Ellicottville firefighter accused of slashing tires of emergency vehicles

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ELLICOTTVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State Police have accused an Ellicottville woman of damaging vehicles belonging to the village’s fire department.

Troopers say Morgan Manfreda-Morton, 28, was charged with burglary and criminal mischief after unlawfully entering the department and slashing the tires of three emergency vehicles. These included an ambulance, a fly car and a utility vehicle.

Manfreda-Morton has been an Ellicottville firefighter for about a year. She was suspended from the department between six and eight weeks ago due to a personnel issue. The issue is under investigation.

Her husband, former Fire Chief Kevin Morton, resigned about three weeks prior to the alleged tire slashing incident. He had spent more than 20 years with the department.

No one at the fire department knows why Manfreda-Morton might have slashed the tires, if she indeed did so.

The vehicles that officials say were damaged are back in service, as of Tuesday.

Manfreda-Morton was arraigned following her arrest, and will reappear at Ellicottville Town Court at a later time.

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