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Sheriff: Montezuma man authored letter detailing threat against Auburn HS

Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould reports that on December 15th members of his office received a letter through the U.S. Mail from an unknown source, which alleged that an individual had made threats of violence against the Auburn High School.

The Auburn Police Department was notified and in turn made notification to school officials through their resource officer.

Detectives from the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office located the individual implicated in the letter and were able to rule that person as ‘not a threat’ to the school — or even any person.

On February 9th a suspect was identified after lab testing.

Joseph R. Chehovich, 51, of Montezuma was interviewed and confirmed to be the author of the threatening letter.



The investigation determined that he at no time posed a credible threat to the school district. He was charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident.

The Sheriff’s Office says that all threats against schools, including those that are deemed ‘not credible’ are vigorously investigated.

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