Top 10 most read CNY news stories of 2018
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James Springer, III, a sixth grade student at Grant Middle School, was shot and killed in October at Park and E. Division streets in Syracuse.
The boy's 33-year-old stepmother also suffered a "graze" wound in the shooting.
Johanen Pizarro, 19, and Alberto Pinet, 22, are facing murder and attempted murder charges for the shooting.
Anthony Rodriguez was charged in December with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree and two counts of hindering prosecution.
Court documents showed that Pinet fired his gun ten times.
Springer's murder came amid a slew of young people killed in violent crimes in Syracuse this year.
Syracuse attorney Tom Anelli, who for years was advertised heavily on radio airwaves as being “The DWI Guy,” was taken into custody in September.
Troopers told CNYCentral that a woman who had been a passenger in Anelli’s vehicle reported they got into a verbal argument and she got out of the vehicle. When a trooper arrived, authorities said Anelli came back to the area, driving his vehicle. As a trooper started to assess what was going on, the trooper smelled alcohol on Anelli’s breath.
A test later performed by State Police indicated Anelli’s blood alcohol content was .06 and he was given a ticket for Driving While Ability Impaired — which amounts to a traffic ticket.
The case was adjourned and the charges were dropped in October.
Five people — aging from 8 to 35 — were injured from gunshot wounds on a violent night in September on Syracuse's south side.
Police responded to the 1300 block of Midland Ave., where they saw a large crowd of people and located several injured people suffering from gunshot wounds. They were transported to Upstate University Hospital.
Less than an hour later, police responded to nearby Furman St. where a 14-year-old girl was found suffering from a gunshot wound to her lower back area.
It is still unknown whether the two shootings are connected.
The shootings drastically changed the conversation of violence in the city.
“Make no mistake. This senseless violence impacts the entire community," Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said at the scene that night. "And it's just that. It's senseless. And I'm angry. The chief is angry. The people around us are angry. And I'm going to make sure the chief has every resource at our disposal to find those who are responsible for this crime."
No arrests have been made in this case.
Tragedy struck the Southern Tier back in July when New York State Trooper Nicholas Clark was shot and killed while responding to an early-morning call for a suicidal person in the Town of Erwin, outside Corning.
An autopsy shows Clark died as a result of being shot with a buckshot from a 12-gauge shotgun by Steven Kiley, who was a school principal. Kiley then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Trooper Clark, a lifelong Steuben County resident, was remembered as a standout athlete and a person who wanted to serve his community. He graduated from the State Police Academy in 2015.
"To the Clark family — to his mother, his father, his brother — we hope you find peace in this senseless act of violence," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at the time.
A memorial concert was held in September in his honor at Tag's Summer Stage, in Chemung County.
The death of a young mother and disappearance of a 14-month-old boy spawned a weeks-long search of a Wayne County farm.
Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, 18, and 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon disappeared in May.
An AMBER Alert was issued for Owen on May 25 after Selena was found buried in the woods near her Joy Road home earlier that week. The alert was canceled on May 29.
A massive search for the child ensued over the next few weeks and months. On Oct. 10, skeletal remains "consistent with someone of Baby Owen's age" were discovered on a farm in Sodus, near the site where Selena was found back in May.
The remains were sent to Monroe County for lab testing and were confirmed recently that they belonged to the young boy.
Alberto Ebarado Gutierre-Reyes, 26, who officials identified as Selena's boyfriend, was charged n the spring with a tampering with evidence charge and was indicted in December on murder charges. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Gutierrez-Reyes was removed from the United States on two previous occasions in 2016 and 2017 and now faces federal immigration charges.
Reyes admitted to deputies that he removed Selena's body from their home and buried her in the woods, but did not admit to killing her.
In court earlier this month, Reyes said he was tricked into giving up his right to remain silent and was repeatedly threatened by interrogators.
Seven people were stabbed in Syracuse bar fight on New Year's Day. Another woman was injured after being hit in the head with a bottle.
Sedeke Saffold, 37, and Justin Wright, 33, were arrested in February and charged with assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree for the incident, which occurred at Cougars in S yracuse.
The New York State Liquor Authority suspended the bar's license on Jan. 18.
In a letter sent to the authority on Jan. 10, Syracuse Police documented 16 calls made to 911 regarding incidents at Cougars since it was licensed in February 2017. The incidents included fights, assaults, loud music, drugs and quality of life complaints, the SLA said.
After his parents tried for several months to get their 30-year-old son to move out of their Camillus home, the matter was taken to court and a judge ordered Michael Rotondo to leave the home back in May.
Rotondo's parents had left him notes over the winter saying he was "not allowed to return," "hereby evicted" and gave him $1,100 so he could "find a place to stay" before taking him to court.
At the ruling, Rotondo was frustrated with the judge and said that he didn't think the judge fully read the case. He said it sounded like the judge said he needed to leave the home immediately, but Rotondo told reporters that "that's just ridiculous."
"It seems to me like I should be provided with, you know, 30 days or so, because generally you get 30 days after you're found, you know, to have to vacate the premises," Rotondo said at the time. "So I'm expecting something like that. But realistically, if that's not the case, I don't know."
Rotondo's case became the subject of international intrigue. Before he famously fought eviction from his parent's home, Rotondo was a clean-cut student at West Genesee High School where he split time between math club and playing in the school's orchestra.
Rotondo was sentenced in July for failing to pay child support.
Four people were arrested in March for making meth at a home in the Town of Smithfield.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office said a methamphetamine lab was found when deputies responded to a report of a man bleeding. Investigators later found items used to make meth and a meth lab at the home.
A search warrant was later executed and finished methamphetamine product was found, along with more items used to make it, the sheriff's office said.
As a result, three people who lived at the home and a fourth person face charges of third-degree Manufacturing Methamphetamine, fifth-degree Conspiracy and seventh-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Multiple emergency crews responded to a crash at the intersection of Onondaga Blvd. and Onondaga Rd. back in February. State police said a Chevrolet Impala was going through the intersection when it was t-boned by a GMC Arcadia SUV that had run through a red light.
The Impala was carrying Samra Osmanovic, 20, Baylie Rose, 19, and Michael Walker, 18, all of whom were current or former students at Onondaga County Community College. All three were killed instantly in the crash.
The suspect was later identified as 30-year-old Anthony Saccone, who was charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident and DWI. He was then indicted on three counts of second-degree murder a few weeks later.
Saccone was released from custody in May but was arrested again in July for performing a “burn out while allegedly consuming alcohol while driving. Those charges were eventually dropped.
Saccone pleaded guilty in July and was sentenced in November to 10 to 30 years in prison.
Saccone spoke to CNYCentral from behind bars in an off-camera interview in September, saying he thinks about the crash victims every day and that he wanted the families to know he was filled with remorse and regret.
“I know what I did was wrong. I’m scared to go to prison,” he said. “Everyone has lost enough. I am not a monster.”
New York continues to be one of the leading states in the country where people are moving out of.
United Van Lines, a St. Louis, Missouri-based moving company, released their yearly report in January that found New York ranked as the third most moved-out-of state in 2017, ahead of only Illinois and New Jersey.
The largest percentage of outbound New Yorkers — 46 percent — left for job-related reasons.
U.S. Census data from March found that between July 2016 and July 2017, the 50 counties that make up upstate lost a combined 3,596 residents.
In central New York, Tompkins County is the only county that has seen a population increase since the 2010 census.
Though the statewide population increased between 2016 and 2017, it only did so by 13,113 people. In 2016, the statewide population actually decreased for the first time in over a decade. In 2014, Florida surpassed New York as the third most populous state, after California and Texas.
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