2008,DEERFIELD – A state trooper had to jump out of the way of a motorist following a bar fight at 12 North Sports Bar early Sunday morning, police said.
Upon arriving around 2 a.m., police found a man who had been assaulted and also struck by a vehicle door, police said. Further investigation led police to a suspect who was in his truck in the parking lot, they said.
When Trooper Shane Treen approached the truck on foot, driver Shane L. Mariano, 32, of Deerfield, drove toward the trooper, police said. Treen had to jump out of the way to prevent being hit, police said.
Mariano was arrested at the scene and eventually charged with two counts of felony first-degree reckless endangerment, felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor third-degree assault, police said.
Another man, Michael J. Lynch, 34, of Utica, was charged with third-degree assault, officials said.
Lynch is due to appear in the Town of Deerfield Court at a later date; Mariano was arraigned in the Town of Deerfield court and sent to Oneida County jail on $50,000 bail. His next court appearance is April 28, police said.
Two tow truck operators will return to Utica City Court in three weeks to set a possible trial date for allegations that they illegally towed several vehicles parked at a private business last year.
David Taurisano, 49, and Michael Lynch, 39, pleaded not guilty to the violations Monday afternoon. The two men are due back in court with their attorneys on Monday, Feb. 25, for a pre-trial conference with Judge Ralph Eannace to discuss the future of the case.
Taurisano, owner of Rapid Recovery in Marcy, is facing nine tickets – three each for towing vehicles without a city license, excessively charging people $200 to get their vehicles back and not notifying the police department each time he removed a vehicle from the Labor Ready parking lot across from the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 16 and 24.
Lynch, a tow operator for Southside Auto who is represented by Norman Deep, faces one of each charge.
Taurisano, who is represented by Dr. Angela Elefante, has previously said that he already does have a license and that the city’s ordinance stating a $95 maximum towing fee does not apply to towing off private property at the request of the property owner.
When Assistant Corporation Counsel Andrew Boughrum asked to see a copy of Taurisano’s license in court Monday, Elefante refused until she first finds out why Taurisano’s license with West End Auto has gone “missing.”
“Things have a way of disappearing,” Elefante said.
jamie kilts, said mike lynch was a great guy! hes a loserrrrrrrr!