Westmoreland pair charged after fight

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WESTMORELAND — Two men were taken into custody following an altercation that occurred at what is believed to have been a large gathering early Saturday on Shed Road.

Deputies said the Road Patrol Unit responded to a field on Shed Road at 12:45 a.m. for a fight complaint. On arrival, deputies said they discovered that a physical altercation had occurred resulting in a 22-year-old man sustaining injuries to his face that required medical attention at a local hospital.

During the investigation, two suspects were identified as causing injury to the victim. As a result, Alex Baird, 21, and Derik Baker, 20, both of Westmoreland, were taken into custody Thursday.

Deputies said Baird was charged with second-degree assault, a class D felony, was processed at the county Law Enforcement Building and was transported to county jail. He has since been arraigned in CAP Court and released on bond, deputies said.

Baker was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, a class A misdemeanor. He was also processed at the Law Enforcement Building and was released to appear in Westmoreland Town Court.

Sheriff’s officials said the fight on Shed Road stemmed from a large party where approximately 50 people were in attendance. Investigators said they believe that this party, along with other large parties that have taken place throughout Oneida County, have been promoted through numerous social media outlets.

The sheriff’s office is reminding residents that it may seem like a fun time, but people may be attending these parties with bad intentions. The sheriff’s office is stressing the importance of not attending such parties to eliminate the chance of becoming a victim.

At this time, deputies are asking the public to be aware of and on the lookout for any large parties that may be occurring in their communities.

Those who suspect that a large party is occurring, or is going to occur in the future, should contact 911 or the sheriff’s office non-emergency number at 315-736-0141.

Tips can also be submitted through Crime Stoppers, and all tips will be kept confidential.

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