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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Why is NYS protecting convicted criminals’ public pensions?

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.

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Police blotter: Baldwinsville Police Department

Recent arrests from the Baldwinsville Police Department:

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: June was a month for the history books

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.”

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EDITORIAL: Keep your kids safe online

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:

Fulton couple sentenced to probation, community service for animal abuse

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.

Van Buren supports SAFE Act repeal

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.

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State police continue search for escaped inmates, considered ‘dangerous individuals’

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.

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Program Log Baldwinsville PAC-B (Channel 98, FiOS 30) - May 23 to 29

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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Stay safe this prom season

We’re at the height of prom season, and unfortunately, that means our teens can be at risk for dangerous behavior.

AAGS offers reward in case of neglected dog

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.

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Baldwinsville Police announces recent arrests

Arrests from Feb. 21 to March 6.

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LETTER: Four reasons Shimer should resign

To the editor: Over the last week we saw the unfortunate flurry of local news media reports on the arrest of Lysander Town Councilor and Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES teacher Melinda Shimer for driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and unsafe backing.

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EDITORIAL: ‘An eye for an eye’

Animal abuse doesn’t justify online cruelty

What the Lashers have been charged with is inexcusably cruel. While animal lovers have every right to be angry about the treatment Hope endured and the leniency of animal cruelty laws in New York state, there are more positive and productive ways to vent that energy rather than spewing hateful comments online.

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Fulton couple accepts plea deal in Lysander animal abuse case

Robin and William Lasher face 3 years probation, barred from owning animals

William Lasher, 47, and Robin Lasher, 48, each pleaded guilty to two counts of abandoning an animal in Lysander Town Court the evening of April 8. Judge Michael Bryant said the two could be sentenced to three years of probation, during which they would “forfeit the right to own or possess animals.”

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