On November 14, 2020, at approximately 4 a.m., State Police responded to a residence on Cottonwood Way in the town of North Elba for a report of a domestic dispute.
An investigation at the scene revealed that 30-year-old Matthew A. Sears of North Elba, broke into the residence of the female victim through a window and threatened harm to the victim, all in the presence of her two small children. Sears was found to be currently on parole and was violating an order of protection. He was arrested and charged with Burglary 2nd degree, Criminal Contempt 2nd degree, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arraigned in the North Elba Town Court and remanded to the Essex County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail, or $5,000 bond.