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.
A former Skaneateles High School football player was under investigation this week for releasing a rap song with threatening lyrics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 100 people turned out to the Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Downtown Syracuse despite the rainy weather.
As an absolutely stunning summer comes to a close and the local population begins to decrease to more usual levels for this time of year, your local Emergency Medical Services provider (Skaneateles Ambulance Volunteer Emergency Services, Inc.) would like to share some news of our service in the communities which we serve.
For many struggling to find their way out of an abusive situation, the most uncertain time can be after the matter is taken to court. Now, in order to help address that uncertainty, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies statewide are taking part in a pilot program that will allow those who have been granted orders of protection by their local family court to register to receive alerts when those orders are served.
The village of Skaneateles has received two grants to help increase village police department enforcement of seat belt usage and DWI prevention. The grants were announced at the Oct. 25 village board meeting.
State Sen. David Valesky (D-Oneida) has signed on as a co-sponsor to legislation introduced in the last legislative session that will allow those charged with animal abuse or neglect to be charged with a felony under New York State Penal Law. Currently, crimes against companion animals are legislated under New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.
When Stephanie Heath Higgins met Grace, she could barely hold up her head. The pit bull, at 7 or 8 years old, should have weighed around 60 pounds. But Grace weighed about 30. She was emaciated, dehydrated, suffering from an eye infection. She couldn’t walk. Her organs were shutting down. But Higgins loved her anyway.
Facing the imminent retirement of Village Police Chief Lloyd Perkins and being unable to create an “officer in charge” position to replace him, the Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees agreed last week to keep Perkins on as interim chief at least until next June.
Wheel-locking device, publication of violator names to begin
The Skaneateles Village Board has recently enacted certain parking remedies to be able to retrieve overdue/outstanding parking revenue that has plagued the village for years. In conjunction with the police department, letters for non-payment of these tickets have gone out and are continuing to go out on a weekly basis. The police department has purchased a wheel-locking device that disables motor vehicles and prevents the owners from being able to get their vehicle back until their fines and penalties are paid.
The village of Skaneateles must employ a police chief and cannot eliminate the position in favor of an “officer in charge.” This is the opinion of the state attorney general’s office in response to a query by the village board on the subject.