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Fowler woman and felon son plead not guilty to weapons charges


CANTON — A Fowler woman and her felon son pleaded not guilty to weapons charges in St. Lawrence County Court on Monday.

Ronald F. Baker, 45, and Louise J. Baker, 70, both of 1442 County Route 24, were indicted last month after police reported finding a cache of weapons in their home Jan. 5, including AK-47 and Bushmaster rifles.

State police arrested the Bakers Jan. 5 after Mr. Baker allegedly became combative with rescue workers who were responding to aid a family member who was having a seizure, trying to prevent them from entering the home.

Mr. Baker was convicted of threatening three people with knives in 1986, and of illegal possession of a shotgun in 2000.

Assistant District Attorney Joshua HaberkornHalm said the people are prepared for trial in both cases.

Judge Jerome J. Richards permitted Mrs. Baker to remain free pending further proceedings after she posted $2,000 cash bail. Mr. Baker remains in the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, where he was sent without bail following his arrest.

Mrs. Baker appeared with Conflict Defender Amy L. Dona. Her son was represented by St. Lawrence County Public Defender Stephen D. Button.

In other court activity on Monday:

Amber Lottie Sanderson, 24, DeKalb Junction, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in connection with the alleged Nov. 22, 2011, sale of oxycodone in the town of Hermon. The plea covers several other outstanding or pending charges, including other drug sales and a bad-check case, in the villages of Canton and Potsdam and the town of Lisbon. Sentencing was set for June 24.

Gerald F. Sanders, 39, Ogdensburg, was sentenced in connection with a Dec. 3 guilty plea to one count of first-degree attempted sexual abuse after he was arrested in August for having sexual contact with a child under the age of 11.

Judge Richards sentenced Sanders to 10 years’ probation, to serve the balance of a 180-day jail sentence, of which he has served 105 days, and to pay $1,425 in fines and fees. He also may not use social networking websites or own a phone with a camera after showing the victim a cellphone photo of his penis. A hearing on his sex-offender registry classification was set for April 30.

Vincent A. Pratt, 49, Ogdensburg, pleaded not guilty to weapons charges, and Mr. HaberkornHalm said the people are prepared for trial.

Police reported finding several guns in the convicted felon’s home during execution of a search warrant in October. In April 2000, Mr. Pratt was found guilty of second-degree assault for stabbing a man in a bar bathroom. Mr. Pratt remains free under probation supervision pending further proceedings.

Mario Giacco, 49, Moravia, was sentenced to one year of interim probation in connection with a December guilty plea to one count of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana Jan. 8, 2012, in the town of Waddington. The Cayuga County man will be eligible to see his conviction downgraded to a misdemeanor if he successfully completes interim probation.

Timothy D. McDougal, 29, Ticonderoga, pleaded not guilty to drug charges brought against him following an August traffic stop in the town of Hammond in which Border Patrol agents said they found nearly 10 pounds of pot. Mr. HaberkornHalm said the people are prepared for trial. Mr. McDougal remains free under probation supervision pending further proceedings.

Alex J. Amyot, 37, Madrid, pleaded not guilty to grand larceny charges alleging that he stole more than $3,000 worth of metal railway-related items belonging to Thomas Fiacco in August in the town of Potsdam.

Judge Richards denied a defense request to release Mr. Amyot under probation supervision to spend time with his ailing mother pending trial. Mr. HaberkornHalm pointed out that he had to be extradited from Florida to face the charges. He was returned to the county lockup in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or bond.

John-Charles Anson, 21, formerly of Gouverneur and now living in Kentucky, was granted a conditional discharge after pleading guilty last fall to selling 58 grams of marijuana Nov. 17, 2011, in the village of Canton and 224 grams Nov. 29, 2011, in the town of DeKalb. He already served 42 days in jail, and must pay $810 in restitution and $250 in fines and fees.

Jared C. Adner, 18, Canton, pleaded not guilty to one count each of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree burglary. Investigators said Mr. Adner illegally entered a town of Pierrepont home in January or February 2012 and later was found in possession of a stolen .22-caliber rifle. Mr. HaberkornHalm said the people are prepared for trial. Mr. Adner remains free under probation supervision.

Probation officials told the judge that Mr. Adner had not been reporting as directed.

“Let me be clear how serious this is, Mr. Adner,” the judge said. “You’re looking at 19 years in state prison. Does that get your attention?”

“Yes, your honor,” the teen replied.

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