Man facing assault charge

DOLGEVILLE – A man was arrested last month after being indicted by a grand jury for his role in injuring a 14-year-old girl with a pellet gun in June, village police said.

Ward V. Halverson, 43, of 90 Van Buren St., was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, as well as second-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police said Halverson was indicted by a Herkimer County Grand Jury on Nov. 21 after a five-month investigation by the Police Department and state police.

Police Chief Richard Congdon said Thursday that Halverson fired several shots in the direction of a group of young people. The 14-year-old was struck with one of the pellets.

Congdon said the pellet that hit the teen was embedded in her ankle. The removal required surgery, he said.

He declined to say why Halverson was allegedly shooting at the children. Congdon said Halverson and the teen did not have any kind of relationship.

He was arrested after turning himself in and arraigned in Herkimer County Court.