Syracuse Police

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Hundreds of residents joined lines and lines of police officers Friday to remember an officer lost in the line of duty 25 years ago.  To the law enforcement community, the death of Wallie Howard Junior is a rallying cry. 

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At 3 a.m. on Easter Sunday in 2000, Waliek Hamer was shot down at Grandma’s Burgers on South Salina Street. For 15 years, his killer went uncharged. On Thursday, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick announced that they finally have the ballistic evidence to place the murder weapon in the suspect’s hand.

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The results are in from a joint, four-month effort to combat gang violence in Syracuse.   Police Chief Frank Fowler says  the 248 arrests made during “Operation:  Salt City” from May to September included 124 gang members.   He says they couldn’t have had that success without the help of the U.S. Marshal Service.

"It's not only important that we have a group like this, but it's important that we sustain a group like this.  All urban police departments throughout the country are facing a manpower shortage like this.  The City of Syracuse is no different."

St. Louis Public Radio

A group of Syracuse pastors and ministers are partnering with the police department to open a dialogue about any questions concerning police conduct. They say they're hoping to avoid the disconnect that led to the deadly encounters with police in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. Pastor Daren Jaime of People's AME Zion Church hopes monthly meetings at churches across the community will clear up and confusion about the law.

Syracuse’s 428 police officers are working under a new contract for the first time in more than three years.  Common councilors Monday gave their approval to the five year agreement retroactive to 2011.  Police Benevolent Association President Jeffrey Piedmonte says both city and union negotiators put a lot of work into the talks, which culminated in a agreement in mid-June.  He says health insurance was a key sticking point…the deal calls for officer contributions to more than double starting in September.

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Syracuse Police have arrested a suspect in Saturday’s stabbing death in Solvay who they say turned himself in.  31-year-old Jerry Benton of 261 W. Ostrander Ave in Syracuse is accused of second-degree murder for killing 29-year-old Brian Sheppard.  Police have video surveillance and eye witnesses to help identify Benton as the suspect.  Fowler was grateful the public helped.

Syracuse Police website.

The man who fatally shot Syracuse Police Officer Wallie Howard, Junior in 1990 will be eligible for parole in six years after a ruling today by a Federal Judge in Utica to shorten his sentence to 31 years.  Robert Lawrence faced life in prison but, became eligible for re-sentencing in 2012 following a U-S Supreme Court ruling.

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Nine people associated with seven corner stores in Syracuse are now in trouble after Syracuse Police uncovered they’re willing to buy purported stolen goods.  The sting operation involved a six month investigation as informants were sent into stores with products such as baby formula, razor blades, energy drinks and electronics.  Store clerks would buy the items, even though they were told the items were stolen.  A raid was carried out Thursday.  Police Chief Frank Fowler refers here to ”undercover informants” that helped to build a case against the stores.

Georgia authorities.

The Onondaga County District Attorney and the Syracuse Police Chief say a Georgia man has been arrested after evidence linked him to the death of his ex-wife in Syracuse dating back to 1985.  Colleen Meadow’s estranged husband, Ronald Meadow has been charged with second degree murder.  Meadow was found strangled to death in her Syracuse Apartment.  District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says a particular investigator was instrumental.

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A swarm of Police and Firefighters responded to Valley Field Days today… they were helping young and special needs children get the most out of the fair. Buses from Syracuse schools pulled into the parking lot at Meachem Field while firefighters and police prepared to help them enjoy the festival.