The annual Fulton Bike Rodeo, sponsored by the Fulton Police Department, will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31 at the Fulton Community Center.
The long-running event, which is geared toward children, features a bicycle obstacle course, bounce house and a bicycle giveaway for kids in need.
The city of Fulton is donating abandoned bikes to be sold as scrap metal to benefit the Bike Rodeo. Oswego Health, Dunkin Donuts and the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County are also sponsors. Continue reading →
The Fulton Police Department’s annual bike rodeo will be held June 1 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Fulton Community Center.
This free event is focused on youth bicycle education and safety and there will be other information and attractions including air hop rides and food and drinks.
The event will be held rain or shine. Weather permitting it will be in the Fulton Community Center/War Memorial Parking Lot located on West Broadway.
In the event of bad weather, it will be held inside the Community Center’s ice rink area. Children can complete an obstacle course with the assistance of a Fulton Police Bicycle Officer. Children can bring their own bike or use one provided by the Department.
For those who bring their bikes, they can register them with the Fulton Police and have a safety inspection done by Doyle’s Bike shop. Bicycle safety educational material will be given out to all children.
There will be a bicycle raffle sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and Menter Ambulance. Representatives from Oswego Health will be present to fit and give away helmets which have been purchased with a grant from the New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
Other organizations scheduled to be present are the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, who will be making child identification cards; Menter Ambulance will have an ambulance present for children to tour; and the Fulton Fire Department will have a fire truck present to tour also.
A string of telephone calls purported to be from the family of confessed hit-and-run driver Douglas Parkhurst, alleging that his confession was coerced, is being taken seriously by the Fulton Police Department.
“We take it very seriously,” said Fulton Police Sgt. Stephen Lunn.
Since the time of the announcement that Parkhurst had confessed to being the driver of the car that killed four-year-old Carolee Sadie Ashby on Halloween night in 1968, the Ashby family said they have been receiving calls and text messages from people claiming to be family members, alleging that police coerced the confession from Parkhurst and that he did not hit Carolee.
Lunn said of the allegation that suggests the police had illegally obtained the confession is “one that we don’t take lightly.”
Carolee, her sister Darlene, and a cousin had gone to a store on S. Second Street in Fulton to buy candles for Darlene’s birthday cake and Darlene bought Carolee an ice cream cone.
They were headed back home and the cousin had ran ahead and safely crossed the street. As Darlene and Carolee crossed, a car suddenly came upon them and struck Carolee with a force that pulled Carolee’s hand out of Darlene’s hand.
Carolee was dragged or carried 133 feet and left in the road to die. The driver never stopped.
The calls have been disturbing for the Ashby family, coming at a time when they are dealing with the shock of the confession.
Lunn said the family should report the calls to the police, something Darlene Ashby McCann said she will do. They could be considered harassment, Lunn said.
Soon after learning of the confession, the family issued a statement requesting privacy.
The most interesting call allegedly came from Parkhurst himself to a grandson of Carolee’s mother. The caller, according to family members, said that he did not believe he was the driver who hit Carolee.
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The Fulton Police Department has a message for pedestrians attempting to walk across the Broadway (Route 3) bridge: Don’t do it.
According to the police department, the Broadway bridge is currently completely closed to all pedestrian traffic.
“This includes the sidewalk and the roadway,” a release from the police department states. “Pedestrian traffic is prohibited due to safety concerns. The sidewalk cannot be safely maintained during the winter months and the bridge surface is not wide enough to safely accommodate pedestrians. Violators may be ticketed.”
Pedestrians can use a shuttle bus service during the weekdays, which is in operation from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Saturdays, the shuttle will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are no shuttle service Sundays.
So far, most of the bridge work has been done on the southern portion. New steel beam replacements were added to the bridge in the fall.
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AAA Western and Central New York recognized the Fulton Police Department for its continued success in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program.
AAA’s Platinum Award was presented to Police Chief Orlo Green, Lieutenant Jason Delano and Mayor Ronald Woodward last in Fulton.
AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is an awards and recognition program for communities of all sizes nationwide that identify and address their local traffic safety issues.
The program considers basic crash statistics, presence of a traffic safety leadership group, programs, projects, and their effectiveness. The awards progress from Honorable Mention to Bronze, Silver, Gold, and to the highest level, Platinum.
Fulton received a Platinum Award, given to communities that not only demonstrate outstanding success in addressing local traffic safety issues, but show a clear trend of improvement over five years and/or provide data that is substantially better than the statewide data for communities of similar size.
Fulton has participated in the program for 11 years and is the recipient of five Platinum and six Gold Awards.
“AAA is pleased to recognize the great efforts that make our communities safer, and we applaud the leadership that advances the cause of traffic safety,” said Wally Smith, vice president of AAA Western and Central New York. “Fulton’s Platinum achievement is evidence of their commitment to traffic safety success.”
Fulton demonstrated success with programs and projects addressing drunk and impaired driving; aggressive, unsafe and distracted driving behaviors; speeding; occupant protection and child passenger safety; school bus and school zone safety; pedestrian and bicycle safety; and computerized mapping of motor vehicle accidents to identify problem areas and improve safety.
Additionally, Fulton met the criteria for Platinum with their statistics for vehicle occupant fatalities and seat belt usage.
Only nine communities in New York State received Platinum honors: Brockport, Camillus, Fulton, Liverpool, Manlius, New York City, Old Westbury, Tuckahoe, and White Plains.
Participation in AAA’s Community Traffic Safety Program is open to communities of all sizes nationwide.
As New York State lawmakers discuss legislation that would crack down on cyber bullying in schools and through social media, local law-enforcement agencies said cyber bullying is not something they hear of too often.
“No, I don’t get a lot,” Oswego County Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd said when asked if he his department has received many complaints. “Once in a while, but not very often. In-school bullying is more of a problem.”
Lt. Bill Clark of the Fulton Police Department said he could not recall any complaints that come to mind.
“Nothing as far as bullying,” he said, noting that he sees the complaints that come through the department.
State lawmakers are attempting to crack down on threatening, taunting or insulting e-mails, instant messages, and postings to social media including Facebook.