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  Local Authorities are working together to address a growing trend of people using synthetic marijuana (known as Spice and Spike) in Syracuse and Onondaga County that continues to land people in the hospital and is a real public health threat.  Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler says his department has been dealing with an upsurge in calls.

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An Onondaga County Grand Jury has indicted Glenn Collins on charges stemming from his alleged role in the death of his daughter. District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says an investigation has shown Glenn Collins had been using a generator in the basement to power his Salina home after National Grid terminated his services as a result of years of non-payment. On August 28th, the day before his daughter Gabriella died, Fitzpatrick says Collins and a female friend had gone to the Turning Stone Casino, leaving Gabriella and his 14-year old son, Jaden, at home. 

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Federal and local law enforcement agencies have broken up a large drug trafficking ring that brought heroin from Newark, NJ to the Syracuse area.  Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says his office and the Drug Enforcement Agency began investigating the drug ring a year ago.   Federal agents seized 10,000 packets of heroin totaling 13 ounces, and 19 people have either been arrested or face arrest in connection to the ring.   The alleged leader of the trafficking organization, 41-year-old Calvin Marshall, was one of six arraigned Wednesday morning on conspiracy and drug possession charges, with Marshall accused of being a major trafficker.  Eight others have already pleaded guilty, and 7 of them have been sentenced.  Police are trying to track down the remaining five.   In addition to the heroin, investigators also seized $100,000 in cash and property, and a handgun. DA Fitzpatrick says their investigation doesn’t end with this bust; he says his office will continue to partner with federal, state, and local agencies to stop the influx of heroin into the community.   The following individuals were arrested  Tuesday in a coordinated raid:

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Senator Charles Schumer was in Central New York to announce that he’s going to put pressure on federal drug officials to fight prescription drug abuse by making it easier to get medications out of reach.  He says federal regulations are hurting efforts to curb skyrocketing incidents of prescription drug abuse.  

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A Cicero man who stabbed a woman to death and sexually assaulted a young girl after kidnapping them at Great Northern Mall plead guilty in court Wednesday.

David Renz will face life in prison without the chance for parole. Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick was grateful to all police agencies that investigated this horrific crime.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo names Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick as one of the co-chairs of a commission to look into election fraud.  Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney is also on the panel.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo continued his push in Syracuse Wednesday for a package of bills he’s touting as “Clean Up New York.”