MASSENA - A Massena man charged with punching his sister in the face several times during an apparent dispute over money has been fined after pleading guilty a reduced count.
Massena-based state police charged Timothy D. Alguire Jr., 31, of 95 South Grasse River Road, Massena, with third-degree assault following an investigation into an incident that reportedly occurred on Dec. 14.
Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow fined Alguire $100 and a $125 surcharge after prosecutors moved to have the assault charge reduced to a second-degree harassment violation. The court also signed an order of protection directing Alguire not to harass, annoy or alarm his sister.
Alguire allegedly punched his sister, Tammy Wray, several times in the face, grabbed her by her hair, threw her to the ground and kicked her several times during an incident shortly after 4 p.m. Dec. 14 in the driveway at his residence.
Ms. Wray, in a statement she provided to troopers, said she had texted her brother on Dec. 14 and asked if could repay the $1,000 she had previously lent him. She said she got a text response back from her brother later in the day directing her to come to his residence.
She said when she pulled in the driveway and started getting out of her vehicle she saw her brother walking toward her.
"He got up to me and just started swinging. He punched me in the face several times. Then he grabbed me by the hair and threw me down to the ground. He kicked me in the right side. I put my hands up over my face. He was kicking me there as well," Ms. Wray said, noting she was eventually able to get to her feet and ran into the roadway, screaming for assistance. She said her brother eventually followed her to the road, but the then turned around and went back into his home.
She said her brother had grabbed her cell phone, but he had dropped it during the altercation so she used it his phone to call her father.
"I'm in terrible pain. My head is killing me after this ... He also told me he would kill me if I went to the police," Ms. Wray said in her statement to police.
State police said Ms. Wray was treated for multiple contusions at the Massena Memorial Hospital emergency room. Troopers said shortly after the incident Ms. Wray had a purple mark on the side of her nose, bruising around her right eye and other discoloration on her face.
In other recent court action before Judge Sharlow:
• Jessica L. Durand, 28, of 15 Smith Road, Massena, was fined $100 and a $125 surcharge after an unlawfully dealing with a minor count was reduced to disorderly conduct. She had been charged with providing alcohpl to a 17-year-old female on Oct. 12 at the Hillside Motel. Troopers said the teenager was intoxicated when they had contact with her that evening.
• John A. Bigtree, 25, of 193 St. Regis Road, Hogansburg, was fined $300 and a $260 surcharge after a driving while intoxicated count was reduced to driving while ability impaired. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge and had his operating privileges suspended for 90 days.
He was also required to plead guilty to several traffic violations as part of the plea bargain agreement.
He was fined $90 for speeding (69/55), $25 for operation of an uninspected motor vehicle and $200 for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Bigtree had been charged with driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop at 2:29 a.m. Dec. 13 on Maple Street. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.21 percent.