Monday, January 16th, 2017

Three Sodus Point Firemen arrested at Old Forge event

Three Sodus Point firemen were arrested while attending the 47th Annual Drill School, hosted by the Old Forge Fire Department in Old Forge, New York on Saturday (9/14).

According to Town of Webb Police, Eric Frisbie and Jacob Williams, members of the Sodus Point Fire Department, were charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Petit Larceny. Frisbie was additionally charged with False Impersonation.

Two of the men allegedly broke into the Enchanted Forest Water Safari. Food and prize items were stolen, a door kicked in, machines turned over and an arcade game smashed inside one of the park buildings, according to police. One of the men defecated on the floor inside of the building, according to the report.

The men were staying at the Old Forge Campgrounds, adjacent to the water park, and a warranted search of their accommodations revealed stolen food and prize items, according to police.

Police received a tip from an off-duty officer that led them to search several bars in Old Forge. The chief of Sodus Point Fire Department assisted police in trying to locate the men and contacted them via cell phone. The men refused to turn themselves in, according to police.

Working on tips, officers found the suspects at Daiker’s Inn on Route 28 later Saturday night. During the arrest, a third man, John Frisbie, brother of suspect Eric Frisbie, interfered with police and was pepper-sprayed, police said. He was also taken into custody and released on an appearance ticket for Obstructing Governmental Administration.

Eric Frisbie and Jacob Williams were transported to Herkimer County Jail on $10,000 cash bail. Both Eric Frisbee and Jacob Williams waived their right to a felony hearing Thursday in Town of Webb Court. They both remain in the Herkimer County Jail.

Webb Police Chief John Russell said he was impressed with his officers, who worked an 18-hour day to pursue the investigation. “My officers received a great tip and worked the case diligently. We had the assistance of the Sodus Point fire chief as well, who attempted to mitigate the situation,” Russell pointed out.

Sodus Point Fire Chief Mark Jones Sr. refused all comment, but added “The situation has been taken care of”. Sodus Point Mayor Christian Tertinek had no comment.

Kelly Greene of Enchanted Forest Water Safari said there was $4,800 of damage to park property. According to Adirondack Express newspaper writer Megan Ulrich, attending firefighters are known to “get a bit rambunctious at the annual event. They are usually restrained and know where to draw the line.”

Major contributions to this story Courtesy of the Adirondack Express-Megan Ulrich