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Norfolk resident charged with sexual abuse of girl

MASSENA — Village police charged Jonathan M. Zakarauskas, 23, of 1401 Route 420, Norfolk, with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child Thursday morning.

He is accused of picking up two girls, ages 13 and 15, at 11:45 p.m. July 25 and taking them to a camper at his parents' business without the girls' parents' knowledge or consent.

He also is accused of having sexual contact with one of the girls at her home when she was 13 in July 2009 and when she was 14 in June 2010.

He was arraigned by Louisville Town Justice Virginia A. Gettmann and released under the supervision of the Probation Department.



Small fire at downtown Y yields minimal damage

The Watertown Family YMCA on Public Square was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after a small fire broke out in a lighting fixture.

City firefighters were called out to the downtown YMCA at 4:32 p.m. when a fluorescent light malfunctioned and caught fire.

Firefighters quickly put out the blaze with a dry powder extinguisher, but Y officials decided to close down for the remainder of the day, said Battalion Chief Matthew R. Timerman.

Damage was minimal, although the pool area filled up with smoke, Mr. Timerman said. It took some time to ventilate the building.



Fort Drum motorist hurt when vehicle overturns

BLACK RIVER — A Fort Drum teenager was injured Wednesday evening when his vehicle overturned on Middleton Road in the town of Rutland.

Jefferson County sheriff's deputies said David A. Lewallen, 17, of 8124 Gray Wolf Drive, was attempting to negotiate a curve about 7 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle, which rolled over onto its top.

Mr. Lewallen, who was traveling alone, was taken to Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, for treatment of an injury to his hand.

He was ticketed with driving at a speed not prudent for conditions.



Hannawa Falls man cited with assault of 2 children

HANNAWA FALLS — A Hannawa Falls man was charged July 25 by St. Lawrence County sheriff's deputies with two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Joshua R. Tyo, 24, of 5644 Route 56, is accused of abusing a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old at his home.

Mr. Tyo was arraigned in Pierrepont Town Court and released to the supervision of probation.

Gouverneur man charged over fight, alleged threat

A Gouverneur man faces eight charges stemming from an alleged domestic incident Thursday morning in Watertown.

Eric A. Perez, 35, of 17 Sterling St., was charged by city police about 6:30 a.m. with second-degree menacing, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree harassment and first-degree criminal contempt, as well as two counts each of second-degree criminal contempt and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police said that at 5:40 a.m., he brandished a pocket knife at Cristina Perez, 120 Park Drive W., Apt. 1, while telling her, “I should finish you off right now.”

It is alleged that he made the threat at Mrs. Perez's residence while she was holding a 9-year-old girl and a 4-year-old girl was present. It is further alleged that he punched Mrs. Perez in the face, causing a bloody lip. The actions violated an order of protection issued from City Court on Mrs. Perez's behalf, according to police. He will answer the charges in City Court.



Natural Bridge man cited with breaking a window

NATURAL BRIDGE — Anthony Hanson, 20, of 43469 Route 3, was charged by Jefferson County sheriff's deputies July 26 with fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Police said the charge was based on a complaint by his mother, Robbie L. Murphy, who alleged he broke a kitchen window during a domestic dispute. He is to answer the charge in Wilna Town Court.



Carthage man is accused of mischief, harassment

CARTHAGE — A village man faces two charges following a domestic incident Sunday.

Clarence E. Eley, 20, of 21238 Oxford St., Apt. 30, was charged by Jefferson County sheriff's deputies Wednesday with third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment.

Police allege that an investigation into the incident showed Mr. Eley pushed his wife, Natalie N. Black-Eley, and did more than $250 worth of damage to unspecified property belonging to her.

He is due to answer the charges in Village Court.



Adams resident charged with harassing another

ADAMS — Harvey L. Offen, 40, of 13214 Route 11, was charged by Jefferson County sheriff's deputies Thursday with second-degree harassment.

Police said the charge resulted from an investigation into an incident that occurred Saturday in which Mr. Offen allegedly grabbed Taylor D. Patterson, 16580 Route 178, by the throat and verbally threatened him while raising a fist.

Mr. Offen is due to answer the charge in Town Court.

Watertown man accused of having crack cocaine

Mikel A. Fuenty, 22, of 19325 Route 11, Apt. 102, was charged at 11:08 a.m. Wednesday by Watertown police with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree obstruction of governmental administration after police said they discovered him in possession of 7 grams of crack cocaine.

Mr. Fuenty was held at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, pending an arraignment Thursday.

Police said he refused to give fingerprints or have a photo taken of him while he was being booked.



Watertown teen accused of trying to start a fight

Kaleb M. Fitzpatrick, 16, of 607 Bronson St., was charged by Watertown police with disorderly conduct at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of State Street.

Police said he tried to start a fight with another man. He was released to his mother's custody and summoned to appear in City Court.



Woman faces accusation of menacing with knife

GOUVERNEUR — A Gouverneur woman was charged Wednesday by village police with second-degree menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

Lindsay R. Sanders, 20, of 62 E. Main St., is accused of chasing her sister with a kitchen knife and of threatening to stab her, police said.

She is to appear in Gouverneur Town Court.



City man who sold heroin is referred to Drug Court

A Watertown man was referred to Jefferson County Drug Court after admitting Thursday in County Court that he sold heroin.

Kenneth R. Monica, 40, whose last known address was 1029 Holcomb St., pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he sold the drug March 16.



Deputies say Pamelia man struck stepdaughter, 16

A town of Pamelia man faces an allegation that he struck his 16-year-old stepdaughter several times.

James J. Jones, 25, of 22222 Boundary St., Apt. 6, was charged by Jefferson County sheriff's deputies Sunday with second-degree harassment, criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police allege that he struck the youth multiple times with his hands and feet, causing bruising.

It also is alleged that he damaged a kitchen table belonging to Candy L. Hickman, same address, by hitting it with a hammer, causing a hole in its top.

He is due to answer the charges in Pamelia Town Court.

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