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CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - WINTHROP - Massena-based state police charged Melvin R. Huff, 38, of Winthrop with criminal mischief and second-degree harassment stemming a complaint received at 11:26 a.m. Tuesday from the town of Stockholm.

MAKING GRAFFITI - NORFOLK - Massena-based state police charged Larry J. Goodspeed, 16, of Norfolk with making graffiti and trespassing. He was arraigned in local court, and bail was set at $1,000.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - WADDINGTON - Massena-based state police investigated a one-vehicle accident at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday on state Route 37 near Buck Road in the town of Waddington. Troopers said the vehicle was being operated by Kyle P. Wood, 31, of Sainte Eustache, Que.

PETIT LARCENY - BRASHER FALLS - Massena-based state police charged Scott D. Donnelly, 22, of Norfolk with petit larceny stemming from a complaint made to troopers at 4:27 p.m. Monday from the town of Brasher.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - HOPKINTON - Canton-based state police investigated a one-vehicle accident at 5 a.m. Tuesday on County Route 49 near Peck Road in the town of Hopkinton. Troopers said the vehicle was being operated by Michele M. Thomas, 47, of Dickinson Center.

GRAND LARCENY - MALONE - State police charged Donald J. Willer, 35, of Constable with fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Troopers said Willer was taken into custody Monday and transported to Franklin County. The charge stemmed from an incident that occurred Feb. 21 when he allegedly filed flase information with the Franklin County Department of Social Services.

ASSAULT - BRASHER FALLS - Massena-based state police charged Ryan P. McCuin, 24, of 749 state Route 11C, Brasher Falls, with two counts of third-degree assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child following a domestic dispute early Tuesday morning.

Alyssa M. Laflesh, 21, his ex-girlfriend and mother of his infant daughter, alleged McCuin assaulted her during the domestic dispute at the apartment she had previously shared with him.

The charges allege McCuin scratched, hit and threw Laflesh into a wall during the argument leaving her with scratches, abrasions, contusions and severe back pain.

His eight-month-old daughter reportedly suffered a large contusion and scratch near her eye when he attempted to grab her out of her mother’s arms and poked her in the orbital area, according to the statement Ms. Laflesh made to troopers.

McCuin vigorously denied the allegations made by his ex-girlfriend in a three-page statement he provided police. He told troopers Laflesh had not been staying at the apartment in recent days and showed up unannounced in the early morning hours Tuesday. He said she had left the baby with him Monday afternoon, and he had been scheduled to take the child back to his mother Wednesday on his way to work.

But he said she showed up unannounced shortly after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, entered his bedroom and an argument soon erupted. He said at one point he had taken his daughter into another room and shut the door in an effort to get away from Laflesh and she had repeatedly flung herself against the door several times.

McCuin was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and released on his own recognizance. The court signed temporary order of protections directing McCuin to stay away from Laflesh and not annoy, alarm or harass his daughter.

Laflesh also reportedly faces charges from an incident a few days ago when she allegedly had a physical confrontation with a female that was with McCuin at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino.

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