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Group calls for harsher penalties for those who hurt animals

Patrick Oneill was already facing multiple counts of animal cruelty when he allegedly left his Labrador retriever, Ali, in his car for more than four hours on Sept. 2 while he enjoyed the New York State Fair with his girlfriend. Ali, left in the 100-degree car with no water and one window barely cracked, died despite the efforts of state troopers and bystanders who tried to save her. Animal advocates are saying she didn’t have to die.

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Cazenovia Lake patrol successful under new management

It has been seven weeks since the Cazenovia Lake Boat Patrol took to the water to educate and, when necessary, enforce boating rules and safety issues on the lake, and the program, now manned by village police officers rather than county sheriff’s deputies, has been extremely successful.

Teen pulls driver from sinking vehicle

On Aug. 15, Morrisville State Troopers investigated an accident that occurred off Westcott Road in the town of Eaton when a 16-year-old Kirkville youth pulled an elderly driver out of a sinking vehicle in Bradley Brook Reservoir.

Three arrested in village for marijuana possession

Cazenovia village police arrested three teenagers for possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia after being alerted to suspicious activity in the McDonalds parking lot on Aug. 9.

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Arrest made in Lakeland Park graffiti case

Local teen turns self in, police suspect more perpetrators

Cazenovia Village Police have arrested a local, 16-year-old male in connection with the Lakeland Park Bathhouse graffiti incident from last week. The teen, whose name cannot be released because he is a minor, was charged with a Class E felony for criminal mischief and will be arraigned in Cazenovia Village Court on Sept. 4. If convicted, a Class E felony is punishable by up to four years in prison.

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Elbridge man arrested for vehicular manslaughter from April accident

Michael Stern, 24, of Elbridge, was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter by New York State Police yesterday for his role in a fatal car accident in Skaneateles on April 24.

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Rash of graffiti spreading through village

Police have fingerprints, evidence and say “Loner” soon will be apprehended

The rash of spray-painted graffiti that has been spreading throughout Cazenovia has taken a turn from misdemeanor annoyances to felony criminal mischief after graffiti clean-up on the Lakeland Park Bathhouse was determined to cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. The spray-painting of the four-foot-long word “Loner” on the bathhouse last week was the latest in a string of graffiti incidents that have occurred on sidewalks, mailboxes and sign poles from Lakeland Park up Albany Street all the way to the Tops plaza.

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South Dakota man indicted in Spindler death

The man who struck and killed 25-year-old Cazenovia native Maegan Spindler with his minivan in Pickstown, S.D., on July 8 has been indicted by a Charles Mix County South Dakota Grand Jury on multiple counts of manslaughter, vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and faces life in prison if convicted.

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Saving 81: Local officials, business leaders launch campaign to keep elevated highway

A large group of politicians, citizens and businessmen and –women have launched an initiative to encourage the state to keep a 1.4-mile stretch of Interstate 81 as it is instead of turning it into an arterial boulevard. Savei81.org revealed itself at a press conference on Thursday, Aug. 1, in downtown Syracuse, where supporters spoke out against the New York State Department of Transportation’s proposal to turn I-81’s viaduct stretch, the elevated portion of the highway that runs through the central business district, into an arterial boulevard through the city with stoplights and cross streets, something the group said would irreparably damage the city’s economy by creating a backlog of traffic. The group also issued a press release after the conference outlining its goals.

Oneida man arrested for forging 2012 election petitions

An investigation ongoing since September 2012 was recently completed by the Madison County Sheriff's Office regarding allegations of forged petitions involving Independence Party candidates in the November 2012 elections. On the morning of Friday, Aug. 2, Brian E. Karst, 41, of Oneida, was arrested by Madison County Sheriff’s investigators on multiple counts of forgery, filing false instruments and misconduct relating to election petitions.

Lance Zaleski, sheriff’s office veteran, promoted to sergeant

Lance Zaleski, a 13-year veteran of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, was promoted Friday, July 12, to the rank of sergeant. He started with the office in 2000.

Arrest made by South Dakota police in death of Cazenovia woman

The man who struck and killed 25-year-old Cazenovia native Maegan Spindler and her co-worker with his minivan in Pickstown, S.D., on July 8 was arrested last week and charged with two counts of vehicular homicide.

Skaneateles woman facing felony theft charges

A Skaneateles resident is under police investigation for allegedly stealing from a number of local people.

Manlius police arrest level three sex offender outside of Pine Grove Middle School

The town of Manlius Police Department arrested a level three sex offender, Terry Jandrew, 56, of 713, Lodi Street, Syracuse. At 8:36 a.m. on July 11, the police received a citizen complaint regarding Jandrew. He was seen in the area of Kirkville Road near the access road to Pine Grove Middle School.

Cazenovia resident killed in South Dakota crash

A 25-year-old Cazenovia resident was killed this week in Pickstown, S.D., when she was struck by a minivan while standing in a parking lot.