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East Syracuse, DeWitt, Manlius police blotter Week of Oct. 13 to 22

East Syracuse, DeWitt and Manlius police blotters for the week of Oct. 13 to 22

State increases penalties for repeat drunk driving

Michael Iannettoni had been charged with driving while intoxicated five times when he killed Vincent Russo. Iannettoni had four previous convictions for DWI and was awaiting sentencing on a fifth when he struck Russo’s car on Buckley Road in Liverpool on Jan. 9, 2011. Russo, 82, of Liverpool, was on his way to Mass. Iannettoni was drunk. Russo died three days later. Iannettoni was convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide, first- and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, crossing a double solid line and failure to keep right. He was sentenced to eight and a third to 25 years in prison. But for Russo’s family, it wasn’t enough; they believed he never should have been on the road that night in the first place, given his dangerous history. With the help of State Sen. John DeFrancisco, the Russo family pushed forward a law that would increase penalties for those with repeat drunk driving offenses.

DeWitt police make arrest in Halloween stabbing case

On Oct. 31, the DeWitt Police Department arrested Jotina L. Albert, 41, of 304 East Ellis Street, East Syracuse, on charges of assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon fourth degree in connection with a dispute that resulted in the stabbing of Melvin Murrel, Jr., 45, also of 304 East Ellis Street.

Justice center to offer help to inmates with pets

Inmates at the Onondaga County Justice Center can now be assured that any pets they leave behind while incarcerated will be taken care of.

Cazenovia police make four narcotics arrests in four days

Cazenovia Village Police officers made a string of narcotics-related arrests last week, that included not just violations for marijuana, but possession of brown heroin and crack cocaine with intent to sell.

Caz College bomb threat investigation closed without arrest

The criminal investigation into the bomb threat that caused the evacuation of five Cazenovia College residence halls three weeks ago has stalled and, unless a new lead emerges, the case will soon be closed without an arrest.

Fischer trial for death of Maegan Spindler concludes

Verdict to be decided on later this year

The homicide trial of Ronald Raymond Fischer Jr., the man arrested in the death of Cazenovia resident Maegan Spinder last July, ended on Tuesday, Sept. 30, although no judgment on the case is expected for several months.

AmeriCU offers $10K reward for information about recent robbery

The AmeriCU Credit Union is now offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for perpetrating the Sept. 16 robbery of the credit union’s Thompson Road branch location.

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Police search for Manlius woman missing since Monday

Manlius Police are attempting to locate a missing Manlius women who was last seen at 9 p.m. Monday, Oct 29. Nicolle “Nikki” Foran-Bristol told her parents she was going to a party for a friend, and was last seen getting into a gray, four-door sedan in the village of Manlius Monday night. She has not been seen since.

Police investigating attempted burglary, room break-in at Lincklaen House

Cazenovia police officers are investigating an attempted burglary and room break-in that occurred at The Lincklaen House on Sept. 22.

Maegan Spindler homicide trial starts tomorrow in South Dakota

Judge rules case can move forward in death of Cazenovia woman

The double homicide trial of Ronald Ray Fischer Jr., the man accused of killing of Cazenovia native Maegan Spindler in July 2013, was scheduled to start this week in Lake Andes, S.D., after a lengthy legal battle over the admissibility of the defendant’s blood samples was recently resolved.

Training, patience and stealth add up to avert tragedy

In 2011, according to data collected by criminologist Jim Fisher, a former FBI agent, police officers in the United States shot 1,146 people, killing 607. About 25 percent of those killed were suffering mental illness or emotional disturbance. In New York state alone, 49 persons were shot by police, including 23 fatally. The mortal danger swings both ways. That same year, 73 police officers were shot to death in the line of duty. Last week, three Liverpool police officers faced death on Sycamore Street when they were confronted by a 43-year-old man who had openly threatened to “take out” a village cop. A witness said the man appeared to be armed with a handgun.

Police anticipate arrest in college bomb threat case within 24 hours

Culprit will face felony charges for making a terrorist threat

Cazenovia police believe they are close to an arrest in the case of the Cazenovia College bomb threat that occurred late Tuesday night, Sept. 16, and the culprit, when caught, will face felony charges for making a terrorist threat and could face time in state prison.

Cazenovia College evacuates five residence halls after receiving bomb threat

Five Cazenovia College residence halls were evacuated and searched for more than 90 minutes late Tuesday night in response to a bomb threat against the college.

Now that school’s in session, L’pool police chief urges motorists to be aware

While Liverpool’s elementary and middle school students learn reading, writing and ’rithmetic, village Police Chief Don Morris urges local motorists to bone up on safe driving. Liverpool Central School District began its 2014-15 school year on Sept. 4, and the village has a school speed zone on Second Street at the Liverpool Elementary School entrance.  The speed limit in the school zone is 20 MPH on school days from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.