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Co-founder of Nick’s Ride 4 Friends charged in domestic incident

The co-founder of a local organization has been charged in connection with a domestic assault investigation.

Police Chief Shawn Butler told Finger Lakes News Radio on Friday that 50-year-old Joel Campagnola went to his estranged girlfriend’s apartment on South Street a little before 12 p.m. on Wednesday.

He’s accused of forcing his way into the apartment, grabbing her by the throat, and pushing her against a wall.

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He’s the co-founder of Nick’s Ride 4 Friends, an addiction recovery support group.

Police tell FLNR that they investigation an allegation of an altercation involving a man at a neighboring apartment, but he declined to press charges.

Campagnola was charged with criminal trespass following the incident, according to Butler. He told FLNR that the department will continue to work closely with Nick’s Ride 4 Friends.

“We definitely understand Joel’s role with that and hopefully he can get through this legal matter and continue to do the good work that he does,” Butler added. He believes the Nick’s Ride board will keep the organization moving in the right direction, and that this incident will not have any impact on it.