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Indictment: Watertown man violated judge’s order


A Watertown man has been indicted on charges alleging that he violated a judge’s order by pushing a woman Aug. 10.

Michael D. Yarbrough, 25, whose last known address was 383 Flower Ave. E., Apt. 2, is charged with first- and second-degree criminal contempt, second-degree harassment and aggravated family offense. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment handed up Wednesday in Jefferson County Court.

It is alleged that on Aug. 10, he violated an order of protection issued July 9 by City Court Judge Eugene R. Renzi on behalf of Cynthia M. Garnsey by pushing Ms. Garnsey during a domestic dispute at their home.

In court activity Friday, Christopher J. Beardmore, 23, Watertown, was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to three years’ probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service after Aug. 27 guilty pleas to second-degree criminal contempt, second-degree reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of a property-damage accident and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He admitted that on May 10 on Duffy Street, his vehicle rear-ended a vehicle in which Courtney L. Jobson was a passenger, violating an order of protection she held against him. He also admitted that he drove away from the scene and was driving while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked. He also was ordered to pay $908 in restitution.

Also on Friday, Peter W. Fitzgerald, 57, Watertown, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge after an August 2012 guilty plea to aggravated driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was charged with aggravated DWI in November 2011 on Route 12 in the town of Clayton. He also was fined $1,000, had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

In court Oct. 10, Daniel L. Merritt, 38, LaFargeville, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He had been accused of trying to possess methamphetamine May 26

The charge stemmed from the discovery of a methamphetamine lab at 657 Bronson St. Mr. Merritt is expected to be sentenced Feb. 24 to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation.

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