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Three face sealed indictments alleging gang assault in Watertown

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Three Watertown men face allegations contained in sealed indictments that they participated in the gang assault of another man.

Lucas J. Lavancha, 29, Floyd D. Lavancha, 39, and Jerod B. Lajoie, 40, are each charged with second-degree gang assault.

The charges were contained in grand jury indictments unsealed Wednesday in Jefferson County Court.

It is alleged that on Oct. 28 in Watertown, the three men, acting in concert, struck Joshua M. McCargar on the head, causing the victim to suffer a broken jaw and a closed head wound.

Each pleaded not guilty to the charge at arraignment and was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on bail, with Lucas Lavancha’s bail set at $5,000, while it was set at $500 for both Floyd Lavancha and Mr. Lajoie.

Others named in indictments opened Wednesday and who entered not-guilty pleas:

Christine A. Countryman, 47, 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 she had and sold cocaine in mid-September and again about a week later. Her bail was set at $15,000. When members of the Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force were arresting her Monday at a town of Pamelia motel on a bench warrant for the indictment, it is alleged that quantities of heroin and cocaine were found in the room where she was located, leading to drug possession charges against her and two others.

Jason D. Clacks, 38, 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 oxycodone without a prescription twice within the county on a day in early December. His bail was set at $20,000.

Rodney G. Harsh II, 25, address not available, faces two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He allegedly sold cocaine twice on the same mid-January day. His bail was set at $5,000.

James Lewis, 40, and Damion R. Steele, 44, are charged with single counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. It is alleged that Mr. Lewis had and sold cocaine in mid-November, while Mr. Steele sold the drug in mid-December. Mr. Lewis’s bail was set at $20,000, while it was established for Mr. Steele at $15,000.

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