Chief Frank Fowler http://waer.org en Lawmakers Pressure Cellphone Makers, Carriers to Install Kill Switch http://waer.org/post/lawmakers-pressure-cellphone-makers-carriers-install-kill-switch <div>It’s probably happened to some of us – we’re focused on checking email or texting on the go that we might not be aware of our surroundings. &nbsp;Attorney General Eric Schneiderman&nbsp;said smartphone robberies are becoming more of a problem because it can mean easy money.&nbsp;</div><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">“People who are on their smartphones often are distracted,” he said, “you know, if they’re listening to music or something. People just knock them over, grab [the cell phone], and it’s too easy.” &nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A rise in smartphone robberies is why </span>Schneiderman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the San Francisco District Attorney began the “Secure Our Smartphones Coalition.” Unlike other cities, Syracuse is lucky and has yet to report any fatality due to cell phone robberies. However, Frank Fowler, Syracuse Police Chief, said phone thefts have risen in the past year. According to Fowler, they account for more than 1/3 of all robberies.</span></p><div>“<em>Robberies of any type of property places people in harm’s way. When we can discourage this type of robbery, we can have an opportunity to decrease our robberies by 35%, and that’s a great number.”</em></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The "kill switches" would make the phones less appealing to thieves. &nbsp;But&nbsp;Schneiderman says &nbsp;there's also little incentive for manufacturers and even the service providers, who are not cooperating.&nbsp;</div><p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:27:42 +0000 Scott Willis 16782 at http://waer.org Lawmakers Pressure Cellphone Makers, Carriers to Install Kill Switch Local Law Enforcement Join Campaign for Early Childhood Education Funding http://waer.org/post/local-law-enforcement-join-campaign-early-childhood-education-funding <p>Members of law enforcement in Central New York are supporting a <a href="http://www.fightcrime.org/new-york-law-enforcement-we-are-at-a-fork-in-the-road/">Federally-funded early childhood education proposal</a> they say would reduce the number of low-income youngsters who end up in jail.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:51:19 +0000 Hannah Warren & Tedi Doychinova 9750 at http://waer.org Local Law Enforcement Join Campaign for Early Childhood Education Funding Suspects Arrested in Stabbing Death of 65-year-old Syracuse Man http://waer.org/post/suspects-arrested-stabbing-death-65-year-old-syracuse-man <p>Four teenagers were arrested this week in connection with the murder of Marvin Bryant. Bryant was robbed on Monday night on South Salina street and stabbed twice in the back. He was rushed to Upstate University Hospital&nbsp;where he&nbsp;was pronounced dead.</p><p>Syracuse Police Department Chief Frank Fowler says that evidence gathered from the scene suggests that Bryant was forcefully robbed of his wallet by Tony Comer 10 to 15 minutes prior to the stabbing.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:10:46 +0000 Hannah Warren 9437 at http://waer.org Suspects Arrested in Stabbing Death of 65-year-old Syracuse Man