LIVERPOOL: Villagers invited to weigh in on proposed Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru

If Liverpool residents are concerned about the possibility of Dunkin’ Donuts building a new restaurant in the village, they should mark their calendars for Monday, Feb. 29.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Sheriff supports a sane approach to addiction

For decades, police considered people who used illegal drugs as people who needed to be arrested and jailed. Now, finally — thanks to forward-thinking law-enforcement leaders such as our own Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway — police are starting to see addiction as an illness rather than a crime.

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Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at Shoppingtown Mall this Saturday

Saturday, Jan. 9, is national Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and Central New York residents are encouraged to stop by Shoppingtown Mall in DeWitt between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to support their local law enforcement personnel. The event will feature speakers from county sheriff’s offices and the New York State Police, display tables, demonstrations of law enforcement specialty units and more.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Long arm of the law reaches robber in Massachusetts

John W. Putnam was 35 years old when he showed a knife and robbed Nichols Discount Liquors at 301 First St., shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3. By the time he was apprehended more than three months later in Brockton, Mass., Putnam had turned 36. His birthday was Sept. 21. During those few days he lived in Liverpool in late July and early August, Putnam told people that his name was “B.J.”

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Police blotter: Cicero Police Department

The Cicero Police Department has announced the following arrests from Oct. 13 to Nov. 11:

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Cicero nixes public comment on agenda items

Residents still may speak during ‘public input’

Cicero residents with something to say will have to speak at the end of town board meetings or forever hold their peace. The town board voted 4-0 in Councilor Mike Becallo’s absence Dec. 9 to rescind the June 11, 2014, motion allowing public input for each agenda item.

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Sheriffs looking for missing Salina teen

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a teenager reported missing from the town of Salina.

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COLUMN: Next Cicero Citizens Police Academy should be more hands-on

While I’ve come away from the class with a new respect for the boys and girls in blue, I wish I had learned more practical ways to handle an emergency.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: The sound of phantom gunshots spurs 911 calls

No wonder — when sudden explosive eruptions reached the ears of Liverpool-area residents on Nov. 30 — the listeners immediately assumed that firearms were being discharged nearby.

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Police blotter: Cicero Police Department announces recent arrests

Arrests from Aug. 18 to Oct. 10.

Baldwinsville Word of Life Church: We're not affiliated with New Hartford church

In the wake of the tragedy, Rev. Randy Czyz said his church, Word of Life Assembly of God, located at 12 E. Oneida St., Baldwinsville, has received threats from people who assume it is associated with the Word of Life Church in New Hartford, where a teen was beaten to death last week. “We’ve been getting harassing threats and some pretty foul language. People are very upset, and I understand why they’re upset,” Czyz said. “I’m upset, too, but I’m trying to clear the air.” He said he and the other staffers at the church have received threats of bodily harm. He wanted to make sure people were aware that the Baldwinsville house of worship is in no way associated with the New Hartford church.

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Liverpool bus struck by driver who was texting, impaired by drugs

A Liverpool Central School District bus carrying students to the high school was rear-ended Friday morning by a driver impaired by prescription drugs and texting, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department. Bus No. 310 was headed to Liverpool High School at approximately 7:14 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, when it stopped at a traffic light in front of Seneca Mall at the intersection of Pine Hollow Road and Route 57. The bus, driven by Cheryl Milazzo, 51, was then rear-ended by Christopher Cappuccilli, 28, of Camillus.

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Cicero Police Department: Police blotter

CPD arrests from Aug. 18 to 30.

Cicero: Residents oppose exceeding tax cap

As budget season approaches, the Cicero Town Board is entertaining a local law that would allow the board to exceed the state-mandated cap on the property tax increase. What began in 2012 as a 2 percent cap has shrunk to 0.73 percent.

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Hiring in process

New part-time police officer on tap in village; new assistant court clerk hired

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Village of Liverpool Board of Trustees heard a request from Police Chief Don Morris to consider hiring a new part-time officer. The candidate is John Linnertz, a retired Syracuse Police detective sergeant.