IHS students “shelter in place” as Ithaca police conduct highway vehicle stop

Ithaca High School students were told to “shelter in place” after what sounded like a traffic accident turned out to be police serving a search warrant by stopping a driver on Route 13.

A statement from the Ithaca Police Department says “members of the Ithaca Police Department SWAT Team, Ithaca Police Department Investigations Division, and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on the person of Kimani A. House” at about 1:40pm on the northbound lanes of Route 13 near the high school.

“A vehicle stop was conducted and House taken into custody after a brief struggle with police,” says the statement. Police say they found “a substantial amount of heroin, cocaine, and US currency” on Mr. House’s person.

“We heard what sounded like a crash, and then they didn’t let us go outside for gym,” a high school student told 14850. The Ithaca Voice reported a student saying “the incident appeared to be a small crash at first,” and “a vehicle rear-ended the car in front of them.”

Police say after House was taken into custody, they “served a search warrant on his residence” at 209 South Plain Street, and “located a weapon and other items consistent with narcotics sales” in the home. Two other occupants are “not being charged at this time,” police say.

Mr. House is charged with a count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, and tampering with physical evidence. “Additional charges will follow,” police say. As of last night’s statement, House was still awaiting arraignment.

House was also arrested and charged last July after a search warrant was served on him and his Plain Street residence in Ithaca’s southside “after a short foot chase.” Police at the time said they recovered “a quantity of heroin, cash, scales, packaging materials consistent with drug sales and a handgun.”

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