FORT EDWARD — A Whitehall man who burglarized a home and attacked a man while wearing a clown mask has been sentenced to 2 years in state prison after he tried to skip out on his sentencing.
Bruce M. Gordon Jr., 29, of Carlton Drive, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree burglary for a May 14 attack in a home on Boardman Street.
Court records show he entered the home of a woman with whom he formerly had a romantic relationship and attacked a man in the home as he slept.
The victim, identified as Craig Taylor, told Whitehall Police he was awakened by being punched repeatedly, but was able to fight off the attacker and get him in a headlock as the man threatened to kill him.
“I woke up to getting punched in the face ... He was telling me ‘I will kill you,’” Taylor told police, according to court records.
The man was wearing a clown mask, and when Taylor pinned him down and took the mask off, he recognized Gordon. As Taylor restrained Gordon, Gordon repeatedly bit him, records show.
Taylor said Gordon was the ex-boyfriend of his live-in girlfriend, and a young child in the home witnessed the attack. Gordon had been harassing and accosting him for months, at one point threatening him with a knife in a bar in Fort Ann, Taylor told police.
Gordon had faced a five-count indictment that included a felony and four misdemeanors, including counts of assault, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child and obstructing governmental administration. He pleaded guilty to the felony in satisfaction of all charges.
Gordon was free on bail and initially skipped his sentencing Jan. 3, but a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was located later that day and brought before McKeighan the following day.
McKeighan sentenced him to 2 years in prison, to be followed by 3 years on parole.
GLENS FALLS — Carmen Cazard took up knitting about six years ago and she may have already set a record, locally at least.
Cazard, who says she is better known by “Miss Carmen,” spends time knitting while praying and watching the news. The fruits of that labor have resulted in a 108-foot long scarf, which she will display at two events during the next couple of weeks.
People can see the scarf on Jan. 13 from noon to 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 400 Glen St., and the Glens Falls Senior Center at 380 Glen St.
People are encouraged to make a donation, with all the proceeds going to the organizations hosting the display.
Cazard said she has knitted hats and blankets for Glens Falls Hospital Cancer Center and Open Arms Pregnancy Center, and she wanted to find another way to give back to the community.
“I just want to help the organizations to get more donations,” she said.
Cazard believes she has knitted the longest scarf in the city.
The record for longest hand-woven scarf is held by Cambodian weavers, working in teams, whose 3,772-foot krama (a traditional Cambodian scarf) was honored last July by a Guinness World Records official as the world’s longest.
Cazard, working alone, started her project in June and knitted about five hours a day, seven days a week — about 800 hours.
“I finished the first week of December,” she said.
She went through 15 balls of yarn.
Cazard said she is willing to display the scarf at other venues to help other organizations. It is so long she has to fold it up and carry it in a bin.
After the scarf is done “touring,” she will cut it up into normal neck-sized scarves to donate to a local charity such as the Open Door Mission.
Cazard is not accepting donations herself.
“If they say thank you, I appreciate that,” she said.
The chairs of 11 mostly North Country Republican county committees have signed onto a letter asking for the state Republican chairman Edward F. Cox to resign.
The letter, which was first reported on Wednesday by the New York Daily News, cited the 2018 elections as the reason a new leader was needed.
“The 2018 election was disastrous for the NYGOP on nearly all levels,” the letter reads. “We lost every statewide election by wide margins and we lost control of the New York State Senate in spectacular fashion.”
The State Committee sent a comment from Cox to the Watertown Daily Times on Friday.
“I share the frustration with the disappointing election, but despite the results, we got the most votes cast — 2.2 million — since 2002,” Cox wrote. “As Chairman of the NYGOP, I am laser-focused on preparing for the important 2019 local elections and working with the Republican conferences in the legislature to offer a unified, alternative agenda to the Democrats that we are confident will win us back seats in the next cycle.”
The letter from the county chairs was also sent to all the other county chairs in New York, although it was not released publicly.
The letter came out of meetings between county chairs in the 4th Judicial District, including Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington.
“The 4th JD people at least ... feel like it’s time for a change,” said Thomas L. Jenison, chair of the St. Lawrence County committee and one of the signatories. “There’s issues in New York State with the Republican party.”
Jennison said the letter came out of the regular meetings of the chairs in the judicial district, which covers State Supreme Court elections and nominees.
“Traditionally at the end of the meeting there was time to talk about the last year’s elections or next year’s elections,” he said.
The chairs agreed during these informal talks it was time for new blood in the party.
The letter was presented to Cox by Susan McNeil, Fulton county chair, and several others on Tuesday.
“We feel it’s time for a change in leadership,” she said. “After the election it just started brewing.”
McNeil said they were not looking for further signatures on the letter at the moment. She did say that the Erie County Chair Nicholas Langworthy — who is listed in the Daily News story as the likely favorite to replace Cox as state chair — had met separately with Cox to ask him to resign. Langworthy could not be reached on Thursday for comment.
The next selection of a statewide chair would come in September, but McNeil said the issues are too pressing to wait.
“Because of the importance of what we have on the slate we need a change in leadership now,” she said.
The letter also criticized Cox for the process of selecting Marc Molinaro as the party’s 2018 gubernatorial candidate, saying the process left Molinaro without the money, time or endorsements to win.
Molinaro did not return a request for comment from the Times.
“Mr. Chairman, the North Country Republicans request that you graciously resign from your position and allow a new leader to take the reins,” the letter reads. “Waiting for the undeniable outcome of an election for State Chairman would only delay the needed restructuring and revitalization our party sorely needs and would send a message to the citizens of our state that we aren’t serious about becoming a viable party again.”
Not all north country Republicans feel this way, however. Jefferson County Chair Donald Coon III said he disagreed with the assessment by the 4th Judicial District chairs — Jefferson County is in the 5th Judicial District.
“Obviously we had a disappointing year on the statewide level and it’s easy to point to one guy and say he’s the cause of it,” Coon said. “I don’t subscribe to that.”
Coon said the idea of removing Cox early would damage the party further.
“It would just leave us rudderless,” he said.
HARTFORD — A woman from Greenfield faces numerous charges after she allegedly crashed a vehicle while driving drunk, with at least one child in the vehicle, records show.
Katie M. Gilbert, 34, was charged in connection with a Nov. 19 crash on Rowe Hill Road. At least one injury was reported, but police did not release who was hurt or how badly.
She was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI and criminal possession of marijuana, according to the State Police public information website.
Gilbert was also ticketed for imprudent speed, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to keep right.
She was released, pending prosecution in Hartford Town Court.
QUEENSBURY — A 61-year-old Queensbury man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the theft of items from a neighbor’s shed, police said.
Jeffrey Syles was arrested in connection with a burglary that was reported in October, according to State Police.
He was accused of stealing tools.
Syles was charged with third-degree burglary, a felony, and released, pending prosecution in Queensbury Town Court.
QUEENSBURY — A Queensbury man has been charged with second-degree rape for allegedly impregnating a 14-year-old girl, police said.
Austin M. Walczak, 20, was arrested on the felony charge after police were contacted last fall about an underage girl becoming pregnant, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
The charge alleges he had sex with a girl who was too young to legally consent. The state’s age of consent is 17.
Walczak was arraigned and released pending prosecution in Queensbury Town Court.
In Friday’s editions, a story about decorative lights on Queensbury’s Main Street incorrectly described what Queensbury must do next to change out the bulbs for LEDs. Queensbury owns the lights and does not need National Grid’s permission to make the change.
Maternal grandparents are Dave and Kathy White of Queensbury. Paternal grandparents are Joe and Cindy Locke of Fort Edward.
Maternal grandparents are Karen McNutt of Bennington, Vermont and James McNutt of Fort Edward. Paternal grandparent is James Daniels of Gansevoort.
Maternal grandparents are Sharisa and Shawn Petty of Granville and Darrell Dunavan of Woodlawn, Illinois. Paternal grandparents are Rich and Tammy Longley of Granville and Lee and Brenda Rivers of South Glens Falls.
Maternal grandparents are Joseph and Sandra Hladik of Gansevoort. Paternal grandparents are Lynn Teras of Ballston Spa and the late Martin Tierney.
Maternal grandparents are April Dashnaw and Michael Manney of Hudson Falls. Paternal grandparents are Jaci St. John and Tom St. John of Hudson Falls.
Maternal grandparents are Paul and Becky Strain of Indian Lake. Paternal grandparents are Ed and Sue Harrington of Warrensburg.
Maternal grandparents are Matthew and Terrie Ellsworth of Glens Falls. Paternal grandparents are Michael and Tonya Nichols of Gouverneur.
Maternal grandparents are Arthur and Cynthia DeLong of Glens Falls.
Maternal grandparents are Sue and Randy Ahl of Ballston Spa. Paternal grandparents are Charles and Antonina McGrath of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Maternal grandparents are Laurie and Jon McCart of Hoosick Falls. Paternal grandparents are Grace and Thomas Lloyd of Schuylerville.
Friday’s Winning Numbers
Numbers Early: 8-5-4 Late: 1-1-7
Win-4 Early: 8-5-6-4 Late: 1-0-3-0
Pick 10: 3-7-11-13-16-26-33-35-43-49-52-53-58-61-62-64-66-69-73-77
Thursday’s Late Numbers
Take Five: 1-5-25-28-38
Cash 4 Life: 1-22-23-29-52-02