CRIMINAL CONTEMPT - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged David A. Grant, 46, of 333 Pontoon Bridge Road, Massena, with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt and a second-degree harassment violation on Thursday.
He allegedly violated an order of protection at 10:34 a.m. Thursday at his residence when he shoved his ex-wife, Alissa J. Grant, in the head two times while she was in her vehicle in Mr. Grant's driveway.
He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released under the supervision of the probation department. He is scheduled to return to town court at 5 p.m. March 14.
According to court documents, Ms.Grant went to Mr. Grant's residence to drop off dance clothes for their daughter, and a verbal argument broke out when he told her their daughter wasn't at his residence. "I asked where she was, and he stated he didn't have to tell," she noted in her statement to police.
She said he became agitated when she asked him if he was taking their daughter to dance Thursday and followed her when she went back to her vehicle.
"I got to the car and was seated and he got between me and the car door. He shoved me in the head," she said, noting he rejected her requests to get away from the vehicle's door.
"I slowly backed out of the driveway to get away, but he would not get out of the way. I backed into the turnaround in the driveway with him still in the doorway. He shoved me in the head again," she added in her statement.
Grant had been placed under a one-year adjournment in comtemplation of dismissal in March 2011 in a case where he had been charged with shoving Ms. Grant when she reportedly entered his home to pick up clothing during a child visitation exchange.
Grant had been charged with second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with an incident involving his estranged wife at his residence at 7:26 p.m. Nov. 7, 2010. He allegedly shoved, picked up and threw Ms. Grant into a wall while she was attempting to retrieve their daughter's clothing.
Massena Town Justice James M. Crandall had also signed an order of protection in March 2011 that directed Grant not to harass, annoy or alarm Ms. Grant for the next year.
The harassment and weapon charges were to be dismissed if Grant abided by the terms of the order of protection and remained arrest-free through March 2012.
During the investigation of the domestic incident in November 2010, state police asked Grant if he had any weapons in his home. He admitted he had a .38 caliber handgun. Police determined Grant did not have a pistol permit.
Grant is a retired corrections officer and a veteran being treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after serving in Afghanistan.
Grant, in his statement to police, said the pistol was associated with his badge when he was a corrections officer. "I haven't used the pistol in 15 years. It was always on my badge, and I completely forgot about it," he told police.