FARMINGTON — Attorneys are close to resolving a case against the former Syracuse fire chief.
Defense attorney Denise Larkin said in 2nd District Court on Thursday that her client, Craig N. Cottrell, had surgery in December and returned home from a rehabilitation facility a week ago.
“We are close to having this case resolved. We just need Mr. Cottrell here in court,” Larkin said.
Cottrell, 47, did not appear in court before Judge Thomas L. Kay.
Kay set Feb. 7 for another hearing.
Cottrell was charged on Dec. 15, 2011, with two third-degree felony charges of obtaining a prescription under false pretenses.
The charges were filed following an investigation by Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force, according to court documents.
Cottrell is accused of getting at least two prescriptions for a controlled substance from different medical providers without informing the other medical provider, according to the documents.
The incidents occurred between Dec. 10, 2010, and Nov. 3, 2011.
Prosecutors said the controlled substance was Lortab.
Cottrell resigned from the Syracuse Fire Department the day charges were filed.