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Police arrest man, woman for prescription drug forgery.


Jesse G. Austin, 34, of 623 State St., was arrested Monday at 8:38 p.m. and charged with one count of D felony second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of A misdemeanor fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He was arraigned in Ogdensburg City Court and remanded to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $20,000 cash/$40,000 bond.

Melissa L. McLear, 31, same address, was arrested Tuesday at 4:01 p.m. and charged with three counts of D felony second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, three counts of A misdemeanor fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of A misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. As of Tuesday night, she was held in the city lockup pending arraignment.

Detective Sgt. Robert H. Wescott said the investigation began when Dr. James Edmond, Clifton Park, discovered that prescriptions that he hadn’t endorsed had been stolen from his office, forged and then filled by the pair for Ritalin and Suboxone at pharmacies in Ogdensburg. He called police and an investigation began Sept. 11.

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