Jail guard charged with making fake fireworks report

ALBANY COUNTY — Albany County corrections officer Ryan M. Lawson was charged on Wednesday with falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor.

The Albany County Sheriff’s office had put out a release earlier this week, saying an unnamed employee had had a lit firework tossed into his living room on Saturday night.

“Further investigation revealed that the firework was in fact lit inside the home by one of the members of the household and no outside person was involved,” said a release issued by the sheriff on Wednesday evening.

The original release had said, “On June 27, 2020 between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. a resident was at home with his wife and four-year-old child on Crow Ridge Road in the Town of New Scotland.

“While seated on his couch with his daughter watching TV, an unknown individual or individuals opened the front door to his residence and threw a lit firework into the living room, causing it to explode at his feet and began burning an area rug. 

“The couple was able to extinguish the firework with a pillow before it could cause further damage or ignite the surrounding furniture. No injuries were reported to any of the family members. The victim is currently employed by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.”

Lawson was released on an appearance ticket to appear at New Scotland Town Court at a later date.

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