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      Police looking for Kirkville man who skipped his weapons trial

      Some of the weapons that were seized from Atkins' home in 2012.

      State Police are looking for a man who has disappeared after being convicted of weapons charges earlier this week.

      56-year-old Edward L. Atkins Jr. of Kirkville was found guilty Wednesday of several counts of criminal possession of a weapon. He was arrested in October 2012 after Troopers found more than 60 rifles, shotguns, and pistols at his home on Black Creek Road. Atkins had prior felony convictions, making it illegal for him to own the weapons.

      Atkins did not appear at his trial in Madison County Supreme Court, and police are now looking for him after the judge issued a bench warrant. He is described as a 6??1?? tall white male weighing 240 pounds, with white and gray hair. He may be driving a white 2002 Ford pick-up truck with New York 46515ME plates and pulling a red enclosed trailer that may have been converted into living space.

      Police say Atkins is an experienced hunter and woodsman and should be considered armed and dangerous. He may have a Boxer dog and false identification with him.

      If you have any information about Atkins or his location, you are asked to contact State Police at 315-793-2531.