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Martinsburg man charged with making false reports

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MARTINSBURG — Lewis County sheriff’s deputies on Sunday charged James A. Loucks, 56, Route 12, Martinsburg, with two counts of falsely reporting an incident.

Mr. Loucks was accused of falsely reporting to emergency dispatchers on that his son had been hit in the head with a rock by another person on one occasion and that he had been assaulted with a large black piece of metal on another occasion. Both were found to be untrue, deputies said.

Deputies also charged Mr. Loucks with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly finding a small bag containing the drug at his residence during the arrest.

He was arraigned in Lowville Village Court and sent to Lewis County jail, Lowville, on $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond.

Mr. Loucks in 2009 and 2010 served 17 months in state prison on charges of third-degree attempted burglary and first-degree criminal contempt, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

In March 2009, he entered Alford pleas to the charges, meaning he accepted the pleas without admitting he committed a crime.

Mr. Loucks in that case was accused of making repeated telephone calls to Rachel Loucks and sending several text messages to a child, all in violation of valid orders of protection, along with breaking into a shed on Route 12 in the town of Leyden owned by Rodney Hutchins and stealing a chain saw.

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