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Buffalo man sentenced to prison in Ogdensburg crack sales and possession


CANTON — A Buffalo man tied to an Ogdensburg drug ring was sentenced Monday to prison for selling crack cocaine.

Charles J. Caviness, 23, received five years in prison for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, both felonies.

In St. Lawrence County Court before Judge Jerome J. Richards, Mr. Caviness apologized for his “foolish and childish behavior” and said he wanted to turn his life around.

Mr. Caviness, who admitted to selling cocaine in Ogdensburg in March 2012, and to having the drug in his possession again in December 2012, was among four arrested in a raid on Dec. 6, 2012 by Ogdensburg police at 325 Belmont Courts. Police said the arrests were the culmination of an investigation into crack cocaine trafficking in the city.

Mr. Caviness’s attorney, Jill F. Spielman, asked the judge to consider sentencing her client to Willard Drug Treatment Campus. The judge said however, that Mr. Caviness didn’t have a drug problem; rather, his crimes were those of “mistaken opportunity.”

“There have been several people who came from different parts of the state to this county and took up selling drugs,” Judge Richards said. “For at least nine months you have been involved in selling drugs in this county.”

Judge Richards said that he has seen lives ruined by drugs.

“I’m not God. I’m not a forgiver. That is not my job,” Judge Richards said. “I am a punisher … and you have to pay for your crimes.”

Mr. Caviness also was ordered to pay $750 in court fines, fees and surcharges and $350 in restitution.

In other court action Monday:

Tyree D. Judge, 23, of 42 Prospect St., Gouverneur, was sentenced to 2 to 3 years in prison for felony second-degree assault.

He stabbed Ryan M. Weir, 20, of Gouverneur, in the stomach during a fight June 28 in a parking lot near 62 Church St. Mr. Weir was treated at E.J. Noble Hospital, Gouverneur, and released.

Mr. Judge also was ordered to pay $1,029.26 in restitution and $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Steven F. Rushlow Jr., 32, of 259 County Route 43, Lot 57, Massena, was sentenced to 2 to 7 years in prison for felony counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated and DWI.

Mr. Rushlow was charged with DWI on July 5 after he failed to stop at a stop sign in the village. He was charged with aggravated DWI on Oct. 20, 2012, when he was stopped on North Main Street in the village with a blood alcohol content of 0.25 percent, more than three times the .08 percent threshold for DWI.

He also was ordered to pay a total of $3,640 in court fines, fees and surcharges and was sentenced to three years’ conditional discharge.

Douglas A. Matthews Jr., 33, of 324 Minor Street Road, Canton, pleaded not guilty to four counts of second-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of second-degree mischief, all felonies.

He is accused of driving alongside and then repeatedly ramming a car driven by his mother-in-law, Susan M. Latimer, 65, causing it to go off the road and overturn in a cornfield on Route 310 about a mile south of County Route 24 on Oct. 4.

His wife, Jenelle Matthews, 32, and their two sons, ages 5 and 9, were also in the vehicle.

They were taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, where they were treated for non-life-threating injuries, according to police. The children’s names were not released.

He remains in jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond. Mr. Matthews is jailed in Franklin County because he worked as a corrections officer at the St. Lawrence County jail.

He was placed on unpaid leave from his job after his arrest and was fired Nov. 8.

Brandi Lee Saumier, 21, of 1071 Buckton Road, Winthrop, pleaded not guilty to felony second-degree arson.

Ms. Saumier is accused of having set a fire in her first-floor apartment at 28 Pierrepont Ave. on Oct. 25, knowing that others were in the building at the time. Nine people escaped unharmed from the blaze that destroyed the building.

Ms. Saumier, who was released from St. Lawrence County jail on Nov. 7 on $5,000 cash bail, had that bail exonerated by Judge Richards and was released under probation supervision.

Dylan L. Daniell, 20, of 25 Dies St., Canton, was sentenced to five years’ probation after pleading guilty Feb. 7 to felony third-degree burglary.

On Nov. 12, 2012, Mr. Daniell slashed four tires on an enclosed construction trailer and four tires on a pickup truck, police said at the time. He unlawfully entered a construction warehouse at Kinney Drugs, 105 Prospect St., Gouverneur, and attempted to steal electronic equipment while in the building.

He also caused damage to the alarm panel and tampered with surveillance equipment as well as caused damage to the door handle, police said.

In addition to his sentence, Mr. Daniell was ordered to pay $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Carol A. Elmer, 66, of 269 Cold Spring Road, Lisbon, admitted that she violated her sentence of three years’ probation, imposed June 28, on two counts of torturing or injuring animals/failure to provide sustenance.

Judge Richards said she failed to keep up on her restitution payments, did not provide secure separation between her stallions and mares, did not have her stallions castrated, did not provide probation with evidence that adequate medical treatment was being given to her horses and did not have appropriate fencing for the horses.

Probation also reported that there was debris scattered that could have caused injury to the horses.

She was released under continued probation supervision and was ordered to reduce the size of her 22-horse herd to no more than eight horses by July 31, to include no stallions.

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