Monthly Archives: November 2010

In Drug Court, it’s Judge Merrill’s way or the highway

Originally reported 11/16/10 SYRACUSE (NCC News)– Ronald Jones found out the hard way Tuesday that someone is going to make it through Syracuse Community Treatment Court, he or she is going to have to do it Judge Jeffrey Merrill’s way. … Continue reading

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Drug Court offers second chance to recovering addict

Originally reported on Nov. 16, 2010 SYRACUSE (NCC News) – Christopher Dell stood out among the crowd waiting to appear before Judge Jeffrey Merrill at Syracuse Drug Court, Tuesday. Other defendants wore casual clothes such as jeans and a sweatshirt. … Continue reading

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One Last Chance in Drug Court

Carmel Riggs says she’s tired of all these trips to hot, stuffy courtrooms. For the last three and a half years she’s watched her son Daniel continually get brought in front of judges for various arrests. Today in Drug Court, … Continue reading

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Drug Court offers second chance

Originally reported November 16, 2010 SYRACUSE (NCC News) — Christopher ‘Sean’ Dell signed up for Drug Court in Syracuse Tuesday afternoon. In Onondaga County, Drug Court keeps an offender such as Dell, convicted of calling in a fake prescription to … Continue reading

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Drug Court members leave with mixed results

Originally reported November 16, 2010 SYRACUSE (NCC News)–For some, today’s appearance in Onondaga County Drug Court was another step in the right direction. For others, it was the last stop on the way to prison. In the Public Safety Building … Continue reading

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Drug Court has its flaws

Originally Reported November 16, 2010 SYRACUSE (NCC NEWS) — Participants in Syracuse Drug Court complained about the program during its latest session Tuesday, but acknowledged it beats the alternative—prison. The program helps drug offenders beat their addictions, find jobs, get … Continue reading

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Drug Court allows for second chance success

Originally Reported 11/16/2010 SYRACUSE (NCC NEWS)-Onondaga County Drug Court has seen many success stories in its time, but few are as inspiring as that of Omar Short. Short is a 32-year-old man from the North side of Syracuse, who was … Continue reading

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Laying down the law in Drug Court

Originally Reported on November 16, 2010 Syracuse (NCC News) -When Drug Court is in session there is no doubt who is in charge. People signing into Drug Court for the first time are met by applause and a greeting from … Continue reading

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The characters of Drug Court

Originally Reported on November 16, 2010 SYRACUSE (NCC News) – The people involved in Syracuse Drug Court make it a spectacle to watch and Tuesday was the latest edition. The metal detector and chain-locked doors make Drug Court seem as … Continue reading

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Drug Court participant yet to be reunited with family

Originally reported on Nov. 16, 2010 SYRACUSE (NCC News) – As his four year-old daughter was playing at Blodgett School thinking her father was also away at school, Daniel Riggs was walking into a courtroom in handcuffs in downtown Syracuse. … Continue reading

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