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.
The Onondaga County Sheriff Office is investigating a fatal crash that claimed the life of a two-year-old Cazenovia boy last evening.
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.
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.
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 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.
Two days after a female who robbed a Chittenango bank was on the loose in the village of Chittenango and reported as “armed and dangerous,” state police made a second arrest to close out the case. New York State Police in Oneida announced the arrest of Alyssa L. Boswell, 22, of Canastota, on Thursday, Dec. 4, for robbery in the first degree, a class B felony.
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 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.
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.
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.
Cazenovia police officers are investigating an attempted burglary and room break-in that occurred at The Lincklaen House on Sept. 22.
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.