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Watertown man indicted for allegedly assaulting four corrections officers

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A Watertown man has been indicted on allegations that he assaulted four corrections officers while he was incarcerated in June at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

Demearle R. Gulledge, 36, faces four counts of second-degree assault. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment handed up Thursday in Jefferson County Court.

It is alleged that June 13, he struggled with Officers Curtis D. Gallamore, Nicholas Cuppernell, Mark H. Kellogg and Dennis L. Dame as they were leaving his cell. Police said at the time that he was angry at officers for removing an ornamental shell from his dreadlocks after he had ignored officers’ orders to do so himself.

During the altercation, it is alleged that Mr. Gulledge struck Officer Gallamore in the head, causing scrapes, and bit him on the neck. It is further alleged that Officer Cuppernell was struck in the head, causing scrapes and bruises, that Officer Kellogg suffered bruising to his knee and elbow and that Officer Dame suffered a bruised shoulder. All were treated at Samaritan Medical Center and released.

Mr. Gulledge was in the PSB after being charged with third-degree criminal mischief, with which he also was indicted Thursday. It is alleged in that incident that he caused more than $250 in damage to a vehicle belonging to Anthony H. Gibson by slashing two tires on it June 1 in the town of Pamelia.

Other indictments handed up:

Jesse R. Davis, 17, Nicholas M. Vanzelf, 20, and Cody L. Davis, 18, each face two counts each of second-degree robbery and single counts of third-degree robbery, fourth-degree conspiracy, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, endangering the welfare of a child, petit larceny and making a punishable false written statement.

It is alleged that on Nov. 7 at Maywood Terrace, they robbed a 15-year-old boy of his wallet and cash while displaying what appeared to be a handgun. They also are accused of providing police false written statements in which they denied participating in the robbery. Jesse Davis additionally is charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing for allegedly having a pellet gun and using it to place the teenage victim in fear of serious injury or death. Mr. Vanzelf also is charged with second-degree harassment, accused of punching the victim in the head.

Jon K. Massey, 51, Watertown, is charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sex act, 15 counts of second-degree sexual abuse and a single count of endangering the welfare of a child. It is alleged that he had repeated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl between fall 2010 and spring 2011 in Watertown.

Christopher J. Bennett, 29, Watertown, faces a count of second-degree unlawful surveillance. It is claimed that on Oct. 1 at a department store on Route 3 in the town of Watertown, he used his smartphone to view and record a woman beneath her clothing.

Joseph S. Barney, 32, Watertown, is charged with a single count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of the same charge in the fifth degree. It is alleged that on Oct. 1 in the town of Champion, he possessed a 1996 Dodge pickup that had been stolen from Rusty Smith. It is further claimed that he had a stolen title for a motor vehicle and stolen license plates.

Ryan D. Monroe, 30, Watertown, faces three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and a single count of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia. It is alleged that on Aug. 10, he possessed more than a half-ounce of cocaine with the intent to sell the drug in Watertown and that he possessed scales used to weigh the drug the same day.

Dominik Bergeron-Demers, 24, address not available, is charged with fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. It is alleged he had more than a half-ounce of methamphetamine July 25 in the town of Orleans with the intent to sell the drug.

Algernon A. Lovell, 32, New York City, is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of possessing cocaine with the intent to sell it Nov. 8 in Watertown. He already is facing an indictment handed up in November containing two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly having and selling a hallucinogen in mid-October and selling cocaine eight days later.

Rondal J. Byrd, 24, and Raymond Clarida, 32, both of New York City, are charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. They are alleged to have possessed cocaine with the intent to sell it June 2 in the town of Pamelia after police seized 89 bags of crack cocaine from their motel room.

Lakendrick Cobey, 36, Watertown, is charged with four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. It is alleged that on Nov. 16, he possessed more than a half-ounce of both heroin and cocaine with the intent to sell the drugs in Watertown.

Samuel N. Royston, 25, Watertown, is charged with two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. It is alleged that he had and sold heroin within the county in early November and again a week later.

The grand jury also returned a prosecutor’s information against Selina E. Sochia, 19, Redwood, charging her with a misdemeanor count of second-degree criminal contempt. Further information about the charge was not available.

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