Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Nunda resident on felony charges following an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
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On June 22, 2022, at approximately 3:00am, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Village of Nunda, for the report of a domestic dispute.
The investigation revealed that the dispute had been taking place intermittently over the course of a couple of hours at an address on State Route 436, in the Town of Nunda. It’s alleged that, while at that location, 34-year-old Wayne R. Gath of Nunda damaged another individual’s property by breaking the windshield of a vehicle as well as spray painting the same property. Also during the incident, Gath allegedly punched the female individual multiple times in the face, causing injury.
All of the alleged acts were committed against a female individual who was a protected party in an active order of protection placed against Gath.
Gath was arrested and charged with two counts of Felony Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree.
Gath was transported and turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charges. It was recommended that Gath be held on $15,000 cash/credit or bond in an amount deemed appropriate by the court
Gath was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Justice Provo. The Judge did remand Gath to the custody of the Sheriff, setting bail at $20,000 cash/credit or $40,000 bond.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office was present and represented Gath at the court arraignment for his defense. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear to represent the people.
The investigation and arrest was conducted by Deputy Jamye Babocsi of the Patrol Division. The Nunda Police Department did assist.