Bill Fitzpatrick

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Law enforcement officials in Central New York and across the state are sounding the alarm about pending justice reforms set to take effect January first.  Surrounded by dozens of deputies, officers and supporters, Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway says they had no opportunity to offer their insights to lawmakers or the governor when they crafted the new laws. 


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Republican Ryan McMahon will remain the Onondaga County Executive. McMahon beat Democrat Tony Malavenda by earning 55% of the vote to Malavenda's 45%. McMahon was appointed to the position earlier this year after Joanie Mahoney left the post. 


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Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick has not one, but two opponents going into this year’s election.  The seven-term republican is being challenged by defense attorney and democrat Chuck Keller, and attorney Gary Lavine on the Conservative Party line. 


Longtime Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick will be joined by his two opponents Thursday evening at a forum that aims to engage residents on the importance of the county’s top lawyer.


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The two employees fired from the Central New York S-P-C-A amid a theft investigation found themselves arraigned on grand larceny charges Friday morning.  Details of the case made public today show the extent of the alleged embezzlement is both staggering and crippling.   Onondaga County’s District Attorney detailed almost $700-thousand in funds siphoned from the animal shelter.  Bill Fitzpatrick says former Director Paul Morgan is accused of writing more than 100 checks to himself.

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  An Onondaga County Grand Jury has determined a Syracuse Police Officer acted responsibly when she fired a fatal shot at an armed suspect.

D-A Bill Fitzpatrick says the Father’s day gathering in June heard in that 9-1-1 dispatch started out fine and then a dangerous scene unfolded as a gang related incident.  Officer Kelsey Francemone was the first to respond to a shots fired call.  Fitzpatrick showed a surveillance video from Stone Court Apartments leading up to the moment a crowd piled on top of her.

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  The search for the 21-month old girl reported missing Sunday ended in tragic fashion when the body was found Tuesday in the Inner Harbor.  Details are starting to tell the story of an abduction and alleged murder.

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At 3 a.m. on Easter Sunday in 2000, Waliek Hamer was shot down at Grandma’s Burgers on South Salina Street. For 15 years, his killer went uncharged. On Thursday, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick announced that they finally have the ballistic evidence to place the murder weapon in the suspect’s hand.

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  Local Authorities are working together to address a growing trend of people using synthetic marijuana (known as Spice and Spike) in Syracuse and Onondaga County that continues to land people in the hospital and is a real public health threat.  Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler says his department has been dealing with an upsurge in calls.

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An Onondaga County Grand Jury has indicted Glenn Collins on charges stemming from his alleged role in the death of his daughter. District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says an investigation has shown Glenn Collins had been using a generator in the basement to power his Salina home after National Grid terminated his services as a result of years of non-payment. On August 28th, the day before his daughter Gabriella died, Fitzpatrick says Collins and a female friend had gone to the Turning Stone Casino, leaving Gabriella and his 14-year old son, Jaden, at home. 

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