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Troopers: Layoffs trigger crash into tribal office

SENECA FALLS — State police and a lawyer say a series of layoffs and a leadership dispute may have triggered a truck crash and break-in at the Cayuga Indian Nation’s office building in Seneca Falls.

Troopers charged 24-year-old Elijah Jimerson of Seneca Falls with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and possession of marijuana after a pickup truck was driven into the offices Friday.

The Auburn Citizen reports that troopers believe supporters of the tribe’s traditional government drove the truck into the building to get inside and take business files and computers.

Attorney Joseph Heath, who represents the tribe’s traditional government, says the incident was related to layoffs and an ongoing leadership dispute. He said that doesn’t condone the action, but puts it in context.

Jimerson was one of those laid off Thursday.