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Customs and Border Protection agent jailed for assaulting girlfriend


LOUISVILLE — A United States Customs and Border Protection agent was thrown in jail Monday after an alleged alcohol-fueled domestic dispute with his live-in girlfriend Sunday.

Gerald B. Ware II, 41, 1535 County Route 36, Louisville was arrested by Massena-based state police and charged with second-degree assault – with intent to cause serious physical injury, a felony, fourth-degree criminal mischief: disable equipment to prevent request for emergency assistance, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, third-degree assault – with intent to cause physical injury, all misdemeanors, and second-degree harassment – physical contact, a violation.

According to Betsy A. Farnsworth, Ware’s girlfriend, the couple had argued over picking up his children and her child. She said became upset when she told him she wasn’t going to pick up his children.

“Gerald did not want to go because he had worked all night until 12. I did not want to go because I wasn’t feeling well, and I don’t like dealing with his ex-wife. We also had to pick up my daughter, and I do not like to deal with my ex-husband so I insisted that he come with me,” Ms. Farnsworth said in the statement she signed for police.

She said Ware was irritated and started drinking when they returned home..

“Gerald began to start drinking vodka and lemonade,” Ms. Farnsworth told police. “I get upset when Gerald drinks because when he gets drunk he starts to yell a lot at me. He also likes to drive when he is drunk.”

She said it was at about 10 p.m. Sunday that the argument escalated to physical violence. She said she was upset Ware was drinking when he had to work the midnight shift and had only slept for about two hours that day.

Ware allegedly punched Ms. Farnsworth in the face, causing bruising on her nose and eye, and wrapped his hands around her neck and then blocked her nose by pinching her nostrils closed, preventing her from breathing.

Troopers also alleged Ware prevented Ms. Farnsworth from using a phone to call police during the altercation at their by taking her cell phone after she said she was going to call the police for assistance and threw it across their bedroom

Police additionally reported that Ware slapped, pushed and slammed Ms. Farnsworth’s head off of a dresser while making threats to kill her.

“This hasn’t been the first time he has attacked me,” Ms. Farnsworth told police. “Back in March, Gerald shattered my middle finger on my right hand.”

Ms. Farnsworth went to the hospital for that injury and she said she never reported it to police and made up a story for the hospital staff to hide what really happened.

The March hospital visit resulted in the setting of four pins and permanent damage and limited mobility to Ms. Farnsworth’s finger, police reported.

Mr. Ware was remanded to St. Lawrence County Jail on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond and has been released by Monday evening.

Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow issued an order of protection directing Ware to stay away from Ms. Farnsworth and her daughter.

He also directed troopers to pick up any weapons in Ware’s possession,

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