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Massena man jailed for threatening girlfriend with machete

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MENACING - MASSENA - A Massena man who allegedly threatened his girlfriend with a machete during a domestic dispute on Dec. 28 has been jailed.

Village police charged Dale E. Ward, 35, of 72 Woodlawn Ave., Massena, with second-degree menacing, second-degree aggravated harassment, second-degree harassment, second-degree harassment and second-degree criminal impersonation Thursday afternoon following an investigation into an incident that reportedly took place on Dec. 28.

Jennifer Barron, in a statement she provided police, said she had been involved in a relationship for the past couple of years and indicated he had started threatening her over the past couple of weeks. Court documents indicated Ward had threatened to cut Barron’s head off, cut her fingers off and burn her house down in recent days.

Barron was visiting Ward at his residence on Dec. 28 when he hit her in the head, shoved her on a bed and briefly prohibited her from leaving a bedroom. He also reportedly grabbed a machete from the wall and started swinging it at her with the blade coming close to her legs.

He also reportedly called her 18 times and sent her numerous text messages Friday night after being told not to contact her.

The criminal impersonation charge alleged Ward identified himself as Officer Labarge when he called his girlfriend’s workplace at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 1 and asked to speak to Ms. Barron.

Ward was arraigned late Thursday afternoon by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,000 cash or $4,000. The court also signed a temporary order of protection directing Ward to have no contact with Ms. Barron.

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