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Stolen Car Stop Leads to Chase From Fulton to Tully

Fulton Police spotted a stolen vehicle Sunday night on a city street. That started a pursuit that ended in southern Onondaga County.

The police department reports that Sunday evening, someone alleged that their car had been stolen during the day. At 10:07 p.m., a Fulton police officer spotted the vehicle on S. First St. near Rochester St. and tried to get the driver to pull over.

Instead, the driver headed across the river and turned south onto Route 48. The Sheriff’s Departments of Oswego and Onondaga counties joined the chase, as did State Police, and their helicopter.

The pursuit continued on Route 690, then Route 81.

It ended near Tully when police deployed “stop sticks” — rows of jagged spikes designed to blow the car’s tires.

Inside the car was Terry M. Smith, 26, of Syracuse. He was brought back to Fulton PD to face lots of charges:

  • Criminal possession of stolen property;
  • Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle;
  • Driving while intoxicated;
  • Unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle;
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance;
  • Reckless driving.

Smith was being held at the police department pending his arraignment later Monday morning.

Fulton Police: Alcohol Sting Catches Two

Two Fulton men got caught in a police sting operation aimed at cutting down on underage drinking, police allege.

Fulton Police announced they’ve ticketed Jack D. Oneill, 38, of 313 Cayuga St. Fulton and John E. Dodge, 58, of    114 W. Broadway Fulton.  Both are charged with unlawfully dealing with a child, a misdemeanor.  Oneill is also accused of possessing marijuana.  They were ticketed and released.

Police allege an undercover teenager approached the men outside of local stores and asked them to buy alcohol for them.

It was part of a broader effort, in which an undercover teen went to local stores to try to buy alcohol.  Police targeted eight stores and none sold alcohol to the agent.  Police praised the following businesses:

Cayuga St. Fine Foods
Fastrac
Nice-n-Easy (S. Fourth St.)
Price Chopper
Byrne Dairy
Struppler’s Sure Fine
Wilson Farms
Bob’s Liquor

The undercover operation was carried out last Friday, June 4.  The program was funded by a grant received by the County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addiction.

Three Injured in Two Car Accident in Fulton

Photo provided by the Fulton Police Department.

Photo provided by the Fulton Police Department.

From the City of Fulton Police Department:

On May 28, 2010 at about 11:26am, Fulton Police were dispatched to a reported two car motor vehicle accident, with one vehicle having rolled over at the intersection of S. Sixth St and Division St in the City of Fulton. Initial reports were that people were still inside the vehicle.

Photo provided by the Fulton Police Department.

Photo provided by the Fulton Police Department.

Initial investigation found that a 2000 Chevrolet Venture van had been traveling eastbound in the 500 block of Division St approaching S. Sixth St. Another vehicle, a 1990 Plymouth Sundance was traveling southbound on S. Sixth St approaching Division St.

The driver of the Chevrolet, passed a stop sign at S. Sixth St and entered the intersection. The Plymouth struck the left rear corner of the van causing it to spin and roll over in the 600 block of Division St. On police arrival, it was found that all people but one were out of the vehicles.

One subject, Wayne Parker was still inside of the Chevrolet. Parker was removed from the vehicle and taken to Upstate Hospital for unknown injuries. Another passenger in the Chevrolet, Allison Lathrop, along with the driver of the Plymouth, Annette Harris, were taken to Oswego Hospital for minor injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and traffic tickets are pending against the driver of the Chevrolet, John C. Potter.

Fulton PD Unveils Redesigned Website With New Features

A screen capture of the new Fulton Police Department website.

A screen capture of the new Fulton Police Department website.

From the Fulton Police Department

In an effort to keep up with advancing technology, the Fulton Police Department has redesigned its web site, www.fultonpd.com.

The site is maintained by officers so there has been no cost to create or maintain the page. The previous design and technology of the web site was difficult to maintain and the look was becoming dated. The available features were limited as well.

The new site has a more modern and uniform look to it. The new available features such as the current weather, events calendar and the ability to show picture slide shows and video is a tremendous advantage.

Most of the information that was on the old site has been kept and transferred to the new site. Many features have been added, such as the ability to print handicapped and local parking permit applications as well as other forms, an expanded wanted section and an easier to read press release section.

The public is asked to visit the site frequently as we hope to expand and update the site on a regular basis.

Overnight Robbery at Fulton Byrne Dairy

The suspect walks directly behind the counter at 3:24:44 a.m.

The suspect walks directly behind the counter at 3:24:44 a.m.

Update: As police released photos of the suspect, they noted that they believe the suspect came into the store half an hour before the robbery, wearing a striped sweatshirt.  When he returned half an hour later, he wore a single-colored sweatshirt with an insignia on the back.

Fulton Police say the Byrne Dairy at Route 3 and Emery St. was robbed early Wednesday morning.

Police report that a clerk at the store was robbed by a man who said he had a weapon but did not show it.  It happened at about 3:30 a.m.

He ran from the store with merchandise, police said, declining to be more specific about what was taken.

The suspect is described as a white man, about 5′ 6″ tall.  He wore a bandana over his face, a grey baseball cap on his head, black shorts and a gray/blue hooded sweatshirt with a zipper in front.

Police ask anyone with information about the robbery to call them at 598-4504.

Police Undercover Teens Buy Alcohol in 4 Fulton Businesses; Refused in 13 Others

Last Friday, Fulton Police sent people under 21 years old into 17 Fulton businesses to try to buy alcohol.

The good news: 13 stores, liquor stores and bars said no.

The bad news: 4 said yes.

Police ticketed four people for allegedly selling alcohol to their undercover agents:

  • Aaron M. Conn, 26, of 1938 Co. Rt. 6, Fulton, at Bob’s Liquors;
  • Eric J. Smith, 34, of 1646 Co. Rt. 6, Fulton, at Fran’s;
  • Teresa M. Sadowski, 20, of 101 S. Fourth St., Fulton, at Fastrac;
  • Jessica L. Crofoot, 21, of 258 E. Ninth St., Oswego, at Lakeview Lanes.

Each was charged with violating the state’s Alcohol Beverage and Control law prohibiting the sale of alcohol to a minor.  The charge is a violation.  Each was given a ticket and released.  They are due in court on April 22.

The Fulton Police Department recognized the 13 businesses that refused to sell liquor to the underage agents. They are:

Cayuga St. Fine Foods, Norm’s Mini Mart, Rite Aid (S. Second St), Nice-n-Easy (S. Fourth St.), Rt 481 Liquors, Byrne Dairy, Muskie’s, Crazy Gator, Wilson Farms, Chaser’s, Dead End Tavern, Gorman’s, Red Brick Pub.

Fulton PD Announces Operation Safe Stop

From the Fulton Police Department

Police will be keeping an eye on traffic around school buses in Operation Safe Stop. April 15, 2010 has been designated Operation Safe Stop throughout New York State. What is Operation Safe Stop? Operation Safe Stop seeks to promote school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts. Operation Safe Stop is a cooperative project supported by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the New York State Education Department, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, the New York State School Bus Contractors Association, the student transportation industry, and state, county, city and local law enforcement agencies.

Did you know an estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York State school buses every day? Between 2002 and 2004, there were 69 students injured and one killed by motorists in New York State passing stopped school buses.

The law says it is illegal – and very dangerous – to pass a stopped school bus when the red lights located on top of the bus are flashing. You must stop whether you are approaching the school bus from the front or overtaking it from the rear. You must always stop for flashing red lights, even on divided highways and on school grounds. The first time an operator is convicted for illegally passing a school bus the fine can range from $250.00 to $400.00 and 5 points on your license and/or possibly 30 days in jail. Worse yet, the memory of hitting or killing a child may be one you carry for the rest of your life!

It is important to remember: Yellow lights mean the bus is going to stop. Slow down! Red lights mean students are getting on or off the bus. STOP! STOP! STOP! The goal of Operation Safe Stop is to proactively educate motorists about the dangers of passing stopped school buses.

Fulton Standoff Ends Peacefully

A Fulton man was arrested early Thursday morning after a brief standoff.

Fulton Police give this account of events:

At about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, police came to a home on S. Fifth St. to investigate a report of a domestic dispute.

As they arrived, 28 year old Jason T. Stevens fled.

Police eventually left the home but heard that Stevens had come back.

They returned to find Stevens locked into the home.  They believed he was alone.  They had been told that he had previously threatened to use a weapon if police showed up.

Police say they talked to Stevens through a window and on the phone, and he refused to come out.

The Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT team was called to the scene.

Finally, at about 3:12 a.m., Stevens was talked into leaving the home.  He was arrested without incident.  No weapon was found in the home.

Stevens was charged with three misdemeanors: unlawful imprisonment, obstructing governmental administration, and menacing.  He was also charged with harassment, a violation.

Fulton Police Officer Promoted To Sergeant

Joseph Arigo,

Joseph Arigo,

Fulton City Police Officer Joseph Arigo has been promoted to Sergeant.

Arigo joined the department in February, 1996.

He is a trained Crime Scene and Evidence Technician, Accident Reconstruction Technician, Crisis Negotiator and a Police Field Training Officer, who has been responsible for assisting in the training of many of the newer officers currently employed at the Fulton Police Department.

Arigo is a decorated police veteran, having received multiple Honorable Service awards as well as Mayoral Commendations for his outstanding service to the department and community.

Officer Arigo’s promotion will become effective March 1st, 2010.

AAA Applauds City of Fulton for Traffic Safety Efforts

Pictured (Left to Right) Fulton Police Sergeant Joseph Pappalardo and Chief Orlo Green accept AAA’s Platinum Award from AAA Assistant Vice President John Sansone.

Pictured (Left to Right) Fulton Police Sergeant Joseph Pappalardo and Chief Orlo Green accept AAA’s Platinum Award from AAA Assistant Vice President John Sansone.

AAA Western and Central New York has recognized the Fulton Police Department for its continued success in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program. AAA’s Platinum Award was presented to Police Chief Orlo Green and Sergeant Joseph Pappalardo today in Fulton.

AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is an awards and recognition program for communities of all sizes nationwide that identify and address their local traffic safety issues. The program considers basic crash statistics, presence of a traffic safety leadership group, programs, projects, and their effectiveness. The awards progress from Honorable Mention to Bronze, Silver, Gold, and to the highest level, Platinum.

Fulton received its third Platinum Award, given to communities that not only demonstrate outstanding success in addressing local traffic safety issues, but show a clear trend of improvement over five years and/or provide data that is substantially better than the statewide data for communities of similar size. In eight years of participation, Fulton has also received five Gold Awards.

“The City of Fulton has shown incredible leadership in developing workable solutions that have saved lives and property,” said Wally Smith, Vice President of AAA Western and Central New York. “We are delighted to give recognition to their continued efforts that have advanced the cause of traffic safety.”

Fulton demonstrated success with programs addressing: drunk and impaired driving; aggressive, unsafe and distracted driving behaviors; speeding; occupant protection and child passenger safety; school bus and school zone safety; pedestrian safety; and work zone safety. Additionally, Fulton met the criteria for Platinum with their favorable statistics for pedestrian injuries and seat belt usage.

Only ten communities in New York State received top Platinum honors. In addition to Fulton, Platinum Awards were presented to Baldwinsville, Brockport, Camillus, East Syracuse, Garden City, New Rochelle, Port Washington, Tarrytown, and White Plains, NY. Participation in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is open to communities of all sizes nationwide.

As Upstate New York’s largest member services organization, AAA provides nearly 880,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com.

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