Police charge couple with assaulting each other

SARANAC LAKE – A boyfriend and girlfriend are each facing assault-related charges following a late-night domestic dispute at their Woodruff Street house.

Nicole M. Buckley, 40, was arrested at 3:08 a.m. Friday and charged with second-degree attempted assault, a class E felony, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Louis Reuter, 52, was charged at 3:01 a.m. with third-degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Reuter is the senior sports writer at the Enterprise and Lake Placid News.

Buckley allegedly cut Reuter’s hand with a kitchen knife during the dispute. She was charged with attempted assault instead of assault because Reuter wasn’t seriously injured, village Police Chief Bruce Nason said.

Reuter was charged with third-degree assault because Buckley suffered a cut to her head during the altercation, the chief said.

“We don’t know if it was because of him hitting her with something or if she hit something while this was going on,” Nason said.

Neither Reuter nor Buckley received any medical treatment for their injuries while they were in police custody, Nason said.

Both Buckley and Reuter were charged with endangering the welfare of a child because there were two children under age 17 in the house at the time, Nason said.

What prompted the dispute isn’t clear, the chief said. Buckley and Reuter declined to give statements to police.

Nason said both Buckley and Reuter had consumed alcohol, “but I don’t know whether that escalated things or not.”

Buckley was processed, arraigned in village court and released after posting $1,000 cash bail.

Reuter was processed, arraigned and released under the supervision of probation. They were issued orders of protection from each other.

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