Ava man due in court tonight after stand off with authorities


AVA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Town of Ava man is in the Oneida County Jail after a four-hour stand-off with state troopers and Oneida County Sheriff's Deputies Wednesday night.

Police say 52-year-old Michael Besaw, of Route 294, called 911 centers in Oneida County, St. Lawrence County and Lewis County Wednesday night, threatening to kill Dispatcher Nicholas Briggs along with several others, including Trooper Smith, Trooper Calandra and Boonville Officer Eric McIntyre, Deputy Zima and Dispatcher Griffiths. He also threatened to slit the throat of a Boonville Town Judge.

Police were able to see Besaw from a helicopter and say he was belligerent and irrational at first. Officers say they took him into custody around 10 p.m. in his driveway. He had to be subdued and is charged with resisting arrest, as well as aggravated harassment. The harassment charge, a misdemeanor, is for allegedly making the threatening phone calls.

At around 6 p.m. On Thursday night in town of Ava court, Besaw is expected to be charged with the felony of making a terrorist threat, for allegedly threatening the lives of specific law enforcement officers. Once that more serious charge is lodged, the Oneida County D.A.'s Office may ask a judge to raise Besaw's current $2500 bail.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara says he may also seek restitution from Besaw for a very expensive four-hour standoff, which includes the costly use of a state police helicopter.

"At this point we're all starting to become slightly annoyed with this type of behavior and sending the message out that we're not going to tolerate it. People are going to be prosecuted. We're going to seek whatever punishment we can get and whatever restitution we can get, that's what we're going to do. this is not healthy for our community," says McNamara.

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