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Police say three runaways
gave officer false names

LOWVILLE — Village police charged three juveniles with false personation Sunday morning.

Police said the three are Mercedez Rosado, 17, Harriet Mellnitz, 16, and a 15-year-old male, whose name they did not release. Police responded to a call of three runaways from the Children's Home of Jefferson County, Watertown, and spotted the teens at Parkway Laundromat, 5407 Parkway Drive.

They all gave the responding officer false names and dates of birth, police said.

Ms. Rosado and Ms. Mellnitz were issued appearance tickets returnable in Lowville Village Court.

The 15-year-old was given a ticket for the Lewis County Probation Department.

Sheriff probing burglary
at Lyons Falls pharmacy

LYONS FALLS — The Lewis County Sheriff's Department is investigating an apparent burglary Saturday night at Falls Pharmacy, 6805 McAlpine St.

Nearly 3,000 prescription pills, mostly hydrocodone, apparently were taken in the heist, which occurred about 9:30 p.m., according to Dale W. Roberts, senior investigator at the Sheriff's Department. He did not have a dollar value for the drugs.

Deputies responded within a few minutes to a burglar alarm at the pharmacy but found only a broken window screen that apparently was used to gain entry to the building, Investigator Roberts said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 376-3511.

Man cited with depositing
fake check into account

CANTON — A Rensselaer Falls man is accused of depositing a fake check for $2,950 into his NBT Bank account.

Jesse Stoner, 22, of 49 W. Front St., was charged Monday with fourth-degree grand larceny, village police said. He later withdrew $1,950 from his account. The fake check was issued by Biotechnology Industry Organization of Washington, D.C.

He was arraigned in Village Court and released under probation supervision.

Theresa resident facing
criminal-trespass count

THERESA — Scott D. Tummons, 39, of 113 LaFargeville Road, was charged Monday with second-degree criminal trespass and is ordered to appear in town of Theresa Court, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

He is accused of entering the residence of Jessica L. Barbrow, 117 Bridge St., about 3:30 the morning of Aug. 8 and of going into the basement to pick a fight with a person, deputies reported.

Watertown man accused
of causing a disturbance

Robert Alvin Lucas Jr., 20, of 305 Gotham St., Apt. 6, was charged by Watertown police early Sunday on the 200 block of Franklin Street and charged with disorderly conduct.

He is accused of causing a commotion by yelling obscenities, causing people to gather outside of their apartments.

He was held in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $100 bail.

Police probe burglaries
at Star Lake drugstore

STAR LAKE — State police are investigating two burglaries at the Adirondack Pharmacy on Route 3, with the thieves each time stealing prescription medications.

The first break-in happened Aug. 8, with the second burglary occurring Sunday, a state police investigator said. Police did not disclose which drugs were stolen.

Clayton woman injured
in four-vehicle accident

CLAYTON — A village woman was taken to River Hospital, Alexandria Bay, for treatment of chest injuries Sunday afternoon following a four-vehicle accident at James Street and East Line Road.

State police said Zelma Ames, 84, of 921 Strawberry Lane, was injured about 1:30 p.m. when Frank J. Traufler, 43, Redwood, pulled out of a parking lot, going into the path of her car. After hitting the Traufler auto, the Ames car struck two parked cars, police said.

No summonses were issued, although the police report said Mr. Traufler failed to yield right of way.

Grocery store clerk cited
with theft from shoppers

CANTON — A former Canton Price Chopper cashier is accused of stealing $102.50 from customers earlier this month.

Janelle M. Parker, 18, of 29A Trout Lake St., Edwards, was charged Sunday with three counts of petit larceny, village police said. She is accused of asking customers using debit cards if they wanted cash back, hitting the "yes" button when the customers would say no, police said. She then pocketed the money, police said.

Police said the grocery store was refunding customers who were affected. Ms. Parker was issued appearance tickets for in Village Court.

Police charge two women
with shoplifting at mall

Two women were charged Saturday with petit larceny by Jefferson County sheriff's deputies in an alleged shoplifting incident at Burlington Coat Factory, Salmon Run Mall.

Kristen L. Lawler, 19, of 31136 Vaadi Road, LaFargeville, and Selina E. Sochia, 17, of 47882 County Route 111, Redwood, are accused of stealing clothing items priced at a total of $66.40, according to the sheriff's office. They are scheduled to appear in town of Watertown Court.

Man is accused of forcing
other vehicle off the road

CHAUMONT — George E. Jones, 30, Route 12E, Three Mile Bay, was charged by state police Sunday with third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree reckless endangerment after he allegedly used his pickup to force a vehicle off a highway.

He is accused in an incident about 12:30 a.m. Sunday on Moffett Road in the town of Lyme, police said.

The other motorist, Brett Warner, 21, Dexter, was not injured, police said.

Man accused of violating
woman's protection order

Luis A. Huertas, 48, Philadelphia, Pa., was arrested by city police at 11 p.m. Friday at 751 Waterman Drive and charged with second-degree criminal contempt.

According to police, Mr. Huertas violated a stay-away order from Pennsylvania when he was in the presence of Elizabeth Alameda-Ramirez, also of Philadelphia.

He was taken to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and held pending arraignment in City Court.

Pair accused of leaving
threatening messages

ALEXANDRIA BAY — Two men are charged with aggravated harassment after they allegedly left up to a dozen threatening messages on a third man's cell phone, according to state police.

Aaron J. Mercer, 28, of 25815 County Route 3, Plessis, and Michael L. Gascon, 22, of 43672 Fourth St., Redwood, are summoned for arraignment in town of Alexandria Court.

Police said the calls were made Aug. 17 to Travis McCue, Redwood.

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