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Woman pleads guilty in 2011 Massena burglary


CANTON — A Brasher woman pleaded guilty Thursday in St. Lawrence County Court for her role in an October 2011 burglary in Massena.

Micheline M. Cogdill, 24, of 511 Hurley Road, pleaded guilty to a reduced count of attempted second-degree burglary in connection with the theft of a jewelry box filled with rings, necklaces, watches, charms and earrings from the Liberty Avenue residence of Tammy Stark.

Ms. Cogdill and another woman, Heather R. Deragon, 18, of 32 Howard St., Massena, were charged by Massena Village Police with felony counts of second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny in the case. Ms. Deragon also was charged with second-degree criminal trespass.

Ms. Deragon pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny during an Aug. 7 appearance in County Court. She was due to be sentenced in October, but the proceeding was adjourned to resolve halfway house and public assistance issues. The St. Lawrence County district attorney’s office on Thursday said records showed Ms. Deragon’s sentencing was still pending.

Ms. Cogdill’s sentencing is set for March 7.

Police charged the two women stole a jewelry box filled with jewelry valued in excess of $1,000 in the early afternoon hours of Sept. 30, 2011. Deragon reportedly entered the house and stole the jewelry box while Cogdill waited in the car for her.

Deragon, in a question and answer format interview written up by Sgt. Adam Love, said they were leaving Jreck Subs, Ms. Stark’s workplace, when Cogdill suggested committing the crime.

“Micheline told me there was an open house and said there might be gold in the house. Micheline said she wanted me to check for it. Micheline asked me if I was good enough to do it and told me not to use her name,” she recalled in her interview with police.

“I was sent in the house to find gold. I went into the room Micheline told me to go into (upstairs),” Deragon said, noting she then went back outside to the house, got in the vehicle and reported she had seen a jewelry box in the room as the two women went for a short ride before returning to 128 Liberty.

Deragon told police she went back into the house and stole the jewelry box. The two women then reportedly went to Cogdill’s home.

Deragon said she forced the jewelry box open, and Cogdill then opened the door and dumped the contents - described as rings and necklaces - into a container.

“Micheline grabbed a couple of rings and had me take the rings into Paquette’s because she did not have her id. I did get money, but I don’t remember how much,” she told police.

Deragon said she then went to her house, grabbed some of her own jewelry and tried to trade it for cash at Peets Jewelers. She said a store clerk weighed the jewelry and said it had no value.

The Massena teenager said she went back to Peets Jewelers the next day and traded in approximately six stolen rings for $63. She told police she cashed the check from the jewelry store at On A Roll deli and turned the proceeds over to Cogdill, and the two women went back to Cogdill’s residence.

Ms. Stark said after she discovered her jewelry box was missing she located some of her missing jewelry the next day when she went to Paquette’s and Peets Jewelers to see if anyone had turned them in for cash.

She told police she had recovered several of her rings, but Ms. Stark said she was missing watches, necklaces, earrings, charms and rings.

In other County Court action:

Martin E. Maxwell, 52, of 391 Willard Road, Massena, pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury, both class D felonies.

The Louisville man was arrested after he slammed his truck into the rear of a vehicle belonging to a man seeing his estranged wife on Jan. 28. That vehicle was slammed through the garage, striking a parked 1987 Chevrolet Corvette that was pushed through the rear wall of the garage.

Sentencing for Mr. Maxwell also has been scheduled for March 7.

Maxwell allegedly caused more than $1,500 of damage to Richard Flynn’s home, more than $250 of damage to his car, more than $1,500 of damage to Audrey Bicknell’s car and more than $250 of damage to Frederick Ruddy’s car.

He also allegedly caused physical injury to Officer Michael Flynn while resisting arrest.

The Louisville man has been charged with three felony counts of criminal mischief after he allegedly slammed his truck into the rear of a vehicle belonging to a man seeing his estranged wife.

That vehicle was slammed through the garage, striking a parked 1987 Chevrolet Corvette and pushed that vehicle through the rear wall of the garage.

Massena Village Police had charged Maxwellwith three counts of third-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest and leaving the scene of a property damage accident following an incident at 9:10 p.m. Jan. 28, 2012 at 86 Cook St. Maxwell was taken into custody approximately two hours later at Coaches Corner.

Police alleged Maxwell rammed into an unoccupied 2005 Ford 500 registered to Michael C. Bicknell, 51, of Canton. The Bicknell vehicle was slammed into the garage and struck a Corvette registered to Frederick C. Ruddy, 63, of Waddington. The incidents took place at the Richard H. Flynn residence on Cook Street. Police said there was significant damage to the front and rear of the garage.

Police said they located Mr. Maxwell’s vehicle with front end damage parked near Common Grounds. They found Mr. Maxwell at Coaches Corner and said he refused their request to leave the establishment. Police said they had to physically restrain Mr. Maxwell inside the restaurant so they could place handcuffs on him. They said he also resisted when they attempted to place him in the back seat of a patrol vehicle.

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