GREENPORT–State Police at Livingston arrested Michael Eigo, 62, of Greenport assault with a handgun after being dispatched by Columbia County 911 to a residence on Fingar Road February 22.
An investigation revealed that at about 12:30 a.m. Mr. Eigo allegedly shot his acquaintance, a 52-year-old man, in the leg with a .357 caliber handgun at the Eigo residence.
A LifeNet helicopter took the victim to the Albany Medical Center after he was initially treated by Greenport Rescue. The victim’s injuries are not life threatening.
Mr. Eigo was charged with first degree assault, a class B felony and first degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony. Mr. Eigo was arraigned before Greenport Justice Robert Brenzel and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.
The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office assisted with the investigation.
Senior Investigator Donald Bailey said the handgun belonged to Mr. Eigo; but whether he owned it legally and the reason for the shooting are questions that remain under investigation.
A roadside dispute over the use of high beam headlights the evening of February 11 led to a car crash and a fight with a state trooper.
According to State Police, Timothy Laraway, 32, of Nassau was driving west on Route 20 near Lovers’ Lane, when he passed another westbound vehicle, then forced that vehicle to stop by blocking its path.
Mr. Laraway allegedly approached the operator, accused him of “high-beaming” him and began to choke the man through his car window, police said. The victim’s passenger called 911. Mr. Laraway then fled the area and attempted to make a turn to head southbound on County Route 5, but failed to negotiate the turn, went off the road and struck a power pole, which left his pickup truck disabled.
When Trooper Nicholas Lombardi was summoned to the accident scene by a 911 call, Mr. Laraway attempted to run away. With the trooper in foot pursuit, Mr. Laraway stopped and allegedly threw a punch at him.
Trooper Lombardi used his Taser on Mr. Laraway and took him into custody. He was charged with second degree harassment, driving while intoxicated, second degree obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. He was also charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for possessing Alprazolam, a/k/a Xanax and with unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arraigned in Canaan Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. He will return to court at a later date.
Terry Holloway, 47, of Batavia, was charged with third degree assault, second degree unlawful imprisonment, third degree menacing, fourth degree criminal mischief and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation by Chatham Police, January 24 at 12:25 p.m.
State Police investigated a reported an assault that occurred at a private residence in the village, where Mr. Holloway was staying with a local woman, Monday, January 23 at about 8:30 p.m. The woman reported that Mr. Holloway punched her in the face, choked her, held her against her will for several hours and took her phone so that she could not contact police and emergency services for help.
Tuesday morning, January 24, Mr. Holloway left the residence on foot. The woman went to the Chatham Police Station to report the assault. Other police agencies were notified that the assault case being investigated.
Troopers later found Mr. Holloway walking along the railroad tracks in the Chatham Center hamlet. He was taken into custody and turned over to Chatham Police.
He was arraigned before Justice David Harrison and sent to the Columbia County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail, pending a return date in Village Court.
Mr. Holloway is also wanted on a pending assault charge by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.