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Two Arrested After Fight on Salmon River

From the State Department of Environmental Conservation

Investigators with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigations have charged two individuals for a fight that occurred on the Salmon River on April 8, 2010.

Patrick A. Mahoney, 42, of 2624 State Route 13, Altmar, NY, and Robert F. Mahoney III, 45, of 1240 County Rt. 15, Boylston, NY, will be arraigned May 3 in Albion Town Court before Judge Howard Allen. Mahoney and Mahoney each were charged with third-degree assault after engaging in a fight with William E. Murray, 62, of Ithaca, NY. They were also charged with petit larceny for taking and throwing Murray’s glasses and camera into the river. The altercation occurred in the Salmon River at the Ellis Cove fishing area in the town of Albion. Murray suffered a concussion from the fight and was treated and remained overnight at a Syracuse hospital before being released.

Both charges are misdemeanors that can result in fines of up to $1,000 and jail time of up to one year. In addition, the pair was charged with violating the Environmental Conservation Law, which states no person shall engage in a fight or assault any person at fishing-access sites and public fishing rights areas under DEC jurisdiction. This is a violation that can result in a fine up to $250 and imprisonment for up to 15 days.

In addition, Patrick A. Mahoney and Robert F. Mahoney III each face the potential loss of his state-issued Guide license. DEC may revoke a license guide if the person is found guilty of violating provision of the Environmental Conservation law or New York State’s Code of Rules and Regulations.