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Police intervened in incident involving Carthage man, Doheny staff


City police intervened in two separate disturbances involving the same Carthage man and staffers for Matthew A. Doheny’s congressional campaign on Thursday.
Shortly after 1 p.m., Juston J. LaJoie requested to speak with Mr. Doheny at his 132 Court St. office. Mr. Doheny was not in the office at the time. Mr. LaJoie allegedly became combative with Mr. Doheny’s staff, who called police.
He left after police intervened. A Watertown Daily Times reporter who arrived on the scene after police witnessed Mr. LaJoie directing profanities at a Doheny staffer. No charges were filed in that incident.
Later that day, Mr. LaJoie returned to Mr. Doheny’s campaign office, “verbally abused” a staffer there and then drove to Mr. Doheny’s residence on Paddock Street, according to a statement from Mr. Doheny’s campaign. Mr. LaJoie denied involvement in the Paddock Street incident.
The Doheny campaign staffer called police after he allegedly saw Mr. LaJoie’s car outside. Police and a K9 unit were seen outside of Mr. Doheny’s Paddock Street home sometime after 10 p.m., according to several witnesses. Mr. Doheny was in Saratoga County at the time.
“In both instances, incident reports were filed and charges were not pressed against the individual in question,” Mr. Seymour said in an email. “No one was hurt. We appreciate the prompt response from the Watertown Police Department and the professionalism they have shown in handling this unfortunate situation.”
The police officer who responded to the Paddock Street incident declined comment, directing a reporter to a department spokesman, who could not be reached Friday.
In an interview with the Times, Mr. LaJoie said the campaign office incident on Thursday afternoon involved personal animus between himself and a member of Mr. Doheny’s staff.
Mr. LaJoie’s blog, “Juston’s Take on Government,” includes several posts in 2011, including one that complains of a “severe brain injury” and of the side effects of pain pills. He has been involved in several education-related protests in the city and in Carthage.
Mr. Doheny will face Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, on Nov. 6 for the House of Representatives 21st District seat.

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