CRIMINAL OBSTRUCTION BREATHING - LOUISVILLE - Massena-based state police charged Matthew K. Guay, 29, of 41 Urban Drive, Massena, also of 237 County Route 43, Lot 11, Louisville, with second-degree harassment and criminal obstruction of breathing Thursday afternoon following an investigation into a domestic dispute that took place at the couple’s residence in Louisville,
Guay, reportedly upset that his wife, Melisa, had opted to spend the night on the couch, reportedly straddled his wife, grabbed her by the neck and shook her approximately seven or eight times.
Guay was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released on his own recognizance with a stipulation he abide by the terms of an order of protection him not to harass, annoy or alarm his wife.
Ms. Guay told troopers the couple had been having issues since she became pregnant 10 months. The couple’s child was born on July 4, and the infant spent three weeks in a Syracuse hospital before being released. She said the issues have escalated since the baby’s birth. “Ever since then, Matt has been upset because I have been giving the baby a lot of attention ... Matt has been waking me up a bunch of times every night, asking me why I don’t give him any attention. I can’t get any sleep so last night I decided to sleep on the living room couch,” she noted in her statement.
Guay was reportedly a “little upset” by her decision Wednesday night, but his wife told police she didn’t think it was going to lead to the blowout that occurred Thursday morning when her husband woke her up about 8:30 a.m. by yelling and slamming things around. After a brief conversation, police reports indicated straddled his wife on the couch and started to choke her, according to court documents.