Liverpool mayor applauds Morris’ quick work on murder case

— “It’s significant what Don did,” White said. “Not many police chiefs would do that. That’s dedication!”

For his part, Morris, who attended the Nov. 18 village board meeting, thanked deputies Quigley and Munroe and pointed out that LPD Officer Sean Pierce was the first village policeman at the murder scene.

At the village board meeting, Christina Fadden Fitch, a resident of Hiawatha Trail, asked the chief if the LPD is routinely notified when an order of protection has been issued for women living in the village.

If the court order involves a village resident, Morris said, his department receives notification. “Then, if the order is violated, the officer has no discretion,” Morris said. “In that case, an arrest must be made.”

On the day of the murders, Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Cali said that, after an altercation with his wife, Brandy Dallas, Justin Dallas was charged July 14 with menacing, unlawful imprisonment and criminal possession of a weapon, and a judge issued a restraining order against him.

On the day she died, Brandy Dallas was visiting Rainwater at 915 Second St., and did not list that address that as her legal residence, so village police remained unaware of the restraining order.

“And we did not have any [prior] domestic violence incidents at that residence,” Morris said.

Fitch finished the discussion by noting that “It’s incumbent of the resident to alert police” about possible threats to their safety.

Justin Dallas remains behind bars without bail after having been arraigned the night of Oct. 28 by Liverpool Justice Anthony LaValle. The judge assigned Syracuse defense attorney Thomas Ryan to represent Dallas.

Three DWIs in October

Liverpool Police Chief Don Morris informed the village board of trustees at their Nov. 18 meeting that officers issued 106 citations for violations of the state’s vehicle and traffic laws during October after making a total of 151 traffic stops. Thirteen warning tickets were also issued.

In addition, three arrests were made for driving while intoxicated and ten traffic accidents were investigated. Two parking tickets were written.

Officers made 162 residential checks during the month responding to 306 complaints or calls for service. The LPD arrested 23 persons last month on 29 criminal charges.

The chief reminded residents that winter parking hours are now in effect, prohibiting parking along residential streets from midnight to 8 a.m., an in the village business district from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.

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