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Port Leyden man injured
when drum explodes

PORT LEYDEN — A Port Leyden man was injured at 10:14 a.m. Monday when a 55-gallon drum he was working on exploded at a trucking business.

Ricky Poore, 42, Hunkins Road, was using a cutting torch to end off the drum in the garage at Shue Bros. Excavating & Trucking, 3579 Kelpytown Road, when heat and flames entered the inside of the drum, according to a Lewis County Sheriff's Department release.

That caused the drum to explode and go airborne, hitting Mr. Poore in the head and striking the 15- to 20-foot-high ceiling.

"He took the force of that barrel," Lewis County Emergency Services Director James M. Martin said.

Mr. Poore was taken by Port Leyden ambulance to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, where he initially was listed in serious condition. He later was transferred to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse.

The drum caused minor damage to the garage.

Driver of JRC bus cited
with backing into a car

The driver of a Jefferson Rehabilitation Center bus was cited with unsafe backing Friday afternoon after allegedly hitting another vehicle on Holcomb Street.

Watertown police said Peter P. Nelli, 54, of 1201 Faichney Drive, Apt. 6, was stopped at 4:50 p.m. at a Holcomb Street residence when he backed up to allow a vehicle into the driveway and hit a 2007 Ford two-door sedan that stopped behind the bus.

No injuries were reported.

The car was driven by Jack E. Kriesick, 71, of 1231 Faichney Drive, Apt. 1, and six passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident, police said.

Woman accused of having
drug, shoplifting at store

A woman from Hannibal was charged Sunday night with petit larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance at Great American Food Store, 672 State St.

Watertown police said Crystal L. Moody, 23, initially was cited with shoplifting merchandise priced at a total of $20.97, and subsequently was found possessing four Xanax pills for which she had no prescription.

Police charge two men
in fight on Public Square

Watertown police shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday charged two men with fighting each other, then trying to avoid being arrested, outside 65 Public Square.

Police charged Brett M. Porter, 22, of 610 Emerson St., and Henry Whitehead III, 24, of 32766 Wilder Road, LaFargeville, with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Both men were taken to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and held on $100 bail.

Port Leyden man charged
with stealing four tires

PORT LEYDEN — Lewis County sheriff's deputies on Saturday charged Travis B. Weber, 26, of 7260 E. Main St., with petit larceny.

Mr. Weber was accused of stealing four Cooper tires from the front lawn of Raymond Kohl's residence at 2706 Route 12 in the town of Leyden. Mr. Weber was found a short time later at his residence, deputies said.

He is to answer the charge in Leyden Town Court.

Watertown man accused
of possessing stolen tools

Robert T. Harter, 42, of 17747 Route 11, is summoned to town of LeRay Court to answer a charge of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, lodged by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

He is accused of possessing on Saturday at The Pawn King, 26457 Johnson Road, a $500 chop saw and a tool kit worth $179 that were stolen Dec. 7 from the garage at the home of Jonathan and Alyssa Crandall, 942 Franklin St., according to the Sheriff's Department and Watertown police.

Mr. Harter was sentenced in February in Jefferson County Court to five years' probation and was fined $2,500 for attempted second-degree criminal contempt and felony driving while intoxicated.

Watertown man arrested
after fight with brother

A Watertown man was charged Saturday night with punching his brother in the nose at their 300 Winslow St. residence.

City police charged Caleb A. Bulriss, 23, with third-degree assault after he allegedly hit Kenneth D. Bulriss, 20, causing swelling and bleeding in his nose. Caleb Bulriss was taken to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building for processing and is to appear in City Court.

After arresting his brother, police charged Kenneth Bulriss with disorderly conduct for allegedly yelling obscenities from the front porch of the residence after being told not to several times.

Police say city woman
stole music equipment

Watertown police on Sunday charged Christine M. Ostman, 22, of 431 Stone St., with fourth-degree grand larceny.

Ms. Ostman was accused early Friday of stealing competition speakers and an amplifier owned by Jeremy Hoffman, Calcium, that are worth $1,518.98. She was taken to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and held on $750 police bail.

Police also charged Joseph F. Wilcox, 24, of 140 High St., Apt. 10, with second-degree obstructing governmental administration for allegedly preventing recovery of the equipment by lying about its whereabouts and who stole it.

Three taken to hospital
after accident on I-81

Three people were taken to Samaritan Medical Center on Sunday afternoon following a two-car accident on Interstate 81, south of the Arsenal Street exit, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies said the 3:55 p.m. collision occurred in the southbound lane when Tammy L. Reiss, 46, Rochester, pulled into the passing lane, hitting an auto driven by Barry VanBrocklin, 71, Sandy Creek.

Ms. Reiss was cited with making an unsafe lane change. She suffered head cuts, while Mr. VanBrocklin and his passenger, JoeAnne VanBrocklin, 63, complained of chest pains, deputies said.

Police say city teen hosted
underage drinking party

City police patrols were sent to 1009 Hungerford St. on a noise complaint about 1:45 a.m. Monday, and alleged finding a 17-year-old girl hosting an underage drinking party attended by 16 youths.

The hostess, Hanna L. Steele, was charged with criminal nuisance and is ordered to appear in City Court.

Police gave no indication that the guests were cited with underage possession of an alcoholic beverage, but the investigation is continuing.

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