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2011 In Review – New Haven Resident Keeps Missing Sister’s Memory Alive

OSWEGO, NY – Here’s a glimpse of the some of the news from the past 12 months.

Sunday April 3 marked the 17th anniversary of an event many people would rather never happened.

Heidi Allen disappeared between 5:45 and 7:50 a.m. April 3, 1994, from the D&W Convenience Store at Route 104 and 104B in New Haven. She was working alone that Easter Sunday.

She has not been found. She was 18 years old.

Her sister, Lisa Buske, is using her blog to keep Heidi’s memory alive.

“I have a website: http://lisabuske.weebly.com with a blog,” she said. “For the past two weeks, I have been dedicating my blogs in memory of my sister to help keep her memory alive and share Heidi in a more personal way.”

Buske, a teacher, still resides in New Haven.

“I am in the process of completing the revisions on a book about my sister’s disappearance and its effect on my life – as seen through the eyes of the sister,” she said.

At this time, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation consider the matter to be an open case.

Officers are still assigned to the investigation and continue to follow leads.

For more information about Heidi’s case, visit http://www.co.oswego.ny.us/sheriff/allen.html

Anyone who has any information on the case is asked to contact the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office at one of the following numbers: 1-888-349-3411, 1-800-724-8477 or 315-349-3411.

OHS Grad Dies In Navy Training Exercise

Lt. Nathan H. Williams, 28, was one of two people killed Wednesday April 6 when the F/A-18F Super Hornet they were flying during a training exercise crashed  in a field near Naval Air Station Lemoore in California.

Lt. Matthew I. Lowe, 33, also died in the crash.

Williams is the son of city attorney Gay Williams and retired elementary school teacher Al Williams. He was a 2000 graduate of Oswego High School.

Mark Fierro, who was Williams’ hockey coach in high school, recalls him as a quiet leader on the hockey team.

“He was always dependable. He was a great example of what we were striving for in OHS athletics – a tough competitor on the ice/field and a top student in the classroom and those who knew him would say he was truly a class act,” he said. “He was a player who enjoyed the game of hockey, which would be evident from the huge smile on his face every time he took the ice.”

“He was an intelligent young man and was in SUPA Economics with me. He was a very hardworking student with a great personality,” said Ed Stacy, his social studies teacher. “He went to college through the ROTC program and wanted to be a pilot.”

Williams received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Rochester in May 2004.

“I know I join everyone in the community when I say how deeply and profoundly saddened I am by this news,” added Bill Palange, Williams’ former music teacher.

The entire Williams family had a “deep, deep commitment to music” with all the boys – Jeff, Nate and Seth, he said.

“Nate, as was the case with all the boys, was incredibly talented,” Palange said.
“He played – always joyously – the saxophone. Nathan was principal alto sax in the OHS Wind Ensemble, as well as a member of the OHS Jazz Ensemble with Anthony Joseph and he spent a number of seasons with the Marching Buccaneers.”

Malone Sentencing Postponed Again

In early April, Joyce Malone had her sentencing postponed once again.

Malone, 70, of Tug Hill Road in Oswego Town, was convicted in January of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of her husband, Ralph.

She was to be sentenced in March. However, her lawyer, Jim Eby, told the court she had been diagnosed with lung cancer and was undergoing treatment. To stop them at that time, Eby said, “would be life-threatening.”

In Oswego County Court April 8, Eby, told Oswego County Court Judge Walt Hafner that his client had been hospitalized. She is hooked up to IVs in Oswego Hospital, he said. Her blood pressure dropped to 75 over 45 and she was dehydrated, he added.

The defense attorney said he didn’t know when Malone would be discharged.

Assistant District Attorney Gregory Oakes agreed Malone was too ill to appear in court.

She was scheduled to start her second round of chemo treatments the next week at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Oakes said he was agreeable to adjourning the sentencing until then.

Hafner described it as a “cat and mouse game” trying to catch her between hospitals. “I don’t know if she’s ever going to come back here. It’s quite obvious where we’re headed here,” the judge said.

Oswego’s Police Chief To Chart A New Course

“After 25 years of service being a proud member of the Oswego City Police
Department, I am going to chart a new course for myself and my family,” Michael Dehm Jr. said in announcing his retirement effective June 1.

He made the announcement April 14.

“It has been a privilege to be part of one of the best police organizations in the state,” he said.

During his tenure as chief, more than half of the current members of the department have been hired and “still maintained one of the most professional police agencies in New York State, being reaccredited in 2008,” he added.

“It has truly been an honor to serve the people of the city of Oswego,” Dehm said in a brief statement announcing his retirement plans.

Red Cross Announces New Oswego Branch Director

In early April it was announced that Danielle Hayden would be joining the American Red Cross of Central New York as the Oswego Branch Director.

The appointment took affect April 25, according to Margaret L. Henderson, regional CEO.

“Danielle comes to the organization following eight years of dedicated, progressive service at the chamber of commerce in Oswego, most recently as events coordinator,” Henderson said.

“We are excited and very pleased that Danielle has been selected from a very competitive group of applicants to join the American Red Cross of Central New York Team,” added Richard F. Blansett, director of public support for the American Red Cross of Central New York. “We can’t wait to welcome her aboard as a member of the public support department team on April 25.”

Malone Sentenced

Joyce Malone was sentenced to 10 years in prison April 12 in Oswego County Court.

Oswego County Judge Walt Hafner also sentenced her to five years of probation upon her release from state prison.

Malone, 70, of Tug Hill Road in Oswego Town, was convicted in January of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of her husband, Ralph.

She had originally been charged with murder. However, the jury agreed with the defense’s claim that she suffered extreme emotional disturbance the day of the shooting, and so convicted her of the lesser crime.

Malone had her sentencing postponed on April 8, coming on the heels of a postponement last month.

New Undersheriff Appointed

Also in April, Sheriff Reuel Todd announced the appointment of Eugene Sullivan III to the position of Undersheriff of Oswego County.

Undersheriff Sullivan is a 16-year member, being appointed by then Sheriff Charles F. Nellis, as a deputy in 1995.

He was promoted to Criminal Investigator in 2002. He has since been very active in the Criminal Investigation Division, especially in fire investigation and training.

He was previously a police officer with the town of Clay 1990 – 1995 before transferring to the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Todd said, “I am pleased to make this appointment as Undersheriff Sullivan has been a dedicated police officer for the past 20 years, spanning two departments, and has dedicated his services to the public and to many of the volunteer fire departments throughout the county and state.”

Fire At Former Hammermill Site

Officials were investigating the cause of the fire that struck the abandoned Hammermill site on April 17.

The Oswego Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the former Hammermill Paper Company property, according to Chief Jeff McCrobie.

Units arrived on the scene at 4:39 a.m. and reported smoke and fire coming from a structure on the west end of the property on the shore of Lake Ontario.

Additional manpower was called from the city of Oswego as well as the towns of Minetto, Scriba and Oswego Town.

Crews were able to gain access to the structure and knock fire down by 6:33 a.m., the chief said.

“The difficulty in this fire was the distance from hydrants to the structure, literally hundreds of feet away, thus needing more manpower and equipment, in particular supply hose to feed our apparatus,” McCrobie explained. “The building appears to have been used for office space during the company’s operation. The city of Oswego Cause and Origin team is currently investigating.”

No injuries were reported.

Demolition contractors reportedly sparked two fires at the site, one in the fall of 2004 and the other the following January.

An electrical short in an unused forklift caused a large blaze in October 2005.

Onondaga Street Returns To Oswego

An old street was getting a new old name that reflects the history of this area.

At its meeting April 25, the Common Council approved a request by city resident Mike Goldych that the city change the name of Canal View Drive to Onondaga Street. The street runs along the river parallel to East First Street, from East Cayuga Street to East Mohawk Street. It has no homes on it.

Previously, at the committee level, Goldych provided councilors with a sketch that showed the location of Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga and Seneca streets that are named for the original Iroquois nations.

According to Goldych, by renaming Canal View Drive to Onondaga Street it will reflect how the five nations were connected, by Onondaga in the center.

Council vice president Shawn Walker said he was in favor of the idea.

“Ever since I was a kid, I wondered why we never had an Onondaga Street,” he said. “Now would be a good time to put it in.”

The existing streets Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga and Seneca were named after four of the five original Iroquois nations.