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Judge Richards drug lecture doesn’t get through


MASSENA - Two days after the county court judge lectured an Ogdensburg woman when she tested postive for drug use during her arraignment on a second-degree burglary count in St. Lawrence County Court she was found in illegal possession of prescription drugs in Massena.

Village police charged Ashley E. Pike, 27, of 221 Denny St., Ogdensburg, with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance at 3:26 p.m. Thursday. She was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

Police said they had been called to the area of the Massena Wal-Mart for a report of a domestic dispute. Pike and Everett Dibble III were reportedly were engaged in a physical altercation on Urban Drive at state Route 37. Village police said they encountered the couple in the vicinity of the Verizon store off state Route 37, across the four-lane highway from Wal-Mart.

Police said during the stop, which also included a shoplifting investigation, Pike consented to a search of her purse, where police found vials of two controlled substances: klonopin, a narcotic used to treat seizure disorders and panic disorder, and suboxone, a narcotic used to treat opiate addiction. Pike claimed the vials belonged to Mr. Dibble, and said she did not know they were in her purse.

Pike had tested positive for marijuana use Tuesday during a court appearance before St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards on a second-degree burglary count.

Massena-based state police had chargedPike and Lashawn J. Whitfield, 40, of 834 Ford St., Ogdensburgwith second-degree burglary on Jan. 18 stemming from a complaint made to troopers at 6:05 p.m. Jan. 12 from the town of Massena.

Pike, in her statement to police, said she and Whitfield had been visiting her sister on the Stanton Road on the day of the burglary. She said during their conversation her sister noted her next door neighbor had moved into the nursing home a couple months earlier and wondered aloud whether there was anything valuable in the house.

She said a short time later she joined Whitfield when he went to the neighbor’s residence, grabbing a pillow and a hammer from her sister’s residence. She said Whitfield made the porch light inoperable, broke the glass on a door and entered the residence. She said he took a small black jewelry box from the home and sold some of the burglary proceeds, including a white gold plain band ring and a yellow gold opal ring, to Peets Jewelers for $123. Those two rings were recovered from the jewelry store.

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