Local News

11:12 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Two Drug Pipelines to Syracuse Shut Down; 41 Indicted

Just a portion of the drugs seized in Operation Horseback that indicted 41 people.
Scott Willis WAER News

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.  

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6:09 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Two St. Lawrence County Residents Face Child Exploitation Charges Connected to Alleged Kidnapping

United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian detailed the indictment against Stephen Howells and Nicole Vaisey.
Credit (c) Scott Willis, WAER

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.

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1:39 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Feeling Chilly? You can Warm up at Festa Italiana !

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.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

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.

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2:26 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

9/11 Remembered 13 Years Later in Syracuse

These officers participated in the 9/11 ceremony.
Credit Alexandra Linde/WAER News

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.

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13th Anniversary of 9/11 Tragedy
11:37 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Sept 11th Personal Experience, Military Service Leads to New York Lawfirm Helping Veterans

Credit utexas.edu

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. 

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