Neigh­bor ac­cused of smash­ing duck de­coys

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

The 46-year-old sus­pect also is ac­cused of run­ning over the ob­jects with his ve­hi­cle, po­lice say.

A 46-year-old Sauger­ties man stands ac­cused of smash­ing his neigh­bor’s duck de­coys with a ham­mer, po­lice said.

Jean R. Laven­ture, of Manorville Road, was charged Mon­day, Dec. 3, with crim­i­nal mis­chief and en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a child, both mis­de­meanors, ac­cord­ing to the Sauger­ties Po­lice Depart­ment.

Laven­ture was ar­rested based on a com­plaint from one of his neigh­bors that “Laven­ture took the com­plainant’s duck de­coys and smashed the de­coys to pieces with a ham­mer,” the po­lice depart­ment said.

Po­lice said Laven­ture then re­port­edly drove over the smashed de­coys with his ve­hi­cle and then drove the ve­hi­cle to­ward a 13-year-old, “caus­ing the ju­ve­nile to be fear­ful of be­ing in­jured.”

Laven­ture was ar­raigned in Sauger­ties Town Court and re­leased with­out bail.

The court or­dered Laven­ture to stay way from the neigh­bor.

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