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Robbery investigated at Black River

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BLACK RIVER — Village Mayor Leland J. Carpenter said Monday that he believes no villagers were endangered Friday night when gunshots apparently were fired in the municipal building parking lot during what the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department describes as a “strong-armed robbery.”

Three people were held at gunpoint outside their vehicle about 8 p.m., and personal property was taken from them, a sheriff’s news release stated.

The only indication in the news release that shots may have been fired is that shell casings were found at the scene. Nobody was injured, according to the document.

The release, distributed nearly 53 hours after the alleged crime, does not specify the number of perpetrators or give descriptions, and reveals only that “a red vehicle was last seen leaving the parking lot.”

Despite the fact that there are homes in the vicinity of the municipal building, which is at LeRay, Maple and North Main streets, no villagers were endangered.

Mr. Carpenter termed the crime “an isolated situation” in which neither victims nor suspects are Black River residents.

Asked if he believed the crime was the result of a drug deal gone bad, he said, “everybody has his own theory.”

He declined to discuss the case further on request by the Sheriff’s Department.

“The sheriff’s office is keeping me informed,” Mr. Carpenter said. “They are doing a super job, and I have all the confidence in the world in them.”

Jefferson County Legislator Michael A. Montigelli, who lives in Black River, said he heard about the incident, but knew few details.

“It’s upsetting that there’s gunplay in our village,” Mr. Montigelli said.

Black River Village Police assisted in the investigation. Any possible witnesses are asked to call 788-1441 and ask for Detective Paige C. Taylor.

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