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Man charged with criminal contemp Friday morning held at SLCF


MASSENA - A Massena man charged with criminal contempt and harassment on early Saturday morning remains at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Massena-based state police charged Richard A. Fields Jr., 31, of 166 Maple St., with second-degree harassment and a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt following an altercation between Fields and a woman described as his “ex-girlfriend” that occurred at the Delmar Tavern.

In her statement to police, Jean Cox said it was about 1:45 a.m. Saturday when she was at the Delmar.

“I was talking to the DJ when all of a sudden I was struck in the face by someone,” she said, noting the blow knocked her to the ground. “While on the ground opened my eyes and noticed it was my ex, Ricky Fields.”

Shortly after the incident, Ms. Cox said Fields left the bar, calling her names as he was leaving, only to return again.

“Soon after Ricky walked out the back of the bar he returned and started to yell and scream at me,” she said, noting he again began calling her names,

At that point, Ms. Cox said a bartender stepped in and said he was calling police.

“Ricky then left the bar, but was soon picked up by police on the corner of Andrews and Main street,” she wrote.

Ms. Cox also added that at the time of the incident a stay-away order of protection was in place against Fields.

Fields was arraigned by Acting Village Justice James M. Crandall and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Village police had charged Fields with fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal trespass and resisting arrest at 1:45 p.m. July 13 on Riverview Street.

Police said they responded to a report Fields was attempting to break into Ms. Cox’s home during a dispute over child visitation issues. Police said Fields allegedly damaged a door jam after using an EBT card in an effort to open a locked door with Ms. Cox standing behind the door.

Police said Ms. Cox opened the door when police arrived on the scene, and Fields shoved the door open and pushed his ex-girlfriend. Police alleged Fields struggled when police attempted to take him into custody and was found in possession of a dagger. He also reportedly failed to comply with requests from Ms. Cox to leave the property. Police said the incident took place after Fields and Ms. Cox had argued over child visitation issues.

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