Violent domestic dispute draws jail and fine

A sentence of three months in county jail was handed down in City Court Monday to a 26-year-old man who twice violated an order of protection, including punching his ex-girlfriend during a domestic dispute.

Travis R. Clute, of 7323 Seifert Road, was sentenced by Judge John C. Gannon to 90 days and ordered to pay $400 in surcharges on two counts of second-degree contempt, one of which was reduced from first-degree. Charges of fourth-degree mischief, second-degree harassment, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful possession of marijuana and false personation were dismissed.

Police said at 9:37 p.m. Aug. 15, Clute went to ex-girlfriend’s residence on South Madison Street, despite being court-ordered to stay away from the people inside.

Police said at 3 a.m. Nov. 26, Clute punched his 27-year-old ex-girlfriend in the face multiple times during an argument at her South Madison Street residence. Police said Clute punched the woman while she was holding their 2-year-old child in her arms.

During the dispute, police said the woman tried to call 9-1-1 for help, but Clute snatched the cell phone out of her hands. All of this occurred in violation of an order of protection that the woman had filed against Clute on her behalf.

In a statement to police, the victim said she and Clute had been broken up for several months, and that he got angry because she told him she did not want to get back together. A warrant was issued for Clute’s arrest, and he was picked up in the 700 block of E. Dominick St. at 1:54 a.m. Dec. 11. Police said Clute tried to give the officers a fake name to avoid the warrants, and was also found with a quantity of marijuana.

Also in City Court:

¿ Lawrence H. Kimball, 24, of 612 William St., was sentenced to 60 days in jail and ordered to pay a $200 surcharge on one count of resisting arrest. Charges of second-degree harassment, disorderly conduct and an open container violation were dismissed.

Police said they were investigating a domestic dispute at Kimball’s residence at 3:33 a.m. Jan. 8. During the investigation, police said Kimball refused to stop shouting profanities outside his residence, and then put his face into the officer’s face, bumping the officer in the nose.

When Kimball was advised that he was under arrest, police said he continued to struggle as they put his hands behind his back to be hand-cuffed. While outside on the sidewalk in front of his residence, police said Kimball had an open bottle of beer.

¿ Tina L. Cutler, 36, of 817 Floyd Ave., was ordered to pay a $250 fine and $120 surcharge on one count of second-degree harassment. A charge of third-degree assault was dismissed.

Police said at 10:40 p.m. Oct. 26, Cutler punched her brother’s girlfriend in the face and bit the 27-year-old woman on the right arm outside her residence.

In a statement to police, the victim said Cutler owed her $100, and so she waited for Cutler to arrive home to confront her about the money.

¿ Michele A. Szuba, 57, of 100 Rutger St., Utica, was released on her own recognizance by Judge Daniel C. Wilson Friday on a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny. Her case was adjourned to Jan. 13.

Deputies said at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 24, Szuba stole 29 DVDs and two calculators, worth a total of $1,013.78, from Wal-Mart on Rome-Taberg Road.

¿ Vincent R. Riolo, 45, of 1002 Westbrook Drive, was sentenced to 15 days in jail and ordered to pay a $200 surcharge on one count of second-degree contempt, reduced from first-degree. A charge of second-degree harassment was dismissed.

Police said at 10:50 p.m. Dec. 15, Riolo grabbed his ex-girlfriend by the arm and by the throat during a domestic dispute at the Ramblin’ Inn bar on North James Street. Police said Riolo had been court-ordered to stay away from the woman.