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ASSAULT - NORFOLK - Canton-based state police charged Melinda S. Branham, 26, of 3755 state Route 310, Norfolk, with third-degree assault, second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use and criminal mischief Monday evening following an investigation into a domestic dispute complaint reported at 3 p.m. that day from the town of Norfolk. She was arraigned by Norfolk Town Justice Donald Lustyik and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond.

Troopers said Joshua C. Branham said he and his wife started arguing about their truck. Ms. Branham reportedly wanted to drive to her medical appointment, but Mr. Branham was concerned she wouldn’t come right back home and he had a class to attend at SUNY Canton.

He told troopers the argument escalated and his wife threw items at his head, attempted to stab him with a drill and then grabbed a baseball bat and swung it at him, striking him in the upper left thigh.

Mr. Branham reportedly drove Ms. Branham to her medical appointment and then was taking her to her mother’s residence after she had seen the chiropractor when the argument resumed. He said Ms. Branham, started tapping the window with a pink pocket knife and threatened to stab him, eventually slashing at him with the knife, tearing his jacket. He said she also repeatedly kicked the glovebox and the shift lever, knocking the vehicle into park on more than one occasion. Ms. Branham also allegedly hit Mr. Branham in the face with her purse.

Troopers said Mr. Branham was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle Monday after he drove to the state police station to file a complaint against his wife. A record’s check revealed his operating privileges were suspended.

State police said their investigation into the incident is continuing.

HARASSMENT - NORTH LAWRENCE - Massena-based state police charged Theodore A. Durant, 45, of North Lawrence with second-degree harassment Monday following an investigation into a disturbance complaint reported to troopers at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8. The charge was filed against Durant late Monday morning at 81 County Route 52, North Lawrence.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - State police said they investigated several property damage accidents around the region Tuesday. Among those:

■ Christopher B. Colton, 21, of Russell at 7:28 a.m. on County Route 27, near Allen Road, in the town of Pierrepont.

■ Amanda J. Dunn, 26, of Potsdam at 5:28 p.m. on Heath Road, near state Route 11B, in the town of Potsdam.

FAILURE TO STOP - CHIPMAN - Massena-based state police ticketed Darren Furnace, 52, of 49 Marie St., Massena, for failure to stop at a stop sign and operation of an uninspected motor vehicle following a two-vehicle collision at 5:18 p.m. Monday on County Route 31 in the town of Waddington. Troopers said Furnace was northbound on County Route 33, failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with an eastbound vehicle on County Route 31 being operated by Terry Parmeter, 51, of 11485 state Route 37, Lisbon. Parmeter was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital, treated for chest pain and released. Furnace was taken to Canton-Potsdam, treated for neck pain and released.

FAILURE TO KEEP RIGHT - NORFOLK - A Brasher Falls man was ticketed for failure to keep right after he crashed a vehicle while he was taking it for a test drive from Rick’s Auto.

Massena-based state police said Christopher S. Ward, 39, of 34 Stewart Lane, Brasher, was eastbound on County Route 38 when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center lane, went off the north shoulder of the road down an embankment and overturned, with the vehicle coming to rest on the drive’s side.

A 9-year-old passenger in the vehicle was taken to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment of what troopers described as non-life threatening injuries.

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