FULTON, NY – Following a lengthy investigation, Fulton Police have filed charges against several individuals relative to a July 31 hit and run motor vehicle accident that occurred at outside Shotz Bar at 320 W. First St in Fulton.
It is alleged that Michael K. Stafford III, 30, of Fulton, was assaulted by four males outside the bar.
Michael A. Kessler, 24, of Oneida Village Drive, Fulton, Marquis D. Andrews, 23, of West Fifth Street, Fulton, Kevin L. Waugh Jr., 24, of Phillips Street, Fulton, and Bryan M. Whelan, 46, of County Route 54, Pennellville, allegedly punched, kicked and choked Stafford outside the bar during a physical fight at about 2 a.m. on July 31.
Thereafter, Stafford reportedly got into his vehicle, a 2011 Kia, to leave the area.
It is alleged that Stafford then recklessly drove his vehicle forward into a group of eight people standing on the sidewalk in front of the building, striking and injuring three of them.
Stafford then left the scene, according to the police report.
Police conducted a search warrant at the bar, seizing video evidence of the incident.
Stafford was later located and admitted to being involved in the accident.
Kessler, Whelan and Cindy Coe, 45, of Baldwinsville, all suffered injuries as a result of being struck by the vehicle.
Kessler was treated for a fractured vertebrae, while Whelan and Coe suffered minor abrasions and bruising.
Stafford suffered facial swelling, bruising and loss of consciousness as a result of being attacked.
Kessler, Whelan and Waugh have all been arrested and charged with one count each of third degree assault.
Whelan was also charged with a count of second degree strangulation, a class D felony, for allegedly choking Stafford into unconsciousness during the fight.
All three were arraigned by the Hon. Judge David Hawthorne and released on their own recognizance.
A criminal summons has been issued for Andrews, who remains at large.
Additionally, an arrest warrant has been issued for Michael K. Stafford III, 30, of Hannibal Street Fulton, charging him with class D felony counts of second degree assault, third degree criminal possession of a weapon, and eight counts of first degree reckless endangerment.
Stafford is currently incarcerated at the Willard Correctional Facility on a parole violation.