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Two Ogdensburg men indicted by grand jury


CANTON — A St. Lawrence County grand jury on Thursday indicted an Ogdensburg man charged with bribing a witness in what was a pending trial against his son.

It is alleged that between February and October 2012, Orrie J. “Joe” Howe, 59, of 7035C Route 37, attempted to bribe Michael J. Wells, who was a witness or a person about to be called as a witness in the then-pending trial against Travis M. Howe.

Bribing a witness is a class D felony.

The indictment alleges an agreement or understanding between the elder Mr. Howe and Mr. Wells that Mr. Wells’s testimony would be influenced.

Travis M. Howe, 27, was headed for trial but pleaded guilty in October to first-degree robbery, a class B violent felony, for his role in a March 2011 armed robbery at Twin Bridges Convenient Mart & Deli, 40 Main St., Ogdensburg.

In December, St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards sentenced the younger Mr. Howe to 12 years in prison.

Mr. Wells, who also is serving 12 years in state prison for his part in the robbery, is facing charges by the grand jury of bribe receiving by a witness, a class D felony.

An Aug. 29 outburst by Mr. Wells in County Court ended with him rejecting a plea deal with the St. Lawrence County district attorney’s office that would have reduced that charge.

The grand jury also indicted Melvin H. Perry, 45, of 720 Jay St., Ogdensburg, with two counts of second-degree burglary, both class C felonies.

The charges are the result of two separate incidents in which Mr. Perry allegedly burglarized homes for drug money.

It is alleged that on June 26, Mr. Perry entered the residence of Gloria and Michael McLear with the intent to commit a crime therein. Additionally, it is alleged that within the month of July, he entered the home of Betty Bice, also with the intent to commit a crime.

Both Mr. Howe and Mr. Perry are anticipated to appear in court in the coming weeks.

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