The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into a landlord-tenant dispute that escalated into the arrest of 50-year old Eric Simmons of Owasco. In a statement, Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Wellauer reports that following a court ordered seizure of any and all weapons possessed by Mr. Simmons it was determined that he was in possession of numerous handguns in violation of NY State Law.
As a result, Simmons was arrested for an additional six counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
Simmons, who previously posted $5,000 bail on the original charges, was arrested and arraigned in the Town of Owasco Court on the additional charges. He is currently being held in the Cayuga County Jail.
The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a landlord-tenant dispute that escalated into the arrest of a friend of the landlord.
According to Lt. Michael Wellauer, at about 10:50 pm on Sunday the tenant called 9-1-1 to report two males parked a tractor in the driveway and were posting a large sign in the yard. One was armed with a shotgun, and fired a round before leaving in a vehicle.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the State Police, observed the vehicle in the area at about 1:04 am. A stop of the vehicle was attempted and following a short pursuit, the vehicle ended up in the ditch on Town Hall Rd, Owasco.
The male and a 14-year old were uninjured and were taken into custody. The 14 year old was subsequently released to a parent.
50-year old Eric Simmons of Owasco was arrested on multiple charges, including Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Menacing and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was booked and released.
Sheriff David Gould tells Finger Lakes News Radio that at this point, the investigation shows there is nothing to indicate that this is a hate crime. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.