Putnam man receives felony charges

MORIAH - Joseph J. Merrill, 29, of Putnam man was charged Sunday with felony possession of a weapon after allegedly threatening someone with a gun during a domestic dispute, according to state police.

He was charged with misdemeanor menacing for allegedly threatening someone with a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, for illegally possessing a gun, police said. They revealed that Merrill has a prior felony conviction, which prohibits him from possessing weapons.

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

Both were released pending prosecution in Moriah Town Court.

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