ITHACA, N.Y. — With 2015 over, here’s a look back on the year’s biggest stories about crime, courts and police in Tompkins County.
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1 — Man kills himself after 61-hour standoff with police in Danby
Video shows Danby home in aftermath of standoff — Shortly after David Cady, 36, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a 61- hour standoff with police, a video began circulating on social media. It shows the inside of the Danby home where Cady was holed up during the standoff. Ithaca Voice
‘I think the police did what they were supposed to,’ cop expert says of Danby standoff — John DeCarlo, who reviewed a series of articles, statements and videos about the Danby case, dismissed the idea that the police could have left two patrol cars and waited for Cady to come out. “That’s not even a realistic alternative. What if a guy comes out with a shoulder weapon and shoots one of the guys sitting in the car?,” DeCarlo says. Ithaca Voice
2 — Attorney General investigates Tompkins Sheriff’s office amid allegations
3 — Tompkins County Sheriff’s deputy indicted on 5 felonies, 11 misdemeanors
Tompkins deputy accused of pinning victim, hitting dog, hiding evidence — A deputy in the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office is accused of attacking a woman, hitting her dog, pinning the woman to the floor repeatedly, trying to prevent her from calling 911, and concealing evidence of the crime, according to police records obtained by The Voice through a Freedom of Information Law request. Ithaca Voice
7 — Former Cornell student sentenced to prison for 2013 rape
Rape, alcohol and intent: Experts respond to Peter Mesko’s defense — PeterMesko, a former Cornell wrestler, was arrested on a charge of first-degree rape in April 2013. In a document submitted to the Tompkins County Court, his lawyer said Mesko’s intoxication made him unable to form the requisite intent to find him guilty of rape. Ithaca Voice
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