Contact Us

Endicott K-9 Officer Accused of Threatening Snowboarders Suspended

Hemera

An Endwell man, accused of threatening two snowboarders on Pheasant Lane Wednesday evening, is the Endicott Police K-9 officer and is now suspended.

Broome County Sheriff’s officials say 52 year old John Vanek was driving through the Pheasant Lane neighborhood looking for some young men who had run through his back yard. 

Authorities say when Vanek encountered a 17 and 20 year old, who were returning from snowboarding at Highland Park, he was armed with a baton. The off-duty officer allegedly threatened to bash in the snowboarders’ heads, unleash his dog on them and shoot them if they came on his property. He then, reportedly, got back in his vehicle and left the scene.

Vanek is Endicott’s only K-9 officer and has been a patrolman for 28 years.

Investigators say they determined the two people allegedly threatened had not been on Vanek’s property while three teenagers, who had been having a snowball fight, had apparently run through the yard.

The Endicott Police Department is conducting an internal investigation separate from the misdemeanor menacing charged filed by the Broome County Sheriff’s office against Vanek.

Vanek was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Union Court.

More from WNBF

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wnbf.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on WNBF News Radio 1290 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on WNBF News Radio 1290 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!