JOHNSBURG Curtis Richards, the Johnsburg Town Highway Superintendent, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with harassment and resisting arrest following an altercation with a Warren County Sheriffs deputy on Peaceful Valley Road.
According to a press release issued by Warren County Sheriff Larry Cleveland, an officer responded to a noise complaint on Peaceful Valley Road at approximately 12:20 a.m. on Sunday.
The responding patrol located the source, a loud party, at 491 Peaceful Valley Road. When the officer attempted to get the homeowner to lower the music, the officer said he was shoved by Richards, age 43, of Goodman Road in the Town of Johnsburg.
Richards was arrested and charged with Harassment in the 2nd degree and Resisting Arrest. He was released pending a future court appearance in the Johnsburg Town Court on July 11 at 7 p.m.
Richards was elected town highway superintendent last November in a contest in which he defeated Roger Mosher.
Richards oversees a highway department that has been in the spotlight because of allegations that Highway Department employees took for personal use wood cut from public and private lands using town equipment while the workers were on the clock for the town. The alleged misappropriation of wood took place prior to Richards taking office.
Richards drafted a policy to prevent future abuse of public resources by town Highway Department personnel. The policy was approved by the town board earlier this year.