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North syracuse cops nab burglar with help of historian

— Village of North Syracuse police were able to apprehend a suspect on May 7 in the burglary of the old Schoolhouse Museum with the help of assistant village historian Eddie Fagan.

According to Police Chief Tom Connelly, who discussed the arrest at the village board meeting May 10, police arrested Sonny Howland, 23, of 208 North Main Street, North Syracuse, on third degree burglary charges. Howland is accused of having stolen at least two vintage photos from the one room building and then selling them to Serendipity antiques shop in North Syracuse. Fagan not only discovered the items missing from the museum on May 1, but also discovered the two photos on display at the shop.

The chief also revealed that a graffiti spree over the last couple weeks was at an end after the foot chase and the capture of two 15-year-old suspects. The vandals hit a widespread area in the village from Lonergan Park to painting area trucks and the Sherwin Williams store.

“They hit quite a bit of the village,” he said. “There was graffiti all over.”

In other news:

The village has also completed a plan in accordance with EPA regulations called the MS4 Storm water Management Plan.

“Each year the village is required to complete an annual report documenting compliance with the plan,” said village engineer Amy Franco. “A draft of this report has been completed and is available at the village hall and the web site. We encourage public comment on the annual report as well as the village's management plan. The village has a stormwater advisory group which meets periodically which consists of department heads and representatives from the village engineer's office. If anyone is interested in being part of this group you are more than welcome and can contact the village for additional information.”

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