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Man facing felony charge
for skipping Drug Court

A LaFargeville man is facing a new felony charge because he failed to comply with a Jefferson County Court disposition on his burglary conviction.

Bryant P. Sanford, 23, of 37895 County Route 13, was referred to Drug Court after he pleaded guilty July 23 to two counts of third-degree burglary, according to the sheriff's office. He failed to report the next day to Drug Court, and never showed up, documents allege.

Because of that failure, he was arrested on a County Court bench warrant April 5 and has since been confined in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building. The district attorney's office subsequently filed a new charge, second-degree bail jumping, which was lodged against him Wednesday night at the jail.

Bail was set at $2,500 by town of Watertown Justice Andrew N. Capone.

The burglary convictions were for intrusions in May 2008 at two Clayton restaurants, the Koffee Kove and the Castle.

Teen accused of striking
man with a steel pipe

LISBON — A 19-year-old man is accused of hitting another man with a steel pipe, damaging a door and making several telephone calls to a woman last month.

Patrick F. Whitehill, of 349 Moran Road, was charged Wednesday with second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree aggravated harassment, child endangerment, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and petit larceny, St. Lawrence County sheriff's deputies said.

He is accused of hitting Anthony Moncrief in the left arm with a 4-foot steel pipe and repeatedly calling Susan Sattler, deputies said.

He was arraigned in Oswegatchie Town Court and sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $1,000 bail or $2,500 bond. He is to appear in Lisbon Town Court.

Appellate court denies
appeal of arson conviction

A state appellate court has upheld the sentence of a former Morristown resident convicted of torching his aunt and uncle's camp.

Jason M. Gilmour, 34, was sentenced in St. Lawrence County Court to two to four years in prison for attempted third-degree arson in February 2008. He admitted to setting fire to a camp owned by his uncle and aunt, Robert and Katherine L. Gilmour, Morristown, on April 26, 2005. He was ordered to pay $40,260 in restitution.

The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court in Albany ruled he can't challenge the restitution figure because he consented to the amount when sentenced and didn't ask for a hearing on it. The court also ruled his sentence won't be overturned because "the argument patently lacks merit."

Mannsville man injured
critically in head-on crash

SYLVAN BEACH — A Mannsville man was taken to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, late Wednesday afternoon after being injured in a two-vehicle head-on collision on Route 13, a mile north of Sylvan Beach, according to state police.

Kenneth E. Tousley III, 19, suffered head injuries, police said. He was listed in critical condition Thursday morning.

The other motorist, Julie J. Warren, 45, Williamstown, complained of chest and neck pains, and was treated at Oneida Health Care Center.

Police said Mr. Tousley was southbound at about 4:45 p.m. when he swerved right to avoid hitting the rear of a third auto that had stopped in his lane to make a left turn. He then lost control and slid into the opposite lane, colliding with a Jeep driven by Ms. Warren, police said.

Both drivers were removed from their vehicles by Sylvan Beach and North Bay firefighters.

No summonses were issued, but the investigation is continuing, police said.

Ithaca man is charged
with forcible touching

POTSDAM — An Ithaca man is accused of inappropriately touching a woman at a Main Street apartment on March 24.

Xiangyi N. Dong, 24, was charged Wednesday with forcible touching, village police said. He was arraigned in Village Court and sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $2,000 bail or $4,000 bond.

Troopers say driver had
fake inspection sticker

LISBON — A 29-year-old man stopped for allegedly speeding on County Route 27 is accused of having a fake inspection sticker he made on a printer.

Erik L. Robinson, of 129 Norway Road, was charged Wednesday with second-degree forgery, speeding, aggravated unlicensed operation and having a suspended driver's license, an uninspected vehicle and unsafe tires, state police said.

He was arraigned in Massena Town Court and released on his own recognizance. He is to appear May 12 in Lisbon Town Court.

Police: Drum woman stole
envelope containing $238

City police allege that a Fort Drum woman stole an envelope containing $238 from a fellow patron in Artie's Tavern, 329 High St.

Dana R. Countryman, 21, was charged Thursday with petit larceny in the alleged theft April 23 from Angela K. Castro, Antwerp. She is due to appear in City Court.

Deputies say woman stole
four DVDs from Sam's Club

A woman is summoned to town of Watertown Court for allegedly shoplifting four DVDs at Sam's Club, outer Arsenal Street, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Alissa M. Anderson, 30, Route 11, is charged with petit larceny in the alleged $179.22 value theft.

Harassment count lodged
after domestic argument

Marshall W. Hayes, 23, of 1620 Huntington St., Apt. M-4, was charged early Thursday with harassment following a domestic fight in his apartment, according to city police.

He is accused of pushing Michaila A. Cowles, same address, off a bed, police said.

Police: Malone jail guard
sexually abused inmate

MALONE — A Franklin County jail corrections officer is accused of sexually abusing a female inmate last month in the jail.

Ronald S. Martin, 36, St. Regis Falls, was charged Thursday with second-degree sexual abuse and official misconduct, state police said. The alleged incident occurred April 10.

He was issued appearance tickets for May 14 in Malone Town Court. A state police investigator said Franklin County Sheriff Jack D. Pelkey asked them to conduct the investigation.

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