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Teen Crashes into Police Car While Trying to Flee in Onondaga County

(ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y.) -- A 19-year-old has been arrested after crashing into a state police car in Onondaga County.

The New York State Police says when an officer tried to pull over Solomon Ochieng, he sped away and crashed into an unmarked state police car.

Ochieng was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the police car, Sergeant Scott Kedenburg, was also hospitalized with minor injuries.

Ochieng was arrested on charges including unlawful fleeing a police officer, criminal possession of stolen property, and reckless endangerment.

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Man Arrested in 20-Year-Old Double Murder Case

(NEW BRITAIN, Conn.) -- Investigators believe a murder mystery nearly 20 years old and spanning multiple states has finally been solved with the arrest Wednesday of a man living in Ohio under a new identity.

Robert Honsch, 70, is accused of murdering his wife and teenage daughter in 1995 in upstate New York. Honsch allegedly dumped the bodies in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

During a news conference Wednesday, New Britain Police Chief James Wardell called the arrest bittersweet.

"I'm pleased and relieved that we brought Robert Honsch to justice, at the same time I do mourn the loss of Elizabeth and Marcia," Wardell said. "They were innocents."

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New Law Brings Tougher Penalties for Harming Pets

(NEW YORK) -- New legislation signed on Wednesday will result in stiffer penalties for anyone trying to harm pets in New York State.

The new legislation will see the maximum fine going from $200 to $1,000 for any person attempting to steal, harm, or transport a pet that is not their own.

"The new maximum penalty will be applied against those that remove a collar or identification, entice, seize or harass a pet while it is being held, led or while properly muzzled, or transporting an animal for the purpose of killing or selling it," the governor's office said in a statement.

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Man, 27, Sought by Binghamton Police for Larceny

Binghamton Police Department(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Police in Binghamton are seeking the public's help with locating a wanted man.

Police say 27-year-old Jordan Nedlik is wanted for fourth-degree grand larceny.

Anyone with information on Nedlik's whereabouts is asked to contact Sgt. Hendrickson at the Binghamton Police Warrant Division at 772-7044.

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Two Sought by Police Following Friday Night Robbery

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Binghamton Police are searching for two men following a robbery at a local business on Friday evening.

Police have released a graphic surveillance video that shows two men being sought for questioning in connection with the robbery at Silver & Gold Expressions, located at 348 Main Street.

On the video, two men appear to be assaulting a third man, who then becomes unresponsive. The attackers then appear to search the room, pack some items, and then flee the scene.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Binghamton Police at 772-7080.

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NY State Unemployment Rate Down a Notch

(NEW YORK) -- The month of June saw a slight decline in the unemployment rate statewide in New York, the state's Department of Labor reported Thursday.

According to the department, New York State's unemployment rate went from 6.7 percent in May to 6.6 percent in June.

A further breakdown by the Department of Labor showed that in New York City the unemployment rate held steady at 7.9 percent over the same period, while the remainder of the state saw the rate decline by 0.1 percent to 5.6 percent from May to June.

Meanwhile, the national unemployment rate slid from 6.3 percent in May to 6.1 percent in June.

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State Police Welcome New Recruits

(NEW YORK) -- New York State Police welcomed 168 fresh faces to the squad on Thursday following a graduation ceremony at the Basic School in Albany.

According to the governor's office, the newest state troopers will officially report for duty at posts throughout the state on July 24.

"Their sharpened talents will be put to use in keeping every corner of New York safe, as they are now prepared to protect the people of this state through times of uncertainty and distress," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

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Man Sought by Cops for Allegedly Using Stolen Credit Card

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Police in Binghamton are seeking the public's assistance with identifying and locating man being sought for the alleged use of a stolen credit card.

Binghamton Police have released surveillance video of the man they say used the stolen card at a business.

Anyone with information on the man is asked to contact the Binghamton Police Department, and refer to case number: 14-18762.

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Data Breaches on the Rise in New York

(NEW YORK) -- The breaching of confidential data continues to be a growing problem in New York, according to a report released Tuesday by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

The report stated that from 2006 to 2013, the number of reported data security breaches in the state more than tripled.

"In that same period, 22.8 million personal records of New Yorkers have been exposed in nearly 5,000 data breaches, which have cost the public and private sectors in New York upward of $1.37 billion in 2013," the attorney general's office said in a statement.

According to the report, hacking intrusions were found to be the leading cause of data security breaches.

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Cigarette Strike Force Seizes Nearly $1.7M in Contraband, Cash

(NEW YORK) -- The recently-created Cigarette Strike Force has seized nearly $1.7 million in cash and contraband across New York State, in its first month of being in operation.

The unit targets illegal tobacco trafficking and sales, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that it has already seized $1.68 million in contraband and cash, including:

  • 12,236 cartons of untaxed cigarettes;
  • 254,873 cigars;
  • 2,061 pounds of loose tobacco; and
  • 24,773 counterfeit cigarette tax stamps.

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