With a new year comes new commitments and renewed hope. Last week, the assembly welcomed new representatives. The swearing-in ceremony reminds all who attend to renew our commitment to public service.
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.
Inmates at the Onondaga County Justice Center can now be assured that any pets they leave behind while incarcerated will be taken care of.
Since May 23, no one has seen or heard from Edward Weslowski. Now, in hopes of bringing the Clay man home, his family is offering a reward for information leading to his whereabouts.
The Village of Baldwinsville Police Department has reported that there have been recent overnight auto break ins on the south side of the village. In both occurrences, the vehicles were unlocked.
New York state troopers recently arrested Vincent A. Lyons, 20, of Baldwinsville on multiple felony charges.
New York State Police arrested and charged Kevin Q. Hobbs Sr., 36 of Newark, with fourth degree criminal possession of marijuana, second degree aggravated unlicensed operation and traffic infractions.
Onondaga County sheriff deputies have arrested a Connecticut man in connection with the fatal hit and run over the weekend in the town of Salina. Chiragkumar Patel, 28, of Southington, Conn. was charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting (death), a class D felony.
Onondaga County sheriff's detectives are still investigating an early morning collision that claimed the life of a bicyclist in the town of Salina.
On March 1, the Onondaga County Republican Party chose DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway as its designated candidate for county sheriff in the November elections. Subsequently, Conway’s Republican opponent, John Balloni, chief deputy to Sheriff Kevin Walsh, decided not to challenge him in a primary. But it looks like there may still be a primary after all. Baldwinsville resident and Republican John “Jack” Garafalo announced last week that he, too, will seek to run for sheriff. Garafalo, a retired Pennsylvania state drug agent
Lucas Lunkenheimer, 30, of Mattydale, was arrested April 11 on charges of third degree robbery and third degree grand larceny in connection with the April 7 bank robbery at Seneca Federal Savings Bank, 201 N. Main St. in the village of North Syracuse.
According to the most recent statistics I could find, in 2012, more than 600,000 children in the United States and Puerto Rico were victims of child abuse and more than 1,500 children died as a result of abuse or neglect. Even more tragic, these are only reported cases of abuse and neglect. It is estimated that the actual number of abuse cases is three times greater. No matter how many cases of child abuse and neglect there are, any child abuse is too much and we must do more as a community and a nation to prevent it.
April is proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month in the State of New York — a time to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of child abuse and how we, as a society, can help make a difference.
On Jan. 9, Jacqueline M. Cavender, 24, of 214 Green Street #1, Syracuse, was arrested and charged with suspended registration, uninsured motor vehicle and disobey traffic control device. The arrest resulted after a traffic stop on East Genesee Street for disobeying a traffic device and computer checks revealed her registration suspended. She was released ROR to appear in court on Jan. 29.