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Onondaga County to reimburse those who prepaid for veteran burial sites: Your Stories

(WSYR-TV) -- Onondaga County recently introduced a new program that's helping out military families. The County Legislature voted unanimously to eliminate the $500 burial fee for Onondaga County veterans, their spouses, and dependent children.


Syracuse man stole $1,425 in gift cards from diabetes research foundation, police say

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A 47-year-old Syracuse man was arrested for stealing $1,425 in gift cards from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s offices, according to a Friday news release from New York State police.


Restaurant inspections by the Onondaga County Health Department from March 31 to April 6

There were no unsatisfactory reports this week.


Weekday top 5: ICE arrests ex-Auburn farmworker, STD cases on the rise in Cayuga County, Cayuga County crime stories

The Citizen's top five stories of the work week. The Auburn Police Department announced Wednesday they located a boy first reported missing on Tuesday. According to a news release from 1:35 p.m. Wednesday, police located 12-year-old Jonathan Parker, who the department had asked for the public's assi


Voter security is a top-priority in Onondaga County

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Dolores Heins is an active voter. "It's not really something that I worry about too much when I go to vote, I don't really think about someone being able to steal my information," said Heins.


Memorial held for Syracuse mother killed near Shop City

SYRACUSE N.Y. — Family and friends came together Friday night to remember a 22-year-old Syracuse mother who was shot to death over the weekend. Sarah Tombs died Sunday at her apartment on Village Drive. Police say she was shot in the head by her boyfriend, Darien Shellman.


Sexually Trans­mitted In­fec­tions Rising in Onondaga County

The number of Sexually Transmitted Infections are steadily rising in Onondaga County. Cases of Gonorrhea, Syphilis and most of all Chlamydia have been climbing. Last year the Onondaga County Health Department saw more than 3,000 cases of Chlamydia. It's mostly seen in women, but some health professi


Drunken driver flees after hitting pole, knocking out power in Clay, deputies say

CLAY, N.Y. -- Residents in a Clay neighborhood lost power early Friday after a drunken driver hit a truck into a pole, deputies said. Zachary Guhin, 20, of Liverpool, has been arrested by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office and charged with driving while intoxicated. He was arrested after he fled f


Deal reached to keep Charter-Spectrum in New York state

NEW YORK (WKBW) — Charter-Spectrum and the state have reached a deal to keep the cable company up and running. Last year, the state moved to oust the cable company , claiming the company failed to serve customers and live up to promises.


New York state tax revenues plummet by $3.7 billion

New York state tax revenues fell by $3.7 billion, or 4.7 percent, last year — the largest collapse since the 9/11 attacks — but officials downplayed the significance. Trying to find a bright side, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said things could have been worse since a surge in collections last m


Auburn man sentenced for high-speed chase through Cayuga County

AUBURN — An Auburn man who led police in a high-speed chase in Cayuga County last year has been sentenced to up to seven years in prison. Brandon Millhoff, 42, of 1 Chedell Place, was sentenced in Cayuga County Court Thursday by Judge Thomas Leone. In August, Millhoff hit three police vehicles durin


Syracuse police, firefighters rescue dog from drain pipe (video)

Syracuse firefighters and police saved a dog that became stuck in a drain pipe at Onondaga Creek on Friday morning, according to a Facebook post by the police department. Firefighters appeared to hook the dog with a dog catcher’s pole and helped it climb up a steep hill and and out of the drain pipe


A joy-rider’s dream: keys in an unlocked $650K Rolls Royce in parking lot in Syracuse

As two teen boys checked car door handles Monday afternoon in a downtown parking lot, they found one -- not just with a few things to take, but with the keys inside. A new-looking $650,000 Rolls Royce Phantom unlocked, sitting in a parking lot at 333 West Washington Street, with the keys inside. The


Would you swim in Onondaga Lake? People weigh in on a proposed beach

Next time you find yourself in Onondaga Lake Park, picture a beach. A vision could soon become a reality. An online survey conducted by Onondaga County suggests roughly 32,000 people would swim at an Onondaga Lake beach each year.


California 'house of horrors' parents sentenced to life in prison

The California “house of horrors” parents who abused and tortured 12 of their 13 children were sentenced to life in prison Friday with the possibility of parole after 25 years.


1949: When a little girl’s 'miracle' became a Holy Week sensation worldwide

The strongest earthquake in more than 130 years rattled the Pacific Northwest, killing eight on April 13, 1949. That same day in In Washington, the House approved the largest peacetime military bill in history, while in Albany, Gov. Thomas Dewey signed a employee disability insurance bill.


Listeria outbreak linked to deli meats spreads to N.J., N.Y., Pa. Fatal case reported in Michigan.

An outbreak of listeria linked to sliced deli meats has spread to four states including New Jersey, and one person has died from the infection in Michigan, according to the Centers for Disease Control.


Second Cortland couple in U.S. Court for child exploitation

A second Cortland couple accused of creating child pornography was arraigned Wednesday in federal court in Syracuse, less than a week after the first couple’s arraignment. Brittany E. Berry, 23, of 44 Rickard St. and her husband, Lawrence C. Berry, 25, were arraigned on the federal charge of conspir


Career aviation exec in line to run Syracuse airport

Syracuse, N.Y. – Syracuse Hancock International Airport officials were expected to pick a new director this morning: Jason Terreri. Terreri, 41, is coming from Orlando, Fla., where he most recently worked for Airports Worldwide as senior operations project director.


Three homes possible 'total losses' after fire at Midler Meadows Mobile Home Park

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — East Syracuse Fire Department responded to a fire at a trailer park in Syracuse Friday evening. According to Fire Chief Michael Cramer, three mobile homes at Midler Meadows Mobile Home Park caught fire.