Gowanda Plow operator Bryan Bylbie hit by pellet gun
Gowanda sidewalk plow hit by pellet gun
Shattered Safety Glass in Gowanda sidewalk plow
GOWANDA, NY -- A Gowanda man faces a variety of charges after village police say he fired a pellet gun at the operator of a village sidewalk plow while he was clearing snow Wednesday morning.
Police Chief Joe Alessi says Tom Barone of Palmer Street was arrested and charged with second degree assault, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and obstruction of governmental administration. Alessi says Barone said he was upset that the sidewalk plow pushed snow in his driveway.
Police say the incident occurred about 6:15 this morning near the intersection of Palmer Street and Broadway.
Bryan Bylbie of the Gowanda Public Works Department says he was using the plow and did not see or hear anything until he was startled as the safety glass shattered on the left side window of the plow. Bylbie was struck with some pellets and glass fragments on the left side of his face. He suffered cuts and bruises and was checked out at Lakeshore Medical Center. Fortunately he did not suffer any serious damage to his eyes or face and returned to work later in the morning.
DPW staffers say Barone has complained in the past about the snow thrown up by the plow but they explained to him that it was their responsibility to plow the sidewalks. They have noticed when people get upset and sometimes make gestures or bang on the door of the plow truck but they never expected something like this to happen.
Alessi says Barone was taken to the Cattauraugus County Jail in Little Valley where he was being held on $3,000 dollars bail.