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Chittenango man arrested on child pornography charges

State Police in Oneida recently arrested Shawn J. Kinville, 43, from Chittenango, for one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child, a class D felony, and two counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class E felony.

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Couple accused of abandoning dog plead not guilty

Robin and William Lasher, the Fulton couple charged with abandoning their pets in the frigid woods of Lysander last month, pleaded not guilty to the charges in Lysander Town Court Feb. 25.

Sheriff’s office arrests man in snowplowing scam

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office reports that a man who has scammed multiple people in Onondaga County has been arrested for his crimes.

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Four Cazenovia College students arrested after assaulting, stealing from local resident

Four Cazenovia College students were arrested recently by Cazenovia police for allegedly stealing from and assaulting a village resident in what police suspect was a supposed payback for being “ripped off” during a drug deal. The charges stem from two separate incidents involving the same victim and suspects, which occurred about one week apart.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New health tax included in budget; ethics debate ethics must be had

We have heard a lot from the governor’s office about the success of New York’s health exchange. The exchange was set up pursuant to the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that all Americans obtain health insurance. The exchanges, which are either set up by individual states or by the federal government (when a state decides not to opt into the program), are, in theory, supposed to provide a market for people to purchase health insurance. New York, pursuant to an executive order of the governor, set up its own exchange. Compared to other states and to the federal government’s system, New York’s exchange has had fewer reported problems.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: With new speaker comes opportunity for meaningful reform

It is a tumultuous time in the New York Assembly. Long-time serving Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver has been arrested for public corruption.

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Helping Hope

Dog sparks conversation about abuse penalties

The Central New York community is rallying behind a dog found shivering and starving off of Route 48 in Baldwinsville.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Neediest children, oldest adults deserve our help

They say you can judge a society’s worth by the way it treats its neediest children and its oldest adults. With its schools, playgrounds and parks and its clean and caring senior-citizen facilities, Liverpool measures up admirably.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Continuing the fight for tougher ethics reform

This week we saw a historic moment as we voted for the assembly’s first African-American speaker, Carl E. Heastie. As he made clear, one of Speaker Heastie’s top priorities is instituting much-needed ethics reform. I’ve been fighting for tougher measures to crack down on elected officials who violate the public’s trust because public officials are elected to serve the people – not betray their confidence.

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Reward: $2,000

Reward offered for information regarding shooting of local pet

The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse (AAGS) is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a pet cat in Liverpool.

LHS student arrested after fight

A Liverpool High School student has been arrested after assaulting another student Thursday morning, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department.

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Guilty verdict rendered in Maegan Spindler death case

Ronald Ray Fischer convicted of two counts of vehicular homicide

Ronald Raymond Fischer Jr., the man arrested and charged with the death of Cazenovia resident Maegan Spinder in South Dakota in July 2013, has been found guilty by a South Dakota Circuit Court judge of multiple charges related to the incident, including two felony counts of vehicular homicide.

Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office to conduct satisfaction survey

Onondaga County Sheriff Eugene J. Conway announced that the Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a citizen satisfaction survey.

Police investigate residential robbery in the village of Manlius

The Town of Manlius Police Department is currently investigating a robbery that occurred overnight at the Willowbrook apartments located on West Pleasant Street in the village of Manlius.

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Armed standoff in town of DeRuyter ends with suspect found deceased

A 14-hour manhunt and eventual armed standoff between county and state police and a 26-year-old DeRuyter man ended at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning when SWAT teams entered a house on Best Road in DeRuyter and found the suspect dead. No cause of death of the suspect, Eric. D. Duncan, has been released by law enforcement, although Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley did say, “Not one shot was fired during this entire tragic incident.”