Sheriff: State police confirm Owasco menacing case was not hate crime

The New York State Police has confirmed there was not enough evidence to charge a man with a racially motivated hate crime in the town of Owasco, the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office said.

On Nov. 5, sheriff's deputies were called to a "landlord-tenant dispute" on North Road. At the time, the sheriff's office said two males had parked a tractor in the driveway of Jeffrey Richardson and Lisa Bachman and posted a large sign in front of their home. The sign — a cutout of a black bear — said "Get Out."

Deputies said that after displaying the sign in the front yard, an adult male fired a shotgun in the air before leaving in a vehicle. The man later crashed the vehicle after a short pursuit.

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