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Ogdensburg man accused of August hit-and-run death found in Arizona


OGDENSBURG — An Ogdensburg man has been extradited from Arizona and charged in connection with the August hit-and-run death of a 19-year-old Lancaster man.

State police arrested Devin B. Ferguson-Brenno, 26, of 209 Gilbert St., on Tuesday and charged him with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, leaving an accident resulting in death and tampering with physical evidence, all felony charges; second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and driving while intoxicated, both misdemeanors; and multiple traffic violations.

Mr. Ferguson-Brenno is the owner of the Honda CRV with which he allegedly struck and killed Benjamin M. Schick on County Route 6 in Morristown at 9 p.m. Aug. 4. Mr. Ferguson-Brenno reported his car had been stolen from the Echoes on the Lake store, less than a mile from where Mr. Schick was struck. He filed that report from a home in Ogdensburg. The SUV was discovered with a damaged front fender, hood and windshield on Aug. 5 at Mansion Avenue and Gates Street, Ogdensburg, 16 miles from where Mr. Ferguson-Brenno said it had been stolen and about a mile and a half from his residence.

State police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Senior Investigator Timothy J. Peets said Mr. Ferguson-Brenno had left the area since the hit-and-run and was staying with a relative in Surprise, Ariz., when they contacted him.

Mr. Peets said police turned all the evidence from their investigation over to St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole M. Duve, who presented it to a grand jury over a period of two days, resulting in an Oct. 17 indictment. A warrant was issued for Mr. Ferguson-Brenno’s arrest on Nov. 18.

State police contacted authorities in Arizona who located Mr. Ferguson-Brenno, arrested him and brought him for arraignment in front of a superior court judge where he agreed to extradition.

Mr. Ferguson-Brenno was returned to St. Lawrence County. He appeared before County Judge Jerome J. Richards Tuesday morning and was taken to St. Lawrence County jail, where he is being held without bail waiting to be assigned an attorney for his Dec. 4 arraignment.

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