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Michael Shaw, Sayre


Chris Woodard, Jr., 26, Sayre, faces charges of indecent and simple assault, as well as disorderly conduct and harassment in association with events that happened on numerous dates between July 17 and 30. Allegedly, Woodard recently gained visitation rights with a daughter he shares with a woman he has never had a relationship. The girl’s mother claims that Woodard regularly insisted that she not bring anyone with her when custody of the daughter is exchanged at his residence and that Woodard has made inappropriate physical contact with both her and the daughter on numerous occasions, at least one of which was witnessed by the woman’s sister. Woodard was slated for an Aug. 16 preliminary hearing.

Erik Ryan Agnew, 28, Sayre, faces charges of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct for his involvement in a fight reported at the Milltown Inn on Cayuta Street in Sayre at about 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 9. Numerous police officers responded to the site, where a female patron allegedly slapped Agnew across the face after he reportedly referred to her brother in a derogatory manner. Agnew told police that the woman’s brother then punched him in the face after he called her a derogatory name. The reporting officer explained to each of the three involved that they would be receiving citations in the mail for disorderly conduct and that all three of them would have to leave the bar at the bartender’s request. At that point, Agnew allegedly became belligerent, stood up, and verbally protested the citation mentioned by the officer, which subsequently led to his arrest for public drunkenness. He reportedly struggled when patrolmen were placing handcuffs on him and again when they were placing him in the police cruiser. A preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 19.

Brian Lane, 34, Troy, faces charges for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. An Athens Borough police officer was assisting probation officers, who were involved with an incident at Vanderbilt Apartments on East Vanderbilt Street in Athens at about 11:30 p.m. on July 23. At the scene, Lane was reportedly found to be in possession of pills that turned out to be Oxycodone, a needle cap, and two small straws. When Lane reportedly began talking about “people in his roof,” the attending law enforcement officials asked him what kinds of drugs he was on, and Lane allegedly indicated that he was using “homemade” bath salts, which were confiscated. Police found a large hole in the ceiling that was apparently created by Lane. A male and a female at the residence were reportedly searched and given a police escort away from the scene. Lane was remanded to the Athens Borough Police Department and faces an Aug. 23 preliminary hearing.

Boyd Alexander Hamilton, Jr., 52, Waverly, NY, and John Hooper, 50, Sayre, face similar charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct after they engaged in a physical confrontation at the intersection of North Lehigh Avenue and Mohawk Street in Sayre at about 10:10 a.m. on Aug. 12, approximately two weeks after the same two men were involved in a road rage incident in Waverly. On Aug. 12, Sayre police report that Hooper stopped behind Hamilton at the intersection, gave him “the finger,” and shouted an expletive at him as per the previous event. When Hamilton got out of his vehicle, Hooper punched him in the face, after which Hamilton reportedly retrieved a knife from his vehicle and threatened to kill Hooper, who, in turn, got a hammer from his vehicle. Hooper then got back into his vehicle and told Hamilton to do the same, but Hamilton walked back to Hooper’s vehicle and told him that he was going to kill him in front of his son, the youth being in the passenger’s seat. Hamilton also told police that Hooper “ran him over” with his truck. Hamilton was additionally charged with making terroristic threats and criminal mischief, and Hooper received a charge of harassment by physical contact. Both men face preliminary hearings on Aug. 23.

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