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FRANKLINVILLE MAN FACES CHARGES

A Franklinville man could face up to three years in prison if he is convicted on felony charges of third-degree criminal mischief and possession of a weapon stemming from incidents that occurred early on the morning of Jan. 1.

Village Patrolman Tony Wolfer said John M. Halbert, 31, of Washburn Ave., was arrested last Thursday, ending a three-week investigation into the New Year's Eve slashing of seven tires on three vehicles and a nearby attack on a man in the same vicinity.

Police said they picked up some leads after finding a leather knife sheath near the damaged autos, all parked at the rear of the Franklinville Aristocrats Club on Main Street.

They also learned that a man had been refused service at a nearby tavern around the same time. Police then recovered a weapon that man allegedly used in the assault. Wolfer said the victim of the assault said he disarmed his attacker; he later turned the weapon over to police.

Wolfer said Halbert admitted the incidents after being charged and was then released on his own recognizance. He was arraigned Monday night by Town Justice James A. Close, who appointed an attorney and ordered Halbert to return to court Feb. 7.

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