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City crime encroaching on the village

— Back in the late 1990s, the North Side of Syracuse became overrun with drug addicts and prostitutes. Burglaries and muggings were common there. Shootings and stabbings increased as crack dealers fought turf wars over street corners.

Before long, the blight spread to Eastwood, East Syracuse and Mattydale. How long, Liverpool folks wondered, will it be before it affects us too?

The answer was, oh, about 10 or 15 years.

In 2008 Mark Clark was shot to death at a house he rented on Cleveland Street in the village. His slaying remains unsolved. In 2009 a Clay woman, whose city-bred boyfriend was an admitted heroin addict, was charged with second-degree murder after dumping a newborn daughter into a trash bin outside the Hiddenbrook Terrace Apartments on Pearl Street.

In October 2013 a city man got someone to give him a ride to a home on Second Street where he stabbed to death two young women, who had recently relocated here from Syracuse, and pushed another down the stairs. A couple weeks ago a Syracuse Police Department SWAT team descended on South Roosevelt Avenue, just west of the village, where a city man suspected of a downtown murder had holed up in a house out here. Route 370 was closed to traffic for several hours before the man, who was said to be armed, surrendered peacefully.

And just last week, a Camillus man wanted for domestic abuse crimes was busted here after alert Liverpool Police Officer Sean Pierce spotted him at the Sunoco A-Plus mini-market on Oswego Street. It should have been a routine arrest once Pierce made the ID, but the suspect bolted into the street and was struck by an oncoming truck.

That didn’t stop him. The bruised 22-year-old suspect then tried to steal the truck! Pierce added a few charges including attempted robbery to the guy’s growing list of alleged offenses.

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