Potsdam, NY, Jan 30, 2012 — Potsdam's chief of police is leaving the force. In a letter to the village clerk Friday, Ed Tischler said he's taking retirement at the end of March, to work in the private sector. Tischler's announcement comes as police are continuing to investigate the murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, in late October. Go to full article
Potsdam, NY, Oct 28, 2011 — Potsdam police said Friday in a press release that 12-year-old Garrett Phillips' death has been listed as a homicide in initial autopsy reports.
The release said other information will be made available when the final report is received. The police say they are investigating leads, and they haven't listed a suspect or person of interest in the investigation. Go to full article
Potsdam police chief Ed Tischler speaking to reporters Wednesday night. Photo: John Stanford
Potsdam, NY, Oct 27, 2011 — At a press conference Wednesday night, Potsdam police chief Ed Tischler said his department is continuing to investigate the death of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, but that no new information had emerged since he spoke to reporters that morning. Go to full article
A forensics team investigated the scene of Garret Phillips' death Tuesday morning.
Potsdam, NY, Oct 26, 2011 — Potsdam Police had little new information on Garrett Phillips' death at a press conference Wednesday morning...and Chief Ed Tischler was at pains not to provide information that would fuel speculation.
Tischler went over the facts: Police were called to the apartment where Phillips lived with his mother on Monday evening at about 5:00, and found him unconscious. EMTs performed CPR and took Phillips to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead three hours later, at 8:08. Go to full article
State forensics investigators at the scene of Garret Phillips' death
Potsdam, NY, Oct 26, 2011 — There's not much more known today about the death of a 12 year-old boy in Potsdam Monday. Police in Potsdam say Garrett Phillips was alone in his mother's apartment early Monday evening when neighbors reported hearing a loud noise and the sound of someone moaning for help.
When police officers and the manager of the apartment building entered the residence, they found the boy lying unconscious on the floor. He was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital, where he died around 7:20 p.m. Monday.
Rumors that his death was the result of an assault have circulated, but this morning, a spokesman at the Potsdam Police Department could neither confirm nor deny those reports. The department plans a press conference at 10. Nora Flaherty reports. Go to full article