Man arrested after witness’s id him in street destruction

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WHITEHALL, N.Y. – Police arrested Steven A. Woodard, Jr., 18 of County Route 9, Whitehall after he allegedly left a trail of destruction in the area of Williams and Sanders Streets on Saturday, October 6.

Police responded to calls reporting road cones blocking the roadway and house plants that appeared to be taken from a residence and thrown in the roadway. On Main Street, police observed a number of orange safety barrels surrounding an abandoned building for safety reasons had been knocked over in the roadway. Police were later advised that a manhole cover on Skenesborough Drive had been removed, creating a hazardous situation for motorists and pedestrians in the area.

Police identified a number of subjects that had been out throughout the night and conducted interviews.

Following an investigation, Woodard was charged with the following:

  • Coercion – 1st-Degree, a Class D Felony
  • Criminal Mischief – 4th-Degree –, a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Criminal Contempt – 2nd-Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Reckless Endangerment, a Class B Misdemeanor

Additionally, Woodard is reported to have threatened a subject who accompanied him to participate in the destruction or face injury or harm.

Through further investigation, police found that Woodard had gone to the residence of a protected party he is barred from having contact with the night of the events, against a court order that had been issued in a previous case.

Woodard was arrested and arraigned in Whitehall Village Court and remanded to the Washington County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 Cash Bail or $50,000 bond.

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