B y Bill Toscano
The police investigation into a serious assault against a woman in Granville Oct. 12 is still actively continuing, and the suspect, Robert A. Elmy, may face additional charges pending the outcome of a grand just investigation.
Elmy, 63, of Whitehall, who runs the Champlain Harbor Marina and RV Park has been released on personal recognizance, and already faces a felony charge of second-degree assault. Whitehall Police Chief Matt Dickinson said his department is still conducting an on-going investigation with the help of the New York State Police and other agencies. Dickinson said Monday that he expects Washington County District Attorney Kevin Kortright will convene a grand jury based on the evidence that has been collected.
The evidence includes interviews with Elmy and with the injured woman, who was originally in very serious condition and was a patient at Albany Medical Center following her initial treatment at Glens Falls Hospital. Dickinson said he cannot identify the victim, but it is known that she was well acquainted with Elmy and that he brought her to Glens Falls Hospital for treatment of her injuries, which included a head injury and additional bruises. The hospital contacted police, and after Glens Falls detectives interviewed Elmy, they contacted Whitehall Police.
The District Attorney’s Office had said it would not be able to consider additional charges until it could interview the victim. The woman has since been released for the hospital and has been interviewed. A full order of protection has been issues, barring Elmy from any contact with the woman.
Elmy and his wife Patricia ran the marina, and had a very difficult season, largely because of two serious bouts of flooding. The canal opened later than usual, and the season never got back on track. The other marina in Whitehall, Lock 12 Marina, will not reopen next season. The owners of both marinas said that free electricity – up until this year – on the town-owned dock, also cut into their business, as did the high cost of fuel.
The marina is for sale, but Elmy said recently he will re-open if the marina is not sold.