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Break-in, overdose lead to charges


CANTON — An Ogdensburg man who allegedly broke into a home and then overdosed on prescription medications he found there was among seven people indicted Monday by a St. Lawrence County grand jury.

Robert E. Thomas,27, of 715 New York Ave., Ogdensburg, was charged with second- and third-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of petit larceny. He is alleged to have overdosed after breaking into the Joseph Sears home and garage on Jan. 23. He spent several days in Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, as a result. The indictment also charges him with possessing a stolen .12 gauge Browning shotgun belonging to Jeremy R. McGaw, Heuvelton, on Jan. 6.

Jason D. Merria,41, of 21 Elm Circle, Massena, was charged in a 16-count indictment with repeatedly harassing his estranged wife and another woman in violation of court orders of protection. He was charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree aggravated harassment, three felony and seven misdemeanor counts of criminal contempt of court, three counts of unlawful imprisonment and one count of resisting arrest. The charges stem from alleged incidents between Nov. 26 and March 5. He pleaded innocent during arraignment in County Court and was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Angela M. Lavare,27, of 2196 Route 420, Massena, was charged with three counts each of unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of criminal sexual act. She is alleged to have given alcohol to two girls and a boy, all age 14, and to have had oral sex with one of the girls on Dec. 7. She also is alleged to have given marijuana to the boy.

Aaron S. Cardinell,25, of 2120 County Route 10, DePeyster, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual act and one count each of endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree sexual abuse. He is alleged to have had oral sex with a 15-year-old girl Dec. 9.

Nicholas A. Delosh,20, of 14 State St., Potsdam, was charged with first-degree criminal contempt of court and attempted second-degree assault. He is alleged to have choked Melissa Locy, Potsdam, and thrown a carpenter's knife and staple gun at her in violation of an order of protection Nov. 3.

The grand jury also returned two sealed indictments.

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