Bloomingdale man pleads not guilty to hate crime

MALONE – A Bloomingdale man pleaded not guilty to a hate crime charge Thursday.

A Franklin County grand jury had indicted Monroe F. Gladd III, 35, on a charge of third-degree assault as a hate crime on March 7.

Gladd is one of three people arrested in late October for their role in a racially charged assault outside a local bar. In letters to the Enterprise, witnesses said a black man was attacked by three other men. The alleged victim had to be taken to the hospital to get five stitches on his face, and police said racial slurs were used during the altercation.

Gladd was released to the supervision of probation after entering his not guilty plea Tuesday before county court Judge Robert Main Jr. A conference was scheduled for April 11.

The two other men who have faced charges from the incident are Bernard McCormick of Vermontville, who was indicted earlier this month on the same charge as Gladd and pleaded not guilty, and Eric D. Ryan of Saranac Lake, who was charged with disorderly conduct. Ryan wasn’t directly involved in the assault, police said at the time of his arrest, but was acting in a “threatening, tumultuous manner” while officers were investigating the incident.