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Deputies Probe Fatal Crash In Granby

OSWEGO, NY – On Thursday at 9:33 p.m., members of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one-car motor vehicle accident that occurred on Rathburn Road in the Town of Granby.

The investigation revealed that a 1996 GMC with two occupants was traveling northbound on Rathburn Road.

The vehicle failed to negotiate a turn and left the roadway striking a tree.

The crash resulted in the fatality of the passenger, 46-year-old John F Pendall Sr.

The driver, 25-year-old John F Pendall Jr was transported to University Hospital, Syracuse, for treatment to his injuries.

No charges have been filed at this time.

The accident remains under investigation.

Levea Sentenced To 6 – 18 Years For 2009 Fatal Crash

CAYUGA COUNTY – William Levea will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The 80-year-old Fulton man was sentenced today in Cayuga County Court to 6 to 18 years in prison.

Levea was initially charged with second-degree murder in connection with the Nov. 20, 2009, drunk driving accident that claimed the life of Christopher Spack, 41.

In January, Levea struck a plea deal with the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office. He pleaded guilty to felony vehicular homicide, DWI and criminal possession of a weapon in exchange for the lesser sentence.

He was also sentenced to a year each for DWI and criminal possession of a weapon. However, those sentences will run concurrently with the vehicular homicide sentence, according to a spokesperson for the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office.

If convicted of the murder charge, Levea would have been facing a (maximum) sentence of  25 years to life.

According to the police reports: Levea had chased Spack’s vehicle from Onondaga County into Cayuga County, ramming the rear of the pickup truck several times until Spack lost control and collided with an oncoming vehicle on Route 370 in Cato.

Spack was pronounced dead at the scene.

Levea ‘s blood alcohol content, two hours after the crash, was still 0.16.

Authorities Deem Fatal Scriba Fire ‘Accidental’

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Oswego County Fire Coordinator’s Fire Investigation Team, have concluded the preliminary investigation of the fatal fire that occurred at 6 Beech Drive in the town of Scriba.

The preliminary cause is determined to be accidental during the food preparation in Apartment B.

The preliminary cause of the fatal fire has been tentatively determined to be accidental during the food preparation in the victim's apartment.

The preliminary cause of the fatal fire has been tentatively determined to be accidental during the food preparation in the victim's apartment.

Disaster Action Team members of the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter are reaching out to four families left homeless by the tragic fire that destroyed the four-family residence at 6 Beech Drive.

Seven adults and eight children resided in the house.

There was one fatality.

The Disaster Action Team (DAT) responds to local residential emergencies and disasters such as fire.

The Disaster Action Team is a group of volunteers trained in administering to the needs of victims of disasters.

The Red Cross typically provides disaster assistance in the form of temporary lodging, vouchers for meals and replacement clothing, assistance with emergency replacement of medications and emotional counseling and support as needed after each disaster.

Volunteers are always needed and those interested should contact the Director of Volunteers at (315) 234-2217 at the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter.


The apartment complex consisted of four apartments that were occupied by 16 people at the time the fire was reported at approximately 11:09 p.m. Wednesday.

Fifteen occupants, including seven children, ages six and under, were able to escape the fire.

The one victim has been tentatively identified as Robert P. Rose, age 25, of Apartment B, 6 Beech Drive.

Mr. Rose was reported to have been unable to escape the fire and investigators located a body in the proximity of Mr. Rose’s apartment.

The victim was transported to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Positive identification of the victim and cause of death results are not expected until possibly next week.

Investigators remain on the scene and are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

Pulaski Fire Victim Identified

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported working structure fire at the Fish On Motel located on Salina Street in the Village of Pulaski at approximately 3:50 Wednesday morning.

There were five occupants in various rooms of the motel and four were able to escape.

A fifth occupant didn’t make it.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

That person has been tentatively identified as Robert M. Godfrey, 68, who had been residing at the motel for about a week.

The Pulaski Fire Department fought the blaze with the assistance of the Oswego County Fire Coordinator’s Office, Altmar, Richland, Mexico, Sandy Creek, New Haven, Central Square, and West Monroe fire departments.

Also assisting at the scene were NOCA Ambulance, the Pulaski Police Department, the Oswego County Highway Department, NYS DOT, National Grid, and the American Red Cross.

Investigators with the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office and the Oswego County Cause and Origin Team were able to determine that the fire started in Godfrey’s room in an area near a portable electric heater.

Phoenix Man Dies In Accident In Granby

A Phoenix man is dead after an accident early Sunday in Granby.

State Police say Roy A. Clark, 34, of 294 County Line Rd., Phoenix was driving along County Route 8 at about 5:40 a.m. Sunday morning. His Mitsubishi ran off the road at an “S” curve and traveled 400 feet, flipping over several times.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three people in Clark’s car were injured. Justin M. French, 20, of Caughdenoy Rd. Clay; Cheryl A. Root, 24, of Paddy Lake Road, Oswego; and Shannon L. Defio, 20, of Blackwood Dr., Syracuse were taken to University Hospital in Syracuse.

Hastings Crash Kills Motorcycle’s Driver

A car and motorcycle collided on Route 11 in Hastings this morning.  The motorcycle’s driver was killed.

The crash happened at about 7:20 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Route 11 and Hastings Transfer Station Rd. in Hastings.

State Police say that Ruby C. O’Mara, 80, of 820 US Route 11, Central Square turned left onto Hastings Transfer Station Rd., right into the path of tne oncoming motorcycle.  The motorcycle was driven by David M. Leone, 61, of 293 Baratier Road, Hastings.

The crash threw Leone from his bike.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

O’Mara suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.  Police ticketed her for failing to yield the right of way.

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Lysander Crash Kills Fulton Woman

A Fulton woman died Saturday night in a car crash in Lysander.

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department alleges that Margaret Silkworth, 89, of Fulton failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Sprague Rd. and Tater Rd.

Her car slammed into a car driven by Erika Peterson, 18, of Memphis, NY.

An ambulance rushed Silkworth to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  Peterson suffered a minor injury but declined to be treated.

Police have not issued tickets in this case, which remains under investigation.

Missing Scriba Man Found Dead Under ATV

A Scriba man’s death is under police investigation.

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department reports that when Theodore Losurdo, 53, of Nine Mile Point Road, did not show up for work Monday morning, members of his family called police.

He had not been seen since about 8 p.m. Saturday.

At about 10:30 Monday morning, searchers located an ATV in a the water in a swampy area along County Route 1 in Scriba. Pinned beneath the ATV was the body of Losurdo.

An autopsy will take place to determine the cause of death.

Fatal Crash In Williamstown Lands Pulaski Man In Jail

<br />Patrick Wesseldine, in a State Police mugshot.

Patrick Wesseldine, in a State Police mugshot.

A Pulaski man is in jail today, charged in connection with the accident that killed another man Sunday.

The crash happened at about 8:35 p.m. along State Route 183 at the intersection with Sol Davis Rd. in Williamstown.

State Police say Patrick Wesseldine, 26, of 154 Krebbs Rd, Pulaski, drove his SUV into the intersection while Edward Lazore, 24, of 268 Cable Rd, Williamstown, had the right of way on his motorcycle. The cycle and SUV collided. Lazore was thrown from the motorcycle. Lazore died at the scene of the crash.

Wesseldine was charged with a felony count of vehicular manslaughter as well as misdemeanor and infraction counts of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and several vehicle and traffic infractions. He was sent to the Oswego County Correctional Facility.

Crash In Schroeppel Kills Pennellville Woman

A young woman from Pennellville died Friday afternoon in Schroeppel when two cars collided.

Corinne Henderson-Gray, 19, was killed when her pickup truck crossed the center line while rounding a curve on rain-soaked County Route 12. A small child was in the truck with her.

Her truck hit an oncoming car, driven by Ronald Bliss, 61, of Parish.

All three were taken to University Hospital in Syracuse, where Henderson-Gray died.

NewsChannel 9 reports that neighbors along the road say wet weather makes accidents fairly common.

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