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Man convicted of Maegan Spindler death sentenced to more than 30 years in prison

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.

State police still investigating homemade bomb incident, school district concludes the matter

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.

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Tait funeral license lawsuit against department of health argued in state supreme court

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.

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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.

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Chittenango man arrested on child pornography charges

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.

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Four Cazenovia College students arrested after assaulting, stealing from local resident

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.

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Guilty verdict rendered in Maegan Spindler death case

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.

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Armed standoff in town of DeRuyter ends with suspect found deceased

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.”

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Felony arrests, court cases in Cazenovia increase in 2014

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.

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Two arrested in Smithfield, facing multiple drug charges

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.

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Two-year-old cazenovia boy dies in Pompey car accident

The Onondaga County Sheriff Office is investigating a fatal crash that claimed the life of a two-year-old Cazenovia boy last evening.

Cazenovia police warn residents of new National Grid phone scam

A new phone scam has begun hitting Cazenovia residents in recent days and citizens should be on the lookout, said Cazenovia Police Chief Michael Hayes. The scammers are saying that they represent National Grid and are calling to warn people that their power is about to be disconnected unless they pay overdue costs.

Three arrested for assault, burglary in Fenner

On Thursday, Dec. 18, at approximately 6:50 p.m., Madison County sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported robbery and assault on State Route 13 in the Town of Fenner, between the villages of Chittenango and Cazenovia. Upon arrival, the victim was located and interviewed before he was transported to the hospital for injuries he received.

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Portable meth lab found near Cazenovia library

Cazenovia police this week found a backpack containing a portable meth lab behind a garage on Mill Street in the village. The backpack contained all the common items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine in what is called the “shake and bake” method, where the drug is created in a plastic bottle — in this case, a 1-liter plastic soda bottle.

Cazenovia police chief warns residents to beware scam IRS phone calls

Cazenovia Police Chief Michael Hayes wants all village residents to be aware that several local residents have recently reported receiving scam phone calls from people identifying themselves as the IRS, asking for individuals' bank account numbers and other personal information.