A part-time Ticonderoga police officer was arrested in Whitehall March 30. Thomas Ruby, 44, a part-time officer with the Ticonderoga and Whitehall police departments, was charged with violating an order of protection his estranged wife has against him, state police said.
A part-time Ticonderoga police officer was arrested in Whitehall March 30.
Thomas Ruby, 44, a part-time officer with the Ticonderoga and Whitehall police departments, was charged with violating an order of protection his estranged wife has against him, state police said.
The charges came after a series of incidents involving Ruby, his estranged wife and a man she is dating, police said.
According to police, Ruby and Scott A. Wescott, 47, both of Whitehall, got into a fight at a Whitehall gas station March 29.
Wescott was charged with second-degree strangulation, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of third-degree assault, police said. The felony strangulation count alleges a person was choked unconscious or was injured when choked.
Police said the fight centered on a dispute over Ruby’s estranged wife.
Ruby was arrested the next day after his estranged wife contacted state police, alleging he sent her cell phone text messages that violated an order of protection. The messages did not include any threats, state police said.
Ruby was charged with second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor. Conviction in the case could result in Ruby losing his right to carry a firearm.
Ruby is a part-time police officer in Whitehall and Ticonderoga but was not on duty at the time.
Ruby will not work for the Ticonderoga Police Department while an investigation takes place, according to Ticonderoga officials.
Man rescued from lake
A man whose canoe capsized on Lake George near Ticonderoga was rescued safely March 28.
Joseph Sinisgalli of Latham, whose family owns a home on the lake in the Ticonderoga area, capsized his canoe in the cold water in the afternoon. After his wife heard cries for help, Black Point Road resident Mark Moran used a row boat to reach Sinisgalli and bring him to shore.
Sinisgalli was taken to Moses-Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga for treatment, then released.
Police said Sinisgalli was in the frigid water for about 20 minutes before being rescued.He was wearing a life jacket. He told police a wave capsized the canoe.
DWI in Schroon
A Rexford man was charged with driving while intoxicated March 27 in Schroon.
State police said Matthew A. Johnson, 40, was pulled over by a trooper on I-87 and was found to smell of alcohol. Police said Johnson failed field sobriety tests and his blood alcohol content was 0.16 percent.
Johnson was arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a felony; operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, a misdemeanor; and driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.
He was arraigned in Schroon Town Court.