Nearly two dozen people from Syracuse were among 41 people indicted Thursday on charges of operating two drug pipelines that ran through the city. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a heroin ring stretched across four cities to Syracuse, and another ring used the U.S. Postal Service to ship cocaine from Puerto Rico.
The two Saint Lawrence County residents already charged with kidnapping two Amish girls now face child sexual exploitation and child pornography charges. Stephen Howells, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, of Hermon were indicted today in Syracuse.
Richard Hartunian, the US Attorney for the Northern District of New York, says Howells and Vaisey could each receive between 15 and 30 years in prison if convicted of any of the four charges they both face in the indictment. Howells could also receive up to 20 years in prison if he is found guilty of producing child pornography.
Festa Italiana President Ginnie Lostumbo (center) and City Chief of staff Bill Ryan smile during remarks made by Senator John DeFrancisco during the Italian American flag raising ceremony at Syracuse City Hall.
It’s the time of year when Syracuse’s Little Italy reaches Downtown Syracuse for Festa Italiana. When you hear Dean Martin’s voice filling the air with the aroma of Italian foods and baked goods, you better be leaving some room in your belly ! Don’t worry, you can dance it off. City, State and Festival organizers raised the Italian flag this morning to kick-off the 18th annual event.
The Syracuse Police and Fire Department gracefully marched to the Forman Park police memorial Thursday morning to honor those who died on 9-11-2001. Side by side, the members bowed their heads in respect to those who sacrificed their lives.
One New York business person has turned a September 11th experience and combat time in the Middle East into a career helping veterans. WAER’s Chris Bolt reports on Mat Tully’s journey since the terrorist attacks.