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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.

Cazenovia police make four narcotics arrests in four days

Cazenovia Village Police officers made a string of narcotics-related arrests last week, that included not just violations for marijuana, but possession of brown heroin and crack cocaine with intent to sell.

Caz College bomb threat investigation closed without arrest

The criminal investigation into the bomb threat that caused the evacuation of five Cazenovia College residence halls three weeks ago has stalled and, unless a new lead emerges, the case will soon be closed without an arrest.

Fischer trial for death of Maegan Spindler concludes

Verdict to be decided on later this year

The homicide trial of Ronald Raymond Fischer Jr., the man arrested in the death of Cazenovia resident Maegan Spinder last July, ended on Tuesday, Sept. 30, although no judgment on the case is expected for several months.

Police investigating attempted burglary, room break-in at Lincklaen House

Cazenovia police officers are investigating an attempted burglary and room break-in that occurred at The Lincklaen House on Sept. 22.

Maegan Spindler homicide trial starts tomorrow in South Dakota

Judge rules case can move forward in death of Cazenovia woman

The double homicide trial of Ronald Ray Fischer Jr., the man accused of killing of Cazenovia native Maegan Spindler in July 2013, was scheduled to start this week in Lake Andes, S.D., after a lengthy legal battle over the admissibility of the defendant’s blood samples was recently resolved.

Police anticipate arrest in college bomb threat case within 24 hours

Culprit will face felony charges for making a terrorist threat

Cazenovia police believe they are close to an arrest in the case of the Cazenovia College bomb threat that occurred late Tuesday night, Sept. 16, and the culprit, when caught, will face felony charges for making a terrorist threat and could face time in state prison.

Cazenovia College evacuates five residence halls after receiving bomb threat

Five Cazenovia College residence halls were evacuated and searched for more than 90 minutes late Tuesday night in response to a bomb threat against the college.

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Two facing drug charges after search warrant executed in Nelson

After a joint investigation between the Madison County Narcotics Unit and the Village of Cazenovia Police Department, David J. Abbott, 51, of Erieville, and June Withington, 54, also of Erieville, were arrested after sheriff’s deputies, the sheriff’s Special Operations Unit and Cazenovia Police executed an early morning search warrant at Abbott’s residence on Woodcock Terrace in the town of Nelson recently.

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East Lake Road murder suspect in jail on no bail

Suspect fled the scene then called 911

Stephen Schumejda, 31, the man state police arrested Monday for allegedly murdering Amy Bradstreet, 44, the mother of his two children, at their East Lake Road residence in Cazenovia, was arraigned in Cazenovia Town Court Monday evening and is currently being held in Madison County Jail on no bail. After the Monday morning incident, Schumejda fled the scene with his two children then called 911.

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State police arrest man for murder in East Lake Road domestic incident

New York State Police officers have announced the "domestic incident" on East Lake Road that has kept the road closed off all day was a homicide, and they have arrested 31-year-old Stephen Schumejda for the crime.

Fenner town board looks at ADA polling requirements, illegal dumping issues

The Fenner Town Board had a short meeting last week, in which they discussed necessary changes to the town to conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act and a recent increase in illegal dumping.

Police arrest man who held large house party in Pompey

On July 29, police arrested a man regarding a July 2 graduation party in the town of Pompey. On July 2, at about 10:50 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to the 7500 block of Ashlind Circle regarding a large party/disturbance.

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Brian Tait funeral directing license suspended for six months

State health department takes action 18 months after Tait pleads guilty to two misdemeanor charges

Tait Funeral Home director Brian Tait has had his license to practice funeral directing suspended for six months by the state health department, the result of his 2012 guilty pleas to two misdemeanors stemming from his arrest for subjecting a number of his female employees to inappropriate physical exams.

Police chief warns Cazenovia residents to beware of new phone scam

A new phone scam has been reported by multiple village residents recently, and Cazenovia Police Chief Michael Hayes urges residents to be aware of the attempted fraud. The scam involves a call from someone who claims to be an attorney or police official who claims that the receiver’s relative has been arrested in Europe and needs money for bail.

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