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Courthouse drug test lands pregnant suspect in jail


CANTON — When Katsitsia’a Smoke, 19, was arraigned on drug charges Monday in St. Lawrence County Court, the five-month-pregnant Hogansburg woman told probation officials they would find marijuana in her system following a drug test.

They didn’t. But probation officials informed Judge Jerome J. Richards a short time later that a test administered to Ms. Smoke did detect cocaine and oxycodone.

Ms. Smoke and Tehya L. Wensauer, 34, of Greene, Chenango County, were indicted last month on one count each of criminal possession of marijuana, a class C felony, after police allegedly found them in possession of 17 pounds of the drug Oct. 26 in the town of Morristown.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan L. Becker argued Monday that Ms. Smoke, who pleaded not guilty to the drug charge, should be taken into custody pending further proceedings so she could receive substance-abuse treatment to prevent harm to her unborn child.

Judge Jerome J. Richards committed Ms. Smoke to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, without bail, pending availability of an inpatient drug-treatment bed.

Ms. Wensauer pleaded not guilty and was released under probation supervision pending further proceedings.

In other court action Monday:

Aaron L. Maslin Sr., 26, Chase Mills, was sentenced to one year of interim probation for a January guilty plea in which he choked his ex-girlfriend during an Aug. 13 argument in front of their three children in the town of Madrid. If he successfully completes probation, Mr. Maslin will have the opportunity to plead guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges.

Mr. Maslin told the judge he felt ashamed of his actions.

“Shame is a good thing in the short term, and I understand it. I want you to look at the long term,” the judge said.

“Domestic violence is a learned behavior, not born or inherited,” Judge Richards said, telling Mr. Maslin it was possible to “unlearn that behavior.”

Dakota T. Middlemiss, 20, Norfolk, was sentenced to six months in the county jail and five years’ probation, to be served concurrently, for his Jan. 10 guilty plea to one count of fourth-degree grand larceny.

State police said Mr. Middlemiss was racing against another driver in February 2012 when he lost control of a stolen Cadillac, struck an embankment and rolled over in the St. Lawrence Centre mall parking lot, Massena.

Mr. Middlemiss also must pay more than $12,000 in restitution, fines and fees.

Kelly S. Edwards, 21, Potsdam, was remanded to jail without bail pending the availability of a substance-abuse treatment bed.

Ms. Edwards, who pleaded guilty in January to one felony count of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, had been under probation supervision pending sentencing.

She was brought before the judge on allegations that she had violated her probation terms by being intoxicated. Ms. Edwards tested positive for THC, a chemical component of marijuana, as well as Suboxone, a medication used to treat dependence on opioid drugs.

Ricky T. Mason Jr., 28, Ogdensburg, was due to be sentenced in connection with a guilty plea to driving while intoxicated. Mr. Mason did not appear Monday, and Judge Richards signed a warrant for his arrest.

Terry A. Ostraski,49, Parishville, pleaded not guilty at arraignment to two counts of driving while intoxicated. He was released under probation supervision pending further proceedings.

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