The Albany Times Union by Leigh Hornbeck - May 16, 2011
KINGSBURY, NY -- A Saratoga County sheriff's deputy was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly pointed a gun at his girlfriend and flipped a coffee table in her home. James D. Holcomb, 30, of Park Drive, South Glens Falls, was charged with menacing and child endangerment after surrendering to police in Fort Edward, Washington County Sheriff Roger LeClaire said. Holcomb arraigned by Judge Joseph Malvuccio, who set bail at $3,000. He was released after posting bail. Holcomb was suspended without pay Monday, Sheriff James Bowen said. He had worked on road patrol for three years. Bowen said Holcomb came to see him with a union representative and turned in his gun and badge. Holcomb will be suspended for 30 days or until the case is resolved, the sheriff said. This is the third arrest in Bowen's department in recent years. In August 2009, Donald Harder III was arrested and charged with forcing women to perform sex acts on him while he was in on duty. He pleaded guilty to menacing and sex abuse in May, 2010, and sent to jail for six months. Sergeant Brent Dupras was arrested in August 2010 and charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house. The charges were later dropped at the woman's urging and Dupras has returned to work. Bowen said he does "the best he can do" with his staff. "They're fully trained. I can't be with them 24 hours a day. They go out, and if they get jammed up out there, all I can do is handle it professionally," Bowen said.