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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Federal investigators trap Albany’s Silver fox

Former Cicero Assemblyman Michael Bragman sure looks good in retrospect.  Bragman’s nemesis, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was arrested on federal corruption charges Jan. 22.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Heroin rears its ugly head right here in the village

Are we trying to close the barn door after the horse has bolted? Liverpool Police Officer Jerry Unger thinks so. Heroin abuse, he said, has hit the village with a vengeance.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Major meltdown lands Syracuse cop in village court

Talk about a meltdown! Ty Cogan could give the Wicked Witch of the West a run for her money. At about 8:25 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, Liverpool Police Officer Todd Creller, one of Onondaga County’s top traffic cops, stopped Cogan, an off-duty Syracuse policeman who lives in Liverpool. Cogan was drunk, according to Creller — “slobbering” drunk, the resultant police paperwork would say.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Bud Bennett’s charmed life darkened by scandal

Russ Tarby shares memories of Bud Bennett.

Q&A with Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway

In this year’s midterm elections, Onondaga County had to elect a new sheriff after Kevin Walsh announced his retirement from the position he held for 20 years. In a competitive race between Republican Gene Conway and Democrat Toby Shelley, Conway won the race by a margin of 8,000 votes. Conway, who was chief of police for the town of DeWitt when he was elected, was sworn-in as sheriff on Dec. 17 at DeWitt Town Hall. Eagle Newspapers reporter Hayleigh Gowans got the chance to interview Conway shortly before he takes office at midnight on Dec. 31.

Morris cited for bravery

L’pool police chief receives Sheriff’s award recognizing his 2013 arrest of a double murderer

Liverpool Police Chief Don Morris received a Sheriff’s Award for Bravery Monday, Dec. 8, in recognition of his Oct. 28, 2013 arrest of double murder suspect Justin Dallas, 26, of Syracuse.

Gunshots at Covered Bridge Apts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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Family offers reward for information leading to whereabouts of missing Clay man

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.

Double murderer gets 46 years

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.”

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.

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.

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