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Tornado in Smithfield kills four, Gov. Cuomo visits the scene

The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday morning that the storm that killed four people in Smithfield Tuesday night was a tornado. The round of severe storms that hit Madison County Tuesday evening caused widespread damage in the towns of Smithfield, Sullivan and Lenox. Hardest hit was Goff Road and Northrup Road in Smithfield, where the tornado came through, completely destroying four residential structures, damaging three residential structures and completely destroying one barn, Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley said during a press conference Wednesday morning.

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Brian Tait funeral directing license suspended for six months

State health department takes action 18 months after Tait pleads guilty to two misdemeanor charges

Tait Funeral Home director Brian Tait has had his license to practice funeral directing suspended for six months by the state health department, the result of his 2012 guilty pleas to two misdemeanors stemming from his arrest for subjecting a number of his female employees to inappropriate physical exams.

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Willis brothers will be allowed to participate in Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races

Syracuse Chargers reverse course on previous denial of wheelchair-bound boys request to participate

A solution has been found to the quell the recent brouhaha over the Syracuse Chargers Track Club's denial of the request of 12-year-old twin boys, Jack and Nolan Willis of Manlius, who have muscular dystrophy and are wheelchair-bound, from participating in the annual Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races 10-mile race tomorrow. After nearly 36 hours of outrage and criticism directed against the club for its decision, the Chargers board announced that the Willis brothers will be allowed to participate in the race.

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Zone change request for Chenango Street office building suspended

Burrell asks to wait and be included in larger Chittenango Creek corridor plan later this year

Eric Burrell, the owner of the office building at 4 Chenango St. which has been the center of attention for his request for a zone change in order to bring the restaurant Circa to his property, has suspended his zone change request in order to be a part of a larger village planning process later in the year, Burrell’s attorneys wrote in a letter to the mayor and the chair of the village planning board on Friday, May 9.

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Member of fraud ring arrested in Cazenovia

Morrisville College student believed to have ties to NYC-based bank fraud group

A 19-year-old Morrisville College student was sent to the Madison County Jail this week for his alleged part in stealing thousands of dollars from a local bank account using a stolen ATM card and multiple fraudulent checks. The investigation of a second local suspect, also believed by police to be a Morrisville College student, is ongoing, and the case is believed by police to be connected to a larger fraud enterprise that spans across the state with the ringleader believed to be based in New York City.

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East Syracuse voters elect to abolish police department

Village will enter into a shared services agreement with DeWitt Jan. 1

After a year of heated board meetings and high tax rates, East Syracuse residents voted 333 to 199 in favor of abolishing the East Syracuse Police Department on April 16.

Madison County given ‘disaster’ designation due to agriculture losses caused by winter freeze

Madison County was one of three counties in Central New York to have been designated “disasters” due to losses caused by a freeze that occurred this winter, U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna announced Wednesday, April 9. A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for an assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans.

Travel advisory issued for Madison County

The Madison County Sheriff's Office has issued a travel advisory in Madison County due to conditions caused by persistent snow and falling temperatures, creating slippery roads.

Travel advisory issued for Madison County

The Madison County Sheriff's Office has issued a travel advisory in Madison County due to conditions caused by persistent snow.

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Cazenovia ‘exercise stalker’ arrested, arraigned in village court

Judge orders mental competency exam before next court appearance

The man police suspect to be the Cazenovia “exercise stalker” has been arrested, arraigned and is currently in Madison County Jail. Daryl T. Anthony, 45, of Oneida, was taken into custody by Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigators on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and charged with one count of criminal nuisance in the second degree, a class B misdemeanor. Anthony was arraigned in Cazenovia Village Court before Acting Justice Patrick J. O’Sullivan and ordered held in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond bail.

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F-M substitute bus driver arrested for rape in Manlius

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that sheriff’s detectives arrested a man for rape yesterday morning.

Absentee ballots say Republicans sweep Fenner election

After a close election night lead of only a handful of votes, the Republican candidates for town supervisor and town board in Fenner have maintained their leads and apparently been elected by the voters.

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Democrats sweep DeWitt

Board majority flips as Dems win three council seats

Democrats in the town of DeWitt finally have the majority they’ve sought for years. On Tuesday, DeWitt voters made it a clean sweep for the Democratic Party, re-electing Supervisor Ed Michalenko, who was uncontested, and electing Jamie Frank, Joey Chiarenza Jr., and Kerin Rigney to town councilor positions, all by wide margins.

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Theobald holds onto Manlius supervisor seat

For the second time in four years, Democratic candidate Mark Tetley and Republican Ed Theobald faced off against each other for the Manlius town supervisor seat. This time, the tables were turned as Tetley challenged incumbent Theobald for the supervisor job, but the outcome was the same; Theobald ousted him again, winning with 59 percent of the vote.

East Syracuse Fire Department looks to dissolve from village by creating a fire district

The East Syracuse Fire Department held an informational meeting on Oct. 3 where it outlined why the creation of a new fire district is the best option for the village, the residents and the department.

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