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Oswego County Sheriff’s Office

Angele M. Newman, 24, of County Route 4, Oswego, NY was arrested based on a felony bench warrant issued out of the city of Oswego charging her with criminal possession of a forged instrument third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh degree stemming from a 2012 incident. Newman has been sent to Oswego County Drug Court.

Benjamin E. Phetteplace, 39, and Charles D. Strauss III, 41, both of New Floyd Road, Rome, were charged with burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and criminal mischief. Deputies say they entered a residence in Constantia on Jan. 25 and stole some Harley Davidson merchandise along with a pocket knife.

Raymond L. Besaw, 39, of Harris Hill Road, Hannibal, was charged with three counts of criminal sale of a firearm third degree, all felonies. Deputies say he allegedly gave three different firearms to people in the town of Granby while not being authorized to possess any firearms due to a previous felony conviction. Besaw was arraigned in the Granby Town Court and will return to court June 2.

Dustin L. Vanburen, 25, of Hickory Grove Drive, Mexico, was charged with criminal contempt first degree, a felony. Deputies say Vanburen got into a domestic dispute in the parking lot of a business in the village of Mexico where he allegedly engaged in a verbal altercation with the victim. He was not supposed to be near this victim because there is an active order of protection filed against him. Vanburen was arraigned in Mexico Town Court and will return to court May 20.

Damon M. Wing, 18, of Rochester Street, Hannibal, was arrested at the Oswego County Correctional Facility based on a felony bench warrant issued out of the Hannibal Town Court charging him with failure to appear. He was arraigned in Granby Town Court and will return to court May 20.

Fulton police

Bruce M. Christian II, 27, of Didama Street, Syracuse was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance fifth degree, both felonies. Police say in Fulton, he possessed and knowingly sold a white substance to a female. The substance tested positive as cocaine.

Tyler J. Hobart, no age given, of Ontario Street, Fulton, was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief third degree, a felony. Police say on May 7, he punched the passenger rear window of a person’s car, breaking the window and that he also threw a heavy metal cylinder object through the front driver side window, breaking the window and nearly hitting the victim. The damage was about $300.

 Andrea L. Spears, no age given, of West Fifth Street, Fulton, was charged with grand larceny, a felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh degree, a misdemeanor. Police say on May 7, while at the YMCA, she removed a key fob from a gym bag in the locker room and used that key fob to enter a car in the parking lot that did not belong to her.

From the car she took two rings and later was found in possession of these rings. Police also said when she was arrested, she was possessing 17 green pills in a plastic bag which were found to be Clonazepam, a controlled substance. These pills were not prescribed to her.

 Thomas C. Clark, no age given, of West Fifth Street, Fulton, was charged with criminal mischief third degree, a felony. Police said on March 13 in Fulton, he punched the windshield of a car, breaking it, resulting in $375.41 damage.

Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute May 24

This year’s Memorial Day Salute in Fulton is set for May 24.

The theme for this year’s Memorial Day Salute Parade is “Show Your Gratitude to Veterans.” Many area individuals, organizations, businesses and industries will try to develop their interpretation of this theme in the vehicles or floats they will enter in the parade May 24.

The Fulton Memorial Day Salute is a one-day event that is 33 years old this year, started and carried on by the four service clubs in Fulton .

The present service clubs working on this year’s event are the Fulton Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and the Sunrise Rotary.  The four service clubs have always been assisted by the Fulton Veterans’ Council in promoting and putting on this event.

In years past, the Optimist and the Fulton JayCees — now disbanded — were participants. Several of the men and women who work on the Memorial Day Salute Steering Committee are veterans.

During the last century, the United States has participated in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the gulf War and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

All in all, more than 625,000 Americans have died fighting in a U.S. uniform during the 20th century.

The Fulton Service Clubs and the Fulton Veterans’ Council have established Fulton’s way to remember this most important holiday.

In the fall of each year, all of the Veterans’ organizations in the Fulton area choose a “Veteran of the Year.”  This person is the grand marshal of the Memorial Day Parade. This year’s grand marshal is Jim Weinhold.

The Fulton parade is the largest in the county, with more than 100 units and many bands. It begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24.

After the parade at about noon, several of the bands in the parade will perform on the Fulton Savings Bank stage in the Community Center in Recreation Park.

On Saturday evening, the main feature is The Custom Taylor Band, Central New York’s premiere Top 40 country music band. The Brass Exchange, Marching Bands from the parade, and the CNY Arts Center Youth Performers will also take the stage in the afternoon.

There will be rides, lots of food, and of course, the ever-popular fireworks display on Saturday evening, with a rain date on Sunday evening.

The Memorial Day Salute event is designed for family fun and entertainment.  Everyone is invited to attend. All events are free.

Fulton annexes Granby wastewater treatment plant

By Ashley M. Casey

The state Supreme Court Appellate Division has ruled in favor of the city of Fulton’s petition to annex the Granby wastewater treatment plant.

The decision was announced May 9 and the annexation was made official May 15.

Three appellate judges upheld state Supreme Court Justice James McCarthy’s May 2013 ruling that the annexation is “in the public interest.” Continue reading

State Street United Methodist Church begins public capital campaign

The Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan of State Street United Methodist Church sings a hymn during Saturday's service kicking off the public capital campaign.
The Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan of State Street United Methodist Church sings a hymn during Saturday’s service kicking off the public capital campaign. At left is a tube showing how much money has been raised to date.

By Debra J. Groom

State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton has reached out many times to help people in the Fulton community.

Now, people in the Fulton community are being asked to help the church.

The historic brick building at South Fourth and Park streets is in need of a new roof and other repairs. On Saturday, church officials and the congregation kicked off a capital campaign to raise $250,000 with a service and celebration at the church.

Politicians and officials who use the church building spoke about what State Street church means to them and why keeping it open is so vital to Fulton.

“Two years ago this July, we came to this church,” said Nancy Fox, director of CNY Arts Center in Fulton. “We needed a home and they worked with us and helped us.”

The CNY Arts Center now runs a summer camp, children’s theater program, an afterschool drama club and other art events at the church. The center’s administrative offices also are in the church building, allowing it to use a space downtown on South First Street as the Arts in the HeART gallery.

“The church gave us a roof over our heads,” she said. “Now the church needs a roof.”

Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. said State Street church holds a fond spot in his heart – nearly 46 years ago, he and his wife stood at the State Street church altar and exchanged marriage vows.

“This church is so willing to give – there is such a unique group here that has opened their hearts to youth,” he said. “And to have a place that is on the historic register makes it all worth it.”

Tom Moore, owner of Synergistic Martial Arts, said he ran a martial arts school in Syracuse for years, but wanted to open one in his hometown of Fulton. He had no idea how and where he would be able to do it.

“I called around to various places and State Street was the only one who called back and wanted to work with me,” he said. “I wouldn’t be able to teach what I teach without State Street.”

“This church and other churches I the city are the foundation for everything that happens in this community,” said county Legislator Frank Castiglia Jr,. fondly remembering he took horn lessons in the church basement as a child. “This church is part of Fulton’s past – but we need this church to move to the future.”

To date, the church has raise about $165,000 of the $250,000 through donations and some grants.

And now it need help from the community.

“We have put an awful lot of work into this and we are just getting started,” said the Rev. Marion M. Moore-Colgan, pastor.

“A successful campaign will mike it possible for State Street UMC to replace the church’s badly eroded roof and make other essential repairs to this Fulton historic landmark,” said Barbara Camic, co-chair of the campaign with Mike Stafford.

Church officials announced Saturday State Street church has received a  $35,000 Sacred Sites Wilson Challenge Grant from the New York State Conservancy.

“We are thrilled to have received this wonderful,competitive grant,” Camic said. ”State Street will be required to match $20,000 of this grant over the next 12 months, but we are confident we can do just that.”

 The campaign also has two other special giving opportunities, made possible by longtime friend and generous supporter Bill Fivaz.

Fivaz will match 1:1 the first 10 gifts of $500 or more and fund a permanent plaque, to be placed in a prominent location in the church, that will list both the names of those who make gifts of $500 or more in honor of someone involved with State Street church or anyone a donor chooses.

Founded in 1890, State Street United Methodist Church has long played a prominent role in the Fulton community. In 2013, State Street was added to both the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places in recognition of its architectural value.

Great Bear vandalized

By Debra J. Groom

The Great Bear Recreation Area has been vandalized twice in the last month, officials say.

John Florek, who runs the Fulton water works, said the weekend of May 3-4, the kiosk where people sign in and pick up brochures was kicked in and damaged. The weekend of May 17-18, the light near the kiosk was damaged by a rock.

“We know the people who are doing this are not coming in the front gate, but coming in from the perimeter,” Florek said. “We are talking about putting up a camera there so we can catch these discourteous people.”

Great Bear consists of 275 acres of trails and beautiful scenes that people like to view. Florek said on most weekends at least 50 cars are parked there as people take to the trails.

The property also houses six drinking water wells for the city of Fulton. The city owns the property even though it lies in the towns of Volney and Schroeppel.

Florek said this was the first time in about two years that the area has been vandalized. He said it “would be in the city’s best interest” to prosecute the individuals once they are caught.

Richard Drosse, of Friends of Great Bear, said some of the areas vandalized were Eagle Scout and Cub Scout projects.

Nearly all school budgets in the state pass

Here is news from the New York State School Boards Association:

New York state voters approved 98.3 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 20, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.

“School districts received a much-deserved pat-on-the-back from voters for their efforts to trim budgets and still maintain momentum on raising academic standards for students,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “Low tax levy increases buoyed by a healthy state aid increase in many districts helped drive success at the polls.”

Initial statewide results gathered by NYSSBA indicate voters passed 652 school district budgets. The number of budgets defeated was 11. NYSSBA was still awaiting results for 13 districts. Continue reading

Meet the Fulton school board candidates

Four seats are open on the Fulton City School District Board of Education. There are five candidates:

Incumbent Barbara Hubbard, Timothy Crandell, incumbent David Cordone, Pamela Parker and Robert Briggs.

The four persons receiving the most votes during the May 20 election will serve three-year terms beginning in July.

Learn more about the five candidates:

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