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John L. Klahs

A Vernon man was arrested Monday for allegedly harassing state police at the Troop D headquarters in Oneida.

Posted: Dec 31, 2019 12:07 PM
Updated: Dec 31, 2019 1:56 PM

VERNON, N.Y. --   A Vernon man was arrested Monday for allegedly harassing state police at the Troop D headquarters in Oneida.

John L. Klahs, 50, from 4662 Route 31, has been charged with third-degree stalking and second-degree aggravated harassment, both misdemeanors.

In November of 2019, police began investigating Klahs after he allegedly contacted the state police communications emergency line more than 100 times with no legitimate complaint. Police also say Klahs would bring items to the lobby at the headquarters, located on Genesee Street in Oneida, making vulgar gestures and using profanity toward employees at the facility.

Klahs is also accused of targeting a specific state trooper by threatening bodily harm, and asking for personal information like his home address.

On Monday, police say Klahs was seen in the parking lot and surrounding areas of Troop D headquarters for more than seven hours, looking at the building with a pair of binoculars.

The State Police Special Operation Response Team was called in and took Klahs into custody.

He was arraigned in Oneida City Court and released and is scheduled to appear in Oneida City Court on Jan. 3, 2020, at 9 a.m.  

An order of protection was also issued on behalf of the targeted state trooper. 

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