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September 10, 2013

Police: Strike from shovel costs victim an eye

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man sustained permanent eye damage after he was hit in the head with a shovel, police say.

Billy R. Hendrie, 21, of Cross Road in the Town of Plattsburgh is charged with second-degree assault, a felony, for allegedly maiming Nathan Langdon, 24.

Sometime during the week of Aug. 27, Langdon started a fight with Hendrie’s brother Aaron C. Hendrie, 20, on Cross Road, said State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman.

Billy later got a metal shovel and struck Langdon in the head with it, she said.

She didn’t know what started the original argument between Langdon and Aaron, who also lives on Cross Road.

Langdon’s left eye was gravely damaged, and he was taken by taxi to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, Fleishman said.

He was transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington soon after.

CVPH staff told State Police the injuries to Langdon’s eye were serious and very likely permanent, the trooper said, and the last update to the arrest report showed he was scheduled to undergo surgery in Albany to remove what remained of his eye.

Billy, arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court before Justice Kevin Patnode, was released from jail after he posted $4,000 cash bail on Aug. 31, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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