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Algae blooms close Cazenovia Lake beaches again

The Madison County Department of Health has confirmed the presence of potentially harmful blue-green algae blooms within the bathing beach areas of both Lakeland Park and Willow Bank Yacht Club, and the beaches have been closed for wading, swimming and any water contact activities until further notice.

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Griffin used $1.2 million in defrauded investors’ money to buy luxury items for himself and wife, SEC says

Federal Securities And Exchange Commission files civil complaint against Cazenovia businessman

One week after Cazenovia businessman James P. Griffin was arrested by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and indicted on a $1.6 million scheme to defraud investors since 2009, he has also been charged by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission for defrauding investors, many of them upstate New York residents, who purchased the companies’ securities and so-called “charitable gift annuities.” According to the SEC’s complaint filed in U.S. district court in Syracuse, the alleged scheme raised at least $8 million from 125 or more investors in shares and promissory notes issued by the companies over more than seven years, starting in 2007.

Lakeland Park beach closed again by health department

Blue-green algae blooms have returned in some places in Cazenovia Lake, and Madison County Health Department officials have recommended that swimming at Lakeland Park Beach should be restricted until the BGA blooms observed have dissipated or otherwise cleared from swim area. Swimming at Willow Bank Yacht Club may continue, and all swimmers / boaters advised to simply rinse off promptly with clean water after leaving the lake, the department stated.

Cazenovia Lake closed to swimming due to algae blooms

Due to the presence of blue-green algae (BGA) blooms within the bathing beach areas of both Lakeland Park and Willow Bank Yacht Club, the Cazenovia Lake beaches have been closed for swimming until further notice, according to an announcement from the Madison County Department of Health.

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Bodies of missing kayakers found, identified

Robert Mead, 27, of Syracuse, and Joseph Mead, 25, of Liverpool, victims of kayak accident

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office announced today that two bodies discovered in the Seneca River are those of the kayakers who went missing at the dam in the village of Baldwinsville on Saturday morning.

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Brian Tait loses funeral director license, registration for funeral home

Cazenovia funeral home director Brian Tait has had both his funeral directing license and the certificate of registration of the Tait Funeral Home revoked by the state department of health, and he must surrender both to the department in 60 days, a Department of Health spokesperson has verified.

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Four Fayetteville-Manlius high school students arrested for criminal sale of a controlled substance

The Manlius Police Department has announced the arrest of four Fayetteville-Manlius high school students, three adults and one juvenile, for the sale of prescription medication.

School district budget passes, new board members elected

Mehlbaum, Orbach, Parmalee to be next school board members

Cazenovia Central School District residents approved three ballot propositions, including the annual budget, by a 5-to-1 margin each and elected three new school board members during the annual budget vote on May 19.

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Brush fire in town of DeWitt

A brush fire has been burning since around 1:10 p.m. in the area behind Erie Boulevard between Midler Avenue and Thompson Road. The Thompson Road exit of I-690 east is currently shut down.

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Fulton couple accepts plea deal in Lysander animal abuse case

Robin and William Lasher face 3 years probation, barred from owning animals

William Lasher, 47, and Robin Lasher, 48, each pleaded guilty to two counts of abandoning an animal in Lysander Town Court the evening of April 8. Judge Michael Bryant said the two could be sentenced to three years of probation, during which they would “forfeit the right to own or possess animals.”

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Lysander deputy supervisor arrested for DWI

‪Lysander‬ Deputy Supervisor Melinda Shimer was arrested and charged with ‪driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and unsafe backing March 31.

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Three local teens arrested in February bomb incident at home of Cazenovia High School teacher

State Police in Morrisville have arrested three teenagers and charged them with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and trespassing in connection to the February incident in which a Cazenovia High School teacher found two homemade bombs outside of her house.

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Veteran administrator appointed as new F-M superintendent

Dr. Craig J. Tice, an experienced administrator and current superintendent of Marcellus Central School District, was unanimously appointed the new Fayetteville-Manlius district superintendent by the F-M Board of Education on March 30. Tice, an educator with four college degrees and experience as both a teacher and administrator in districts such as Webster, Skaneateles and Marcellus, was approved for a three-year contract that includes an initial annual salary of $192,000. He will officially begin his new duties on July 1.

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Manlius police respond to fatal pedestrian accident

At around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, the Manlius Police Department responded to an accident involving a vehicle striking a pedestrian at the intersection of Route 92 and Route 173 in the village of Manlius.

Steinhorst named new Cazenovia varsity football head coach

Jay Steinhorst, a longtime assistant coach with the Cazenovia Lakers varsity football team, Monday night was approved by the school board to become the new head coach.

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