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Massena couple both face charges following domestic dispute

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MASSENA - A Massena woman was held in the village lockup overnight after breaking her boyfriend’s eye socket during an altercation Thursday night, while her boyfriend was charges with two misdemeanor counts prior to be shipped to the Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., for treatment of his injuries.

Village police charged Crystal L. Moniere, 30, of 7 Tamarack St., Massena, with third-degree assault. She was arraigned Friday morning by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and released under the supervision of the probation department with a stipulation she abide by a temporary order of protection directing her to stay away from Bruce Kearns, 38, also of 7 Tamarack St.

Kearns was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was released on an appearance ticket.

Police said Kearns took Moniere’s phone during a domestic dispute after she told him she was going to call the police. He also reportedly damaged the phone. Police said when they were investigating the domestic dispute they discovered Kearns, a convicted felon, was in possession of a black powder rifle.

The assault charge alleges Moniere punched Kearns in the eye and nose shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday during an altercation at the couple’s home. He reportedly suffered swelling and substantial eye injury. He was initially treated at Massena Memorial Hospital before being shipped to Burlington, Vt.

Kearns told police the argument started over a discussion about her kissing one of his friends about a year ago.

She said she responded when Kearns started pushing her, telling police he had grabbed her very hard by the arms.

“The argument ended up going into the bedroom. Bruce and I wrestled around in the bedroom, and Bruce hit me a couple of times. I kept swinging at him. I struck Bruce a few times in the face, I also believe I scratched Bruce on the nose because I saw blood somewhere,” Moniere said in her statement.

“Bruce kept getting more upset. Bruce kept telling me to hit him. Bruce then grabbed my phone when he left because he knew I wanted to call the police,” she added.

Court documents report police indicated Kearns and Moniere both appeared to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

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