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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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State Police Say Lowville Man Had Sex With 14-Year Old Girl

Lowville, NY (WIBX) - A Lowville man has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 14-year old girl. According to the New York State Police, 37-year old Patrick Elliot was charged with Rape in the 2nd degree, a felony and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for allegedly have sex with the girl last Sunday, December 9th

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Parolee Uses Moms Vehicle to Lead Lawmen on High-Speed Chase

Marcy, NY (WIBX) - A Martinsburg man leads lawmen on a high-speed chase while driving his mom's vehicle. According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, 23-year old Benjamin Platt refused to stop for a deputy when he attempted to pull him over on Route 12 in Remsen

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Two Arrested for Stealing Video Games From Best Buy in New Hartford

New Hartford, NY (WIBX) - Two Rochester residents are facing Felony larceny charges after police say they where caught stealing merchandise from the Best Buy store in New Hartford.

According to police, a store employee watched 29-year old Peron Hill and 28-year old Sabrina Williams leave the store with the stolen merchandise

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Branden Block, WIBX
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Utica Councilor Anticipates $4 Million Budget Gap for 2013

Utica, NY (WIBX) - During tonight's Utica Common Council meeting, Majority Leader and Councilor at Large Frank Meola urged City Department Heads to submit uninflated budget requests for next year's City budget

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Utica’s Top Cop Sets the Record Straight on Crime Stats

Utica, NY (WIBX) - Utica Police Chief Mark Williams addressed the City's Common Council tonight, updating them on the current crime statistics.

According to Chief Williams, the Utica Police PBA issues a press release stating the crime within the City of Utica had increased 95%

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DWI Arrest After Driver Smashes Into Vehicles, Picnic Table & Utility Pole

Bridgewater, NY (WIBX) - A Leonardsville man is arrested for DWI after smashing his vehicle into two other vehicles, a picnic table and then a utility pole.

According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, 32-year old Quenten Briggs was involved in a domestic dispute in the Village of Bridgwater, that's where he drove his jeep into a parked vehicle

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Whitesboro Teen Arrested on 5 Felonies

New Hartford, NY (WIBX) -  A Whitesboro teen was arrested for allegedly trying to use a stolen credit card at the New Hartford Shopping Plaza.

According to New Hartford Police, 19-year old Joseph Hess was taken into custody while attempting to make the purchase

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Suspected War Criminal Captured in Utica

Utica, NY (WIBX) - Utica Police and the Oneida County Sheriff's Department helped Federal Authorities nab a suspected war criminal. According to Utica Police, 50-year old Sulejam Mujagic has been charged in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the unlawful killing of the enemy and unlawful wounding and torture of a prisoner of war, the actions are believed to have taken place when Mujagic commanded a platoon in the Army of the Autonomous Province of Western Bosnia in 1995

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