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.
A look back at the year that was: Baldwinsville’s biggest stories
It was a big year in Baldwinsville, one that included the loss of a number of important local figures, several political controversies and changes to the school curriculum that drew the ire of many residents. Read on for the top 10 stories in the greater Baldwinsville area in 2015.
To the editor: I was heartened to see that you placed the article “Word of Life faces threats” on the front page of the Messenger (Oct. 21).
Owner to remove book donation box after people left garbage
After weeks of trash accumulating around the Better World Books drop box in the River Mall Plaza on Downer Street, the town of Van Buren says the property owner hauled away the piles of electronics, carpet, clothing and other junk the morning of Oct. 16.
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.
The Baldwinsville Police Department has determined the identity of a man who drowned in the Seneca River near Riverside Cemetery the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 7. Chief Michael Lefancheck said the victim was a 54-year-old man from San Diego, California, who had family in the Baldwinsville area. In accordance with the family’s wishes, the man’s name will not be released.
Arrests: Driving while intoxicated, petit larceny, criminal mischief and more.
Joyce Mitchell, the woman who confessed to assisting two convicted murderers escape from Clinton Correctional Facility, will still collect a public pension thanks to Albany’s failure to pass a widely supported reform measure. In her retirement years, whether spent in prison or elsewhere, we can rest assured that she’ll be able to cash her pension checks.
Recent arrests from the Baldwinsville Police Department:
As our country evolves and strives for a “more perfect union,” we have just witnessed three profound and historical events that have moved our nation to more closely reflect the words of the Preamble to the U.S. Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Now that the kids are home from school, they may be spending more time online. That means it’s up to you as parents to make sure they’re surfing safely. Here are some tips to keep your kids safe online:
Robin and William Lasher, the Fulton couple convicted of abandoning their pets in the frigid Lysander woods in January, were sentenced June 17 in Lysander Town Court. Judge Michael Bryant sentenced the two to 120 hours of community service and three years’ probation, during which time they are not allowed to own or care for any animals.
The Van Buren Town Board has jumped on board with the effort to repeal the SAFE Act. At its June 2 meeting, the board passed a motion in support of a series state bills that seek to repeal the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013.
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.
Baldwinsville PAC-B, the public access cable channel 98 for Time Warner and channel 30 for Verizon FIOS, is available 24 hours a day to provide video and information of local interest. For the convenience of the public, the schedule of the next ten programs is aired on PAC-B TV at 9 AM, noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. For anyone that missed a program on TV, many of the programs are available on the Internet. To access the previous videos online, a link is available at pacbtv.org.
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