NORWICH – A Norwich couple charged with committing a number of domestic violence crimes in front of their children saw those charges set aside Wednesday so the Department of Social Services could fly the two to Las Vegas to stay with relatives instead.
Nicholas Farmer and Kalani Price, both 23 years old and living at 9B Griffin Street, were charged with multiple misdemeanors Wednesday involving a domestic violence incident that ended with personal injuries and police breaking down their front door.
Appearing in Norwich City Court before Acting City Court Judge James Cushman, the charges were adjourned in contemplation of dismissal for one year so prior travel arrangements with DSS could be maintained, which involved taking the defendants to Las Vegas on a 5 p.m. flight from Syracuse yesterday.
Before reaching the decision, Cushman met with DSS representatives, the District Attorney’s Office and defense attorneys behind closed doors to work out the agreement.
The two conditions in the agreement required that neither defendant commit any more crimes for a year and that they accept DSS’s offer to leave the state. However, after 12 months without a violation, the order will expire and the couple may then return to Norwich.
“I’m being told that you will return to Las Vegas, where your mother lives, that there is a ticket waiting for you today and that you will leave Norwich for Syracuse with a member of the Department of Social Services,” said Cushman.
Cushman said the defendants had been a “constant drain” on the community since moving to the area more than two years ago and that the two were being taken to the airport, given tickets for them and their three children, all paid for by Social Services. Following the agreement, the two were promptly released from court to collect their belongs with relatives and were driven to the airport.