Jan. 27, 2020

Troopers make a second arrest in stolen auto parts investigation

On Jan. 25, 2020, state police in Lee arrested 21-year-old Colton L. Shaffer of Rome for second-degree auto stripping and fourth-degree grand larceny (both class E felonies) and second-degree criminal mischief (a class D felony).

Following a two-month-long investigation, Shaffer is accused of destroying and damaging several vehicles and stealing their catalytic converters for scrap. He acted in concert with Richard Tennant, Jr., who was previously arrested Jan. 17, 2020.

Shaffer was additionally charged with third-degree burglary (a class D felony) for a second incident in the outer district of Rome, where he entered a barn and stole several catalytic converters off of several vehicles owned by the complainant. Shaffer then sold those converters to a business in the town of Marcy and received money for them.

Shaffer was arraigned in the Oneida County Centralized Arraignment Court and was remanded to the Oneida County Jail on $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to Rome City Court at a later date.

Jan. 30, 3030 [UPDATE]

Arrest made in connection with 2019 Mattydale car-house crash that killed resident

On Jan. 30, 2020, state police arrested Bryan K. Walters, 59, of Mattydale, for second-degree manslaughter (a class C felony), following an Onondaga County Grand Jury indictment.

Walters was arraigned in Onondaga County Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear back in Onondaga County Court Feb. 13, 2020.

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[ORIGINAL] On June 1, 2019, at approximately 1:47 p.m., state police in North Syracuse responded to 202 Mohawk Drive in the town of Salina regarding a vehicle that struck a house.

Investigation revealed a 2017 Dodge Charger operated by 58-year-old Bryan K. Walters was driving southbound on Plymouth Avenue South when Walters drove through two stop signs without stopping and then struck the house located at 202 Mohawk Drive.

The vehicle went through the front of the residence and came to a rest entirely within the structure; the homeowner, Eugene F. Addison, 70, had been seated in the front living room of the residence and was located pinned underneath the vehicle.

Addison was pronounced dead at the scene.

Walters was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, where he was treated and released. The preliminary investigation suggests that he may have had unknown medical condition just prior to the accident.

The investigation continues.

By martha

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