Disgruntled customer arrested at Verizon Wireless store one month after fatal AT&T incident

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Just over one month to the day that Abraham Dickan, 79, of Utica, walked into the AT&T Store on Commercial Drive in New Hartford and shot a store employee before being shot and killed by an off-duty police officer, a disgruntled customer making a scene was arrested in New Hartford's Verizon store.

On Monday, June 28, 2010 at around 12:30 p.m., New Hartford Police responded to the Verizon Wireless store located on Seneca Turnpike in response to a report by store employees of a disorderly customer within.

According to store employees, a man who police later identified as Michael S. Scalzo, 24, of Utica, became upset after waiting for service within the store.

As Scalzo became impatient, police said he yelled several obscenities in front of employees and other customers who were waiting patiently within the store. Police said Scalzo also made a threat to the safety of store employees and became so disorderly that employees and customers became alarmed.

When police officers arrived, Scalzo was arrested at the scene by Patrolman Daniel Herman and Patrolman Jarod Petrie and then taken to the New Hartford Police Department where he was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of second-degree harassment. Both charges are violations.

Scalzo was then arraigned in The Town of New Hartford Court and sent to the Oneida County Jail on bail.

Police said there were no weapons displayed at any time nor did Scalzo possess any weapons.

No one was injured during the incident.

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