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The Telegram
  • Local state police investigator receives national award

  • Investigator Benjamin F. Scalise, Jr. of the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Herkimer received the American Legion National Law Enforcement of the Year award, according to state police.

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  • Investigator Benjamin F. Scalise, Jr. of the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Herkimer received the American Legion National Law Enforcement of the Year award, according to state police.
    During the latter part of 2011 and into 2012, Scalise investigated a robbery at Dari-Del Convenient store in Schuyler.
    After interviewing more than 50 people, viewing video footage from an establishment across the street from the robbery, and following up on leads, Scalise tracked the suspects to Pennsylvania and then Virginia.
    Both suspects, along with a female accomplice, now are serving lengthy state prison sentences.
    Further investigation revealed their involvement in other unsolved cases -- the suspects stole a pocketbook from an elderly woman at the North Utica Price Chopper, and broke down the door at the home of a World War II veteran in the town of Herkimer, threatening him with a knife.
    Scalise is a retired Army National Guard first sergeant who did a combat tour in Iraq. He also is a volunteer State Police Veterans Assistance Counselor and has been involved with the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center in Utica.
     
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