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Sun., Oct. 4
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Charges for High Street residents linked


Contrary to earlier reports, two incidents involving three residents of 320 High St. were linked.

Christopher L., 39, and Tyler W. Rounds, 18, were arrested at their residence after the two allegedly were involved in an altercation at a Stone Street residence Tuesday morning.

Kristi L. Simmons, 39, who also lives at the High Street residence, was arrested there at 4:34 a.m. and charged with second-degree aggravated harassment.

The sequence of events began with an altercation at the apartment of Sean M. Hartford, of 196 Stone St., Apt. 2, involving him, Ms. Simmons and Maverick D. LaDuke, of Adams Center.

The three reportedly got into a heated argument about 1 a.m., which led Ms. Simmons to call Christopher and Tyler, who are father and son, to come over and confront the other two men, police said.

The two men arrived by taxi shortly thereafter and allegedly charged into the residence and began fighting with Mr. Hartford and Mr. LaDuke.

Christopher allegedly punched Mr. Hartford in the face while he was holding his 3-year-old daughter, leaving him with a bloody lip. Because of her age, police would not identify the child, but said Mr. Hartford and Ms. Simmons had a child together. Christopher also reportedly punched Mr. LaDuke in the face.

During the altercation, Mr. Hartford called Troy A. Rowe, of 86 Public Square, to assist on the scene. Mr. Rowe works as a security guard for Neighbors of Watertown Inc., which owns the Stone Street building. When Mr. Rowe arrived on the scene, Ms. Simmons allegedly told him he would “get his ass kicked” if he called police.

Despite the alleged threat, Mr. Rowe called city police. The Roundses were charged with second-degree criminal trespassing. Christopher Rounds also was charged with two counts of second-degree harassment and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Both men were released with appearance tickets for City Court.

Later that night, Ms. Simmons, who police said was “highly intoxicated,” allegedly called Mr. Rowe and threatened to send people over to assault him. Police said she likely was referring to the Roundses.

Mr. Rowe told police that she threatened to “send guys over to beat him up,” and said she would “burn him tomorrow.” He said he received the call at 3:43 a.m. while he was on duty at the Neighbors of Watertown office, 114 Franklin St.

Ms. Simmons was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment for the alleged threat, arraigned in City Court and released on $250 bail.

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