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Carny sentenced to prison
on sex offender charge


A carnival worker who lists Watertown as his home has been sentenced in U.S. District Court, Providence, R.I., to 21 months in a federal prison.


Leonard F. Roupe, 51, pleaded guilty to failure to register in Rhode Island as a sex offender, according to a story carried by The Associated Press. The charge is based on his conviction in 1998 in Georgia on a sex offense.


He was arrested in January 1989 in Jefferson County as a fugitive from justice from Maryland, where he was wanted on a felony sexual abuse charge.


In 1992, he was convicted of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a machete, in Watertown City Court, and was sentenced to six months in jail.


The AP account lists his employer as Rockwell Amusement and Promotions, a traveling carnival based in Rhode Island.





Man accused of stealing
pit bull back from buyer


A city man's attachment to "man's best friend" has him collared for a day in City Court.


Kraig W. Kernehan, 24, of 63 Public Square, Apt. 3, sold his pit bull for $125 to Henrietta S. Hoffman, 34, of 169 E. Division St., some time ago to keep the male canine out of a shelter, according to Watertown police. Ms. Hoffman subsequently licensed the dog and took care of him, police said.


Mr. Kernehan wanted to spend some time with his former pet, police said, so May 23, Ms. Hoffman let him take the dog, but the agreement was for only two hours.


The dog was not returned that day, nor the next day. When Ms. Hoffman had still not recovered her pit bull May 26, she filed a police complaint.


Mr. Kernehan was charged Monday with petit larceny. The dog, his name not available from police, is now back home with Ms. Hoffman, police said.





Man charged with assault
in fight at Carthage VFW


CARTHAGE — Village police have charged Bradley J. Montgomery, 32, of 28272 Cardinal Lane, Evans Mills, with third-degree assault as a result of a fight early May 24 in the Veterans of Foreign Wars building here.


He is due for arraignment in Village Court on allegations that he punched David F. Scanlin, 53, of 781 West End Ave., several times, causing Mr. Scanlin to suffer a concussion and head cuts, police said.


Mr. Scanlin was arrested about 40 minutes later on a charge of felony aggravated driving while intoxicated.


Police seek black pickup
that struck parked car


State police are searching for a black pickup truck involved in a hit-and-run Tuesday morning.


The pickup truck was heading east at 7:50 a.m. on Route 68 in Flackville when it hit a stopped car driven by Alice L. Beebe, 18. Miss Beebe's car then was pushed into a car driven by Emma L. Beauchamp, 22.


Miss Beebe and a passenger, Kimberly A. Streeter, 19, Hammond, were slightly injured. Ms. Beauchamp and her passenger, Amanda Ives, weren't injured. No further information was available.


Anyone with information can call state police in Ogdensburg at 393-3350.





Teen accused of smashing
window in mother's car


A teenager smashed a door window on his mother's car early Tuesday while the two were having an argument in the 1300 block of Washington Street, according to Watertown police.


Ervin D. Woodard, 16, of 207 Wealtha Ave., Apt. 635C, was charged later in the morning with fourth-degree criminal mischief, and awaits prosecution in City Court. Police said the damage was on a passenger door of a 2001 Chevrolet belonging to his mother, Tracy N. White, 435 S. Hycliff Drive.





Man accused of stealing
veterinarian's debit card


An Adams Center man was arrested by state police Monday on allegations that he stole and used a debit card belonging to David M. Plante, a veterinarian in the town of Hounsfield.


Andrew J. Pierce, 21, is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. He was released on $1,000 bail, set by town of Watertown Justice James P. McClusky, and awaits grand jury action.


Police said the amount stolen from the Plante bank account is being determined.





Russell man charged
after domestic dispute


RUSSELL — Paul L. Charleson, 28, of 315 County Route 17, Russell, was charged Monday with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, St. Lawrence County sheriff's deputies said.


He is accused of damaging a washing machine and door, along with pushing the unidentified woman backward. He was arraigned in Town Court and sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $750 bail or $1,500 bond.

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