Massena and Norwood cops, each since fired, charged with mendacity to police about hit-and-run
Jan. 8—POTSDAM — Two cops and a 3rd particular person are charged with conspiracy for mendacity to Potsdam police about who was driving throughout a hit-and-run early on New 12 months’s Day. Each officers have since been fired, in response to officers from the Massena and Norwood police departments.
Joshua E. Underwood, 23, of Massena, is charged with sixth-degree conspiracy, unsafe backing and leaving the scene of a property injury accident. He was an officer with the Massena Police Division who was fired on Thursday on account of his arrest, in response to Chief Jason M. Olson. Mr. Underwood had been appointed to Massena police on Might 17 final yr.
Logan S. Chilton, 22, of Massena, is charged with sixth-degree conspiracy and making a false written assertion. He was an officer with the Norwood Police Division and was fired Wednesday on account of being arrested, in response to Norwood Officer in Cost Shawn J. Wells. He had been appointed a part-time Norwood officer on July 25 final yr. Mr. Chilton additionally had labored for the Norfolk Police Division half time, Mr. Wells stated.
Additionally arrested in reference to the incident is Katy P. Underwood, 22, of Massena. She is charged with sixth-degree conspiracy and making a false written assertion.
Potsdam Police Lt. Michael P. Ames stated Joshua Underwood ran right into a parked automobile at a non-public residence on Pierrepont Avenue, which was reported to police round 3 a.m. on Jan. 1.
As a result of they fled the scene, the trio was not interviewed till a day later.
Mr. Ames stated the three of them tried to deceive investigating officers by telling them Katy Underwood was the motive force. All three of them have been charged on the evening of Jan. 4 on the Potsdam police station and launched with look tickets for Potsdam City Court docket on Jan. 18.
Mr. Wells stated he applauds Potsdam police for conducting a good investigation.
“Potsdam police did a very reasonable and neutral investigation. They utilized the regulation evenly, with out regard to who was investigated. That is precisely what you desire a police division to do. None of us are pleased in regards to the scenario,” he stated.
Massena Mayor Gregory M. Paquin stated he additionally is not pleased in regards to the incident, however there was no possibility moreover firing Mr. Underwood.
“Nobody takes any pleasure in seeing one thing like this occur,” he stated. “All people makes unhealthy choices. In the end, common residents pay that by the justice system. Sadly, cops are held at a distinct commonplace. This unhealthy resolution, sadly, is just not going to be paid by the authorized system, but in addition paid for together with his profession. That is one thing no one feels good about. I really feel a substantial amount of empathy for the worker. For the integrity of the police division, one thing needed to be completed.”
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