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NSPD officer alleges improprieties in Marcellus

A former North Syracuse police officer has accused other North Syracuse officers working for the village of Marcellus of misconduct.

At a North Syracuse village board meeting on Sept. 28, Michael Stassi said that Marcellus routinely used North Syracuse P.D. equipment and that North Syracuse officers worked in Marcellus while clocked in for North Syracuse.

North Syracuse and Marcellus have a history of sharing police and equipment.

This relationship began with the 1998 "Inter-Municipal Agreement," between the villages of North Syracuse and Marcellus. The agreement explains the terms for the sharing of personnel between the two departments.

But the alleged "sharing" of police equipment, something not covered under the agreement, has prompted an investigation by the Onondaga County District Attorney's office.

North Syracuse did not renew the agreement in 2000, and the Marcellus Police Department subsequently became its own entity. But that, Stassi said, didn't stop the two departments from sharing radios, bicycles, and radar guns, according to Stassi.

Stassi also publicly accused the village board Sept. 28 of ignoring a packet of evidence he delivered to the board last February. He said that packet contained falsified time records of four village police officers, including current Marcellus Police Chief David Wilkinson. Wilkinson declined to comment on the matter.

North Syracuse Mayor John Heindorf said he delivered anything he received to the state attorney general's office.

Stassi said he has since delivered the packets to the county district's attorney's office.

[DA investigates]

District Attorney spokesperson Barry Weiss confirmed last week there was an investigation, but would not comment on the specifics. The state attorney general's office also confirmed an investigation, but also declined further comment.

North Syracuse Mayor John Heindorf wouldn't comment on the time sheets, but said any equipment sharing should have been brought before the board.

"There should have been something in writing for this kind of thing," Heindorf said. "But under new guidelines, our financial office reviews the time sheets to make sure everything's in check."

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