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Syracuse Police Release Timeline for Dasheem East Homicide Investigation

On June 20th, 2022, at 9:34 P.M., Syracuse Police Officers responded to the 2000 block of Lodi Street in regard to a shooting with injuries call. Upon arrival, Officers located the victim, 20 year old Dasheem East, while on scene, it was evident that East had been shot. East was subsequently transported to Upstate University Hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, he was pronounced deceased soon thereafter.

An investigation was commenced by CID Homicide Unit detectives, where numerous people were interviewed, and an extensive neighborhood and citywide canvass was conducted. In addition, several search warrants were executed, and the evidence recovered was processed and thoroughly analyzed.

As a result of the above efforts, a suspect was identified as 21-year-old Kavion Strong. On September 7th 2022  Strong was located in the City of Las Vegas, Nevada, following a domestic dispute in which police were called. He was taken into custody by Las Vegas Police without incident. 

Strong was taken into custody by SPD Warrant Squad detectives in Las Vegas on September 22nd, 2022 and transported to Syracuse NY where he was arraigned on September 23rd, 2022. Strong was later lodged in the Onondaga County Justice Center, where he is currently being held.

In regard to this investigation, Kavion Strong was charged with the following crimes:

One count of Murder in the Second Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.  

  • Suspect Information  – Kavion Strong, 21 years old,  Syracuse, NY
  • Victim Information – Dasheem East, 20 years old, Syracuse, NY

This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact CID.

Saturday At OCC: Cruise & Views Car Show Presented by Maguire Auto

The 2ND annual Cruise & Views Car Show Presented by Maguire Auto returns to Onondaga Community College, Saturday September 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is organized by the OCC Foundation which provides funding for student scholarships, programs, and projects which create partnerships in success for students and the entire community. 

OCC Cruise and Views

OCC Cruise & Views Presented by Maguire Auto
Saturday, September 24 from 10am to 1pm

Location: Parking lot 13 in front of the SRC Arena,
OCC campus, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, 13215

Preview of Coming Attractions: Stop by the Automotive Technology Lab in the Whitney Applied Technology Center and see OCC students restoring a 1957 Chevy Truck. At a future Cruise & Views show we will be selling raffle tickets for the truck.

Enrollment in OCC’s Automotive Technology degree program is trending up significantly under the leadership of Department Chair and Professor Ryan Beckley. He’s a Baldwinsville High School and OCC graduate who taught at East Syracuse Minoa High School for 20 years before returning to campus in 2019 and resurrecting the Automotive Technology program.


Special Meeting of the Common Council on 10.5.2022

There will be a Special Meeting of the Common Council on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 12:00 p.m., in the Common Council Chambers, third floor, City Hall.

The purpose of this meeting is to consider legislation authorizing an application and agreement with Round 6 of the Restore New York Communities Initiative, which is administered by the Empire State Development Corporation, and to discuss the property assessment list.



Onondaga County Department of Transportation to Begin North Kirkville Road Culvert Project

The Onondaga County Department of Transportation will conduct a rehabilitation of the culvert on North Kirkville Road over the Chittenango Creek overflow in the Town of Manlius. The culvert is located on North Kirkville Road between Kirkville Road and Fyler Road.

County forces will be setting up a work zone beginning Monday, September 26, 2022. An offsite detour route will be utilized. Motorists are asked to follow the marked detour during the closure.

As with any highway project, the Onondaga County Department of Transportation encourages motorists to plan ahead for potential delays and to consider alternate routes, if possible. We respectfully remind the public to obey the reduced speed limit through the work zone, use caution, and be mindful of construction workers and equipment.

This project is expected to be completed by the end of the 2022 construction season.

Questions regarding this project may be forwarded to Patty Jeschke, Project Coordinator, by call (315)435-3205.

The use of $24 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds by SUNY to expand student mental health and wellness services and improve campus resources is supported by the SUNY Student Assembly

The SUNY Student Assembly states the following: The utilization of $24 million in American Rescue Plan money to increase mental health and wellness programs and improve campus resources was announced by senior administrators during the Board of Trustees meeting in Albany, NY, on Wednesday, September 21st, 2022, according to a press statement from SUNY. In addition to other timely interventions, expanded on-campus programming includes after-hours care, the development of well-being spaces, the hiring of new staff, suicide prevention programming, emergency mini-grants to students seeking off-campus support, and expanded staff training for counselling centres.

SUNY Student Assembly encourages students to use the platform to enhance their emotional wellness while supporting the actions done by SUNY to increase Mental Health resources and lessen associated stigma.

Campuses throughout the SUNY system are concentrating on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to support and enhance overall student mental health. Recognizing the link between the mind and body and overall wellness, they are also investing in bolstering peer-to-peer counselling opportunities and physical wellness initiatives, including group exercise.

The SUNY-wide expansion follows numerous reports of mental health issues made worse by the coronavirus pandemic. The percentage of adults with symptoms of anxiety or a depressive disorder rose from 36.4% to 41.5% between August 2020 and February 2021, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the largest increases occurring among young adults between the ages of 18 and 29.

Through the recently formed SUNY Mental Health Repository, which is accessible here, SUNY System Administration and its campuses have also collaborated to raise awareness of mental health and well-being services throughout each college and university. During September, which is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the repository and other SUNY-wide mental health services will be promoted on social media. The mental health resource finder has been accessed more than 1,100 times since the repository’s soft launch in July when SUNY students and other system stakeholders evaluated the resource.

The repository is made to make information about mental health services more easily accessible and to reduce feelings of information overload, especially in times of emergency. To prevent students from feeling underrepresented in mental health care, the resources under the Universal Resources category are tailored to particular experiences and difficulties. Group-specific resources are available in this area, including those for student parents, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, students with disabilities, students in the military, and student-athletes.

For more information about SUNY’s mental health resources, please visit

Mural Dedication at Schiller Park: More than 2,000 National Grid Employees Volunteer Across New York to Celebrate Company’s Day of Service

Activities are part of Project C, company’s continuing commitment to customers and communities

On September 16th, National Grid marked the first anniversary of its Project C initiative with a Day of Service as more than 2,000 employees make positive impacts by donating their time at more than 200 volunteer events in communities across the company’s 26,000-square-mile New York service area. With a focus on strengthening communities and making a difference today and every day, volunteer efforts are taking place at food banks, senior centers and veterans’ service facilities. In addition, National Grid employees are building homes through Habitat for Humanity and beds for children in underserved areas, cleaning up and landscaping neighborhoods and parks, providing various levels of assistance at nonprofits, and more.

Project C is National Grid’s Community Commitment to:

  • Build a better future by Connecting our communities to clean and sustainable energy.
  • Care for our neighborhoods and their revitalization.
  • Compassionately address the challenges our customers face, including environmental justice and social equity.
  • Create the workforce that will help build New York’s clean energy delivery system.
  • Collaborate with our customers, partners,stakeholders and so many others to deliver the clean, fair, resilient and affordable energy future.

Since launching Project C in September 2021, National Grid has supported 9,000 businesses, launched 100 community partnerships, planted 1,700 trees, trained 1,400 workers to grow the clean energy workforce, and adopted 20 parks to revitalize gathering spaces. In addition, employees have volunteered more than 15,000 hours in their New York communities over the last year. “From training clean energy workers to aiding local businesses, the past year has been filled with love and support for our New York communities,” said Rudy Wynter, National Grid’s New York president. “Thanks to the hard work of our employee volunteers, partners, and other stakeholders, we have already accomplished so much. There is more work to be done, and we are more motivated than ever to continue to deliver for our customers and our communities.” Wynter shares more about Project C’s impact in this short video.

Dedicated groups of National Grid employees spent months planning and partnering with nonprofit organizations, schools, community centers, parks and other groups to deliver the activities that are taking place today across the company’s New York footprint.

Mural Dedication at Schiller Park

In Central New York: Local community leaders unveiled a series of murals painted by local artist Ally Walker at Syracuse’s Schiller Park. The murals celebrate the generations of new Americans who have populated the surrounding neighborhoods for more than 100 years. Company volunteers also will conduct a cleanup and tree planting at Schiller Park. Additional Central New York Day of Service activities include working with A Tiny Home for Good on two different construction projects to address homelessness in Syracuse, packaging non-perishable food to help fight food insecurity across the region, and beautification projects at Morningside Cultural Trails and Upper Onondaga Park in Syracuse, Fall Island Park in Potsdam, Higley Flow State Park in Colton and the Utica Zoo. National Grid employees also will prepare and serve food at local shelters and for Meals on Wheels, deliver property improvement projects at local senior living facilities, and work on property maintenance projects at a veterans organization.

“National Grid has been a mainstay in the Central New York community for decades,” said Lynn Hy, chief development officer for the Food Bank of Central New York. “Food Bank of Central New York is proud to partner with National Grid throughout the year on food security initiatives throughout central and northern New York. From monthly Project C volunteer activities to food and fund drives initiated by employees, National Grid is helping to make a difference in the lives of neighbors in our community in partnership with the Food Bank.”

Stabbing Reported on Park Street

On Tuesday, September 20th, 2022, at around 12:51 A.M., Officers responded to the 800 block of Park Street for a stabbing call. Upon arrival, Officers located a 24-year-old male with a laceration to the shoulder. The victim is expected to survive.  The investigation is active and ongoing; anyone with information is asked to call the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5222.​​​​



Annual Sportsmen’s Days – This Weekend

Presented by the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen

The Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs will be holding the 2022 Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, this weekend, Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25 from 11am-5pm.

The Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs annually holds this event in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day. National Hunting and Fishing Day focuses on raising public awareness about the importance of the wise use of natural resources, promoting wildlife conservation and outdoor sports. Sponsors of Sportsmen’s Days include, Onondaga County, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, Wegmans and the NRA Foundation.

Visitors will see a variety of demonstrations throughout both days including fishing, trapping, hunting, cooking, orienteering, birds of prey, fly tying, game calling, taxidermy, and more.

Participants will be able to experience many hands-on activities including fly tying, fishing, canoeing, orienteering, trap shooting, muzzleloader shooting, archery, including crossbows, air rifles, axe throwing and more.

Several member clubs will provide information about their organizations and their will be vendors offering their wares and sharing their knowledge. Event goers can meet local wildlife artist,Tom Lenweaver and representatives from New York State DEC, New York Sturgeon for Tomorrow, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and more. Vendors include Iron Skillet Seasonings, Runnings, Gooseman Calls, Marsh Mills Ranch and more.

Admission to the event, which includes all activities, is $5 per vehicle. Veterans, Active Military and their families will be admitted free. Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery is located at 1672 Route 321 in Elbridge.

For more information, visit or call (315) 689-9367

Child Passenger Safety Seat Event September 24 at Target in Liverpool

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a child passenger safety seat event this Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. in the parking lot of the Target located at 3857 Route 31 in Liverpool.

Our child safety seat technicians will be on hand to assist with the inspection/installation of your child’s safety seat and answer any questions. Those who have their car seat(s) checked will qualify to enter for a chance to win a kids battery operated customized Sheriff’s Patrol vehicle.




Rep. Katko to Hold Telephone Town Hall with Federal Trade Commission To Help CNY Seniors Avoid Scams & Fraud

Syracuse, NY— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced details for a Telephone Town Hall he will hold on Tuesday, September 27th at 11:00am to provide seniors in Central New York with information on how to avoid, handle, and report scams. Rep. Katko will be joined by a representative from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Together, they will provide seniors with information and resources, and take questions from listeners.

Rep. John Katko

“I am very excited to announce an upcoming Telephone Town Hall meeting I’m holding on Tuesday, September 27 at 11:00 am to provide local seniors with best practices to avoid scams,” said Rep. Katko. “I will be joined by an expert from the FTC who will be able to answer questions and provide guidance for preventing fraud. This call will provide seniors in our community with clear and concise information on how to best protect themselves. All interested seniors are encouraged to contact my office to sign up.”

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Time: 11:00am

To sign up for Rep. Katko’s Telephone Town Hall, email by 1pm on Monday, September 26, 2022. In the email, participants must include their name, phone number, and zip code.