Liverpool gym owner, son attempt to break Guinness World Records in fitness – The Post


Liverpool, NY — Liverpool gym owner Bob Natoli and his son, Bobby Natoli, will attempt to break five Guinness World Records in fitness Saturday and raise money for a Liverpool family that was involved in a tragic car accident last November.

Bob Natoli, of Oswego, has broken eight world records in fitness since 2006. When he attempts to break a record he invites the public to watch as an opportunity to raise money for a good cause.

“This family still needs our help,” Bob Natoli said of the Patterson family that was injured in the crash that the took the life of wife and mother Meagen Patterson.

This photo of Meagen Patterson and her family is shown on the fundraiser page to help the Patterson family. Meagen Patterson, 34, of Liverpool, was killed. 

Patterson, 34, died in a head-on crash Nov. 24 on Route 57. A drugged driver swerved across Route 57 and hit the Patterson family’s car, according to law enforcement. Patterson’s 14-year-old son, Justin Root, her husband, Lance Patterson, and the couple’s two daughters, Olivia Patterson, 10, and Sophia Patterson, 2, were seriously injured.

Bob Natoli will be donating $5,000 to the family and hopes to encourage the public to continue to give. To make a donation to the family, visit the Support the Patterson Family fundraising page. Donations can also be made by mail to The Patterson Family Trust at P.O. Box 63, Syracuse, NY 13201.

Bob Natoli, 58, owns Pacific Health Club and is the author of the book “True Vision 4 Success.” He will attempt to break three Guinness World Records. Here’s a look at the records:

  1. Most step-ups in one minute carrying a 100-pound pack. The record is 31.
  2. Most step-ups in one minute carrying a 80-pound pack. The record is 34.
  3. Most weight lifted by dumbbell rows (with one arm) in one minute. The record is 3,125 pounds.

Bobby Natoli, 21, is a State University of New York at Oswego student. He will attempt to break two Guinness World Records. Here’s a look at the records:

  1. Most knuckle push-ups in one minute. The record is 45.
  2. Most pull-ups in one minute carrying a 40-pound pack. The record is 13.

Bobby Natoli became a Guinness World Record holder in fitness when he was 15 years old by performing 53 chin-ups in one minute on February 9, 2008.

Bob Natoli’s son-in-law, David Bourdon, will also attempt to break his first world record. Bourdon will attempt to break the record for most pull-ups in one minute. The record is 41.

The event will be adjudicated by a Guinness World Record judge.

If you go…

What: Guinness World Record attempt
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Pacific Health Club at 604 Old Liverpool Road in Liverpool.
Cost: Free. Donations welcome for the Patterson family.

Sarah Moses covers the northern suburbs of Onondaga County and Oswego County. Contact Sarah at or 470-2298. Follow @SarahMoses315

RI professor killed in crash was in CNY to visit her ailing 93-year-old father – The Post

Adams, N.Y. — The Rhode Island professor killed in a Syracuse crash Friday was in the area to visit her ailing 93-year-old father, a relative said.

Jennifer Cook, 43, died after she and her 72-year-old mother Barbara Cook were hit by a pickup truck that veered into the opposite lane on East Genesee Street. Barbara Cook was taken to Upstate University Hospital with serious injuries.

Jennifer Cook had come back to her Central New York home because her father’s health was deteriorating, said Celia Cook, Jennifer’s sister-in-law.

Frank Cook, the 93-year-old father, has “quite a few” serious illnesses, Celia Cook said. Jennifer Cook came back frequently to see her dad.

Jennifer Cook 
“Every chance she could, she would come up,” Celia Cook said.

Celia Cook was taking care of Frank Cook on Monday. Her husband, Ike Cook, is in the hospital with his mother.

Frank Cook is aware of what happened. He’s been devastated, Celia Cook said.

“It’s beyond words,” Celia said, “He’s now holding on for his wife to be home.”

On Friday, Jennifer Cook took her mother to a doctor’s appointment in downtown Syracuse and they were were on their way to get lunch at around 1:15 p.m., a family member said. They walked east along the southern edge of East Genesee Street.

It’s unclear why the Mazda pickup truck going west on the opposite side of the street veered into and hit the women.

The driver of the pickup truck, James McDonald, 86, of Chittenango, showed no signs of impairment and his age does not appear to have been a factor in the crash, Sgt. Gary Bulinski said.

The roads appear to have been dry and clear at the time of the accident, Bulinski said. McDonald has not been charged.

Jennifer Cook in a 1987 South Jefferson yearbook photo. 
Jennifer Cook grew up in Adams and graduated in 1988 from South Jefferson Senior High School.

In July 2011, Cook married her wife, Moira Collins, an adjunct professor in the English Department at Rhode Island College.

Cook was a tenured professor of English at Rhode Island College, as well as the executive director of the Rhode Island Writing Project.

Syracuse police: Pickup truck hits 2 women in street – The Post

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Authorities are at the scene of a crash involving a pickup truck and two female pedestrians.

Syracuse police said the crash occurred at about 1:15 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of East Genesee Street. Police said the pickup truck hit two women who were in the street.

Both pedestrians were taken to Upstate University Hospital for medical attention. It was not clear how serious their injuries were.

Police are continuing to investigate and said East Gensee Street between Forman Avenue and University Avenue would be closed to traffic. Irving Avenue is also closed between Madison Avenue and Wellington Place.

More details will be released as they become available, police said.

Teenage daughter of Glenwood Carr’s crash victim recalls nightmare after dad’s … – The Post

Syracuse, NY — Cassandra Sears got the call from her mother. Her father, Steven Sears, had been in a bad car crash.

Cassandra turned on the TV. Deputies were looking for the driver of an Audi that had overturned and hit a utility pole on Bonstead Road in Clay. The driver had run from the scene, leaving his passenger to die.

The overturned vehicle of Glenwood Carr, on Bonstead Road, in Clay resulted in a fatal accident. Neighbors watched as rescuers tried unsuccessfully to save Carr’s passenger Steven Sears.  

The reports didn’t have the names of either occupant, but Cassandra knew.

Glenwood Carr was the missing driver. And her father, the passenger, was dead.

That ushered in a nightmare for 19-year-old Cassandra Sears, of Camillus. She said she hopes some of the pain will end today, when Carr is sentenced to six to 12 years in state prison for vehicular manslaughter. (Glenwood Carr’s son, Glenwood E. Carr, was recently charged with murder in an unrelated incident.)

“I can’t find any closure,” Cassandra Sears said, adding she’s planning to read a statement at Carr’s sentencing. “I’m writing a little something about how I’ve been feeling. I’m trying to get closure and move on.”

But immediately after the crash, Cassandra Sears didn’t have time to reflect. She was the closest adult relative to her father, who never married. And that brought incredible responsibilities for a grieving daughter after the Aug. 11 crash.

Steven Sears. 

Sunday: Her father was killed and Carr fled. There were reports he was speeding and perhaps drunk.

Monday: Cassandra Sears had to identify her father’s remains. She was not allowed to see his body yet, so she spoke on the phone with the medical examiner’s office. She identified him by a dragon tattoo on his thigh.

Tuesday: Carr turned himself in to deputies after two days on the lam. Family began funeral arrangements.

Wednesday: Cassandra Sears and other close family traveled to the medical examiner’s office to see her father’s remains for the first time. They were only allowed to see the left side of his body; the right side was covered. That’s where he had struck the pole.

“It just made it worse,” Cassandra Sears said. “There were bruises on his face. They covered his side with a pillow. They asked us not to look. We obviously didn’t look.”

Friday: Calling hours and funeral were held for Steven Sears.

The next week: Cassandra Sears was forced to withdraw from a placement test at Onondaga Community College, where she planned to start her nursing education.

The trauma from that week still haunts her.

“It was awful,” she said. “Every month, I think about what I had to go through every day of that week. I replay it in my head.”

Steven and Cassandra Sears. 

A family picnic

Steven Sears and Carr were cousins who grew up together. They drifted apart as Carr got into more and more trouble, getting arrested 25 times in 25 years.

But they were having a good time at the family’s annual get-together on a farm on Horseshoe Island.

Steven Sears was supposed to leave earlier, but decided to stay for more games of horseshoes, his daughter found out later. He decided to get a ride home with Carr.

Not far from the farm, Carr took a curve at a high rate of speed and the car flipped. He told people at the scene he was drunk and fled, Sheriff Kevin Walsh has said.

Cassandra Sears didn’t know what to think. But she knew she was more angry at Carr for what he did after the crash than for the accident that claimed her father’s life.

“Why would he run?” she wondered. “I don’t think he meant it to happen. But it wasn’t just the car accident, it’s what he did afterward.”

Walsh, the sheriff, called Carr’s fleeing a “cowardly act.”

At first, Cassandra Sears felt bad for Carr. What if he had hit his head? What if he was hurt somewhere?

But now she thinks Carr was trying to save himself from another drunken driving arrest.

An Onondaga County sheriffs deputy walks Glenwood Carr out from Clay Town Court after his arraignment last August on the felony charge of leaving the scene of an motor incident without reporting.  


In the aftermath of the crash, Cassandra Sears wrestled with what punishment Carr should get.

At first, she was angry: Carr should spend the rest of his life in prison.

But then she wondered, what would that accomplish?

“Once I started going to court, I think I realized it’s not going to bring him back,” she said. “You have to forgive people.”

Part of her inspiration came from Carr’s mother, Bonnie Carr. Cassandra Sears spent a lot of time with her great-aunt growing up, and Bonnie became a close relative.

She died two years ago.

“What would she think? I thought a lot about her,” Cassandra Sears said. “Bonnie was a really religious person and she would forgive.”

That helped convince Cassandra she didn’t want the maximum punishment for Carr.

The day after her father’s funeral, she called the district attorney’s office. She wanted the DA’s office to know the family cared.

When it came to negotiating Carr’s punishment, prosecutor Chris Bednarski asked her about the proposed six- to 12-year sentence. She agreed to it, noting the family wanted around seven years in prison for Carr.

In jail, Carr wrote Cassandra Sears a letter. Carr told her about the childhood relationship he had with her father. He didn’t mean this to happen, he said.

“Anyone can get into a car accident,” Cassandra Sears said. “I’m just trying to forgive, get closure and move on and do the things that any normal person would do.”

Syracuse boy running toward Kirk Park hit by car, sent to hospital – The Post

Syracuse, NY — A 9-year-old Syracuse boy darted into traffic Sunday evening and was struck by a car at Midland and West Borden avenues, Syracuse police Sgt. Gary Bulinski said.

View full sizeA 9-year-old boy was running to the entrance of Kirk Park in Syracuse when he was struck by a car Sunday evening, city police said. 

The driver of a Chevrolet Impala, Hugo Vazquez, 46, of Syracuse, told police he saw the boy and applied his brakes, but was unable to avoid a crash, Bulinski said. Vazquez was driving north on Midland Avenue at 5:43 p.m. when the accident happened. He will not be ticketed, Bulinski said.

The boy, whose name was not released, ran into the street, heading west on Midland Avenue toward Kirk Park — and into the path of the Impala, Bulinski said. The boy hit the front hood of the car and was knocked down, Bulinski said. The boy had an abrasion to his head and was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, he said.

“Fortunately, it was minor,” Bulinski said.

Two-car accident on Route 37 injures three

One woman was flown to Syracuse and two others were treated at Samaritan Medical Center after a car and a pickup truck collided on Route 37 near the intersection of Keyser Road in the town of LeRay shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Pamelia Fire Department Captain Tim Mateer said two women were trapped inside the crushed white Ford Taurus and it required a hydraulic rescue tool to extricate them from the vehicle. The driver was flown via LifeNet helicopter to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse. The passenger was taken by ambulance to Samaritan.

When Evans Mills Police Chief Steven C. Wood responded to the scene, he saw the pickup truck on a snowbank and the sedan in the middle of the road, both with significant damage. He said a man, woman and child were inside the truck. The woman was taken by ambulance to Samaritan with minor injuries.

The conditions of the two in the Taurus were not immediately available.

A dog inside that car was “severely injured,” according to the Jefferson County Dog Control.

Ambulance squads from Evans Mills, Guilfoyle and Fort Drum responded to the scene. Mr. Wood said Evans Mills police were first on the scene, followed by state police and the Pamelia Fire Department.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Travel conditions hazardous Friday morning; accidents reported in Onondaga … – The Post

Syracuse, N.Y. — As predicted by a lake effect snow warning in effect until 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, hazardous road conditions appear to be leading to a high volume of accidents and cars off the road.

At around 6:30 a.m. on the State Fair Boulevard ramp onto I-690 heading east, a mid-size car spun out and hit another mid-size car head-on. The Onondaga 911 Dispatch Center reported that there were possible injuries and that fluid was leaking from one of the vehicles.


The ramp was shut down temporarily by the sheriff’s deputies.

The Solvay Fire Department and Rural Metro Ambulance responded to the accident.

Traffic was heavily congested in the area Friday morning, but New York State Department of Transportation traffic cameras are showing that traffic is beginning to ease up.

A handful of other accident were reported by Onondaga County 911 Friday morning, and dispatchers said there were a number of cars off the road.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney issued a travel advisory for the Friday morning commute on Thursday.

Elsewhere throughout Central New York, 911 call centers are reporting few accidents.

The New York State Department of Transportation cleared an accident from Thursday night at 6:15 a.m. Friday, after shutting down lanes of I-81 overnight.

The accident occurred near exit 38 toward Sandy Creek in the southbound lanes. The lanes were closed from exit 37 to at least exit 35 near Tinker Tavern Road, Oswego County 911 said.

Syracuse-Virginia Game is one tough ticket – WAVY

(WAVY) – On Saturday all eyes will be on Charlottesville, when #12 Virginia, the top team in the conference, will take on #4 Syracuse with the regular season championship on the line.

Last night, Virginia survived a “trap-game” when it blew out Miami 65-40. With the Hurricanes in the rear-view mirror, the Cavs can finally talk about the game that fans have been clamoring months for.

“We can finally talk about it now,” first-year guard London Perrantes told affiliate WVIR. “Nobody’s in our way,  it’s going to be a great atmosphere.”

Virginia has won 12 games in a row and they come into Saturday’s a confident group.

“You have to think this is a very good team, one of the best in the country,” guard Malcolm Brogdon said. “At the same time you go into the game knowing we are very good and we are supposed to win this game.”





Four Hospitalized, Including Teen Driver, After Weekend Accident in Sangerfield

Photo: WIBX

Four people are recovering after a weekend accident in Sangerfield.

The accident occurred on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at about 1:00am.  17-Year old Taylor Columbel of Waterville, New York  allegedly lost control of the 2008 Subaru he was driving along Beaver Creek Road.  The car hit a tree on the driver’s side.

Three passengers – 20-year old Brandon Ward of Brookfield, 24-year old Mary March of Waterville, and 39-year old Tyrone Davis of Utica – were able to climb out of the car.  Columbel, the driver,was pinned in the truck and had to be removed by emergency hydraulic equipment.

Everyone in the car was hospitalized with what were described as non life-threatening injuries.

Charges are pending completion of the investigation.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, and its Forensic Identification Unit, was assisted on the scene by the Waterville and Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Companies.


Gray car lands on hood on I-690 West; Ambulance called to the scene – The Post

More than a half dozen Syracuse police cars are at the scene of a rollover crash on Interstate 690 Sunday morning.

One gray car landed on its hood. Two other vehicles, including a truck, were pulled over along the westbound part of the highway as police investigated.

The accident was just west of I-690′s intersection with Thompson Road. Police and Rural Metro Ambulance were called to the scene around 9:50 a.m. Sunday.