Domestic incident leads to menacing charge

PUTNAM - A Putnam man was charged with felony possession of a weapon in an incident in which he threatened someone with a gun March 27, police records show.

Joseph J. Merrill, 29, was arrested after State Police received a report of a domestic dispute.

He was charged with misdemeanor menacing for allegedly threatening someone with a weapon, according to police.

Merrill also has a prior felony conviction, which bars him from possessing weapons, police said.

He was also charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, for illegally possessing a gun, according to police.

It is also alleges he gave police a false written statement.

Tonya J. Russell, 31, of Putnam was charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, in the case, police said.

Both were released pending prosecution in Moriah Town Court.

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