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LETTER: Four reasons Shimer should resign

To the editor: Over the last week we saw the unfortunate flurry of local news media reports on the arrest of Lysander Town Councilor and Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES teacher Melinda Shimer for driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and unsafe backing.

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EDITORIAL: ‘An eye for an eye’

Animal abuse doesn’t justify online cruelty

What the Lashers have been charged with is inexcusably cruel. While animal lovers have every right to be angry about the treatment Hope endured and the leniency of animal cruelty laws in New York state, there are more positive and productive ways to vent that energy rather than spewing hateful comments online.

Fenner town office building, stop signs vandalized

Four stops signs in the town of Fenner and the main entrance door into the Fenner town office building were vandalized with spray-painted swastika signs recently, an action that will cost town taxpayers around $400 to fix.

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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.”

Cazenovia and NYS police blotters

Cazenovia and NYS police blotters for the week of March 27 to April 3

Pill problem

Forum at L’pool library looks at prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse among Central New York youth is an escalating crisis, according to Joyce Abold, vice president of the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Advisory Council.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New laws created to protect victims of domestic and sexual abuse

Domestic violence, harassment, and sexual assault continue to be issues that concern me. Studies reveal that such abuse occurs more than many realize. A few new laws were recently chaptered and aim to improve victims’ rights and protections. I supported all of these in the Assembly and I am glad they have been signed into law.

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Manlius Police seek wanted person

The Town of Manlius Police Department is actively seeking the whereabouts of Mark Owens. Owens, born on May 5, 1985, is currently wanted on two active warrants, one for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and the second for a violation of his parole.

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DeWitt doctor found guilty of murder in wife’s 2012 death

After a two-week trial and four days of jury deliberation, Dr. Robert Neulander, an obstetrician residing in DeWitt, was found guilty of murder in the second degree and tampering with physical evidence in the 2012 death of his wife Leslie Neulander.

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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.

Former Cazenovia College student indicted for on-campus rape charges

A man suspended from Cazenovia College last year after being accused of raping a fellow student has been indicted by a Madison County grand jury and was arraigned Friday, April 3, in Madison County Court. Jeffrey Diaz, 22, of New York City, was arrested by Cazenovia Police and charged with rape in the first degree and performing a criminal sex act in the first degree, both Class B felonies.

Sayegh talks drug policy at recent Cazenovia Forum

Gabriel Sayegh, director of the New York State office of the Drug Policy Alliance, kicked off Cazenovia Forum’s 2015 lecture series with an authoritative speech about reforming the nation’s drug policy and the connection between the criminal justice approach to drug policy and America’s staggering incarceration rates. The event took place at Cazenovia’s Catherine Cummings Theatre on March 20.

Five arrested after fight in East Syracuse

Town of DeWitt Police Department have arrested four people in response to a call regarding a disturbance involving a weapon at 213 East Ellis St., East Syracuse on Tuesday, March 31.

Sheriff: Cicero man shot wife, then self

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of a married couple found March 29 in their home in Cicero.