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Fort Drum Vehicle Storage official needs medical care in jail

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After being jailed Thursday night, the woman associated with Fort Drum Vehicle Storage who is wanted in Florida is being described as “a medical nightmare” because she weighs 580 pounds and suffers from health problems, according to law enforcement officials.

Unable to walk, Ruby C. “Charlene” Williams, 44, a fugitive wanted in Florida since 2006, has been kept in the group intake cell in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building because her size prevents her from being placed in an inmate’s cell. She is under the care of a jail nurse.

“It’s going to be a medical nightmare for us,” Jefferson County Sheriff John P. Burns said, noting that she may have to be placed in an adult care facility because she needs 24-hour medical care.

If that happens, taxpayers will have to foot the bill for her to stay there, he said.

Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday evening went to arrest Ms. Williams at the Hotis Motel, 23442 Route 37 in the town of Pamelia, where she has been living. She was arraigned in LeRay Town Court and remanded without bail to the Public Safety Building, where she had to be taken by ambulance because she could not fit into a patrol car, the sheriff said.

Her motorized medical scooter then had to be brought to her so she can get around the facility, jail officials said.

Correction officers also have had to carry Ms. Williams to the rest room, and they have been unable to get her into the area where jail mug shots are taken, jail officials said.

On Friday, Sheriff Burns said he planned to contact officials in St. Johns County, Fla., to make sure they still want to pursue her extradition back to Florida, citing the medical and transportation complications that would be caused if she were transported there.

If they do not want to pursue the charges, Ms. Williams would be released from the Jefferson County jail, Sheriff Burns said.

She is wanted in Florida for violating probation involving convictions for third-degree grand theft and distributing a forged instrument in 2005. She pleaded no contest to those charges and received a sentence of 18 months’ probation, according to St. Johns County court documents.

Ms. Williams, chief financial officer for Fort Drum Vehicle Storage, Watertown, was the highest bidder for the 753 Rear W. Main St. warehouse that her employers lost after failing to pay back taxes. But she never appeared for the Nov. 27 closing and lost her $12,500 deposit on the property.

She and her husband, Michael, recently were evicted from a rental property at 223 LeRay St., Black River.

The Hotis Motel is owned by her boss, JoAnn Sanchez-Norquist, who owes more than $15,000 in back taxes on the motel property, where the storage company has been operating.

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