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Two indicted in assault of Clarkson University lacrosse player


CANTON — The two St. Lawrence County men accused of beating a Clarkson University lacrosse player so severely that he needed facial reconstructive surgery have been indicted by a St. Lawrence County grand jury.

Bryan A. Bicknell, 20, of 342 West Parishville Road, Parishville, and Dakota J. Vallance, 18, of 399 Buckton Road, Winthrop, each was charged with second-degree criminal assault, a class D felony, in connection with the Aug. 24 assault of 21-year-old Donald J. W. Whelley.

According to the indictment handed up Tuesday, Mr. Bicknell and Mr. Vallance attacked Mr. Whelley at 1:52 a.m. on Maple Street in the village of Potsdam, leaving him in front of the former Honda dealership with “countless fractures and dislocating his face” after “striking him repeatedly about the head.”

Both men turned themselves in to village police and pleaded not guilty to charges in Village Court and are free under probation supervision.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole M. Duve said the case was brought to the grand jury as soon as possible.

“We got it to grand jury as soon as we collected all of the medical evidence and our victim was well enough to testify,” Ms. Duve said of Mr. Whelley, who had surgery at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., after the assault. “We could not have done it without him. We needed him to testify.”

Mr. Bicknell and Mr. Vallance are scheduled to be arraigned in St. Lawrence County Court at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 15.

Also indicted by the grand jury was Michael K. Kocsis, 48, 147 E. Orvis St., Massena.

He is charged with four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, which is a class D felony.

It is alleged that on Sept. 10, 14, 17 and 18, 2012, Mr. Kocsis was in possession of four forged checks that belonged to First Niagara Bank account holder Nice Nails Spa, with the knowledge that they were forged and with the intent to defraud, deceive or injure another.

Mr. Kocsis also is scheduled to be arraigned at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 15.

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