Second charge filed against Ruzicka

Seneca Falls Town Board member Tom Ruzicka is facing a second, more serious charge in connection with an alleged incident involving fellow board member Dave DeLelys.

Ruzicka appeared in Waterloo Town Court Friday morning on the original charge of second-degree harassment, a violation. However, special prosecutor David Mashewske of Yates County filed information adding a charge of third-degree assault, a Class A misdemeanor. Mashewske said the elevated charge is based on new medical information related to the extent of injuries DeLelys suffered. He said those injuries were more serious than first thought.

DeLelys and his wife were in a downtown Seneca Falls restaurant following a special board meeting May 5 when the alleged incident occurred.

According to DeLelys, Ruzicka was seated at the bar. As he walked by the bar, DeLelys said Ruzicka left his chair, grabbed his shirt, pulled it upward and yelled at him before other patrons interceded.

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