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Domestic dispute ends in charges for Massena couple

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MASSENA - A Massena man and his girlfriend are both facing charges after a domestic dispute early Sunday morning when he allegedly threw her down the stairs.

Massena Village Police charged Jeremy M. Lawrence, 33, of 18 Park Ave., Apt. G, with third-degree assault, second-degree harassment and resisting arrest. His girlfriend, Cheryl V. Cook, 49, of the same address was charged with obstruction of governmental administration after jumping on the back of Ptl. Michael J. O’Brien while he was attempting to place Lawrence in handcuffs.

According to her statement to police, trouble began after a night of drinking at the Rusty Wheel.

“Jeremy and I got into a verbal argument at the Rusty Wheel,” Cook said in her statement to police, adding she then walked home.

“About half an hour later, Jeremy came back home. I yelled at Jeremy because he was talking to another woman at the bar,” she said. “Jeremy told me to get out of his place.”

Cook said the incident became violent at that point.

“He then grabbed me by the hair, threw me against the neighbor’s door and threw me down the stairs,” she said.

After being forced to leave the apartment, Cook said she wanted her cell phone back before leaving the property.

A neighbor also residing in the building overheard the argument.

In her statement to police, that neighbor said it was about 2:45 a.m. Sunday when she first heard the argument.

“I heard Jeremy Lawrence, who lives in apartment G, arguing at the top of the stairs. I had heard Jeremy’s girlfriend yell back, ‘I just want my cell phone.’ I then heard Jeremy yell back, ‘You’re not getting it,’” she recalled. “I then went into my bedroom to lay down. About two minutes later, I heard a ‘thump, thump thump, thump.’ I knew that he threw her down the stairs.”

At that point, the neighbor said she called the police and began listening to the argument again.

“I heard Jeremy’s girlfriend say, “You threw me down the stairs, all I want is my cell phone,”

While not included in her own statement, Ptl. O’Brien said Cook told him that Lawrence “threw her down the stairs. I asked her, ‘These stairs right here?’ She said, ‘Yes, I thought I was going to break my neck,’” he recalled. “The stairway contained around 15-20 steps.”

After about a minute of knocking on the apartment’s door, Ptl. O’Brien said Sgt. Adam Love arrived and was successful in convincing Lawrence to open his door.

“When he opened the door, he was extremely agitated. Sgt. Love said that we had to talk to him about the incident that occurred. At this time Sgt. Love was standing in the doorway and I was standing behind him,” Ptl. O’Brien said. “Jeremy said that he had to work in the morning. Jeremy then shoved Sgt. Love and attempted to close the door on him while he was standing in the doorway.”

The two officers then entered the apartment, at which point Cook jumped on Ptl. O’Brien’s back while they were attempting to arrest Lawrence.

“Cheryl interfered with us about four different times during our attempt to handcuff Jeremy,” he said.

While cook was released on an appearance ticket, Lawrence was held overnight pending arraignment. He was arraigned Sunday morning by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and was sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond.

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