Wife of Southold supervisor arrested in alleged domestic dispute incident
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Southold Town Police arrested the wife of Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell Tuesday and charged her with violating a court order and criminal mischief in connection with a domestic dispute.
Police said they arrested Nuria Russell, 50, at her home and charged her with criminal contempt of court and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.
Russell broke a window to gain entry to the couple's Cutchogue house, according to a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.
The contempt charge stems from Nuria Russell calling her husband from the Southold Town Police station, the spokesman said. The call violated an order of protection issued in family court on June 3, he said.
Southold Town Police declined to elaborate on the circumstances leading to the arrest. Nuria Russell could not immediately be reached for comment. She pleaded not guilty during an arraignment in Southold Town Justice Court on Tuesday and was released on her own recognizance.
"This is a private matter, and I would request that the privacy of my family and my children be respected," Scott Russell said Tuesday.
The couple has two children, according to a statement he released in 2011. Scott Russell brought civil matrimonial proceedings against his wife in 2012 in New York State Supreme Court, according to court records.
Scott Russell, a Republican first elected town supervisor in 2005, took a two-week hiatus from his job in 2011 citing health issues following a reported domestic incident at his home. Upon returning to town hall that year, he expressed "gratitude and deep devotion" to his wife.