Detectives believe victim targeted, incident not random
Two gunshots were reportedly heard by witnesses at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Covered Bridge Apartments, at 850 Vine St., just outside the village of Liverpool.
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.
Inmates at the Onondaga County Justice Center can now be assured that any pets they leave behind while incarcerated will be taken care of.
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.
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.
Since May 23, no one has seen or heard from Edward Weslowski. Now, in hopes of bringing the Clay man home, his family is offering a reward for information leading to his whereabouts.
When Judge Thomas Miller asked Justin Dallas if he had anything to say before he was sentenced to 46 years in state prison for stabbing to death two women in Liverpool, the 27-year-old defendant said nothing. The mothers of Dallas’ two victims, however, had plenty to say at his July 28 sentencing at Onondaga County Courthouse in downtown Syracuse. “You are not a human being, you are an animal,” said Sherry Jones, mother of Dallas’ 24-year-old estranged wife, Brandy Dallas. “You will be locked up in a cage like an animal.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, North Syracuse Police are urging everyone to buckle up. Beginning May 19, law enforcement officials will be out in full force, taking part in the 2014 national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.
The Cicero Police Department has been recognized as an official Narcan (nalaxone) administration program. The CPD recently received authorization from the state of New York for police officers to carry naloxone in the patrol vehicles. This drug will be administered to those who are suspected of overdose by heroin. This drug has saved many lives and is now being made available to law enforcement agencies who are able to meet state requirements.