Saturday, Jan. 9, is national Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and Central New York residents are encouraged to stop by Shoppingtown Mall in DeWitt between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to support their local law enforcement personnel. The event will feature speakers from county sheriff’s offices and the New York State Police, display tables, demonstrations of law enforcement specialty units and more.
In the wake of the tragedy, Rev. Randy Czyz said his church, Word of Life Assembly of God, located at 12 E. Oneida St., Baldwinsville, has received threats from people who assume it is associated with the Word of Life Church in New Hartford, where a teen was beaten to death last week. “We’ve been getting harassing threats and some pretty foul language. People are very upset, and I understand why they’re upset,” Czyz said. “I’m upset, too, but I’m trying to clear the air.” He said he and the other staffers at the church have received threats of bodily harm. He wanted to make sure people were aware that the Baldwinsville house of worship is in no way associated with the New Hartford church.
Police ask community to call with information
Town of Onondaga resident charged
The New York State Police continue to search for the two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., on Saturday, June 6. The escape of 35-year-old David P. Sweat and 49-year-old Richard Matt was reported to state police early yesterday. Both were incarcerated for murder.
The Keeping Faith Fund of the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse has added another local case of animal abuse to four other cruelty cases for which they are seeking information and offering reward money.
Arrest made in ongoing investigation
Investigation is on going
On March 6, 2015, State Police in Lysander arrested Lisa J. LaPoint, 43, of East Syracuse, for grand larceny in the third degree.
Robin and William Lasher, the Fulton couple charged with abandoning their pets in the frigid woods of Lysander last month, pleaded not guilty to the charges in Lysander Town Court Feb. 25.
Dog sparks conversation about abuse penalties
The Central New York community is rallying behind a dog found shivering and starving off of Route 48 in Baldwinsville.
Reward offered for information regarding shooting of local pet
The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse (AAGS) is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a pet cat in Liverpool.
Sunoco in Camillus robbed
In this year’s midterm elections, Onondaga County had to elect a new sheriff after Kevin Walsh announced his retirement from the position he held for 20 years. In a competitive race between Republican Gene Conway and Democrat Toby Shelley, Conway won the race by a margin of 8,000 votes. Conway, who was chief of police for the town of DeWitt when he was elected, was sworn-in as sheriff on Dec. 17 at DeWitt Town Hall. Eagle Newspapers reporter Hayleigh Gowans got the chance to interview Conway shortly before he takes office at midnight on Dec. 31.
Michael Iannettoni had been charged with driving while intoxicated five times when he killed Vincent Russo. Iannettoni had four previous convictions for DWI and was awaiting sentencing on a fifth when he struck Russo’s car on Buckley Road in Liverpool on Jan. 9, 2011. Russo, 82, of Liverpool, was on his way to Mass. Iannettoni was drunk. Russo died three days later. Iannettoni was convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide, first- and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, crossing a double solid line and failure to keep right. He was sentenced to eight and a third to 25 years in prison. But for Russo’s family, it wasn’t enough; they believed he never should have been on the road that night in the first place, given his dangerous history. With the help of State Sen. John DeFrancisco, the Russo family pushed forward a law that would increase penalties for those with repeat drunk driving offenses.