Tire slash and assault during dispute alleged

A 29-year-old man is accused of slashing his girlfriend’s tire and then physically assaulting her father during an argument Monday morning.

Bail was set at $1,000 and has since been met for Matthew E. Cummings, of 53 Cherrywood Lane, who appeared before City Court Judge John C. Gannon Monday on charges of third-degree assault, second-degree harassment and fourth-degree mischief. His case was adjourned to May 21.

Police said at 10:40 a.m. May 8, Cummings slashed a tire on his girlfriend’s 2007 Ford during an argument at her Park Drive Manor II apartment. Police said Cummings used a knife.

During the argument, the girlfriend’s father was called and asked to come over to help calm the situation. When the 55-year-old man arrived at the apartment, police said Cummings tackled the man into a closet door and then started punching him repeatedly in the face. The man suffered a fracture to his left eye socket, and was hospitalized.

Also in City Court:

¿ Earl A. Howard III, 20, of 413 W. Court St., was ordered by Judge Daniel C. Wilson Wednesday to pay a $200 fine and $120 surcharge on one count of second-degree harassment. Charges of fourth-degree mischief and endangering the welfare of a child were dismissed.

Police said at 8:45 p.m. April 7, Howard was in a domestic dispute with his pregnant girlfriend at their residence. Police said Howard punched a hole in the bedroom wall during the argument. When the woman’s 11-year-old son came to investigate, police said Howard pinned the boy against the refrigerator and struck him in the head. Howard then struck his girlfriend as well when she tried to intervene, authorities stated.

¿ Philip A. Beratta, 47, of 80 New Hartford St., New York Mills, was released on his own recognizance on a charge of petty larceny. His case was adjourned to June 13.

Police said at 4 a.m. March 31, Beratta stole a $238 block of cheese and 25 cases of bottled water from Price Chopper on Black River Boulevard.

¿ Ernest H. Fancher, 31, of 104 Railroad St., was ordered to pay a $200 fine and $120 surcharge on one count of trespass, reduced from petty larceny.

Police said at 11:45 a.m. July 28, Fancher stole a BMX bicycle from in front of Jervis Library on North Washington Street.