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A Busy Midweek For Cortland Police

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From Cortland Police, the arrest of Lawrence Nemecek, 27,  of Cortland, on Wednesday morning at 8.

State Parole Officers tried to serve a Parole Warrant, with assistance from a city officer.

When they got to Nemecek’s home on Maple Avenue, police say the man ran off and damaged a fence as he tried to cross it.

When police caught him there was a brief scuffle and Nemecek was charged for Resisting Arrest, Obstruction of Governmental Administration and Criminal Mischief.


Cortland Police arrested three men following the mugging and robbery of a 31-year old man on Wednesday at dusk in the parking lot of 124 Main Street.

Police say the victim gave up $312, his wallet, phone, lighter and two knives when Samuel Quackenbush, 28, of North Syracuse, punched him and Francis Shelley, 24, of Cortland, put a knife to his neck.

Cortland Police Lt. Rick Troyer says the trio took off in a vehicle, but were stopped at the entrance to I-81.

Officers say that’s where they found bath salts in the vehicle.

  • Officers charged Samuel Sperry, 28, of Syracuse, with felony Robbery, Conspiracy and Drug Possession.
  • Shelly was charged with felony Robbery, Conspiracy, Weapon Possession, Menacing, Assault, and Drug Possession.
  • Quackenbush was charged with Felony Conspiracy, Assault, Drug Possession, and Unlicensed Operation.

Sperry was released until court on December 21. Shelley is in the Cortland County Jail with no bail and a court date on New Year’s Eve. Quackenbush was allowed bail, and he’s due in court today.


Cortland Police watched a man jump from a second floor balcony at an apartment on Northcliffe Road on Wednesday afternoon.

Officers report they were trying to catch up to Marcus Hicks, 31, of Buffalo, on a parole warrant.

Police say Hicks jumped off of the balcony as they approached, but he couldn’t outrun them.

Hicks allegedly tried to fight with police they caught him. He was jailed with no bail.


Cortland Police conducting an investigation on Charles Street ended up arresting a 20-year old woman from across town Wednesday afternoon.

Officers talking with Alyssa McDonald found out she had methamphetamine and a hypodermic needle.

Charges include Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and a Hypodermic Instrument.

She was released to appear in court in two weeks.

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