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Two Massena women arrested for attack on trooper


MASSENA - Two Massena women were sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility Sunday after they allegedly attacked a New York state trooper who was trying to arrest them after responding to a dog nuisance complaint at their residence.

Massena-based state police charged Angela M. Wilson, 17, of 231 S. Grasse River Road, Massena, with second-degree harassment, disorderly conduct: obscene language/gestures and resisting arrest.

They also charged Rosemary M. Wilson, 44, same address, with second-degree obstructing governmental administration for allegedly jumping on Trooper Luis Cruz’s back while he was trying to arrest Angela Wilson, disorderly conduct: obscene language/gestures, resisting arrest and a violation of dog control procedures for allegedly failing to confine her two dogs, which reportedly chased horses, goats and attempted to destroy some rabbits.

They were arraigned by Massena Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash bail each, to reappear Wednesday.

Mr. Sharlow also signed a no contact order directing Angela Wilson to have no contact with Trooper Cruz, who said she pushed, shoved, kicked and punched him while he was trying to make an arrest, resulting in the second-degree harassment charge.

Animal control officer Hughy R. Blain said in a statement he signed for police that he had received a call at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday about two dogs chasing livestock at 240 South Grasse River Road. He said he responded and picked up two German shepherds.

“One of the dogs was very aggressive,” Mr. Blain said in his statement. “I talked to Nicole R. Harvey and Jill M. Vazquez. Both ladies indicated that the two dogs were chasing the horses out in the pen and the goats out in the back of the barn. Mrs. Harvey indicated that one of the dogs was trying to break into the rabbit cage.”

He said Ms. Harvey had tried to stop the dog from attacking her rabbits and was bit on the hand.

Mr. Blain called the state police and after Trooper Cruz arrived on the scene, he began to interview Ms. Harvey when Angela Wilson and Rosemary Wilson, the owner of the dogs, pulled into the driveway and allegedly started screaming profanities at Ms. Harvey and Ms. Vazquez.

“Trooper Luis Cruz told them to stop it or they would be arrested. The two women started screaming at Trooper Cruz. Again he told them to stop the screaming and to stop using profanity,” Mr. Blain said in his statement.

Angela Wilson was charged after she allegedly kept screaming obscenities and making threats to the complainants and ran into the house before coming back out and continuing to scream obscenities.

As Trooper Cruz was attempting to place her under arrest, she allegedly pulled back and dragged him into the porch. Rosemary Wilson also allegedly got into the altercation, jumping onto the trooper’s back in an attempt to keep him from arresting Angela Wilson.

“I heard Trooper Cruz yell that she was under arrest and all hell broke loose,” Mr. Blain said. “I saw that both women were hitting and pushing Trooper Cruz as he tried to arrest them. Trooper Cruz yelled at me to call for back up, that he needed help because both women were fighting with him. The fight continued for a while and trooper came out with both women in cuffs. Both women continued to scream obscenities at everybody.”

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