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B’ville resident announces plans to run for sheriff

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

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Bank robbery suspect arrested

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.

Barclay: Stronger penalties for child abusers needed

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.

DeFrancisco: Preventing child abuse

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.

Baldwinsville Police blotter for January

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.

DA’s Advisory Council lifts the curtain on elder abuse

It’s a common crime that often goes undetected, unreported, unprosecuted and unpunished. It’s called elder abuse. “In their later years, people become more vulnerable,” said Jenny Hicks, Abuse in Later Life project coordinator for Vera House, Inc. in Syracuse. “People start losing their eyesight, hearing becomes weaker and sometimes dementia sets in. And by the way, older folks have money.”

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Bank robbery in North Syracuse

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh and North Syracuse Police Chief Michael Crowell reports that a bank robbery occurred in the afternoon of April 7 in the village of North Syracuse.

Baldwinsville Police blotter

On March 1, Shannon M. Lyon, 32, of 13 Walnut St., Baldwinsville, was arrested and charged with second degree assault and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon. The arrest was the result of an investigation at 109 Syracuse St. where victim was cut with a knife. She was arraigned in front of Judge McMahon and released ROR to appear in court on March 1.

Burtch sentenced to one year in prison

Lysander resident and former candidate for Lysander town supervisor Fred Burtch was handcuffed and escorted out of Lysander Town Court Sept. 18, where Justice William Mullen sentenced him to serve one year at Jamesville Penitentiary, effective immediately. The ruling came after a jury found him guilty of second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor, in July.

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Group calls for harsher penalties for those who hurt animals

Patrick Oneill was already facing multiple counts of animal cruelty when he allegedly left his Labrador retriever, Ali, in his car for more than four hours on Sept. 2 while he enjoyed the New York State Fair with his girlfriend. Ali, left in the 100-degree car with no water and one window barely cracked, died despite the efforts of state troopers and bystanders who tried to save her. Animal advocates are saying she didn’t have to die.

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Saving 81: Local officials, business leaders launch campaign to keep elevated highway

A large group of politicians, citizens and businessmen and –women have launched an initiative to encourage the state to keep a 1.4-mile stretch of Interstate 81 as it is instead of turning it into an arterial boulevard. Savei81.org revealed itself at a press conference on Thursday, Aug. 1, in downtown Syracuse, where supporters spoke out against the New York State Department of Transportation’s proposal to turn I-81’s viaduct stretch, the elevated portion of the highway that runs through the central business district, into an arterial boulevard through the city with stoplights and cross streets, something the group said would irreparably damage the city’s economy by creating a backlog of traffic. The group also issued a press release after the conference outlining its goals.

Annual golf tourney to memorialize Jenni-Lyn Watson

Jenni-Lyn Watson lived to dance. In her memory, her family is holding a golf tournament to help others who share the same passion. Jenni-Lyn Watson, a 2008 Liverpool High School graduate, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Steven Pieper, in November of 2010 while she was home on break from Mercyhurst College, where she was studying dance. Pieper is currently serving a 23-year-to-life sentence in prison. The golf tournament, to be held Saturday, July 20, at Radisson Greens in Baldwinsville, raises money for the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Fund.

B'ville Police Blotter

Transient charged with unlawful imprisonment, other charges

On April 15, Troy R. Vanantwerp, 19, “transient” was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal contempt, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree harassment. The arrest resulted after a violation of a “stay-away” order of protection. He was arraigned in front of Judge Huling and bail was set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 Bond. He was remanded to the Justice Center Jail and was scheduled to re-appear in court on April 17.

Personal safety in public places

Prompted by the recent tragedy at Great Northern Mall, Canton Woods Senior Center will play host to a public safety seminar at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the center, 76 Canton St., in the village.

Protect your valuables

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office has reported an increase in vehicle break-ins at various fitness center parking lots throughout Onondaga County.