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MICHAEL S STEVENS, DOB 1/29/80, of North Lake Street in Oneida, was arrested on 4/21/16 for
Misdemeanor Violation of Probation.

AMBER J THORNTON, DOB 10/5/86, of Madison Street in Oneida, was arrested on 4/19/16 for Violation of a
Conditional Sentence.

DAVID M CAMPBELL, DOB 8/5/82, of Wampsville, was arrested on 4/18/16 for Violation of the Family Court

JAMES P LOWERY, DOB 4/13/48, no address (homeless), was arrested on 4/21/16 for Menacing 2nd Degree.

PAUL S PYLMAN, DOB 4/28/56, of State Route 20 in Morrisville, was arrested on 4/21/15 for Aggravated
Unlicensed Operation 2nd Degree and Circumventing an Interlock Device.

ROBERT C SOULE, DOB 9/28/59, of State Route 31 in Canastota, was arrested on 4/23/16 for Criminal
Mischief 4th Degree and Harassment 2nd Degree (Physical Contact).

JOHN B OHERIEN, DOB 11/19/74, of James Street in Canastota, was arrested on 4/20/16 for Issuing a Bad

MARLON R MCLAUGHLIN, DOB 12/22/71, of Wheeler Road in North Chittenango, was arrested on 4/18/16 for
Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree.

UPDATED: 4/25/2016
Half Mile Segment of the Oneida Rail Trail to
Open; Grand Opening Celebration Planned
for May 4th

A ribbon-cutting event will be held on May 4, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to officially open a ½ mile section of the
City of Oneida’s Oneida Rail Trail (ORT) between Seneca and Sayles St adjacent to Oneida High School.
Utilizing existing railbeds, the envisioned ORT trail system will eventually circle the City. While many
portions of the railbeds are used by the community now, this ½ mile segment represents a portion to be
officially open and designated for public use.

The ribbon-cutting event will be held along the trail near Seneca Street and is open to the public to
attend. Events include several speakers and the unveiling of new signage and trail gates at both ends of
the segment. The gates were built by Oneida High School student Chase Ortlieb as his Eagle Scout
project. Temporary historic photos will be placed along the trail during the event for those that attend
to take a self-guided walk to learn more about how the railroad shaped the city.

The City will hold a clean-up event on Saturday, April 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 am to get the ½ mile
section ready for opening. During the clean-up event, volunteers can help pick up any litter and assist
with the gates and signage.

“Many sections of these former railbeds are being used by the community as an informal trail system
now, and the goal of the Oneida Rail Trail is to improve these greenspaces and connect them together.
This section by the high school is currently one of the most heavily used sections of the current informal
trail system. We are thrilled to be adding signage and officially opening this section for the community,”
says Luke Griff, Director of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.

The ½ mile segment will be open to hiking and biking as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in
the winter. Leashed pets are also welcome on the trail. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the
trail. Trail users are asked to please respect private property and stay on the trail.
In September of 2014, the City officially opened the first section of the Oneida Rail Trail, a 1 mile
segment from Hubbard Place to Lenox Avenue along the former West Shore railbed. That section
continues to be enjoyed by the public.

In 2013 and 2014, the City submitted and was awarded funding from the NYS DOT Transportation
Alternative Program for a combined 3.9 mile segment of the ORT. Eventually this 3.9 mile segment will
connect to the ½ mile segment being opened now. Proposed renderings of this 3.9 mile section of the
trail will also be available for viewing and public input at the grand opening on May 4th .

For more information on the Oneida Rail Trail, visit
Troopers Continue to Investigate An
Almost 60-year-old Homicide Case in
Madison County

State Police in Oneida continue to investigate the 1958 murder of 63-year-old Ernest Chaney in the Town on

On September 22, 1958, Chaney was a gas station attendant working and living at the Gulf Service station on
US-20 in the Town of Eaton.

On that night, a motorist stopped for gas at approximately 1:30 a.m. and found the lights on at the station, but no
one came out to fill his car with gas.

The motorist went inside the station and heard moaning.  He found Chaney unresponsive on the floor of an oil
storage room with obvious wounds to the back of his head and a large amount of blood.

After State Police responded, Chaney was taken to the Hamilton Community Memorial Hospital and later
transferred to Syracuse Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on October 2, having never
regained consciousness.  

The investigation indicated that Chaney went outside to attend to a customer at approximately 1:00 a.m. Chaney
was in the process of adding oil to the engine of an east facing car, parked on the north side of the gas pumps,
when he was struck in the back of his head with a blunt object.  He was struck a total of nine times and his wallet
containing about $80.00 was stolen.  There were no indications that any money or anything else was stolen from
inside the gas station and no weapon was ever located.

Many leads were followed up on during that time period and the case has remained open. Several interviews of
potential witnesses have been completed throughout the years, however, this homicide has never been solved.

The Gulf gas station is no longer in business, but remnants of the buildings still remain on the south side of Route
20, approximately 9/10ths of a mile west of the intersection with ST-46.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the New York State Police in Oneida at 315-366-6000
and ask to speak with Inv. Mark Nell or Senior. Inv. Reece Treen of the Major Crimes Unit.

All calls can remain confidential.  
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Madison County hosting Safe and
Secure Counties Open House
Saturday April 30th

(Wampsville, NY) Since 1991, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has identified April as National County
Government Month and this year’s theme is “Safe and Secure Counties.”

On April 30th, Madison County is using this opportunity to raise public awareness of the critical functions
performed by their emergency response departments by inviting the public to an Open House. Saturday’s open
house will be held in the parking lot of the County campus on North Court Street in Wampsville from 9:00 a.m.
until noon with the following departments sharing the roles they play to keep Madison County communities safe
and secure.

 E-911/Communications Center – Tour the Emergency Communications Center that
answers call from anyone that has a medical, fire or police related emergency in
Madison County.

 Emergency Management – Check out all of the bells and whistles of a real fire truck!
Sign up for NY Alert and learn what it takes to join the fire service.

 Highway Department – Get a close up look at Highway Department trucks and
equipment along with scale models of bridges.

 Public Health Department – Enter a water tasting competition, make sure your child’s
car seat is installed properly, and that your infants are sleeping safely.

 Sheriff’s Office – Get up close and personal to the Sheriff’s command trailer,
snowmobiles, patrol and tactical vehicles. Sign your children up for Operation Safe Child,
get a free bike helmet, and meet the K-9 Patrol Dog!

The Madison County Landfill on Buyea Road will be holding a Safe Pill Drop Off and Free
Shredding Event on the same day. Bring the whole family for an educational and fun day with
refreshments and giveaways!