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  • Ex-police chief Conley charged with harassing Frankfort officer

  • Former Frankfort village police Chief Steven Conley has been charged with allegedly harassing an officer whom he has had a tumultuous conflict with stemming back four years.
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  • Former Frankfort village police Chief Steven Conley has been charged with allegedly harassing an officer whom he has had a tumultuous conflict with stemming back four years.
    Samuel Ameduri III, an officer with the Frankfort Village Police Department who was off-duty, was walking outside Walmart in New Hartford at about 8 p.m. March 14 when he allegedly noticed Conley sitting in an SUV outside the doorway, according to police reports.
    As Ameduri and a family member continued toward their vehicle, Conley allegedly followed behind and appeared to be using his cell phone to take a video or photographs of Ameduri, the deposition states. Conley also appeared to motion his fingers across his own throat several times to suggest he “wanted to cut my head off,” while saying something that was inaudible from inside his vehicle.   
    “Once I saw his face I continued walking to my vehicle because I was in fear of my life,” Ameduri told police in a statement. “I did not want a confrontation with him because I am not sure what he will do … Steve has been doing these types of actions to me since 2010 and I am 100% deathly afraid of him.”
    Following an investigation, police charged Conley with second-degree harassment and he is due to appear in New Hartford Town Court on Thursday, court officials said. Conley could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
    Ameduri is also seeking an order of protection to keep Conley away from him.
    It’s been nearly four years since Conley resigned as police chief in July 2010 following mounting troubles between him and Ameduri.
     First, Ameduri said Conley choked him in early 2010 during an alleged attempt to get Ameduri to change his sworn testimony in a civil lawsuit involving a village resident who claimed Conley wrongfully arrested him.
    Then, around the same time in February 2010, Ameduri’s cell phone records were illegally seized by another Frankfort village officer conducting a “covert undercover” investigation into the conflict between Conley and Ameduri. Attorneys have previously said the phone records were sought at the direction of Conley and the village mayor, Frank Moracco.
    In Ameduri’s statement to New Hartford police, he added: “I have had several dealings with (Conley) in the past that have been documented by the Utica Police Department, the Town Frankfort Police Department, and the Oneida County District Attorney’s office.”
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