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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office has reported an increase in vehicle break-ins at various fitness center parking lots throughout Onondaga County.
At 9:46 p.m. Feb. 19, Barbara Reed, 37, of 45 Elizabeth St., Baldwinsville, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment following a domestic dispute at 53 Candlewood Garden Apartments, Baldwinsville.
Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department has announced the promotion of Deputy Gregory Beckwith, of Baldwinsville, to the rank of sergeant. Beckwith has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office Police Department since 2002.
Radisson resident Thomas G. Smith, 48, of 6211 Festival Court, pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of second-degree sexual abuse on Oct. 16. Smith admitted in Lysander Town Court before Lysander town Judge Charles Mantione to engaging in sexual contact with a 10-year-old boy in May and June of last year.
Captain Esteban Gonzalez, of Baldwinsville, has been promoted to the rank of Chief Custody Deputy at the Onondaga County Justice Center effective Jan. 1. Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh announced the promotion during a brief ceremony held Friday, Dec. 14, at the center.
Two men have been charged in connection with a residential burglary in which several guns were stolen.
More than 100 people turned out to the Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Downtown Syracuse despite the rainy weather.
For many struggling to find their way out of an abusive situation, the most uncertain time can be after the matter is taken to court. Now, in order to help address that uncertainty, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies statewide are taking part in a pilot program that will allow those who have been granted orders of protection by their local family court to register to receive alerts when those orders are served.
At 1:17 a.m. Oct. 10, police observed a vehicle traveling on Downer Street traveling into the oncoming lane of travel. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was identified as James P. Allan, 36, of 3508 Hayes Road, Baldwinsville. Alcohol involvement was detected and Allan was subsequently arrested and charged with DWI and failure to keep right. He was processed and released on his own recognizance to appear in court on Nov. 14.