February 6, 2013

Two arrested following Port Henry bar fight

MORIAH — A fight in Port Henry resulted in two arrests, including one for injuries to a police officer.

Edward Koch, 25, of Port Henry was charged with second-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury to a police officer, a felony, as well as third-degree escape, third-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.

At about 9:40 p.m. Friday, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department and Moriah Town Police were dispatched to a fight in progress at a bar in the Village of Port Henry, according to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

After police arrived, Koch was arrested and placed in the rear of the patrol car, a press release said.

While police were interviewing witnesses, Emily Wojewodzic, 22, of Port Henry allegedly opened the door of the patrol car, and, the Sheriff’s Department said, Koch attempted to leave.

A civilian bystander assisted in apprehending Koch.

Then, while police were bringing Koch into the Moriah Police Station, he allegedly became aggressive and kicked the legs out from under an officer and head-butted a deputy sheriff.

Koch was taken to Moses-Ludington Hospital by Moriah Ambulance Squad, where he was examined and released back into police custody.

He was arraigned in Moriah Town Court before Town Justice Brian Venne and was taken to the Essex County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bond or $40,000 bail bond.

Wojewodzic was charged with resisting arrest. She was issued a criminal summons and will appear in Moriah Town Court at a later date.

The Sheriff’s Department and Moriah Police were assisted by State Police during the course of the investigation.

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