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Rome police cook pasta for elderly couple heard crying in their apartment

For this elderly Italian couple, a visit from the police ended in a plate of spaghetti.

Last week, officers responded to an apartment complex in Rome after neighbors reported loud crying from one of the residences.

Police found Jole, 84, and Michele, 94, alone in their apartment crying at the news after Jole asked why everything was so negative.



Rome police dogs shine in competition

Handler Jay Barnett works with Rocky, an explosive-sniffing dog. (Kim Sloan, RN-T.com)

Two of Rome’s four-legged police officers performed well at a competition for law enforcement canines in Chattanooga.

And while he may still be a rookie, Rocky walked away with a second-place award, said his handler, Jay Barnett.

Barnett has been working with Rocky since October, while most of their competitors have been working together at least two years or longer, Barnett said.

“It was my first time competing,” he said.

Rome police officer a ‘Real Hero’

Rome PD Officer Donald Moore

The off-duty Rome Police officer that ended a potentially fatal rampage of a gunman at a New York Mills AT&T store Thursday is a graduate of Oneida High School.

Class of 2003 graduate Donald Moore was a customer at the store when 79-year-old Utica resident Abraham Dickan opened fire with a .357 magnum handgun. AT&T employee Seth Turk was shot once in the abdomen. After shots were fired, Moore used his personally-owned handgun to shoot and kill Dickan, Lt. Troy Little of the New York State Police said.

Dickan had six employees on his list to harm or kill, Little said. Police confirmed that the gunman had been previously banned from the store.

New York Mills Police Chief Robert Swenszkowski and Whitestown Police Chief Donald Wolanin were the first on the scene.

An autopsy will be done to discover how many shots were fired at Dickan and where he was hit. New York State Troopers are continuing to investigate the incident. It is unknown at this time how many shots Dickan fired.