair for the National Press Photographers Association (TVQCC)  and has won numerous awards for his video journalism. Prior to joining the WIBX Newsroom, Branden worked with Governor David Paterson's 2010 campaign for Governor. A Mohawk Valley native, Branden enjoys covering Utica politics and public safety issues. You can hear him Saturday mornings from 6-9 on WIBX 950AM.
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Utica Police Respond to Large Fight on Oriskany Street

Utica, NY (WIBX) - Over the weekend, Utica Police responded to a large fight at Planet Blue Gentleman's Club on Oriskany Street.

According to authorities, when officers arrived they witnesses several fights going on in the parking lot

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Image Courtesy Utica Police Department
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Vehicle Larcenies up 175% in Utica

Utica, NY (WIBX) -  Keep you vehicle doors locked at all times, that's the message from Utica Police. According to authorities, 77 reports of vehicle larcenies were reported for the month of June, that's an increase of 175% from last June

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Baggies of typical "bath salts" are seen
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Utica Police Department Responds to Bath Salt Incidents

Utica, NY (WIBX) -  The Utica Police Department responded to a Schuyler Street address over the weekend for a report on an emotionally disturbed man on a roof. When police arrived, they learned that the man was suffering from paranoia and sweating profusely

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City of Utica Announces July 4th Festivities

Utica, NY (WIBX) - The City of Utica Independence Day celebration is scheduled to take place at Frederick T. Proctor Park on Wednesday July 4th.  This year’s July 4th Celebration will be held from 3pm to 10pm and will include all day entertainment, children’s events, food, and fun for the entire family

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Jeanette Lenoir, WIBX
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Oneida County’s Marine Patrol Unit Rescues 6 on Oneida Lake

Sylvan Beach, NY (WIBX) - According to Sheriff Robert Maciol, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office's Marine Patrol Unit responded to a report of a vessel taking on water and possibly sinking into Oneida Lake, it was reported that it had struck a Rock Wall.

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Utica’s Common Council Creates Vacant Building Registry

Utica, NY (WIBX) - It's been two and a half years in the making, but now the city of Utica has a new ordinance establishing a vacant building registry and permit program. Last night the council meeting to approve the legislation unanimously, Councilman-at-large James Zecca sponsored the ordinance

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