State police conduct underage drinking initiative in Oneida County

On May 10, 2019, the state police conducted an underage drinking initiative in Oneida County at locations in the cities of Utica and Rome and in the towns of Marcy, Trenton, Floyd, Whitestown, Westmoreland and Kirkland.

As a result of the initiative, the following locations were checked and in compliance:

  • Rock’s Liquor 280 Oriskany Blvd., Yorkville
  • Speedway 5100 Commercial Drive, Yorkville
  • Kinney’s 40 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro
  • Rite Pharmacy 141 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro
  • Bryne Dairy 185 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro
  • Mohawk Fuel & Food Mart, 5773 ST-219, Marcy
  • Cliff’s Local Market, 8429 NY-69, Oriskany
  • Sunoco Famco Express, 6787 Martin St., Rome
  • Stewart’s Shops, 5319 NY-233, Westmoreland
  • Fastrac, 9249 River Road, Marcy
  • Speedway, 148 N Genesee St., Utica
  • Fastrac, 384 N Genesee St., Utica
  • Fastrac, 1301 Herkimer Road, Utica
  • Byrne Dairy 20 Herkimer Road, Utica
  • Litchman’s Liquor 50 Auert Ave., Utica
  • Stewarts Shops 8170 NY-12, Barneveld
  • Stewarts Shops 9566 Main St., Holland Patent
  • Village Tavern 14 College St., Clinton
  • Don’s Rok 36 College St., Clinton
  • Breakaway Lounge, 3575 State Route 12, Clinton

The following locations were found NOT to be in compliance with the laws dealing with the sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 21:

  • Nice-N-Easy, 7296 W Main St., Westmoreland 13490: As a result of the initiative, Dakota Thieme, 24, of Westmoreland, was charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child (PL 160.20) and prohibitive sale of alcohol to a person under 21 years old (ABC 65-1).
  • Red’s Market, 8528 ST-365, Stittville 13469: As a result of the initiative, Kamryn McGrew, 20, of Remsen, was charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child (PL 160.20) and prohibitive sale of alcohol to a person under 21 years old (ABC 65-1).

Trooper’s training and quick response leads to quick recovery of missing child

On May 20, 2019, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Trooper Christopher Gibbs, SP Hastings, responded to the Roxberry Estates Mobile Home Park in the town of Hastings for a report of an 11-year-old autistic boy who had been missing for approximately one hour.

Oswego County 911 advised that the boy was a participant with the Project Lifesaver Program. Immediately upon arrival at the residence, Gibbs confirmed the boy was a participant in the program and deployed his equipment. Within five minutes, the boy was located approximately a half mile from his residence, inside a vehicle at a car dealership. The boy was in good health and reunited with his family.

Gibbs’s training with Project Lifesaver and quick response to the incident led to the quick recovery of the child.

Project Lifesaver International is a multi-agency program that provides electronic tracking for persons at risk including young children with autism who often wander and elderly persons with dementia. Many agencies in Oswego County including the New York State Police, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, city of Oswego, city of Fulton as well as the village police departments all have personnel trained in the Project Lifesaver program.

For more information on the program, visit

Speeding appears to be cause of fatal crash in the town of Otisco

On May 26, 2019, at 10:43 p.m., state police in LaFayette responded to a reported serious personal injury accident on Kinyon Road in Otisco.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1998 Dodge pickup truck operated by Joseph Wallingford-Stirner, 26, of Jamesville, was speeding on Kinyon Road when he lost control of the vehicle, exited the south shoulder of the roadway, struck a culvert, become airborne and struck a tree.

The vehicle then became engulfed with fire.

Wallingford-Stirner was pronounced deceased at the scene. A passenger in the truck, Nathan E. Casolare, 24, of Tully, had self-extricated prior to patrol’s arrival at the scene. He was transported to SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse for minor abrasions.

The investigation continues.

By martha

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