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Cortlandville standoff ends with arrest

A standoff at a home in Cortlandville ended without injury Saturday night.

State Police say John Downes, 55, of Watertown, was involved in an argument with another man at a home in 1100 block of Hillcrest Drive. Downes allegedly had a handgun during the argument.

Police got to the house at about 6 p.m., and found that the one man had gotten outside, leaving only Downes in the home. Police then tried to make contact with Downes inside.

The stand-off lasted nearly three hours, but before 9 p.m., Downes exited the house and was taken into custody.

He faces charges of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

Emergency crews shut down a portion of Route 281 throughout the stand-off, closing the roadway between Fisher Avenue and Interstate 81.

The Cortland County Sheriff’s Department, City of Cortland Police Department, Cortlandville Fire Department, and Town of Homer Fire Department were all called to the scene as well.

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