Syracuse Shooting Suspect Now In Custody

Brandon Thomas Woody, 22, 605 W. North St., Syracuse, was taken into custody by law enforcement officials this afternoon, according to Syracuse Police Chief Tony Ciriello. Woody is a suspect allegedly involved in the double shooting incident and murder this morning in Syracuse. Woody currently has two additional preliminary warrants … Read More


Syracuse Police Chief Receives Sagamore Award

Syracuse Police Chief Tony Ciriello received a Sagamore of the Wabash award in Indianapolis last week. He was nominated by the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police and the nomination was approved by Gov. Mike Pence. The award was presented by Bloomington Police Chief Mike Diekoff on behalf … Read More

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Council Approves Transferring Technology Park

  After much discussion the Syracuse Town Council approved a resolution to transfer the technology park to the newly formed Redevelopment Corporation to sell the property during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night. Town Manager Henry DeJulia explained the Syracuse Redevelopment Commission and Syracuse Redevelopment Corporation would negotiate … Read More

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Council Learns Police Have Body Cameras

Syracuse Town Council learned Tuesday evening during its regular monthly meeting the Syracuse Police Department now has 10 body cameras for officers and training began Wednesday (today). Police Chief Tony Ciriello reviewed some of the guidelines for the body cameras, notably they aren’t allowed to be on in … Read More

Impressed With Speakers And Students

Dear Editor, On Veterans Day I had the opportunity to attend the program held at Wawasee High School, the program was for all students and staff as well as for community members to honor our veterans. I sat intently listening to the program and I must say I … Read More


Council Approves 2015 Budget, Body Cams

Syracuse Town Council approved its 2015 budget at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening. The total budget is for $3,375,727. Home rule funds, those that are not taxable are $122,500 and the tax levy for the town is $1,739,783. The council also approved the 2015 salary ordinance. Brett … Read More

KYLA Learns About County Government

Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy held its Oct. 1 meeting at the Warsaw Police Station. Guest speaker Brad Jackson, Kosciusko County Commissioner, started the meeting by discussing county government and its role in decision making regarding local issues. KYLA moderator Tony Ciriello lead the remainder of the session with … Read More


Thefts, Noise, Buoys Top WPOA Meeting

  A larger than normal group attended the annual Wawasee Property Owners public board meeting Saturday morning for reasons appearing to be because of a publicized topic addressing the numerous thefts from lake homes. There was also a noise concern brought up by residents there complaining of noise from Oakwood … Read More

Shown is a photo taken in July 1987 when a marker was placed next to the grave site of Samuel Crosson during Syracuse’s sesquicentennial celebration. This bronze marker was removed from its post prior to mid-April. (File photo)

Plaque Honoring Founder, Veteran Markers Stolen

A startling discovery was made by Dennis Spearman after the snow melted from Syracuse Cemetery. Bronze markers had disappeared. Spearman, caretaker of Syracuse Cemetery, notified the cemetery board in April that the bronze plaque next to the burial site of Samuel Crosson was missing. The plaque, purchased by … Read More

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Ciriello Accepts ISU Advisory Board Appointment

Syracuse Police Chief Tony Ciriello has been chosen to serve on the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Advisory Board at Indiana State University. The invitation to join the board was received Tuesday, March 25. He has accepted the position and will assume his duties in the fall. … Read More

KYLA students recently toured offices of the local legal system. In front, from left, are Kylie Mason (Triton) and Lillie Berger (Triton). In back are KYLA Advisor Tony Ciriello, Kosciusko Country Sheriff's Department Captain Aaron Rovenstine, Grant Strichter (Triton), Caleb Klusman (WCHS), Brandon Eckert (WCHS) and Warsaw Police Department Chief Scott Whitaker. (Photo provided)

KYLA Tours Local Legal System

Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy held the March 5 meeting at the Kosciusko County Courthouse. Circuit Court Judge Mike Reed, prosecutor Dan Hampton, Warsaw Police Chief Scott Whitaker and Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Captain Aaron Rovenstine presented various aspects of the legal system in Warsaw and Kosciusko County. Judge … Read More

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Ciriello Elected To Lead IACP

Syracuse Police Chief Tony Ciriello will serve as president of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police for 2014. He was elected in 2013 by the 438 chiefs who are members to serve as first vice president or president-elect. “I am very humbled to have been chosen to … Read More

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Synthetic Drugs Banned, Tax Abatement OK’d

Syracuse Town Council accepted a request by Syracuse Police Chief Tony Ciriello to approve an ordinance prohibiting the sale, distribution and use of synthetic drugs within the town limits. In recent months, the county drug task force has been cracking down on businesses that deal the products. Recent … Read More

Charges Pending In Domestic Battery

Felony and misdemeanor charges are being sought against a Syracuse man who allegedly pulled a knife on his wife and threatened a police officer. Syracuse Police Chief Tony Ciriello said the suspect, Daniel Parks, 33, allegedly pulled a knife on his wife and slapped her. When he was … Read More

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Two Jailed For Syracuse Home Invasion

Two men connected with a home invasion on April 14 in Syracuse are today behind bars. (See related story) Kyle DeHart, 21, CR 450 East, Syracuse, and Brandon Woody, 21, currently residing in Wawaka, but formerly of Syracuse, were arrested today on charges of burglary resulting in bodily … Read More

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Bomb Squad Responded To Syracuse

Some individuals may have seen vehicles in Syracuse today noting the South Bend Bomb Squad. There was nothing to be worried about, though, the town wasn’t under attack and no one was in real danger. Syracuse Police Chief Tony Ciriello stated the police department had found a homemade … Read More