Charged in pulling fire alarm at County Office Building


A man was charged with falsely pulling a fire alarm at the County Office Building in Utica Friday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies said Yamil Montalvo pulled the alarm at around 4 p.m. when there was no real emergency and because of the activation, all employees were evacuated. Utica Fire Department responded as a precaution. No injuries were reported during the incident, deputies said. The sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Unit later charged Montalvo with second-degree falsely reporting an incident, a class E felony. He was arraigned and sent to county jail in lieu of 5,000 cash bail to re-appear in City Court.


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