The
Oneida NY
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NEWS

Oneida Rotary honors 14 CTE students from Oneida, SVCS - 5/22/2017
Black bear spotted in Durhamville - 5/22/2017
Oneida Healthcare shares cancer center plans at Relay For Life - 5/22/2017

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Manchester terror attack: 22 dead at Ariana Grande concert blast - 5/23/2017
Tear it Down or Fix it Up? Hotel Oneida deemed a "public nuisance" - 5/23/2017
New sketches, ideas for Oneida Rail Trail at special meeting Wednesday - 5/22/2017

SPORTS

Area high school baseball preview - 5/22/2017
7 concerns for the Warriors ahead of the NBA Finals - 5/23/2017
Royals tagged by three homers, Yankees win 4-2 - 5/22/2017

OPINION

Letters: Earth Fest a big success; Trump sense - 5/22/2017
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City of Sherrill
Village of Canastota
Village of Vernon
Town of Vernon
Oneida Indian Nation
New York State Government
NEWS LINKS

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COMMUNITY LINKS

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United Way of Greater Oneida
Oneida City Center Committee
PAC 99
Oneida Public Library
Madison County Office for the Aging
Turning Stone Resort Casino
Oneida Improvement Committee
Madison County Historical Society
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
CLICK HERE to see the latest Madison County Sheriff's Department arrest blotter in PDF format.
CLICK HERE to see the latest Oneida Police Department arrest blotter in PDF format.
Madison County to Participate in Statewide
STOP-DWI MEMORIAL DAY Crackdown
Enforcement Effort
MCSO PRESS RELEASE

(Wampsville, NY) Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley announced today that Madison County police agencies will participate in a
special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on May 26th and will end on May 30th. Memorial Day week is historically a
deadly period for impaired driving. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional beginning of summer.  In addition there will be
thousands of parties and barbeques to celebrate graduations, proms, communions, confirmations and the fact that the better
weather has arrived.  This combination of factors equates to more people on the road in general and more people specifically
driving impaired with 13% more fatalities than on a non-holiday weekend. The New York State Police, County Sheriff and
municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce
the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths during this period.
                   
“We want people to enjoy the holiday and all its’ festivities, but above all - be safe and be careful” said Sheriff Riley.  “The rate
of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes is four times higher at night than during the day.”  

The Memorial Day Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives funded by the NYS STOP DWI
Foundation with a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also
targets 4th of July and Labor Day Weekend, Halloween and the national Holiday Season in December.

Sheriff Riley noted that impaired drivers not only take the risk of hurting or killing themselves or someone else, the trauma and
financial costs of an alcohol-impaired-driving crash or an arrest can be significant.  Violators often face jail time, the loss of their
driver licenses, higher insurance rates and dozens of other unanticipated expenses.  

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities,
still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized
efforts, like this crackdown, aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.  “Alcohol impairs many of the skills
that safe driving requires. So we will be showing zero tolerance, and anyone caught driving with a BAC of .08 or higher will be
arrested,” said the Sheriff.  “It’s simply not worth the risk to you or to the thousands of innocent victims who are hurt or killed
each year by impaired drivers. So if you are over the limit, you will get arrested.”   
The City of Oneida Common Council will meet on Wednesday May 24th at
630PM in City Hall, 109 North Main Street to continue discussions on the
Oneida Rail Trail Project.  
CLICK HERE to view and download sketches of the
project.  The public is invited to attend the meeting.
State Police to Conduct Buckle Up New
York, Click it or Ticket Enforcement
Campaign
STATE POLICE PRESS RELEASE

The New York State Police will team up with local law enforcement to conduct a seat belt and child safety seat enforcement
period starting on Monday, May 22 and running through Sunday, June 4, as part of the annual Buckle Up New York, Click it or
Ticket campaign.

In addition, New York will be among 24 states participating in a Border to Border enforcement campaign, during which law
enforcement will set up safety belt checkpoints along highways connecting neighboring states and Canada. This enforcement
will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 22.

State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “As the summer travel season begins, we are joining with our law
enforcement partners to strongly encourage the proper use of seat belts and child safety seats in motor vehicles. Wearing a
seat belt is a simple measure that dramatically reduces the risk of severe injury or death in a crash. We will continue our efforts
to reduce the senseless tragedies caused by those who ignore New York’s seat belt laws.”

During the two week enforcement campaign, the State Police will supplement regular patrols with special seat belt and child
safety seat details, in addition to conducting safety restraint checkpoints.

During last year’s campaign, Troopers and local law enforcement issued more than 28,000 adult and child safety restraint
violations.

Under New York State Law:
·         All front seat occupants must be properly secured, regardless of age;
·         All rear seat passengers under 16 years of age must be properly secured;
·         Children up to the age of 4 must be properly restrained in a federally approved child safety seat that is attached to a
vehicle by a seat belt or universal child restraint anchorage (LATCH) system.
·         Children less than age 4 but weighing more than 40 pounds may be restrained in a booster seat with a lap/shoulder
safety belt. However, a child safety seat that accommodates higher weights can be used.
·         Children ages 4, 5, 6 and 7 must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system, one for which the child
meets the height and weight recommendations of the child restraint manufacturer.
·         A vehicle's safety belt is NOT a child restraint system.
·         Children riding in booster seats must be secured with a combination lap/shoulder seat belt (State Police advise motorists
to NEVER secure a child in a booster seat with only a lap belt).


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that seat belts saved 13,941 lives in 2015 nationally and
could have saved another 2,804 if people who weren’t wearing them had done so.  In New York, NHTSA estimates seat belts
saved 443 lives in 2015 and another seven children under age 5 were saved by car seats. The NHTSA also estimated another
55 lives could have been saved with 100 percent compliance.
Madison County Sheriff's Deputies
Investigating Fatal Accident in the Town of
Lincoln
MCSO PRESS RELEASE

(Lincoln, NY 5/22/17) Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the scene of a vehicle accident that occurred at
approximately 9:15 A.M. this morning.   The accident was reported on Buyea Road, between Eddy and Whitman Roads, in the
Madison County Town of Lincoln.  The accident was reported to the Madison County 911 Center by a driver who came upon
the accident scene.

The investigation is ongoing but what is known at this time is that two occupants were in the vehicle that was driving
northbound on Buyea Road, leaving the roadway and impacting a tree.  Both were pronounced dead at the scene by EMS.  
They will be transported to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office in Syracuse for autopsy.   

Sheriff’s investigators remain on the scene at this time and the crash is being reconstructed.

More information be issued when the victims are identified and families are notified, and when the investigation is complete.


UPDATE 5/23/17: Crash Victims Identified

(Wampsville, NY)  The two victims of yesterday’s crash in the Madison County Town of Lincoln have been identified.

James A. Graham II, 22, of Morrisville was the driver of the vehicle.  Graham’s wife, 24 year old Kali M. Lackey-Graham,
was the front seat passenger.  Both were pronounced dead on the scene by Greater Lenox Ambulance.  Both were wearing
seat belts at the time of the crash.

Based on the investigation and crash reconstruction, speed was the determining cause of this accident.