crime http://wrvo.org en State police helicopter move leaves gap in service in Onondaga County http://wrvo.org/post/state-police-helicopter-move-leaves-gap-service-onondaga-county <p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:41:39 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59035 at http://wrvo.org State police helicopter move leaves gap in service in Onondaga County Syracuse residents ask city for more security cameras http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-residents-ask-city-more-security-cameras <p></p><p>The Syracuse Police Department says its network of security cameras in the city are helping fight crime. And&nbsp;some neighborhood advocates are asking for more.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly 40 cameras have been installed in parts of the city since 2011. They’re on the Near Westside, in the Pioneer Homes complex and </span><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/more-police-cameras-being-added-syracuses-north-side" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">along Butternut Street</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on the north side.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 11:40:27 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56049 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse residents ask city for more security cameras Area politicians want smartphone manufacturers to install technology to prevent thefts http://wrvo.org/post/area-politicians-want-smartphone-manufacturers-install-technology-prevent-thefts <p></p><p>Several local politicians, including Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman appeared at city hall in downtown Syracuse to throw their support behind the federal Smartphone Theft Prevention Act.</p><p>The act would require smartphone makers to install a “kill switch” on their devices that would allow customers to delete data and deactivate their phone remotely.</p><p>Schneiderman says the major manufactures have the technology to do this but are choosing not to.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:03:37 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 54149 at http://wrvo.org Area politicians want smartphone manufacturers to install technology to prevent thefts Syracuse homicide rate at recent high in 2013 http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-homicide-rate-recent-high-2013 <p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:16:30 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 50984 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse homicide rate at recent high in 2013 Trial against drone resisters continues today http://wrvo.org/post/trial-against-drone-resisters-continues-today <p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:07:48 +0000 Ellen Abbott 49518 at http://wrvo.org Trial against drone resisters continues today Attorney General's animal team shuts down illegal puppy flippers http://wrvo.org/post/attorney-generals-animal-team-shuts-down-illegal-puppy-flippers <p></p><p>The state attorney general’s recently created animal protection initiative has led to the shutdown of two illegal puppy sale operations.</p><p>The state’s top prosecutor says two dog sellers bought puppies for cheap or got them for free and then “flipped” the dogs for a profit.</p><p>One seller from central New York, Carissa Seaman of Cleveland, N.Y., agreed to stop selling dogs. The attorney general says he got a court order to stop a separate puppy-flipping operation, run by Stephanie Arcara, near Buffalo. Neither woman had a license to sell dogs.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:02:13 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48624 at http://wrvo.org Attorney General's animal team shuts down illegal puppy flippers DNA helps crack Syracuse cold case http://wrvo.org/post/dna-helps-crack-syracuse-cold-case <p></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:22:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 48488 at http://wrvo.org DNA helps crack Syracuse cold case Vandals tag several Syracuse University buildings http://wrvo.org/post/vandals-tag-several-syracuse-university-buildings <p>Maintenance workers at Syracuse University today were going around campus trying to clean up a spree of vandalism.</p><p>Eight messages were spray-painted on five buildings at the school, according a spokesperson in Syracuse University's Department of Public Safety.</p><p>A tag on the side of the school’s communications complex read “#1 in communication. LAST in free speech.” Another message read: “liars live here. Are you one?” On Maxwell Hall, the Latin words "cui bono?" and "war" were sprayed, which translates to "for whose benefit."</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:06:21 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48294 at http://wrvo.org Vandals tag several Syracuse University buildings Authorities bust sex ring that ran from Watertown to Ithaca http://wrvo.org/post/authorities-bust-sex-ring-ran-watertown-ithaca <p>A Syracuse man and two women were arrested and charged Tuesday with operating a sex ring that prosecutors say stretched from Watertown to Ithaca.</p><p>The state Attorney General&#39;s office says Eric Oliver, 30, of Syracuse, was the ring leader of the operation. They say he was assisted by two women: Tirra Pate of Syracuse and Jessico Moro of Cicero, both 19 years old.</p><p>They&#39;re accused of coercing women and girls as young as 15 years old into becoming prostitutes. Prosecutors allege the trio would use physical force or gave the girls drugs to keep them on the job.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:19:24 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45674 at http://wrvo.org Turning guns to jewelry to help fight gun violence http://wrvo.org/post/turning-guns-jewelry-help-fight-gun-violence <p></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:13:46 +0000 Ellen Abbott 44708 at http://wrvo.org Turning guns to jewelry to help fight gun violence Oswego Police Department steps up patrols http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-police-department-steps-patrols <p></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:28:29 +0000 Gino Geruntino 43934 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse councilor-at-large candidates focus on crime and the economy http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-councilor-large-candidates-focus-crime-and-economy <p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:41:01 +0000 Ellen Abbott 42695 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse councilor-at-large candidates focus on crime and the economy Renz pleads guilty to murder and sexual assault charges http://wrvo.org/post/renz-pleads-guilty-murder-and-sexual-assault-charges <p>A brutal murder and rape case that shocked central New York earlier this year is closed. In a plea deal with prosecutors, David Renz, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first degree murder and sexual assault charges in the death of Lori Bresnahan and the rape of a 10-year-old girl in a mall parking lot in Clay last March. &nbsp;<br><br>The deal basically assures that Renz will spend the rest of his life in prison, said Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick.<br> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:23:48 +0000 Ellen Abbott 41229 at http://wrvo.org Renz pleads guilty to murder and sexual assault charges Maffei proposes legislation in response to Renz case http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-proposes-legislation-response-renz-case <p>In the wake of the David Renz case, there would be more oversight over federal probation offices if legislation proposed by Rep. Dan Maffei is approved.&nbsp; The Syracuse-area Democrat is crafting legislation that would keep a tighter reign on suspects being monitored by electronic ankle bracelets.<br> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:36:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 40493 at http://wrvo.org Maffei proposes legislation in response to Renz case Rep. Maffei asks federal government for answers in the Renz case http://wrvo.org/post/rep-maffei-asks-federal-government-answers-renz-case <p>Syracuse-area Congressman Dan Maffei says he is waiting for a response to letters he wrote to three federal agencies, calling for an investigation into Syracuse federal probation department policies, that allowed accused killer David Renz to allegedly disable his electronic ankle monitor. Rep. Maffei says the case illustrates a lack of oversight in certain federal agencies. Mon, 20 May 2013 20:03:02 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38141 at http://wrvo.org Names of officials secretly recorded released http://wrvo.org/post/names-officials-secretly-recorded-released <p>Nine more names of state Senators and others potentially involved in corruption were made public Wednesday, when a judge ordered prosecutors in the case of convicted former Sen. Shirley Huntley to make public the names of her colleagues that she secretly recorded. Thu, 09 May 2013 05:38:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37508 at http://wrvo.org Another state senator arrested http://wrvo.org/post/another-state-senator-arrested <p>Former Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson turned himself in to federal authorities Monday, after being accused in a nine-count indictment of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from mortgage foreclosure accounts, and then trying to cover it up. Tue, 07 May 2013 12:44:45 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37388 at http://wrvo.org Another state senator arrested D.A. Fitzpatrick supports unsealing juvenile records involving sex crimes http://wrvo.org/post/fitzpatrick-unsealing-juvenile-records-involving-sex-crimes <p>Juvenile records are automatically sealed in New York state, so they don't prejudice a prosecutor or judge, but state Sen. John DeFrancisco is proposing&nbsp;an exception. He wants those records be&nbsp;available to court officials if they involve sex crimes. Mon, 06 May 2013 19:48:39 +0000 Ellen Abbott 37110 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County DA announces indictment in Bresnahan murder http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-da-announces-indictment-bresnahan-murder <p>An Onondaga County grand jury has returned a 37-count indictment against the Cicero man accused of raping a 10-year old girl and stabbing a Liverpool woman to death last month.&nbsp; Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:01:35 +0000 Ellen Abbott 36039 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo proposes empowering DAs to help fight political corruption http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-proposes-empowering-das-help-fight-political-corruption <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state’s district attorneys are pushing for laws to make it easier to prosecute bribery and public corruption cases, in the wake of recent scandals in Albany. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35981 at http://wrvo.org Second state legislator accused of corruption http://wrvo.org/post/second-state-legislator-accused-corruption <p>Two days after a state senator was arrested for trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot, a state assemblyman has been accused of accepting payments to sponsor legislation that would benefit developers of an adult day care center in the Bronx. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:11:38 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35802 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County legislature hopes to close pawn shop loophole http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-legislature-hopes-close-pawn-shop-loophole <p>It'll be easier for police to recover stolen goods from pawn shops and second-hand stores throughout Onondaga County, if a law approved by the county legislature goes into effect. The legislation is aimed at closing a loophole that pushes criminals outside Syracuse city limits to sell stolen goods. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:37:08 +0000 Ellen Abbott 35689 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County legislature hopes to close pawn shop loophole Police shoot and kill suspected killer of 4 in Herkimer County rampage http://wrvo.org/post/police-shoot-and-kill-suspected-killer-4-herkimer-county-rampage <p><strong>Updated, Thursday 5:50 p.m.:</strong> Local police officers were "overwhelmed" as they raced from scene to scene yesterday morning in pursuit of a shooter who first set his home on fire and then killed four people and wounded two others at two different locations in Herkimer County. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:27:15 +0000 Ryan Delaney, Ellen Abbott & Associated Press 34689 at http://wrvo.org Police shoot and kill suspected killer of 4 in Herkimer County rampage 10 years after his arrest, supporters of Dr.Rafil Dhafir try to bring attention to his case http://wrvo.org/post/10-years-after-his-arrest-supporters-drrafil-dhafir-try-bring-attention-his-case <p>It's been ten years since Syracuse-area oncologist Dr. Rafil Dhafir was arrested for crimes involving the Muslim charity Help the Needy.&nbsp; Dhafir continues to serve a 22-year prison sentence after he was convicted of violating U.S. sanctions against his native Iraq by sending money there. In 2005, a federal jury convicted him of 59 felonies, including fraud and tax evasion, among other things. But Dhafir's conviction and incarceration still has some central New Yorker's crying foul. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:40:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 33934 at http://wrvo.org 10 years after his arrest, supporters of Dr.Rafil Dhafir try to bring attention to his case Despite well-publicized shootings, crime rate is down http://wrvo.org/post/despite-well-publicized-shootings-crime-rate-down <p>In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting and the contentious push for new gun control laws in both Washington and Albany, it’s often easy to forget that the United States has been experiencing what some have called the "Great American Crime Decline."<br> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:47:17 +0000 David Chanatry 33086 at http://wrvo.org Pawn shops finding ways around Syracuse laws http://wrvo.org/post/pawn-shops-finding-ways-around-syracuse-laws <p>The city of Syracuse is asking Onondaga County to help crack down down on burglaries. Syracuse officials want to make it harder for burglars to sell stolen items to second hand shops throughout the county. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:06:39 +0000 Ellen Abbott 32473 at http://wrvo.org Tuned to Yesterday http://wrvo.org/post/tuned-yesterday-300 <p>#720, Crime, The Whistler “Quadrangle” 8/29/54 CBS Pat Novak For Hire 6/18/49 ABC</p><p>Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:50:00 +0000 Mark Lavonier 32029 at http://wrvo.org Tuned to Yesterday One district attorney sees plusses and minuses to new gun control law http://wrvo.org/post/one-district-attorney-sees-plusses-and-minuses-new-gun-control-law <p>Reaction to New York's new gun control law from prosecutors is generally positive. For one central New York District attorney it closes some loopholes, but leaves others open. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:23:28 +0000 Ellen Abbott 31954 at http://wrvo.org Former SU employee charged with videotaping athletes in locker room http://wrvo.org/post/former-su-employee-charged-videotaping-athletes-locker-room <p>A former Syracuse television sportscaster, and Syracuse University employee stands accused of unlawfully recording video of male student-athletes in a locker room, without their knowledge.&nbsp; Wed, 16 Jan 2013 04:26:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 31924 at http://wrvo.org Former SU employee charged with videotaping athletes in locker room Groups calls for Onondaga County jail oversight board http://wrvo.org/post/groups-calls-onondaga-county-jail-oversight-board <p>The United as One Coalition is taking its case for an Onondaga County jail oversight board to county lawmakers. &nbsp;Coalition members want the Onondaga County Legislature to create a board that they say could ultimately save lives. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:35:10 +0000 Ellen Abbott 31426 at http://wrvo.org