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Crash Kills A Man In Hastings

Two cars hit head-on Wednesday in the town of Hastings and the crash left a 19 year old man dead.

State Police say the accident happened shortly before 10:00 a.m. on Route 11, just north of the Barker Rd. intersection.

Asha L. Reichel, 23, of 8 South Ave., Cortland was driving her Dodge Ram pickup southbound on Route 11.  Police believe the pickup drove into the oncoming lane and smashed head-on into a Chevy Impala being driven by Cory E. Dinant, 24, of 5 County Route 5, Hastings.

The pickup flipped onto the driver’s side of the vehicle and stopped along the shoulder of the road.

The passenger in Reichel’s truck, Thomas E. Holmquist, Jr., 19, of 790 County Route 11, West Monroe, was thrown from the truck.  He died at the scene of the accident.

Reichel and Dinant were taken to University Hospital in Syracuse with injuries that police said were not life-threatening.

Raw video of the accident scene from NewsChannel 9:

Engagement: Charles Collins and Michelle Haase

Charles Collins and Michelle Haase

Charles Collins and Michelle Haase

We were engaged on Fathers Day! We will be getting married at Sandals Dunns River Villagio in Jamaica on June 26th! Charles is a Conference Service Manager on Fort Drum and I am a teaching assistant for the Syracuse City School District. Charles’ parents are Emil and Leola Cyprian of Louisiana. My parents are Ronald and JoAnne Allen of Hastings, NY.

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Parish-Hastings Presbyterian Church News

New changes are on the horizon as the Parish-Hastings Presbyterian Church prepares for the fall season. October 4, 2009 through May 1, 2010 the church services will begin each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. This new time is one hour later than it has been for years. With this time change, church school will begin at 10:30a.m. The community prayer and praise sharing time will continue to follow the church service each week.

Upcoming special services will be an Evangelism Sunday Service on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. and the World Communion/Rally Sunday Service on Oct. 4 at 10 a.m.

The church members and friends will host a chicken-n-biscuit dinner on Friday, Oct. 16 from 4-6 p.m. as a kick off to the Parish Fall Fest. The next morning, the Parish-Hastings Presbyterian Church will be the site for the start and finish of the “Fun Walk to STOP Hunger in the Parish Area”

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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Raw video of the accident scene from NewsChannel 9:

Police: Hastings Man Sexually Abused Child

<br />Joseph V. Thompson, in a mugshot provided by the Sheriff's Department

Joseph V. Thompson, in a mugshot provided by the Sheriff's Department

A Hastings man is facing charges he sexually abused a child for nearly two years.

Joseph V. Thompson, 30, of 852 US Route 11, Hastings was arrested Saturday afternoon by Oswego County Sheriff’s Deputies.  He was charged with two counts of felony sexual abuse, a felony count of course of sexual conduct with a child, and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Police allege he had engaged in what they said were “numerous acts of sexual conduct” with a child 10 years old or younger.  The incidents happened between July, 2007 and Spring, 2009, according to police.

Thompson was sent to jail on bail of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.  He returns to Hastings town court July 27.

Syracuse Man Accused of Sodomizing Child

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HASTINGS, NY – A Syracuse man has been arrested for allegedly having anal intercourse with a child several times at a Hastings residence in 2001.

Mathew Angona

Mathew Angona

Mathew J. Angona, 23, of 300 Lodi St. Apt. 1, Syracuse, was arrested at 10:43 a.m., Thursday, and charged with first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse, both felonies, after an investigation into an incident that reportedly occurred in 2001 in the town of Hastings.

Police said Angona allegedly had anal intercourse with an individual less than 11 years of age multiple times.

Angona was arraigned before Hon. Judge Myers in the Town of Hastings and remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. He is slated to return to court Monday.

During the arresting process, Angona allegedly assaulted an officer by shoving him in the chest, resulting in the additional charges of second-degree menacing, resisting arrest and second-degree harassment.

Angona was issued appearance tickets to answer to those charges in Oswego City Court at a later date.

Oswego County Voters Pack the Polls

OSWEGO COUNTY, NY – Oswego County voters flocked to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in the 2008 Presidential election. Longtime inspectors said the turnout was stellar.

“We have been very busy today,” said Jean Huard, who has been an inspector in Fulton for approximately 10 years. “I have never seen it like this.”


Huard said that inspectors at the Fulton War Memorial saw voters waiting at the doors Tuesday when polls opened at 6 a.m.

“We haven’t had a lull at all,” agreed inspector Roberta Kenyon. “It quieted down for maybe three minutes at a time, but that was it.”

Huard said she saw a high volume of first-time voters.

“There are a lot of new voters,” she said. “There are a lot of young voters and a lot of older people who have never voted before coming in today.”

Another longtime inspector, who preferred to not give his name, said that was the case at his poll site in Hastings, as well.

“If every other site has been as busy as us, all of the polling they’ve done won’t make a difference,” he said. “There are so many new people voting that there would be no way to anticipate how they would vote.”

Inspectors agreed that the steady stream of voters made the day go faster. Setting up from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Oswego County, the time flew because of the constant flow of voters.

In Oswego County, the Presidential election results showed a total of 45,833 votes cast for the seven candidates. At the top of the list, Barack Obama/Joe Biden (D,W) took 23,078 in unofficial totals. John McCain/Sarah Palin (R,I,C) won 21,909 votes in the county.

Ralph Nader/Matt Gonzalez (OI) saw a some support in the county with 402 votes, followed by: Bob Barr/Wayne A. Root (OI) with 279; Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente (G) with 100; Roger Calero/Alyson Kennedy (OI) with 42; and Gloria La Riva/Eugene Puryear (SL) with 23 votes.

Unofficial Oswego County voter totals also showed:

For 5th District State Supreme Court Justice, local voters selected Republican Tom Cerio over Democrat David Murad, 18,294 to 15,646. Cerio was also victorious in Lewis County, while Murad was the voter choice in Onondaga, Jefferson Oneida and Herkimer counties. Murad took the race in unofficial totals.

Longtime Republican Congressman John McHugh beat Democratic challenger Michael Oot, 25,742 to 11,988

Oswego County voters selected Republican David Renzi over incumbent Darrel Aubertine, 21,362 to 19,487 in the heated race for the 48th District seat on the state Senate. Aubertine beat Renzi overall across the three-county district.

Incumbent Oswego County Court Judge Walter Hafner Jr., a Republican who ran on the GOP, Democrat, Conservative and Working Families party lines, brought in approximately six times the number of votes as challenger Robert Genant, who ran on the Independence line. Hafner won 31,731 votes to Genant’s 4,815. Though Genant received the party’s support early on, Hafner won the endorsement in the September Primary.

Assembly races in Oswego County showed:

  • Republican David Townsend over Conservative Daniel LeClair, 6,740 to 1,346 in the bid for the 115th Assembly District
  • Dede Scozzafava (R,I,W) with 1,274 Oswego County votes in her uncontested bid for reelection to the 122nd Assembly District
  • Republican Will Barclay easily won his bid for reelection to the 124th Assembly District over Democratic challenger Jerome Burns, 13,750 to 5,941.
  • Republican Robert Oaks with 2,274 votes in his uncontested bid for reelection to the 128th Assembly District.

Daniel Hoefer (D,W) beat incumbent legislator Mary Flett (R,C) and Melvin Holliday (OI) for a one-year term in the 17th District of the Oswego County Legislature. Flett was appointed to the chair at the beginning of this year to fill the vacancy created with the passing of her brother, former Democratic legislator Len Ponzi. In the unofficial totals, Hoefer won 628 votes to Flett’s 595 and Holliday’s 116.

In the city of Fulton, former Mayor Daryl Hayden (D) beat incumbent Dana Smith (R) in his bid for an unexpired term to the Fourth Ward Alderman position on the Fulton Common Council. Smith was appointed earlier this year to fill the vacancy created with the resignation of former alderman Kenneth Myers. Hayden took 318 votes at the polls Tuesday to Smith’s 230 votes.

Frank Tomaino took nearly twice the number of votes as Rowlan Hrywnak in his bid for an unexpired one-year term on the Constantia Town Board. Tomaino received 1,042 votes to Hrywnak’s 553 votes.

In uncontested races:

  • Republican Kim Seager took 22,116 votes in her bid for Oswego County Family Court Judge. Vote totals generated through a write-in campaign hosted by current Judge David Roman was not reported on the county Web site.
  • Republican Surrogate Court Judge John J. Elliot received 21,267 votes in his bid for reelection.
  • Fulton City Court Judge Spencer Ludington received 2,436 votes in his bid for reelection to the bench.
  • Republican William Rombough received 630 votes in his bid for an unexpired one-year term on the New Haven Town Board.
  • Republican Douglas Houghton received 562 votes in his bid for an unexpired three-year term as the Parish town assessor.
  • Republican Cheryl Yerdon took 861 votes to serve an unexpired one-year term on the Sandy Creek Town Board.
  • Republican Carlton Rusaw, who also ran on the Conservative line, received 1,296 votes in his bid for a one-year unexpired term on the Volney Town Board.
  • Republican Terrance Smith received 1,268 votes for an unexpired one-year term on the Scriba Town Board.

Health Department Will Hold Rabies Clinic in Hastings Sept. 10

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Oswego County residents can have their pets vaccinated against rabies at the county Health Department’s rabies clinic Wednesday, Sept. 10. The clinic will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hastings Town Garage. The garage is behind the Hastings Municipal Building, north of Central Square off U.S. Route 11.

All puppies, kittens, and pet ferrets are required by New York State law to have their first rabies vaccine by four months of age, and can successfully be vaccinated at age three months.  A second vaccination is required within a year, and every three years thereafter.  Pet owners should bring their pet’s last rabies certificate to the clinic.

Dogs must be leashed and cats or ferrets must be enclosed in a crate. The health department suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the clinic.

Anytime a person or pet comes in physical contact with a wild animal, or is in close proximity to a bat, such as in the same room sleeping, the incident should be reported to the health department as soon as possible.  A bite or scratch on the skin should be washed immediately with soap and water.

For more information, call the health department weekdays at 349-3564 or 800-596-3200, ext. 3564.  In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department’s answering service at 341-0086.

Cicero Woman Injured, Arrested After Morning Crash

HASTINGS, NY – A Cicero woman is hospitalized this morning with injuries after an early morning motor vehicle accident in the town of Hastings.

Courtney L. Kuzawski, 24, of 6016 Misty Ridge Lane, Cicero, is also facing charges of driving while intoxicated, speed not reasonable and prudent, and failure to use designated lane, according to the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office.

Police arrested Kuzawski at University Hospital at approximately 3:01 a.m., today after investigating a motor vehicle accident that took place on county Route 4 in Hastings.

According to police, Kuzawski had been operating a 2003 Ford on county Route 4 when she lost control of the vehicle, causing it to leave the north side of the roadway and strike a mailbox. The collision caused the vehicle to spin, striking a tree broadside before continuing until striking an earth embankment, police said.

Kuzawski was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Syracuse where she is listed in fair condition this morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Kuzawski is slated to appear in Hastings Town Court at a later date. Police said the matter remains under investigation at this time.

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