Cortlandt man arrested following domestic dispute

Major Richard L. Mazzone
Troop K Commander
Cortlandt, New York – On February 5, 2019, the New York State Police from the Cortlandt barracks arrested Howard J. Powley, age 49, of Cortlandt, for Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Menacing in the 2nd degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4thdegree, and Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree, all class A misdemeanors.

On February 5, 2019, at approximately 8:15 p.m., Troopers were dispatched to a physical domestic dispute on Oak Road in the town of Cortlandt by Westchester 911.  An investigation found Powley choked victim, and then prevented an emergency call for help.  Powley then released the victim who ran outside of the residence.  Outside, Powley menaced the victim before smashing a lawn ornament on the victim’s vehicle.

Powley was arraigned before the town of Cortlandt Court, and released on his own recognizance by the Honorable Judge Ragazzo to return later on February 5, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.  A temporary order of protection was requested on behalf of the victim and granted.