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B’ville resident announces plans to run for sheriff

On March 1, the Onondaga County Republican Party chose DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway as its designated candidate for county sheriff in the November elections. Subsequently, Conway’s Republican opponent, John Balloni, chief deputy to Sheriff Kevin Walsh, decided not to challenge him in a primary. But it looks like there may still be a primary after all. Baldwinsville resident and Republican John “Jack” Garafalo announced last week that he, too, will seek to run for sheriff. Garafalo, a retired Pennsylvania state drug agent

Skaneateles CSD faces lawsuit over alleged sexual assault incident

Skaneateles Central School District has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court earlier this month over an alleged sexual assault incident that occurred last year at the high school.

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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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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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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.

Skaneateles woman facing felony theft charges

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

Annual golf tourney to memorialize Jenni-Lyn Watson

Jenni-Lyn Watson lived to dance. In her memory, her family is holding a golf tournament to help others who share the same passion. Jenni-Lyn Watson, a 2008 Liverpool High School graduate, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Steven Pieper, in November of 2010 while she was home on break from Mercyhurst College, where she was studying dance. Pieper is currently serving a 23-year-to-life sentence in prison. The golf tournament, to be held Saturday, July 20, at Radisson Greens in Baldwinsville, raises money for the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Fund.

Skaneateles deals with vandalism, criminal mischief

Public officials have been dealing with a number of separate incidents of vandalism in Skaneateles in recent weeks.

Former Skaneateles car dealer Pat Bombard in custody

Being held without bail for failing to pay restitution

Former Skaneateles car dealer Pat Bombard was taken into custody by Onondaga County Sheriffs on Feb. 22 for violation of probation. Bombard failed to pay over $120,000 restitution to a Skaneateles resident whom he has swindled.

Former Skaneateles football player investigated for rap song

A former Skaneateles High School football player was under investigation this week for releasing a rap song with threatening lyrics.

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Village water tower vandalized

The rivalry between Skaneateles and Cazenovia both on and off the athletic field has been longstanding, with the argument over who are the “real” Lakers being a sore spot. But last week someone took the fight a little far when they vandalized the village water tower and spray-painted the letter “F” over the letter “L” to make Skaneateles “The Home of the Fakers.” What may seem like a simple fix to cover over the red spray paint used by the perpetrators actually will cost the village – and therefore the taxpayers – thousands of dollars.

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School district looks to building security and student safety

The elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has raised concerns in towns and villages across America about the safety of their local school buildings and the children learning within them. Skaneateles is no different. Interim Superintendent Judy Pastel said Skaneateles administrators took actions in their district to improve school security immediately upon hearing of the Dec. 14 shootings in Connecticut, and also currently are reviewing the safety and emergency plans throughout the district.

Lock your cars: break-ins on the rise in surrounding areas

Car break-ins and larcenies in the area surrounding Skaneateles have been on the rise in recent weeks, and the Skaneateles Village Police Department reminds all residents to both keep valuables out of their cars at night and also to lock their cars at all times.

Village, Perkins agree to new part-time police chief role

The Village Board of Trustees and Police Chief Lloyd Perkins have signed an agreement that will keep Perkins at the head of the village police department on a part-time basis for the 2013 calendar year. The arrangement, which was the result of Perkins’ intended retirement at the end of this year, will allow the village to still have a police chief and Perkins to begin reducing his workload in preparation for full retirement.

Annual Report on Domestic and Sexual Violence raises community awareness

More than 100 people turned out to the Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Downtown Syracuse despite the rainy weather.

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