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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.

Police Blotter: June 2014

Reports from the Manlius, DeWitt and East Syracuse Police Departments.

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DeWitt Police distribute books by local author

The DeWitt Police Department has purchased and will distribute the book, “Sharing my Stones” written by Marianne Angelillo to all high schools in Onondaga County.

Stirpe urges drivers to take his I-Pledge to not text and drive

“On my way.” “Running late.” “Love you.” Reading or typing these simple text messages could easily cause a serious accident. In 2012 alone, more than 25 percent of all crashes in Onondaga County were caused by driver inattention or distraction, including texting while driving. We need to try and put an end to this dangerous practice.

Police chief warns Cazenovia residents to beware of new phone scam

A new phone scam has been reported by multiple village residents recently, and Cazenovia Police Chief Michael Hayes urges residents to be aware of the attempted fraud. The scam involves a call from someone who claims to be an attorney or police official who claims that the receiver’s relative has been arrested in Europe and needs money for bail.

Dallas admits double murder

Justin Dallas, the 27-year-old Syracuse man accused of murdering two women in Liverpool last October, pleaded guilty on June 19 in County Court to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault.

DeWitt Police arrest 16-year-old for robbery

The DeWitt Police Department arrested a 16 year old female for robbery in the parking lot at 6598 Thompson Road (Lauro's Pizza) around 2:30 p.m. June 23.

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ESM students, community organizations simulate DWI accident

On June 11, the Manlius Police Department, East Syracuse and Minoa Fire Departments, E.A.V.E.S first responders, medical examiners and representatives from Schepp Family Funeral Homes were on the scene at East Syracuse Minoa High School for what appeared to be a two-car drunk driving accident.

LETTER: Sheriff’s candidate doesn’t say how repealing SAFE will make us safer

Jack Garafalo ("SAFE-ACT has serious flaw, won't work in the long run," June 11) wrote a very persuasive letter about how he, as a candidate for Onondaga County sheriff, would attempt to get that law overturned. In his lengthy letter, however, he failed to mention how he would make Onondaga County a safer community for its citizens.

East Syracuse man killed in motorcycle accident

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred during the evening hours of June 15 on Onondaga Lake Parkway in the Town of Salina.

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Clay man still missing

Sheriff’s detectives are continuing their investigation into the disappearance of a town of Clay man who hasn’t been seen or heard from in nearly three weeks. Edward P. Weslowski, 71, of 1311 Allen Road, vanished sometime during the overnight hours on May 22. Weslowski, who suffers from dementia, anxiety and insomnia, has not been seen or heard from since his disappearance.

Avoid frauds and cons

There have been a number of scams in our area recently targeting the elderly. Below, find some tips from the Cicero Police Department on how to keep yourself safe.

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UPDATE: East Road barn destroyed in Monday fire; fire crews called back Tuesday morning for re-ignition of flames

Firefighters from six Madison County fire departments battled a barn fire on East road in Cazenovia on Monday evening. A call came in to the Madison County 911 Center at 4:55 p.m. on June 2 from residence of 3975 East road with word their barn’s roof was on fire, Nick Enders, Chief of the Cazenovia Fire Department said.

Cicero resident files complaint alleging malfeasance by top town officials

An attorney has filed a complaint with several state agencies against current and former leaders in the town of Cicero. Robert D. George, of Brewerton, lodged a similar complaint with the Cicero Town Board last month, alleging that Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s relationship with town engineer Doug Wickman constituted a conflict of interest. The 87-page complaint he filed May 16 with the New York State Comptroller’s offices in Syracuse and Albany and the state Attorney General’s office in Syracuse, as well as the town board and ethics board, takes that allegation a step further.

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Baldwinsville man faces felony drug and weapon charges

New York state troopers recently arrested Vincent A. Lyons, 20, of Baldwinsville on multiple felony charges.