Four stops signs in the town of Fenner and the main entrance door into the Fenner town office building were vandalized with spray-painted swastika signs recently, an action that will cost town taxpayers around $400 to fix.
Cazenovia and NYS police blotters for the week of March 27 to April 3
State Police in Morrisville have arrested three teenagers and charged them with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and trespassing in connection to the February incident in which a Cazenovia High School teacher found two homemade bombs outside of her house.
A man suspended from Cazenovia College last year after being accused of raping a fellow student has been indicted by a Madison County grand jury and was arraigned Friday, April 3, in Madison County Court. Jeffrey Diaz, 22, of New York City, was arrested by Cazenovia Police and charged with rape in the first degree and performing a criminal sex act in the first degree, both Class B felonies.
Gabriel Sayegh, director of the New York State office of the Drug Policy Alliance, kicked off Cazenovia Forum’s 2015 lecture series with an authoritative speech about reforming the nation’s drug policy and the connection between the criminal justice approach to drug policy and America’s staggering incarceration rates. The event took place at Cazenovia’s Catherine Cummings Theatre on March 20.
Ronald Raymond Fischer Jr., the man convicted in February of the 2013 death of Cazenovia resident Maegan Spinder, was sentenced to more than 30 years in South Dakota state prison this week — the maximum sentence possible for his two felony counts of vehicular homicide.
New York State Police continue to investigate a Feb. 1 incident in the town of Madison during which two “homemade chemical bombs” were placed alongside the home of a Cazenovia high school teacher.
More than two years after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of misconduct while running his Cazenovia funeral home, Brian Tait is back in court again. This time, he is the petitioner, bringing suit against the state Department of Health for reneging on what Tait claims was an approved deal regarding the suspension of his funeral directing license. Rather than a six-month suspension, the state is now looking to revoke his license altogether and decertify his funeral home. Attorneys for Tait and the DOH appeared in state supreme court Thursday morning, March 5, to argue their cases in front of Judge Hugh A. Gilbert.
School district disciplines students over homemade bombs found at Cazenovia High School teacher’s house, state police continue to investigate
While New York State Police officers continue to investigate a Feb. 1 incident in the town of Madison during which two “homemade chemical bombs” were placed alongside the home of a Cazenovia high school teacher, the district has taken disciplinary actions against an undisclosed number of students for the event.
State Police in Oneida recently arrested Shawn J. Kinville, 43, from Chittenango, for one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child, a class D felony, and two counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class E felony.
Four Cazenovia College students were arrested recently by Cazenovia police for allegedly stealing from and assaulting a village resident in what police suspect was a supposed payback for being “ripped off” during a drug deal. The charges stem from two separate incidents involving the same victim and suspects, which occurred about one week apart.
Ronald Ray Fischer convicted of two counts of vehicular homicide
Ronald Raymond Fischer Jr., the man arrested and charged with the death of Cazenovia resident Maegan Spinder in South Dakota in July 2013, has been found guilty by a South Dakota Circuit Court judge of multiple charges related to the incident, including two felony counts of vehicular homicide.
A 14-hour manhunt and eventual armed standoff between county and state police and a 26-year-old DeRuyter man ended at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning when SWAT teams entered a house on Best Road in DeRuyter and found the suspect dead. No cause of death of the suspect, Eric. D. Duncan, has been released by law enforcement, although Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley did say, “Not one shot was fired during this entire tragic incident.”
At the Jan. 5 village board of trustees meeting, Trustee Fritz Koennecke, liaison to the village court, said the court handled 50 percent more felonies in 2014 than it did during the three previous years, which is having an impact on the workload of the court, the court clerks and the police. Koennecke’s report to the board led the Cazenovia Republican to inquire to the village court clerk and police chief about the current statistics from their two departments and what the numbers mean.
Madison County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two people in the town of Smithfield and charged them with multiple drug charges, the result of a department investigation into the sale of heroin and marijuana in the county.