Fence dispute leads to 2 injured, charged

OPPENHEIM — A dispute over where a fence should be installed escalated Saturday with one man beating another into unconsciousness and a woman requiring staples to close a head wound.

According to a news release from state police, Michael DeSousa and his wife, Lynda Debell, were fencing property that they had recently had surveyed. Neighbors Scott and Eva Sanford came out and confronted the couple about the fence, arguing the property lines were incorrect.  

Eva Sanford then started damaging the fence posts and DeSousa approached her and struck her with one of the metal fence posts causing a laceration to the top of her head.  

According to state police, upon learning of the assault, family friend Lawrence Dominiczak proceeded to the DeSousa property and pushed DeSousa to the ground and punched him repeatedly, causing him to lose consciousness.  DeSousa was taken by ambulance to Little Falls Hospital and later transferred to Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown with a fractured orbital bone and possible internal head injury.

Eva Sanford was taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital and received staples to close the head wound.

Dominiczak, 47, of Oppenheim, was charged with second-degree assault.  He was arraigned in Oppenheim Town Court and remanded to the Fulton County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.  He’s due back in court on Aug. 8 at 5 p.m.

The following day, Eva Sanford, 28, was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Oppenheim Town Court on Aug. 8.

Investigation continues with possible charges against DeSousa pending his release from Bassett Hospital.

By Kerry Minor

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