Man in standoff with police appears in court after absences

Adam Tortorice walks out of Cortland city court on Wednesday. Tortorice is facing a handful of charges, most of them connected to a standoff with police on Aug. 11. (Photo provided by Kevin L. Smith of The Cortland Voice).

A man who was involved in a long standoff with state and local law enforcement appeared in court on Wednesday following a couple of absences.

Adam Tortorice was present in Cortland city court on Wednesday to discuss potential bail and further court appearances. Tortorice is currently being held in Cortland County Jail.

City judge Lawrence Knickerbocker issued a $2,500 cash bail or a $4,000 bond. Tortorice is due to reappear in city court on Sept. 20 at 2:45 p.m.

Before his appearance in city court on Wednesday, Tortorice refused to appear in court on two separate occasions. This includes an absence from a bail review session in Cortland County Court on Tuesday. This led to judge David Alexander deciding that Tortorice will continue to be remanded without bail.

Tortorice’s standoff with police on Aug. 11 lasted three-and-a-half hours. The standoff occurred at an apartment complex on Owego Street in Cortland. Authorities on scene included the city police, state police and the U.S. Marshal.

A breakdown of Tortorice’s standoff can be viewed by clicking here.

Tortorice is facing a second-degree burglary (a Class-C Felony) charge and a handful of misdemeanors in the city, including: criminal mischief in the fourth degree, obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Tortorice previously had parole warrants from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office and state police. He has charges in Cortlandville, including third-degree burglary, attempted grand larceny and criminal mischief.