State police say a Fulton man threatened to kill officers and damaged property at the Elbridge station where he was processed.
Achilles S. Reinhardt, 22, was arrested Feb. 1 and charged with several misdemeanors and the class D felony of making a terroristic threat.
Reinhardt is accused of making "multiple threats to shoot state police members with his AR15 rifle" and kill their family members, said Public Information Officer Jack Keller in an email on Monday.
Reinhardt also allegedly damaged a booking camera, landline phone and urinated on the carpet of the booking room in the Elbridge state police station.
After being arraigned in Syracuse City Court, Reinhardt was released on his own recognizance on the charges issued by state police. However, Keller said he was held in Onondaga County Justice Center pending a Monday arraignment on a violation of probation warrant.
State police charged Reinhardt with one felony, making a terroristic threat, and seven misdemeanors: fourth-degree criminal mischief, two counts of second-degree obstructing governmental administration, first-degree harassment, second-degree criminal nuisance, first-offense driving while intoxicated and third-degree bail jumping.
ROCHESTER — Former New York Supreme Court Justice Matthew Rosenbaum agreed to never run for judicial office again after a watchdog agency found he had allegedly harassed court staff and made “abusive” demands.
Rosenbaum, reelected last year in a judicial district that includes Cayuga County, reached an agreement with the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct in which he did not admit to misconduct but said he will not seek another judgeship, according to the commission's release Wednesday.
The release stated investigators were looking into a complaint against Rosenbaum that alleged “from 2005 through 2019, he made improper and at times abusive personal demands of court staff, directly or indirectly conveying that continued employment required submitting to such demands, and creating a hostile workplace environment.”
The alleged conduct against the was so extreme that had the allegations been found to be substantive, the commission would have sought for Rosenbaum to be removed from the bench.
Rosenbaum was reelected in November after he got more than 160,000 votes in the 7th Judicial District, the most votes out of all the candidates. But the commission's statement said the justice had “vacated his chambers” and was not working after Dec. 31.
The special prosecutor handling the misconduct case against an elected Owasco official said an arrangement to dismiss the criminal charge in exchange for restitution was the best resolution.
Special prosecutor Brooks Baker spoke Thursday about the case of Robert Bruno, who has been Owasco's highway superintendent since 2012. Bruno was charged Dec. 5 with the misdemeanor of official misconduct. His arrest was the result of a criminal investigation by the New York State Police.
During a Wednesday court proceeding in the Town of Sennett Court, Bruno accepted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal of his charge.
That outcome, which is not a criminal conviction and didn't require a guilty plea, means the official misconduct charge will be dismissed in six months if Bruno pays $655 in restitution to the town of Owasco and obeys all laws.
Following Bruno's court appearance, his defense attorney, Michael Vavonese, suggested the complaints that initiated the criminal investigation into his client were politically motivated.
State police said the case stemmed from complaints made by Sam Schoonmaker, an Owasco resident and town employee who was laid off from his position in January 2018 but was reinstated after he filed a lawsuit through his union, Civil Service Employees Association. Schoonmaker also lost a bid in 2019 for town of Owasco highway superintendent in a campaign against Bruno.
Vavonese described the matter as a clerical error.
"If there was any irregularity in a billing, it certainly had no malicious intent. This disposition confirms that," Vavonese said.
The special prosecutor on the case, Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, said Thursday that he didn't know if there was an error in the billing.
But, while noting that Bruno has not been convicted of a crime, the DA said the charge and restitution requirement were intended to "send the message" to not circumvent proper procedures.
The state police investigation showed Bruno's actions were "not authorized and it was wrong" at the time of his alleged misconduct in spring 2017 — which was the reason for the misconduct charge, Baker said.
Baker also considered a December 2012 statement from the Owasco Town Board praising Bruno's use of his personal equipment for town projects, which was followed by a June 2019 agreement Bruno and the town supervisor signed to formalize the arrangement.
The town's apparent blessing was part of the reason Bruno was offered the contemplation of dismissal, Baker said. However, the formal approval came months after the alleged misconduct and did not "wipe out criminal liability," Baker said.
Baker said he also took into account that Bruno lacked a criminal history, was "doing positive things" for the town and saved the municipality money by using his own equipment on town projects.
AUBURN — Two brothers appeared Thursday in Cayuga County Court and admitted damaging an agricultural hemp field.
The brothers, 24-year-old Devin Palerino and 22-year-old Jordan Palerino-Pierce, along with another co-defendant, damaged "numerous" hemp plants on Oct. 17 by pulling them out of a field in the Town of Conquest near Townline Road and Route 38.
The third co-defendant pleaded guilty in Conquest Town Court to a misdemeanor charge in connection to the case, Cayuga County Senior Assistant District Attorney Brittany Grome Antonacci said in court.
All three defendants are responsible for paying $10,000 total in restitution to the victim.
Joseph Sapio, who represented Palerino, updated Judge Thomas Leone on the prosecution's offer. A prior plea deal would've required Palerino to plead guilty to a class D felony — second-degree criminal mischief — and serve a prison sentence based on the amount of restitution he could pay.
Grome Antonacci and Sapio agreed that it wouldn't be a legal sentence if he was eventually able to pay a greater amount but had to serve a longer prison sentence based on his previous financial situation.
Palerino pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced class E felony of attempted criminal mischief. If full restitution is paid before his April 30 sentencing, Palerino will be able to withdraw that felony plea and plead instead to misdemeanor.
In that case, he'll likely serve three years on probation. "He understands this is a restitution-based plea to make victim's property and business whole," Sapio said.
In the following court proceeding, Palerino-Pierce pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of fourth-degree criminal mischief, reduced from a class D felony. In exchange, he was also offered three years of probation.
They will both be sentenced April 30.
Also in court:
• Leone rejected an 18-year-old's first attempt to plead guilty to having sex with a girl younger than 15.
Dayton Pike, a native of St. Lawrence County, had sex with a girl younger than 15 in the Town of Locke from the period of August 2019 to October 2019.
Sapio, who was also representing Pike on Thursday, said his client ended up in the Cayuga County residence after he was released from a group home and went to stay with a friend.
"He went out of the frying pan of the placement and into the fire," Sapio said.
Pike said he was consistently using marijuana and alcohol during that time and that the victim "came onto" him. "I was aware of what was going on but I didn't think before I acted," he said.
"You said all the words that will not allow me to take your plea," Leone responded.
With his second admission, Pike said, "I had sex with this individual." He confirmed when questioned by Leone that he knew the girl was younger than 15 and what he did was illegal.
In exchange for pleading guilty to first-degree rape of a person younger than 17 years old, a class B felony, Pike was promised a conditional sentence of six months in the Cayuga County Jail followed by 10 years of probation.
An arrest has been made days after the theft of a donation jar from Mesa Grande Taqueria in Auburn.
The Auburn Police Department received a tip at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday that an individual wearing the same clothing as the suspect was seen entering Walmart. Police detained the suspect and questioned him, according to a news release.
An investigation determined the man, Dublas Hernandez, was the individual who allegedly stole the donation jar from the Genesee Street restaurant. The jar contained about $200 in donations for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Kelli Scott, a manager at the restaurant, is raising money for a March head-shaving event in Syracuse.
Hernandez has been charged with petit larceny. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for petit larceny stemming from a May 2019 incident, police said.
The department thanked the public for assisting in Hernandez's arrest. Anyone with more information about the case is asked to contact Officer AJ Spinelli at (315) 253-3231. Callers may remain anonymous.
A suspect in a theft at a King Ferry store captured on video has been taken into custody for a separate incident, the New York State Police said Thursday.
Security video dated Jan. 26 shows Wilcox General Store owner Jim Wilcox preparing a bag for a customer. After Wilcox and the customer walked off to a different part of the store, another person enters and takes a small bag of money from a shelf behind the store counter and then left the store.
State police are investigating the theft and on Thursday said a suspect was recently taken into custody for a separate incident in Tompkins County. Troopers did not release the suspect's name, saying the King Ferry incident is still under investigation and charges are pending.
Jim Wilcox said Thursday that the stolen bag contained money owed to The Citizen from people buying papers at the store. Wilcox believes $80 to $100 was in the bag.
Wilcox believes the customer who appears at the start of the video was involved in the theft. The customer asked him to retrieve an item, which caused him to move away from the counter and allowed the other person to grab the money bag.
Although the money taken didn't belong to the store, Wilcox is uncomfortable with someone stealing anything from his store behind his store counter.
ALBANY — A New York judge has struck down a law that would have created a state commission tasked with investigating prosecutorial misconduct.
Justice David Weinstein declared the law unconstitutional in a decision issued Tuesday, marking a win for a prosecutors' association that sued over the statute.
The law would have set up an 11-member commission to probe misconduct claims against New York state prosecutors. The panel would have been appointed by the governor, Legislature and New York's chief judge.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, first signed the law in 2018 and later approved amendments after constitutionality concerns were raised.
Supporters say the law would set up a new way of stopping prosecutors who abuse their power. Cuomo's office has touted the commission as the nation's first and said prosecutorial misconduct can lead to wrongful convictions.
The law would have allowed the commission to censure or admonish a prosecutor. It also gave the panel the ability to recommend to the governor that a prosecutor be removed,
Prosecutors have called the law unconstitutional.
In their lawsuit, the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York argued the measure violated the separation of powers and gave state lawmakers too much oversight over independent district attorney's offices.
"As we have said all along, the legislation was rife with constitutional defects and would have impermissibly interfered with fundamental law enforcement functions and prosecutorial discretion," said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler, who also serves as president of the district attorneys association.
Tina Luongo, attorney-in-charge of the criminal defense practice at The Legal Aid Society, issued a statement saying lives have been ruined over misconduct from prosecutors, who are not held accountable.
She said their attorneys and clients face prosecutorial misconduct on a regular basis.
"There must be an independent body to hold prosecutors accountable when they break the law or act in bad faith. This decision will not stop the movement for real accountability," she said.
A former Weedsport Central School District student and Boy Scout filed a lawsuit last week accusing the school district and Boys Scouts of America of failing to stop sexual abuse he alleged was committed against him in the 1970s.
A Child Victims Act lawsuit filed Jan. 22 by Scott Gregory Coats in state Supreme Court in Cayuga County alleges the school district and the district board of education at the time, Boy Scouts of America and the regional scouting council were negligent in overseeing and employing Victor L. Sine, who was a Weedsport scouting leader and ran the school district audio-visual club. Coats said Sine sexually abused him from roughly 1976 to 1977.
Sine, who died in 2018, had also been the district's business manager and Weedsport village mayor, according to his obituary.
Coats' lawsuit came within the one-year window for time-barred cases under the Child Victims Act, which was signed into law in 2019. The law extended the statute of limitations for civil claims of child sexual abuse until victims turn 55 years old, or until they are 28 years old for felony child sex abuse charges.
The lawsuit said Sine sexually abused Coats when he was approximately 13 to 14 years old while Sine was an adult leader for Boy Scout Troop No. 59 and ran the district's AV club.
Coats spoke about his alleged abuse for the first time publicly at a press conference in Syracuse held the same day as the court filing, according to a news release from the website of LaFave, Wein & Frament, one of the law firms representing Coats in the lawsuit along with the firm Jeff Anderson & Associates.
In a video of the conference posted on LaFave, Wein & Frament's website, Coats said while he was the young son of a single mother in Weedsport, Sine "targeted me, profiled me and worked diligently to turn me into one of his victims."
Coats also believes there were more victims.
"The one thing I've learned over trying to deal with this over the past 40 years, of trying to bury it, trying to go to therapy, trying to get it out, trying to do anything I could to put it behind me, is that these guys don't quit," Coats said. "There's no way I was his first and there's no way I was his last."
Cynthia LaFave, a partner with LaFave, Wein & Frament, said Wednesday it was "very difficult" for Coats to speak about his experiences publicly.
"It is very clear that our world has hidden sexual abuse in many categories and against many children for many years, " LaFave said. "It is time for the public to speak out to protect the children. Only coming out and speaking is going to protect the children and that is something that we all have to do."
The Boy Scouts of America responded to the allegations with a written statement to the news media.
"First and foremost, we care deeply about all victims of child abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting. We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our program to abuse innocent children. We believe victims, we support them, we pay for counseling by a provider of their choice and we encourage them to come forward. It is the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) policy that all incidents of suspected abuse are reported to law enforcement," the organization said.
LaFave said Coats reported his alleged abuse by Sine to the Boy Scouts in 1999 but never received a response.
"They can say that now, but where were they in 1999 when he was reaching out and talking to the Boy Scouts about this? Why did they not respond to him?" LaFave said.
The Boy Scouts also said its records indicate Sine was added to the Volunteer Screening Database on May 12, 1999, after the receipt of a fax from Coats on May 5 of that year notifying the organization of reported abuse.
"Inclusion in the VSD would have removed Mr. Sine from Scouting and barred him from further participation in our programs. We deeply apologize if we did not properly inform Mr. Coats of the actions taken against Mr. Sine at that time," the statement said.
LaFave said the Boy Scouts "absolutely had an obligation to inform Mr. Coats of what they were doing."
She also talked about why child abuse victims may share their stories decades later.
"Someone who is abused as a child still carries that around, and they realize that at this point if they come forward, they can help other children not have to go through the horrors that they've been going through in their life," she said. "And the people who do come forward are finding that they are getting some peace from knowing that they now will have some justice and they will have a voice and that they will have been helping other children as they are growing up in this world by coming forward."
Current Weedsport schools Superintendent Shaun O'Connor said in an email Wednesday that the district has not yet been served a copy of the lawsuit.
"The matter is currently being investigated by the School District’s legal counsel. At this juncture, the School District does not wish to comment on this potential or pending litigation matter," he said.
SENNETT — The elected Owasco highway superintendent appeared Wednesday afternoon in Town of Sennett Court to be arraigned on an official misconduct charge.
When the proceeding was done, Robert Bruno left with an arrangement that will dismiss the misdemeanor charge if he pays restitution in the amount of $659. The outcome did not require him to plead guilty to a crime.
Accompanied by defense attorney Michael Vavonese, Bruno accepted an adjournment in contemplation of a dismissal — which means the charge will be dropped in six months if Bruno obeys all laws and pays the $659 in restitution.
The amount of Bruno's restitution accounts for a piece of heavy machinery equipment, special prosecutor and Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said in court. He was not available after court for further comment.
If Bruno follows the two conditions, his official misconduct charge will be dismissed in July.
Vavonese felt it's "fair to question" whether the complaints that initiated the criminal investigation were politically motivated. "If there was any irregularity in a billing, it certainly had no malicious intent. This disposition confirms that," he said.
Bruno, who has served as highway superintendent since 2012, owns the Auburn-area company, Bob Bruno Excavating. He won re-election last November against opponent Sam Schoonmaker.
Schoonmaker, an Owasco employee and town resident, went to the state Attorney General's Office in August 2017 with concerns that Bruno was misusing town funds and employees for his personal business.
State police said the investigation into Bruno stemmed from Schoonmaker's complaints, and they also worked with the state's comptroller's office — which recently completed a nine-month financial audit of the town. Schoonmaker was laid off from his job in the highway department after he made his complaint, but was later reinstated to town employment as part of a settlement in a lawsuit he filed against the town.
The results of the state comptroller's office audit will be released to the public once it is finalized, which can take a year or longer to complete, said Deputy Press Secretary Tania Lopez in an email earlier this month.
A local man who was convicted of a 1994 Auburn robbery and murder was arrested Sunday, just 18 days after his parole supervision from that case expired.
Sammy Swift, 62, possessed a controlled substance during a traffic stop conducted by New York State Police, spokesman Trooper Mark O'Donnell said.
Swift was charged Sunday with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a class D felony, near Benton and Orchard streets in Auburn, according to the state police arrest blotter.
The controlled substance, which O'Donnell didn't identify, was uncovered by an investigation into several vehicle and traffic violations found over the course of the stop.
Swift — who was initially pulled over for not wearing a seat belt — was drinking alcohol in the vehicle and driving with an expired inspection and without a license, O'Donnell said.
Swift was issued an appearance ticket and is expected to be arraigned on Feb. 14, Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said.
Swift was convicted by a Cayuga County jury of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery for beating Stephen DeLuca Sr. to death on April 20, 1994, during a robbery home invasion. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
Judge Mark Fandrich said during the court proceeding that Dellostritto had a picture of a 14-year-old's vagina on his cellphone. Dellostritto was sentenced two months later to 10 years on probation for possessing the child pornography.
It was discovered during a meeting with the probation department that Dellostritto had an unregistered Facebook account he used to hold conversations and exchange pictures, said Probation Officer Nicholas Flanigan in August.
As a registered sex offender, Dellostritto is required to alert the Division of Criminal Justice Services of his internet accounts.
Jason Murphy, 37, of 81 Bradford St., was arrested in the early morning of July 16 in the parking lot of Mavis Discount Tire at 33 E. Genesee St., after Officer Nicholas Atkins called in suspicious activity.
Police said Murphy pulled away from Atkins and knocked them both down while the officer was arresting him on a city ordinance violation. A knife was later recovered from Murphy, police said.
Syracuse-based defense attorney Annaleigh Porter claimed Atkins made an unlawful arrest and was responsible for the escalation. Murphy was taking items out of his vehicle at the time of the arrest, Porter said. He was in the parking lot to drop off his vehicle for brake repairs.
In court on Tuesday, Murphy entered not guilty pleas to three charges: second-degree assault with intent to physically injure, a class D felony, and the misdemeanors of second-degree obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.
Porter called the assault charge "absurd" and opposed Budelmann's assessment that Murphy posed a "substantial risk of flight" during a discussion about bail. She told Fandrich that Murphy owns an Auburn pizzeria, has nine children in the area and coaches hockey.
Budelmann said he objected to her characterization of the assault charge if she was going to talk about the facts of the case on the record.
"I would welcome that opportunity," Porter said.
Fandrich maintained Murphy's bail at $500 cash or $1,000 bond. The attorneys are scheduled to argue motions at Murphy's next court date on March 31.
• A 19-year-old Auburn resident admitted that to violating the terms of his probation as a youthful offender.
As a 17-year-old, McMillian admitted to committing two 2017 burglaries of separate Cayuga County businesses.
McMillian admitted Tuesday that he violated the terms of his supervision because he failed to report to probation, pay restitution in the amount of $1,150, attend school or enroll in the Thinking For a Change program.
He was also charged by Auburn police Jan. 4 with a sentence violation and false personation. On the recommendation of Probation Director Jay DeWispelaere, Fandrich allowed McMillian to return to his supervision with a strict warning.
"This is the second and final chance I'm going to give you to succeed on probation," he said.
The Auburn Police Department is looking for three people they said robbed the Marshalls store in Auburn.
According to a news release, the trio tried to steal merchandise from the Auburn Plaza store on Grant Avenue at 9 p.m. Jan. 23. They were confronted by employees, police said, and a brief struggle ensued. Police said that a physical fight with the store employees makes the theft a robbery.
Detectives are working to identify three people recorded by store security cameras, and ask anyone who recognizes any of the people of has any other information regarding the incident to contact detective Sean DeRosa at (315) 255-4706. Callers may remain anonymous.
ALBANY — While New York's county jail populations have dropped dramatically in recent months, the sheriffs who run the facilities say state regulations and other factors make it unlikely they will cut staffing even if bail legislation keeps the prisoner count low.
“If you have one person in a cell block or 20, you need the same number of officers” to maintain security, said Peter Kehoe, director of the New York State Sheriffs Association, pointing to state staffing mandates imposed on jail administrators.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who pushed through the new bail statute in last year’s state budget, projects that the restrictions designed to keep poor defendants from waiting behind bars for trials will save county governments at least $200 million in short- and long-term costs.
“Short term local savings will come from avoiding variable costs such as overtime staffing, food and laundry,” the Cuomo administration said in a briefing book accompanying the budget legislation.
It added: “In the longer term, local jails should be able to reduce staffing and potentially close housing units.”
Jail population data kept by the state shows that upstate county jails had 21.4 percent fewer inmates Dec. 31 than they had one year earlier.
While the bail law took effect New Year’s Day the courts in many counties began abiding by it earlier to avoid a New Year’s Eve exodus of inmates and the possibility of litigation from defendants insisting they shouldn’t be held because they could not afford bail money.
One of the jails with the biggest population drops in the state is the one administered by Clinton County Sheriff David Favro. He said the jail was housing just 94 inmates Friday, the lowest number sine 2003. A year ago, the jail held 260 inmates.
But Favro said he is braced for the possibility that the inmate count will spring back up as those who have been released from custody return for court dates.
“Any knee-jerk response to what we are experiencing now would be somewhat reckless,” he said. “These defendants may be out on the streets now, but a lot of them are coming back. They are not off the hook. They still have to resolve their cases.”
At the statehouse, the push to modify the new bail law is intensifying. Some Democrats who voted for the legislation last year now say they want amendments, though Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has argued it is too soon to undo the reforms. Prosecutors and police executives argue the new law went to far in limiting judges to use their discretion at arraignments.
A poll released by Siena College Jan. 21 found a large majority of independent voters now oppose the law, though that group backed the revisions last April.
JoAnne Page, director of the Fortune Society, a nonprofit group that assists ex-offenders with employment, housing and other needs, contended the bail changes have been working as advocates had hoped.
“Everything we know about the impact of pretrial detention is it makes communities less safe,” Page said.
She said the focus by critics of the law on “Willie Horton moments” — a reference to a Massachusetts convicted murderer who went on a crime spree while free on a state-sanctioned furlough — fails to take into account the benefits that flow from not jailing people who are presumed innocent until proven guilty after they were arrested for minor offenses.
The debate over the state legislation has become so heated that it’s even spilled over to congressional races.
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-North Country, called the New York law “dangerous” this week as she co-sponsored a measure that would spur the General Accounting Office to conduct an assessment of how individuals at the pre-trial stage of the criminal justice system are monitored at the federal, state and local levels.
Cuomo has signaled he is open to revisions in the law but has yet laid out specifics on how he would revamp bail.
The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police launched a joint investigation after burglaries occurred at three locations in the southern part of the county.
The burglaries were reported at the Cayuga County Sportsmens Association in Owasco, Empire Haven in Moravia and Ridge Runner Snowmobile Club in Summerhill. According to state police, each of the locations was burglarized at least twice over the last month.
During one of the burglaries at Empire Haven, a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Oscar Mike Edition was stolen. The vehicle is silver with a large black star on the hood and a soft top.
Anyone with information regarding these crimes or the location of the Jeep is asked to contact the New York State Police in Auburn at (315) 253-3103 or the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office at (315) 253-1222.
Three teens were arrested early Monday after crashing a stolen vehicle on the New York State Thruway near Syracuse.
The incident occurred at 12:30 a.m., according to a news release from the New York State Police. A state police patrol unit was traveling westbound on Interstate 90 when the troopers observed a 2013 Hyundai speeding and driving over the fog line. State police said the vehicle was traveling at 80 mph in a 65 mph zone.
Troopers attempted to make a traffic stop, but as they approached the vehicle the driver sped off.
The vehicle continued westbound and attempted to leave the Thruway at exit 35 (Syracuse/East Syracuse/Route 298) when the driver lost control, struck a guide rail and overturned. The vehicle came to a rest on the shoulder of the road, police said.
The driver and two passengers in the vehicle fled from the vehicle on foot. Troopers took one of the female passengers into custody. DeWitt police officers assisted at the scene and apprehended the other female passenger. The Onondaga County Sheriff's Air 1 helicopter responded to the scene and located the driver hiding in a wooded area near the crash.
A 16-year-old boy from Syracuse was the driver of the vehicle. He was charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class D felony, and third-degree fleeing from a police officer, a class A misdemeanor.
The two passengers — a 17-year-old and 15-year old, both from Utica — were charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
State police said in a news release that an investigation found that the vehicle was stolen from the city of Utica.
The teens were issued a family court appearance ticket and released to a legal guardian, according to police.
In addition to the DeWitt Police Department and Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, the Syracuse Police Department's K9 unit assisted at the scene.