Syracuse firefighter charged with evidence tampering released on bail

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A suspended Syracuse firefighter accused of tampering with evidence linked to a deadly hit and run has been released on bail.

City Court Judge Ross Andrews ordered that 37-year-old Edward Ackerman be jailed in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond after he pleaded not guilty to the class E felony on Friday.

He was initially denied to be released on his own recognizance.

Edward Ackerman pleaded not guilty to the tampering charge, which is a class E felony.

Ackerman is accused of unplugging surveillance cameras outside of the Pastime Athletic Club, where he is serving as president.

According to a felony complaint, Ackerman attempted to conceal video that shows former DA investigator Peter Rauch’s car entering and parking at the Pastime Athletic Club.

Rauch is accused of fatally striking 18-year-old Seth Collier when the teen was crossing the road. 

Rauch’s vehicle, which was registered to the District Attorney’s office, was found abandoned at the Pastime Athletic Club.

Collier died two days later and Rauch was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

A judge said Ackerman was driving behind Rauch at the time of the crash.

Ackerman’s name surfaced shortly after the incident, and he was suspended from the Syracuse Fire Department with pay.

Rauch has been fired from both the District Attorney’s office and the Liverpool Police Department, where he was a part-time officer.

Police are still investigating the incident. If you have any information that can help officers in their investigation, give them a call at 315-442-5130.

 


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