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Fort Drum soldier accomplice faces more charges in Oswego County


FORT DRUM — Two soldiers are facing charges in a break-in at a Richland storage facility that occurred about Sept. 11, Oswego County deputies said.

Kevin R. Umphred, 21, of 10334 4th Armored Division Drive, Apt. RM 223B, was arrested Tuesday by Oswego County sheriff’s deputies on charges of third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, both felonies, and third-degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, in connection with some items allegedly stolen and damaged at Ontario Mini Storage, near Pulaski in the town of Richland.

He allegedly was involved in a series of break-ins with the Fort Drum soldier who escaped from military custody and led police on a three-day manhunt through six counties last week.

Mr. Umphred was arraigned in Richland Town Court and sent to the Oswego County jail, Oswego, in lieu of $5,000 bail with a return to court date of Sept. 26.

Johnathan T. Stemen, 21, Moreno, Calif., was charged Friday with criminal mischief, a felony. Mr. Stemen is accused of cutting locks from the doors of storage units at the mini storage business during the same incident, deputies said. He was arraigned in Central Square Village Court and ordered held in jail on $5,000 bail.

Last week, Mr. Umphred had implicated Pfc. Russell C. Marcum, 20, in participating in a series of break-ins and burglaries that occurred between Pulaski and Gouverneur before the Fort Drum soldier led state police in the manhunt. Pfc. Marcum gave himself up to state police Saturday in Tompkins County and remains in jail there on $50,000 bail.

Mr. Umphred was arrested by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies Sept. 16 on a charge of second-degree burglary. He is accused of assisting Pfc. Marcum in a break-in Sept. 10 at Watertown Power Sports, allegedly taking a pair of racing boots and $130 in cash.

When he was arrested in Jefferson County, Mr. Umphred had said there was a third accomplice in the crime spree but did not name him. Oswego County Sheriff Reuel A. Todd said Mr. Steman is that third suspect.

“They didn’t get a lot here,” the sheriff said.

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