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Three men arrested in abandoned Deferiet paper mill

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DEFERIET — Three men were apprehended early Wednesday afternoon by a state trooper in the abandoned Champion paper mill here while they were stealing electrical wire, according to state police.

Kevin C. Come Jr., 33, Andrew S. Lafave, 30, and Scott A. Honness, 43, are charged with third-degree burglary. They were arraigned before Carthage Village Justice S. Lucille Shettleton, who set bail at $2,500 for Mr. Lafave, sending him to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building. Mr. Lafave, of 40212 Rogers Crossing Road, town of Wilna, is also cited with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Mr. Come, of 32000 Route 126, and Mr. Honness, 919 Alexandria Street, Carthage, were released without bail.

A trooper was sent to the old mill, which was the original factory of the old St. Regis Paper Co., on a suspicious vehicle report, and found the trio removing electrical wiring from the interior, police said. They had about 75 pounds of wire packed into two old Army bags, police said.

Mr. Lafave is the “Daffy Duck” graffiti vandal who was arrested in June after a witness alerted Watertown police to his markings on Public Square. He pleaded guilty in Watertown City Court to one count making graffiti, and is due for sentencing Friday. In September, he was sentenced in Jefferson County Court to three years probation for second-degree falsifying business records in connection with the theft of cash at McDonald’s restaurant, West Carthage, where he was a shift supervisor.

A Jefferson County sheriff’s patrol tand Black River-Evans Mills police assisted with the arrests.

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