Waterloo man involved in standoff gets probation, fine

There will be no jail time for a local man involved in a 13-hour standoff with police last June, but Seneca County Judge Dennis Bender did have a warning for him.

“If you are brought back here on a violation, you are looking at a fairly long prison sentence,” Bender told Joseph Andrews in county court Tuesday afternoon.

Moments earlier, Bender sentenced Andrews to five years of probation on felony charges of criminal possession of a weapon and driving while ability impaired by drugs/alcohol. Andrews, 31, was also fined $1,000 and will be on electronic home monitoring for six months.

The weapons charge stemmed from an incident last June, when village police went to his home on Lincoln Street after getting a report of a suicidal man with a handgun. Police said Andrews was outside with the gun when they arrived but was distraught, uncooperative and refused to comply with their orders.

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