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Massena man jailed with no bail after striking man in head with tire iron


LOUISVILLE - A Masena man with four felony convictions was jailed without bail after allegedly striking another man in the face with a tire iron during a confrontation at 3 a.m. Sunday outside a residence on state Route 131 in the town of Louisville.

Massena-based state police charged Alan G. Bigwarfe, 46, formerly of Gouverneur, with a felony count of second-degree assault, second-degree menacing and obstruction of governmental administration,

He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with no bail set. He is scheduled to appear at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Louisville Town Court.

Mr. Sharlow noted the local court was unable to set bail since Bigwarfe has four prior felony convictions. The court also pointed out Bigwarfe had 31 arrests, including 17 felony charges, on his criminal history. Bigwarfe was represented at his arraignment by defense attorney Effie Kyriakopolous.

Troopers allege Bigwarfe struck Kenneth S. Ransier in the left side of the face with a steel tire iron during an argument outside the alleged victim’s garage. Mr. Ransier reportedly suffered a large abrasion to his face.

The obstruction charge alleges Bigwarfe refused to submit his fingerprints at 8:50 a.m. Sunday after being placed under arrest.

According to court documents, village police had responded to a domestic dispute complaint at 10:38 p.m. Saturday at 28 Pine St. and told Bigwarfe to leave the residence of his ex-girlfriend, Christina M. Boardman. The couple have reportedly dated off and on for the past six months.

Ms. Bigwarfe told police she was concerned for her safety and called a friend, Mr. Ransier, who told her she could stay at his residence for the night. She said she went her friend’s residence and shortly after she arrived she started getting phone calls from Bigwarfe. She told state troopers Mr. Ransier eventually answered one of the calls and told Bigwarfe to leave Ms. Board man alone.

Mr. Ransier, in a statement he provided state police, told troopers Bigwarfe had threatened to kick his —- during their conversation. “I told him he knew where I lived. I didn’t think he was serious until he showed up here,” he said.

He said Bigwarfe parked at the end of the driveway and walked toward him holding a tire iron. “I backed off, and he kept coming closer. We had some words, and he swung at me with the tire iron and struck me in the left side of the face ... We wrestled around in the driveway, and we struggled. I got the tire iron away from him and ended up striking him with the tire iron trying to back him off,” Mr. Ransier added.

Mr. Ransier said he was bleeding from the side of his face, and Bigwarfe was bleeding as well from a cut on his forehead. “I’m not sure if he got caught from rolling around in the driveway or me hitting him. I told him he was bleeding and needed to be looked at,” he noted in his statement.

He said he gave Bigwarfe back his tire iron and told him he needed to go the hospital to get medical care as he was leaving his residence. Bigwarfe reportedly said he was going to kill Boardman and threatened that he planned to return with “his boys” to Mr. Ransier’s residence.

Mr. Sharlow signed a temporary order of protection directing Bigwarfe to stay away from his ex-girlfriend as well as Mr. Ransier.

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