Press Release Archive

MAY 26, 2011 - ARREST IN CAMILLUS COMMONS ARSON FIRES

Camillus Police Detectives announce an arrest in the investigation of three arson fires at Camillus Commons on May 22, 2011.

Arrested is Johnathan C. Truxell (DOB 10/13/82) of 155 Gifford St, Syracuse, NY 13202.

He was charged with:
• Criminal Mischief 2nd degree – Class D Felony
• Arson 5th degree – Class A Misdemeanor

Truxell was arraigned by Honorable Justice Robert Powers, Camillus Justice Court and remanded to the Onondaga County Justice Center where is being held without bail.


MAY 13, 2011 - BUCKLE UP NEW YORK CAMPAIGN

Camillus Police will be participating in the Buckle up New York Campaign.  Starting May 23rd and running through June 5th Camillus Police Officers will be targeting child restraint and occupant restraint violations during the spring Buckle up New York campaign.

The Camillus Police Department will be conducting occupant restraint checkpoints and dispatching dedicated patrols throughout the Town of Camillus, and will also be working with the New York State Police conducting night time occupant restraint checkpoints at various locations within the Town of Camillus.

APRIL 13, 2011 - DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

Camillus Police and DEA to participate in prescription drug take back day on Saturday April 30, 2011.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Camillus Police Department will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time DEA and the Camillus Police Department will hold their second National Pre­scription Drug Take-Back Day at the Walgreen's Pharmacy Drive Thru located at the corner of West Genesee Street and Hinsdale Road. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


APRIL 8, 2011 - ARRESTS IN STOLEN CAR AND THEFT FROM VEHICLE CASES

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK - March 29, 2011 – Camillus Police Detectives announce arrests in the ongoing investigation of larcenies from motor vehicles in Camillus and surrounding areas.

Arrested are:

Jeremy P. Carolin
Solvay, New York

Zachary T. Metcalf
Onondaga, New York

Each was charged with:

Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th degree (A Misdemeanor)
Conspiracy Sixth degree (B Misdemeanor)

During the course of this month long investigation Camillus Police recovered 15 GPS devices, cameras, Ipods, jewelry, MP3 players, cigarettes, one stolen car and other miscellaneous property.

Felony level charges are pending against both suspects in Camillus. Additionally, Camillus Police Detectives were able to link these suspects to recent crimes in Onondaga and Oneida Counties. Criminal charges have been filed or are in the process of being filed by the NYSP Sylvan Beach, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, Geddes Police and the Baldwinsville Police Department.

Carolin and Metcalf were each arraigned by Honorable Justice Steven Poli, Camillus Justice Court and remanded to the Onondaga County Justice Center. Bail was set for each defendant at $5,000.00 cash / $10,000.00 bail bond.


MARCH 15, 2011 - OPERATION SAFE STOP

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK, March 15, 2011 – The Camillus Police will be assigning extra traffic safety patrols on March 30th 2011 during Operation Safe Stop; a state-wide initiative that promotes school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts.

Operation Safe Stop is a cooperative project supported by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, Central New York Association for Pupil Transportation, Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Board and National Safety Council Central & Western New York Chapter.

Law Enforcement from across the state will utilize marked and un-marked patrol vehicles, including motorcycles, to follow school buses in heavy traffic areas to look for motorists who pass stopped school buses in violation of NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1174.  The fine is $250-$1,000 and up to 30-180 days imprisonment depending upon number of previous convictions for passing a stopped school bus.

For more information please contact the Camillus Police Department (315) 487-0102 or on our website at Camilluspolice.com.

MARCH 15, 2011 - CAMILLUS POLICE JOIN FACEBOOK
 
CAMILLUS, NEW YORK, March 15, 2011 – The Camillus Police Department is excited to announce that they have developed a Facebook page as an additional tool to share information with the public.  Presently citizens can go to Camilluspolice.com or join NIXLE to receive or share information; with Facebook, citizens can reach out to the Camillus Police from either their computers or even their smart phone to share and receive important information.

Camillus Police will be sharing up to date press releases and post photographs, videos, to assist in solving investigations, along with information on wanted suspects.

For more information contact the Camillus Police Department at (315) 487-0102.

MARCH 8, 2011 - ANNUAL RECOGNITION AWARDS

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK, March 8, 2011 – The Camillus Police Department takes great pleasure in reporting that on March 8th 2011 at 7:00pm the police department’s 2010 award recipients were recognized at the Town Board Meeting.
 
Dr. Holly R. Reid, owner of the, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Center in Baldwinsville received a 2010 Citizen Appreciation Award.

Dr. Reid has provided The Town of Camillus – Town of VanBuren Dog Control Officer with the utmost professional, ethical, and compassionate service. Their team of employees extends themselves above and beyond in providing care for injured, ill, or suffering animals. The Camillus Police Department truly appreciates Dr. Reid’s service for its dependability, exceptional talent and unselfish dedication; which truly makes a difference in avoiding an animals suffering. 

Officer Michael J. Schreyer was recognized as the 2010 Officer of the Year.
Officer Schreyer’s endless drive while on patrol, processing crime scenes, conducting investigations, or managing the explorer post was instrumental in the success of our daily operations. His enthusiasm towards teamwork, along with keen appreciation of your responsibilities made him stand out amongst your peers. Officer Schreyer’s contributions to the department, superior work, and support of our mission are greatly appreciated.

Officer Kristen Afarian has been selected as a first line supervisor with the Town of Camillus Police Department, effective March 7th 2011 Officer Afarian will assume the rank of Sergeant and assume her new duties as a road patrol supervisor. Sergeant Afarian is the first female to obtain the rank of Sergeant with the Camillus Police Department.

Village of Liverpool Police Chief, William Becker awarded Camillus Police Detective James Nightingale with the Village of Liverpool Meritorious Service Medal and Camillus Police Sergeant Joseph Farella with the Village of Liverpool Unit Citation Award for their instrumental assistance in the 2011 Baby Isabella Homicide Investigation.

For additional information please feel free to contact Captain Steve Rotunno at (315) 569-1948.

DECEMBER 22, 2010 - SERIOUS MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK, December 22, 2010 – The Camillus Police Department investigated a serious motor vehicle collision that occurred on New York State Route 5 and Bennetts Corners Road in the Town of Camillus. The accident occurred at 1333 hours involving a passenger car and a tank truck. Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2010 Ford 4 door operated by Greta A. Jengo (04/11/1966) of 24 West Main Street Marcellus, New York failed to stop for a traffic signal and drove into the path of an oncoming tank truck. The operator of the truck, David S. Andrews (03/22/1977) of 6031 Deer Springs Road Cicero, New York was not injured in the collision. The tank truck is owned by Safety Kleen Systems Inc of 6741 VIP Parkway 13211.

Greta A. Jengo was transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse where she is listed in critical condition as a result of the injuries sustained in this collision.

Camillus Police Accident Investigators are continuing their investigating regarding this collision. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in this collision. Route 5 was closed for several hours while the investigation was being conducted.

DECEMBER 17, 2010 - ARREST IN SUSPICOUS PACKAGE INCIDENT

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK – December 17, 2010 – Camillus Police detectives have made an arrest in the December 13, 2010 suspicious package incident that occurred on New York State Route 5 in the Town of Camillus. Arrested is Christopher Darren Bartels (DOB 10/18/1974) of 14 Arlington Square Camillus, New York 13031.

He was charged with:

• Placing A False Bomb Or Hazardous Substance In the Second Degree – Class E Felony

• Criminal Nuisance In The Second Degree – Class B Misdemeanor

Mr. Bartels was arraigned by Honorable Steven Poli, Camillus Justice Court and was remanded to the Onondaga County Justice Center without bail.

Chief Thomas M. Winn and members of the Camillus Police Department will be available at 315 PM at the Camillus Municipal Building 4600 West Genesee Street in the Justice Court/Meeting room located in the lower level of the building.


DECEMBER 13, 2010 - SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK December 13th 2010 – The Camillus Police Department is investigating a Suspicious Package Incident that occurred on Route 5 near Hinsdale Road in the area of the Home Depot.

Camillus Police detectives are attempting to identify a white male, twenty to thirty years of age, approximately 5’ 10”, wearing a black watch cap, a tan or gray micro fiber jacket or hoodie, dark colored pants, and winter style type of footwear.  The male was observed walking eastbound on Route 5 in the area of the Home Depot at approximately 5:00am, carrying a green hard side military style case.

In addition, an early 1990’s Saturn four door, gold in color was observed parked on Route 5 in the immediate area.  

Camillus Police detectives are investigating this incident and are seeking the assistance from the public. Anyone who may have been on Route 5 near the Home Depot or in Hinsdale Road area between hours of 4:30am and 6:00am and may have observed the male or vehicle are asked to contact the Camillus Police Department.

All calls will be kept confidential.


NOVEMBER 22, 2010 - WINTER PARKING ORDINANCE

The Camillus Police Department is requesting the assistance of our residences in keeping our roadways safe during the upcoming winter months.

In order to ensure safe roadways and to assist the Camillus Highway Department with their excellent snow removal efforts, Camillus Police Officers will be enforcing the winter parking ordinance. The Town of Camillus ordinance states that, "No motor vehicle or other vehicles of any kind shall be allowed or permitted to park on any Town Road or on property owned by the Town of Camillus between the hours of 1:00 AM to 6:00 AM from December 1st  to April 1st of the next succeeding year."

Each violation of this ordinance is declared to be a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than fifty dollars ($50.00) for the first offense and by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than fifty dollars ($50.00) for each subsequent offense, Plus Towing Charges.

For information regarding Winter Parking Regulations for the Village of Camillus please call (315) 672-3484.

For further information please contact the Camillus Police at (315) 487-0102.

OCTOBER 18, 2010 - HALLOWEEN SAFETY REMINDER

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK – October 18, 2010 - The Town of Camillus Police Department wishes everyone a safe and fun-filled Halloween. We encourage residents and visitors to participate in Trick-or-Treat activities throughout the town.  If Camillus residents wish to have a Camillus Police Officer respond to your residence for a free candy safety scan please call (315) 487-0102 and a police officer will respond.

The Camillus Police will be deploying additional marked and unmarked police patrols during the evening patrolling residential streets and neighborhoods.


SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 - BUCKLE UP PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK – September 17, 2010 - Camillus Police Officers appear in a "Buckle Up" Public Service Announcement brought to you by YNN and the Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Board.  Click the image below to view the video.

seatbelt PSA


MAY 11, 2010 - CAMILLUS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZED

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK – May 11, 2010 - The Town of Camillus Police Department was recognized as the First Place winner in the twenty-six to thirty-five officer category during the New York State Law Enforcement Challenge, sponsored by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

On Tuesday May 4th, Captain Steve Rotunno represented the Camillus Police Department at the 2010 Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference, held at the Double Tree Hotel in Syracuse, New York.

The Camillus Police Department has been a recipient of a Law Enforcement Challenge Award since 2005 recognizing the Camillus Police for their comprehensive application that reflects a highly effective traffic safety program that incorporates policy, enforcement, public information, education, recognition, training, and evaluation. In addition to winning at the state level, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) will be forwarding the application to the International Association of Chiefs of Police for entry into the National Law Enforcement Challenge.

Attached is a photo of Captain Steve Rotunno and New York State DMV Commissioner David J. Swarts at the Law Enforcement Challenge presentation.

srotunno

Please feel free to contact Captain Steve Rotunno at (315) 487-0102 for additional questions.

MAY 10, 2010 - CAMILLUS POLICE STRESSING BUCKLE UP NEW YORK CAMPAIGN

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK – May 10, 2010 - Starting May 24th and running through June 6th The Camillus Police Department will be targeting child restraint and occupant restraint violations during the Spring Buckle up New York campaign.  Camillus Police will be conducting occupant restraint checkpoints and dispatching dedicated patrols at various locations within the Town.  The checkpoints and patrols will be at various times of the day and night, and several checkpoints and patrols will involve a multi-jurisdictional efforts.  The effort is part of the National Click it or Ticket campaign targeting occupant restraints and child restraint violations. 

MAY 5, 2010 - MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH

Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Board Promotes “Sharing the Road” with Motorcycles By Joining Efforts with State and Local Partners

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – May 5, 2010 - Motorcyclist fatalities have steadily increased over the past decade. In fact, there was a 2 percent increase in fatalities from 5,174 in 2007, to 5,290 in 2008.

That’s why the Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Board (OCTSAB) announced today that it is joining with other State and local law enforcement in proclaiming May as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.”  All motorists and other road users are reminded to safely “share the road” with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.  Motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists.  All road users are reminded to never drive, walk or bicycle while distracted.

“As the weather improves, more and more motorcyclists are hitting the roads. And with that in mind, pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers of all vehicles, including SUVs, passenger cars or trucks, need to be extra attentive and make sure you ‘share the road.’  A motorcycle is one of the smallest vehicles on our roads, often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. Everyone needs to aggressively look for them.”

It’s crucial that motorists and bicyclists always make visual checks for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.  Pedestrians should also scan for motorcyclists who might be hidden by other traffic.

“Motorcyclists have responsibilities, too,” Captain Steve Rotunno the chair of the OCTSAB Aggressive driving committee said. “They should follow the rules of the road, be alert to other drivers, never ride while impaired or distracted, and always wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet and other protective gear.”

Captain Rotunno said that a motorcyclist is much more vulnerable than a passenger vehicle occupant in the event of a crash.  He said that research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that per vehicle mile traveled; motorcyclists are about 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in traffic crashes.

Captain Rotunno offered several tips for drivers to help keep motorcyclists safe on our roadways:

* Remember, the motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway.  Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane;

* Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections;

* Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic;

* Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed;

* Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. And don’t tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.

*Never drive while distracted. 

Captain Rotunno said motorcyclists can increase their safety by:

* Avoiding riding in poor weather conditions;

* Wearing brightly colored protective gear and a DOT-compliant helmet;

* Using turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if the rider thinks no one will see it;

* Combining hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention to themselves;

* Using reflective tape and stickers to increase conspicuity; and

* Positioning themselves in the lane where they will be most visible to other drivers.

* Never driving while impaired. 

Our message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: make this the first year in recent years when motorcycle fatalities do not increase. Help to share in the responsibility and do your part by safely “sharing the road.” 

MARCH 11, 2010 - CAMILLUS POLICE DWI CRACKDOWN

Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk this St. Patrick’s Day

Don’t Depend on Dumb Luck—Designate a Sober Driver Before the Party Begins

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK – March 11, 2010 - For many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular night out to celebrate with friends and family.  Unfortunately, due to the large number of drunk drivers, the night out has also become very dangerous.

“Whether you are meeting a few friends at the local pub after work or attending the St. Patrick’s Day parade this Saturday, if you plan on using alcohol, never drive while impaired—and never let your friends drive if you think they are impaired.”  “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.” Said Captain Steve Rotunno

Additional NHTSA statistics show that in 2008, there were 134 crash fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day.  Out of that number, 50 people were killed in traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.  

Captain Rotunno recommends the following easy steps, for a safe St. Patrick’s Day.

“Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk,” said Captain Rotunno. “Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be really significant. Don’t depend on dumb luck this St. Patrick’s Day. Designate your sober driver before the party begins.”

For more information, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com, www.camilluspolice.com or call the Camillus Police Department at (315) 487-0102

MARCH 9, 2010 - CAMILLUS POLICE ANNUAL RECOGNITION AWARDS

Camillus Advocate news article

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK – March 9, 2010 - The Camillus Police Department takes great satisfaction in reporting that on March 9th 2010 at 7:00pm the police department’s 2009 award recipients were recognized at the Town Board Meeting.

Miss Jessica Polge and Miss Chelsey Palmer, were recognized as recipients of the police departments 2009 Saved by the Belt Award.

On January 28th 2009 while traveling in a 2000 Ford SUV on Route 5 in the Town of Camillus, Miss Polge and Miss Palmer were involved in a serious motor vehicle collision. Their sound judgment in wearing a seatbelt was a major contributing factor in their injuries not being more serious, if not fatal.

Robert and Patricia Duffy, owners of the Fairmount Cleaners received a 2009 Citizen Appreciation Award.

For over twenty years Fairmount Cleaners has provided Camillus Police Officers with a professional and efficient uniform maintenance service. Fairmount Cleaners team of employees has performed second to none in providing us with such outstanding service. Our professional appearance is important to us as we serve and protect our community.

Mr. Daniel Meyers, owner of Meyers Towing received a 2009 Citizen Appreciation Award.

For providing professional, efficient road side service, Meyers Towing is always on the cutting edge of technology. Meyers Towing employees a team of professionals which in turn allows the Camillus Police Department to provide the excellent law enforcement services which residents and visitors of Camillus have come to expect.

Mr. Al Kalfass, Director of Western Area Volunteer Emergency Services. received a 2009 Citizen Appreciation Award.

For the outstanding Emergency Medical Services that WAVES provides to the residents in the Town of Camillus. Throughout 2009 WAVES personnel supported the Camillus Police Department on numerous medical calls, motor vehicle collisions and other related emergencies. Wave’s team of devoted professionals also assisted several members of the police department that were in need of medical care in 2009.  

Officer Kristen Afarian, Officer Matthew Slate, Officer Daniel Dougher and Officer Mark Flint were recognized as recipients of the Chief of Police Commendation Medals.

Officer Flint was recognized for his quick action while investigating a motor vehicle accident on December 28th 2009 when he alerted Officer Kristen Afarian seconds before her patrol car was struck in the rear end. His quick action led to officer Afarian to avoid serious if not a fatal injury when her patrol car was struck.

Officer Dougher was recognized for his quick action in a serious motor vehicle accident on R#5 when he assisted in gaining entry to a vehicle where the driver was trapped.

Officer Afarian and Officer Slate were recognized for their quick actions in providing medical care (CPR) on two separate occasions in early 2009.

Detective James Nightingale was recognized as the 2009 Officer of the Year.

Detective Nightingales personal sacrifice, rare and extraordinary ability to investigate crimes and resourcefulness led to the successful completion of several major cases in 2009. Detective Nightingales endless drive, ability to accept and complete any job, and unwavering dedication makes him stand out among his peers.

For additional information please feel free to contact Captain Rotunno at (315) 487-0102.
Receives State Law Enforcement Terrorism Program Grant for License Plate Reader.

MARCH 4, 2010 - CAMILLUS POLICE RECEIVE FEDERALLY FUNDED LICENSE PLATE READER

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK – March 4, 2010 - The Camillus Police Department Receives State Law Enforcement Terrorism Program Grant for License Plate Reader.

The Town of Camillus Police Department installed its third federally funded License Plate Reader (LPR).  The use of license plate readers on patrol vehicles while patrolling the Town of Camillus will capture and share critical information through a shared server.

This shared information can be utilized by Camillus Police Officers and other agencies throughout Onondaga County and New York State to identify track and locate suspects involved in national security, criminal and amber alert investigations. This type of investigative tool is critical in combating operations that would provide funding criminal operations which support terror groups.

Information pertaining to these types of investigations can be entered by Camillus Police Officers, State and Federal agencies to include the FBI Secret Service, ICE and US Border Patrol. This information has already been utilized by agencies in Central New York to locate and apprehend illegal aliens and criminal suspects wanted by the US Border Patrol / INS.

All vehicle plates scanned during the course of a shift are recorded and downloaded into the data base at the end of each using officer’s shift. This type of information sharing provides officers in the field and detectives investigating major crimes with real time intelligence information. Information can also be added to the data base from federal, state and local agencies that are outside of our region which can be utilized to assist in investigations that may be on a national level.

For additional information contact Captain Steve Rotunno at (315) 487-0102

JANUARY 15, 2010 - CAMILLUS POLICE LAUNCH NEW COMMUNITY INFORMATION SERVICE

                Chief Thomas M. Winn
                Camillus Police Department

For now, Camillus residents will be able to receive police-related information and municipal government information via Nixle. Channels providing other kinds of information are expected to be introduced in the future.

Craig Mitnick, the founder and CEO of Nixle, said Nixle differs from current services such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, which provide unauthenticated platforms for connections. Nixle solves that problem by providing a single standardized service for consumers to receive immediate and credible neighborhood-level public safety and community information.

“Nixle is a first-of-its-kind tool for communities that need to provide critical information to their residents,” said Craig Mitnick, founder and CEO.  “When it comes to public safety information, you have to trust the source. Residents of Camillus can rest easy that the local messages they receive are authentic.”

About Nixle:
Nixle is a community information service provider built exclusively to provide secure and reliable communications. It is the first authenticated and secure service that connects municipal agencies and community organizations to residents in real time, delivering information to geographically targeted consumers over their cell phones (via text messages), through e-mails and via Web access. Nixle has secured a partnership with NLETS (the International Justice and Public Safety Network), allowing local police departments nationwide to send immediate alerts and advisories. Privately funded Nixle, which has offices in New Jersey and California, is available at no cost to all governments, their agencies and organizations, nongovernmental organizations and consumers. For more information, visit www.nixle.com or the Camillus Police Department website at www.camilluspolice.com


JANUARY 13, 2010 - CAMILLUS POLICE WIN AAA PLATINUM AWARD

Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Board
22nd Annual Awards Ceremony

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK, – January 13, 2010 – Chief Thomas M. Winn takes great pride in reporting that the Town of Camillus has been selected as one of three municipalities in Onondaga County to receive the Automobile Association of America of Western and Central New York highest Community Traffic Safety Award, the (Platinum Award) for 2009. The Platinum award is given to communities that statistically demonstrate measurable effectiveness in addressing traffic safety issues.  The Town of Camillus Police Department prepared and submitted the Community Traffic Safety Award Package and was also recognized for its award wining traffic safety programs.  This is the third consecutive year the Town of Camillus has been a recipient of the Platinum Award and one of only ten Platinum awards that were given throughout New York State.

On Tuesday January 12, 2010, Chief Thomas Winn, Captain Steve Rotunno and Lieutenant Tim Macholl, represented the Camillus Police Department at the 22nd annual Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Boards luncheon held at Justin’s Grill in East Syracuse.

Camillus Police Officer Kevin Skibinski was also recognized as the recipient of the OCTSAB Speed Awareness Award for his contribution to reducing motor vehicle collisions in the Town of Camillus in the area of speed enforcement.

 

January 7, 2010 - ARMED ROBBERY ARREST
                            

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK, – January 7, 2010 – Camillus Police Officers with the assistance from the Onondaga County Sheriffs Office have made an arrest in the January 6th 2010 armed robbery that occurred in the parking lot of the Super Wal-Mart located at 5399 West Genesee Street Camillus, New York 13031. Arrested was a 14 year old Camillus New York resident and a 15 year old City of Syracuse resident. The two have been charged with:


Robbery in the First Degree – A Class “B” Felony (NYS PL. 160.15-4)

Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree – A Class “A” Misdemeanor (NYS PL. 265.01-2)

Menacing in the Second Degree – A Class “A” Misdemeanor (NYS PL. 120.14-1)

Both defendants were charged as Juvenile Offenders and were arraigned by Honorable Stephen Poli, Camillus Justice Court. Both defendants were then remanded to the Hillbrook Detention Center Syracuse, New York in lieu of $100,000.00 bail bond or $100,000.00 cash bond.

For further information please contact the Camillus Police at (315) 487-0102.


NOVEMBER 25, 2009 - ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY ARREST

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK – November 25, 2009 – Camillus Police detectives have made an arrest in the November 22, 2009 attempted armed robbery that occurred at the A+ Sunoco Convenience Store located at 3771 Milton Ave Camillus, New York 13031. Arrested is a 15 year old Camillus New York resident. He has been charged with:


Attempted Robbery in the First Degree – A Class “B” Felony (NYS PL. 160.15-3)

Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree – A Class “A” Misdemeanor (NYS PL. 265.01-2)

Menacing in the Second Degree – A Class “A” Misdemeanor (NYS PL. 120.14-1)

This 15 year old defendant was charged as a Juvenile Offender and was arraigned by Honorable Robert Powers, Camillus Justice Court. He was remanded to the Hillbrook Detention Center Syracuse, New York in lieu of $20,000.00 bail bond or $20,000.00 cash bond.


For further information please contact the Camillus Police at (315) 487-0102.

 

NOVEMBER 5, 2009 - CAMILLUS POLICE SECURE GRANT FOR WEST GENESEE SCHOOL DISTRICT

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK – November 5, 2009 – The Camillus Police Department and West Genesee School District helped secure a $349,000 grant to enhance school safety.  News Clipping // cnylink.com article

NOVEMBER 4, 2009 - CAMILLUS POLICE THANKED FOR GOING "ABOVE AND BEYOND"

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK – November 4, 2009 – Letter to the Editor - Eagle Observer

NOVEMBER 2, 2009 - CAMILLUS POLICE RECOGNIZED FOR SEX OFFENDER MANAGEMENT

SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK – November 2, 2009 – "The Camillus Police Department has been certified by the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police in a new sex offender management program.  The certification recognizes that the Camillus Police are employing proactive and sound practices in managing sex offenders in their community."  (more...)

SEPTEMBER 24, 2009 - ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK – September 24, 2009 – Captain Steve Rotunno reports that Camillus Police detectives with the assistance of the Onondaga County District Attorneys Office and a New York State Police canine unit arrested Frederick J. Baunee, age 48 of 311 Westfall Street, Camillus after a three month long investigation by the Camillus Police Department, Onondaga County District Attorneys Office and the Onondaga County Probation Department.  Mr. Baunee was arrested and charged with:
Endangering the Welfare of a Child;   in violation of Section 260.10 of the New York State Penal Law, a Class a Misdemeanor
Mr. Baunee is accused of knowingly engaging in conduct likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years old between July and September 2009
Mr. Baunee was arraigned in Camillus Town Court by the Hon. Stephen Poli and remanded to the Onondaga County Justice Center in lieu of $1500, 00 cash or $3000, 00 secure bail bond.
The Camillus Police and Onondaga County District Attorneys Office request anyone with additional information regarding Mr. Baunee or believe their child may have been in contact with Mr. Baunee to please call the Camillus Police at (315) 487-0102.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.

 

APRIL 2, 2009 - MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION - SCHOOL BUS, FIRE DEPARTMENT VEHICLE

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK - April 2, 2009 – The Camillus Police Department Accident Investigation Team is investigating a motor vehicle collision involving a West Genesee Central School District bus and a Fairmount Fire Department rescue vehicle. This collision occurred at the intersection of Hinsdale Road and Milton Avenue in the Town of Camillus at approximately 1603hrs.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2008 Ford Expedition Rescue Vehicle operated by Firefighter Brian E. Wegerski age 33 of Camillus, New York was responding to an emergency call, traveling northbound on Hinsdale Road. He entered into the intersection of Milton Avenue and collided with a 1999 Bluebird bus owned by the West Genesee Central School District. This bus was traveling eastbound on Milton Avenue. Firefighter Wegerski was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The bus driver, Robert J. Amerman age 69 of Camillus, New York and the school bus attendant, Anna M. Nolan age 43 of Syracuse were not injured in the collision. Three students from the East Hill Elementary School were injured and were transported to area hospitals with non life threatening injuries. The injured children include one 7 year old female, one 7 year old male, and a 10 year old male.

The three Firefighters that were occupants of the rescue vehicle were injured. They were transported to area hospitals with non life threatening injuries.
The New York State Police and Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Camillus Police Department with traffic control as traffic was rerouted around this accident scene for several hours. The Camillus Police Department Accident Investigation Team continues to investigate this collision.  Anyone that witnessed this accident is asked to call the Camillus Police Department at (315) 487-0102.

 

JANUARY 3, 2009 - FATAL HIT AND RUN COLLISION

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK - January 3, 2009 -  The Camillus Police Department continues its investigation of a fatal hit and run collision that occurred in the 4300 block of Milton Avenue. The accident occurred at about 0145 hours. Investigation indicates that a male was walking eastbound along Milton Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle that was traveling east on Milton Avenue.

The victim, Erik S. Kohler (04/19/1984) of Solvay, New York was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the injuries sustained in this collision.

At 1145hrs the Camillus Police Department made an arrest in the early morning fatal motor vehicle accident. Camillus Police Department detectives have charged Timothy L. Henry (DOB 12/27/1960) of 2393 Glover Road Marcellus, New York 13108 with:

Leaving the scene of a personal injury incident – a Class D Felony

Mr. Henry is currently being arraigned by Honorable Steven Poli, Camillus Justice Court and will be remanded to the Onondaga County Justice Center in lieu of $100,000.00 bail bond or $100,000.00 cash bail.

 

SEPTEMBER 3, 2008 - CAMILLUS/SOLVAY POLICE SOLVE TWO ARMED ROBBERIES.

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK - September 3, 2008 - Solvay and Camillus Police Department detectives have made an arrest in the August 14, 2008 armed robbery of the Quizno’s located at 5362 West Genesee Street in Camillus and the August 29, 2008 armed robbery of the Subway located at 2136 West Genesee Street in Solvay. This joint effort resulted in the arrest of Robert J. Derbyshire (DOB 03/30/1977) of 6005 Belle Isle Road Syracuse, New York 13209. Mr. Derbyshire was arrested in both cases and charged with:

Robbery in the Second Degree (2 Counts) – A Class C Felony

Criminal Use of a Firearm in the Second Degree (2 Counts) – A Class C Felony

Mr. Derbyshire was arraigned by Honorable Steven Poli, Camillus Justice Court and was remanded to the Onondaga County Justice Center in lieu of $100,000.00 bail bond or $100,000.00 cash bail.

SEPTEMBER 3, 2008 - CAMILLUS POLICE BICYCLE AUCTION.

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK, Wednesday September 3, 2008 - The Camillus Police Department will be having an auction of all found, unclaimed bicycles on September 13, 2008 starting at noon.  The auction will be held at the Camillus Police Department and will end when all bicycles have been auctioned off.  For further information, please call 315-487-0102.

MAY 2, 2008 - CAMILLUS POLICE WIN NYS LAW ENFORCEMENT CHALLENGE

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK -May 2, 2008 – Chief Thomas M. Winn takes great pride in reporting that the Town of Camillus Police Department tied with the City of Fulton Police Department for First Place in the 2007 New York State Law Enforcement Challenge Award, sponsored by the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.  The Camillus Police were one of only four law enforcement agencies in New York State that were recipients of a Law Enforcement Challenge Award.

On Tuesday April 29, Captain Steve Rotunno represented the Camillus Police Department at the 2008 Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference, held in Lake George, New York.

The Camillus Police Department was honored for its comprehensive application that reflected a highly effective traffic safety program that incorporates policy, enforcement, public information, education, recognition, training and evaluation.  In addition to winning at the state level, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee will be forwarding the application to the International Association of Chiefs of Police for entry into the National Law Enforcement Challenge.

APRIL 10, 2008 - CNY police chiefs honor exceptional work of 9 officers - Syracuse.com

APRIL 7, 2008 - Letter to the editor - Syracuse Post Standard

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APRIL 4, 2008 - Residents Rousted From Fire - Syracuse.com

MARCH 6, 2008 - CAMILLUS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES REACCREDITATION

CAMILLUS, NEW YORK -March 6, 2008 – The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Law Enforcement Accreditation Council has reaccredited the Camillus Police Department in a ceremony held today in Albany New York. The Accreditation Council has determined that the Camillus Police Department has met or exceeded the 130 accreditation standards for the period of 2003-2007. These standards are divided into three categories, Administration, Operations and Training. Accreditation enables us to strengthen existing procedures while simultaneously creating a solid foundation for the future of the Camillus Police Department.

Some of the benefits of being accredited are:

• Independent confirmation that policies comply with professional standards
• Greater admintrative and operational effectiveness
• Assurance of fair recruitment, selection and promotion processes
• Diminished vulnerability to civil law suits and costly settlements
• Enhanced understanding by Camillus Police Department personnel of agency polices and procedures
• Greater public confidence in the Camillus Police Department

The Camillus Police Department has been an accredited law enforcement agency since 1998.

 


CAMILLUS, NEW YORK – January 15, 2010 - The Town of Camillus Police Department is launching a new Community Information Service designed to deliver important and timely information to residents in our area using the latest technology.

This service, created by Nixle, LLC delivers trustworthy and important neighborhood-level public safety and community event notifications by web, e-mail, and cell phone.

Nixle is a new community information service provider built exclusively to provide secure and reliable communications. Its authenticated service connects municipal agencies and community organizations to residents in real time, delivering information to geographically targeted consumers over their cell phones (via text messages), through e-mails and through Web access. Nixle is offered at no cost to all governments, their agencies and organizations, nongovernmental organizations and consumers.

Nixle is simple, trusted and available at no cost.

Residents of the Town and Village of Camillus can now take advantage of Nixle! Nixle is a community information service that notifies you of public safety alerts, advisories and community events via web, e-mail, and cell phone. Sign up at www.nixle.com to register.

Register now and learn more at www.nixle.com. Then share this new service with friends and neighbors to spread the word!

We are very excited to have you experience it for yourself.

“This additional communication tool will allow our residents to become better informed of matters regarding public safety within our wonderful community”