Former CIT resident arraigned for violent crime; two arraigned for burglary

NORWICH— Former Valley Ridge Center for Intensive Treatment Facility resident was arraigned for a violent crime and two others were arraigned for burglary on Dec. 5 in Chenango County Court by Judge Frank B. Revoir, Jr.

• Anthony J. Fish, 22, Norwich, was arraigned on the charges of assault in the second degree, a class D felony; and assault in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor.

It is alleged, per the indictment, that on or about Oct. 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the Valley Ridge Center for Intensive Treatment located on County Road 46, Fish did intentionally cause physical injury to a staff member at the treatment facility. Fish allegedly threw a dangerous instrument – a wooden table – at the victim, striking her in the head and causing her a concussion.

Fish pleaded not guilty on all counts.

First Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Ferrarese said this is an “unusual case” and requested bail remain at $500 for Fish, who is currently being held in the Chenango County Correctional Facility.

John Cameron, Fish's public defender, said Fish received two conflicting psychiatric evaluations. The first psychiatric evaluation done by Chenango County Mental Health Services was “a very brief evaluation,” according to Cameron, and reported that Fish is mentally capable of understanding his court proceedings.

Cameron said the second psychiatric evaluation done by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), which was a “much longer report,” concluded Fish was incompetent and unable to participate in his defense.

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