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Norwood man charged with hitting sister’s ex with baseball bat in Louisville

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MASSENA - A 21-year-old Norwood man was jailed on $5,000 cash bail Tuesday afternoon after being charged with striking his sister’s ex-boyfriend several times with a baseball bat.

Massena-based state police charged Gerald L. Dissottle Jr., 21, of 532 Elliot Road, Norwood, with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon following an investigation into an incident that reportedly took place at 3:30 a.m. June 29 on the side of state Route 37 in the town of Louisville.

Dissottle was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. The court also issued a temporary order of protection directing Dissottle to have no contact with Benjamin R. Tipping. Dissottle is scheduled to reappear July 18 in Louisville Town Court.

Mr. Tipping, 26, of 14120 state Route 37, Louisville, in his statement to police, said he had been at his residence with Patience Dissottle and she left his residence about 3:30 a.m. June 29 and started walking back to Massena. He claimed she took his cell phone before leaving his residence. He said he left his residence a short time later to look for Ms. Dissottle and his cell phone.

He said a short time later as he was walking down state Route 37 following Ms. Dissottle a vehicle driven by her father stopped in the traffic lane. He said Gerald Dissottle St., Gerald Dissottle Jr. and David Labarge stepped out of the vehicle and attacked him.

“Jerry said to me you. ‘You are gonna get it now ... Both Jerry Sr. and Jerry Jr., along with David Labarge, ran up to me and swung at me several times and started beating ... me. I covered up my face and (laid) on my back. Then they started kicking me, and I just covered up,” Mr. Tipping told police.

He said there was a brief respite from the beating, and he heard the clanking of metal. “I saw Jerry Sr. grab a metal tire iron out of the back of the vehicle, and I heard Jerry Sr. say, ‘Grab the bat,’ to Jerry Jr. I remember big Jerry standing over me holding the tire iron. I did see Jerry Jr. holding a bat at one point. I was laying on my back, and I saw Jerry Sr. swinging the tire iron, but I don’t remember much after that. I was in and out of consciousness after this,” he noted in his statement to troopers.

Troopers allege Mr. Tipping suffered a concussion and several contusions and abrasions in the baseball bat attack. They said there investigation into the incident is continuing.

Dissottle Jr., in his statement to police, admitted he and his father had punched Mr. Tipping after they saw him grab Patience by the hair on the back of her head after she had called asking for a ride back to Massena.

“He said he had actually given Mr. Tipping a ride to the Louisville residence a couple of hours earlier, and his sister had been at that address when he dropped Mr. Tipping off. He sad his sister called shortly after 3:30 a.m. and was crying and asked him to come get her because she couldn’t be there anymore. He said he initially said he wouldn’t go to Louisville again but changed his mind after receiving a second call from her when he heard Mr. Tipping screaming at her in the background. He said he also received a phone call from Mr. Tipping urging him to come get his sister because she was acting crazy.

Dissottle Jr. said he had stopped the vehicle when he saw Mr. Tipping grab his sister by the hair and ran over to him and smacked him in the face with an open hand.

“I grabbed Patience and brought her toward the car and opened the back door, and my dad got out. My dad got out of the vehicle and told me to get back in the car, and he was upset so I did,” the younger Dissottle said, noting he turned the vehicle around while his father was fighting with Mr. Tipping.

“I saw him hit Ben a couple of times, but I know he didn’t hit him with anything other than his hands. The fight between Ben and my dad last anywhere between 30 seconds and a minute. Ben was laying in the ditch on the side of the road when we left,” he added, denying allegations that Labarge had ridden to Louisville with the Dissottle father-son duo.

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