Press-Republican

February 21, 2013

Another arrest in flare-gun shootings

By FELICIA KRIEG
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — Another man has been arrested in connection with local flare-gun shootings in September 2012.

George R. Mudd, 20, of Port Kent was arrested Feb. 5 in the Town of Elizabethtown and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, said Ray Brook-based State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investigator Brian Sypek.

Between the night of Sept. 3 and the morning of Sept. 4, 2012, Mudd allegedly fired a flare gun at a residence on Norrisville Road in Schuyler Falls, Sypek said.

Two rounds struck the home, causing interior and exterior damage, he said.

A few people were inside the home at the time of the incident, said Sypek.

After his Feb. 5 arrest, Mudd was processed at the Plattsburgh State Police barracks and arraigned in Black Brook Town Court, Sypek said.

He was sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond.

Mudd posted bail and was released Feb. 7, the day he was due to face his charges in court.

Black Brook Town Justice Gary Frenia could not be reached Tuesday to comment on the status of Mudd’s case.

PREVIOUS CHARGES

Mudd was previously arrested on Sept. 5, 2012 on charges of third-degree burglary, a felony, for his alleged role in burglarizing Champlain Valley Specialties Warehouse in the Town of Chesterfield.

A $200 hand-cart and about $20 worth of apples were stolen, police said. Mudd was arraigned on the burglary charges in Chesterfield Town Court and he was sent to Essex County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

OTHER ARRESTS

State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. Brent Davison told the Press-Republican last September that four separate shooting incidents took place over three days.

No one was injured in the flare shootings.

Other than the Norrisville Road shooting in Schuyler Falls, the other incidents happened in the Sam’s Club parking lot and near a residence on Caulkins Road in Peru.

Police also received a call from workers at Fuller Construction after they noticed flare damage to a lighted sign on Military Turnpike near Salmon River Road.

Cory M. Burdo, 21, of the Town of Plattsburgh, was arrested Sept. 5 in connection with the flare-gun shootings, charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

He was arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court and sent to Clinton County Jail without bail, Sypek said.

Burdo was initially charged with four counts of first-degree reckless endangerment and five counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was also charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, for allegedly stealing the flare gun used in the shootings from Wal-Mart in Plattsburgh.

Burdo was arraigned in Peru Town Court and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bail bond.

He remained in Clinton County Jail Tuesday.

Burdo’s sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 26 in Clinton County Supreme Court.

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com