Several injuries reported in Utica crash

By Observer-Dispatch

Posted Mar. 8, 2014 @ 3:57 pm


Utica woman accused of hitting firetruck with her car

(WKTV) – A Utica woman faces charges after police say she struck a Utica Fire Department firetruck.

Linda Gigliotti, 48, of Goodrich Avenue, is charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol over 0.18 percent, leaving the scene of motor vehicle accident, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and traffic summons.

According to Utica police, around 1 a.m. Thursday, an officer was in the area of Jason Street when he saw a car driving without headlights. He followed the car and was flagged down by a UFD firefighter, who told the officer that the vehicle struck their first truck and fled.

Upon further investigation, the officer discovered the firefighters were driving south on Jason Street when they saw a car driving toward them in their lane. The sounded the airhorn, but the car struck them. The officer attempted to stop the car, which continued on to Schuyler and Oriskany streets. Police say Gigliotti’s blood alcohol content was 0.20.

Man hit by car in early-morning accident OK

New Hartford, N.Y (WKTV) – A Chadwicks man suffered minor injuries after he was hit by a car Wednesday morning, New Hartford Police say.

The accident occurred around 5:45 a.m. on Champlain Avenue near the St. Luke’s and Utica College intersection. According to officers, Charles D. Schmidt, 52, of Chadwicks was crossing Champlain Avenue walking toward Utica College when he walked into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by John Reese, 21, of Rome.

Reese struck Schmidt while he was in the middle of the lane, knocking him to the ground. Schmidt was helped by Reese and another motorist, who called 911, police say. Upon investigation, police determined Schmidt was wearing dark-colored clothing and walked into the path of Reese’s vehicle on a Do Not Walk signal. Schmidt complained of leg and chest injuries, but was able to walk to St. Luke’s emergency room.

Schmidt was ticketed for walking on a steady do not walk sign, and was found to be in possession of an open container of alcohol at the time, authorities said.

Reese was not ticketed.

Chadwicks Man Escapes Serious Injury

Kristine Bellino, WIBX

A Chadwicks man escaped serious injury in a car-pedestrian accident on Champlain Avenue near the St. Luke’s and Utica College intersection.

New Hartford Police say 52-year old Charles Schmidt was crossing the road at around 5:45 this morning when he walked into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Schmidt complained of leg and chest pain but was able to walk on his own to the St. Luke’s ER.

Police say he was wearing dark colored clothing and was also in possession of an open can of alcohol.

Schmidt was ticketed for crossing against a Do Not Walk signal and faces an additional charge of possession of an open container.

The driver was not tiicketed.

Utica woman charged under Leandra’s law

Steve Hughes

Posted Mar. 3, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

Utica Woman Arrested For Leandra’s Law

New Hartford Police

After responding to a one car accident on Route 8, New Hartford arrested a Utica woman for DWI and Leandra’s law.

Police say 26 year old Kelly Sperling’s car skidded off the road while she was trying to exit onto Campion road.

After investigating, police say they found Sperling’s 2 year old daughter in a car-seat in the car.

Sperling was found to be intoxicated and also allegedly resisted arrest.

She was arrested and charged with DWI, aggravated DWI with a child in the car, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest, refusal to submit to a breath test and speeding.

Sperling was sent to the Oneida County Jail on $2,500 bail and her daughter was turned over to child protective services until an investigation is conducted.

Utica Man Arrested For Forcible Touching

Four injured early morning Sangerfield car accident

Posted Feb. 23, 2014 @ 2:54 pm


Utica man charged with DWI after rear-ending cop car

Verona A Utica man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after police say he rear-ended a patrol car Saturday.

Jacob Perkins, 21, of Utica, was driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla east coming off the New York State Thruway onto Route 365 when he allegedly struck the 2009 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. An Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy was in the middle of a traffic stop and interviewing the driver of an uninvolved vehicle at the time of the accident. Perkins’ vehicle spun out into the middle of Route 365, where it came to rest.

No one was injured.

Perkins was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusing a breath test, failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, and failure to reduce speed. When taken to the county law enforcement building, he refused to take a chemical test. His license was suspended by the Town of Vernon Court, and he is scheduled to appear at the courthouse on Feb. 18.

The Oneida Indian National Police Department assisted deputies on the scene with traffic control.

Sheriff: Drunken Utica driver crashes into DWI patrol car

By Observer-Dispatch

Posted Feb. 15, 2014 @ 10:27 am


Man killed in 1-car crash on central NY road – Gloversville Leader

SCHUYLER, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a 30-year-old man has died in a one-car accident on a central New York road.

Troopers say Scott Shepardson of Schuyler was driving on Cosby Manor Road around 9 p.m. Monday when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a utility pole in his Herkimer County hometown, located just east of Utica. The vehicle hit the pole on the driver’s side.

Police say Shepardson was taken by helicopter to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica, where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.