Assault, Criminal Contempt, Obstructing Government Arrest

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Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on May 12, 2023, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s office arrested James B. Elward, age 57 of William Street, Bath, New York following a report of an attack in the Centralized Arraignment Court.  It is alleged that Mr. Elward pushed and struck the Assistant District Attorney present in the Centralized Court, causing injury to that person.  It is also alleged that Mr. Elward acted disorderly in court and obstructed the ability of court to continue.  Mr. Elward is charged with Assault in the Second Degree, a class D Felony, Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree and Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree.  Mr. Elward was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and returned to the custody of the Sheriff.