Updated: 06/03/2014 11:10 PM
Created: 06/03/2014 4:53 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams
A Canandaigua City Police officer is accused of assaulting his wife, but during the investigation, police found something even more surprising. Now he and his wife are facing charges.
Ontario County Sheriff's deputies say 45-year-old Wayne Fenton was charged in connection with a physical confrontation at his home in Canandaigua Saturday night. Fenton’s wife called 911, but sheriff’s deputies say Fenton left the scene before deputies got there. Sheriff’s deputies say Fenton turned himself in Sunday morning and was released on bail. During the investigation, officials say they found a marijuana growing operation at the couple's home.
Fenton is a part-time downtown patrol officer. People had different reactions to hearing what he’s accused of. News10NBC did try to speak with Fenton, but we were not able to catch up with him at home.
The sheriff’s investigation began Sunday. Deputies answered a 911 call for a domestic dispute. While they were there, they say they discovered marijuana growing on Fenton and his wife’s property.
Ontario County District Attorney Mike Tantillo says he will officially charge Fenton and his wife, 43-year-old Rebecca Laware with unlawfully growing and possessing marijuana.
News10NBC wanted to hear what Canandaigua residents think of the accusations against a police officer. Canandaigua resident J.R. DeWhirst says police officers are no different than anyone else.
J.R. DeWhirst, Canandaigua resident, said, “Like I said they're just regular people and when they're wearing the uniform, they uphold the law. When they don't have the uniform on, I think they're just regular people. They have a life and like everybody else sometimes their life has problems.”
Fenton retired as a detective with Canandaigua and came back recently to work as a patrol officer downtown.
Mary Freida, of Gorham, says police officers are role models and should conduct themselves with that knowledge on and off the job.
Mary Freida, Gorham resident, said, “I think our police officers should be held to a high standard. It is against the law to grow marijuana. It's against the law in New York to smoke marijuana and I think they should abide by those rules.”
Fenton is also facing third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing and/or blood circulation. News10NBC did reach out to Canandaigua Police Chief John Welch, but he was not available. Our news partner, the Messenger Post Newspaper, did speak with Welch and he confirmed Fenton has been suspended.