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Woman accused in police standoff in Madrid pleads not guilty to probation violation

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CANTON — A Madrid woman pleaded not guilty Monday in St. Lawrence County Court to violating her probation by allegedly violating a court order of protection for her estranged husband that resulted in a standoff with police at his home.

Erin J. White, 27, of 2084 Route 310, was placed on five years’ probation by County Judge Jerome J. Richards on Jan. 6 after pleading guilty to second-degree assault and third-degree criminal mischief. As a part of that sentence, Judge Richards told Ms. White she would have to abide by an order of protection that prevented her from having contact with her estranged husband, Matthew S. Wilson, 32, 1988 Route 310, Madrid.

Ms. White allegedly violated that order Jan. 10 when she barricaded herself inside Mr. Wilson’s residence about 5:10 p.m. and refused to surrender, making threats to injure police. The incident caused state police to close a 2.5-mile stretch of Route 310 for five hours while troopers negotiated with Ms. White in an attempt to take her into custody.

The state police Special Operations Response Team used a robot to enter the residence to determine the level of threat, found Ms. White inside a bedroom, unarmed, and troopers entered the residence and took her into custody. She was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, with injuries she had suffered before law enforcement arrived. Police declined to provide additional information on the injuries or how she received them.

In court Monday, Ms. White appeared with slash marks on her wrists and was wearing a helmet for protective measures, as she had told the court she suffered from seizures. Judge Richards sent her to the St. Lawrence County jail without bail. She also will be sent for a mental-health evaluation. Court hearings are scheduled for Feb. 20.

In other court action Monday:

Damion A. Giarratano, 19, of 94 Woodlawn Ave. Massena, was sent to the county jail by Judge Richards for an alleged probation violation.

Mr. Giarratano had been placed on probation afer pleading guilty to third-degree criminal mischief July 12. A bench warrant for his arrest was issued Sept. 3 after he allegedly tested positive for marijuana and alcohol. He was admitted to inpatient substance abuse treatment, and on Oct. 6 he allegedly violated his probation a second time when he left against medical advice.

In court Monday, Mr. Giarratano told Judge Richards that if he were drug-tested by probation officials he likely would test positive for marijuana, Suboxone, crack cocaine and heroin. He was tested and the results were positive for marijuana and Suboxone. He was sent to the county jail without bail.

Joseph D. Rivers, 50, of 102 Battle Hill Road, Gouverneur, had a plea of not guilty entered on his behalf by Judge Richards after he was arrested on a warrant for a probation violation. He was sentenced on Aug. 2, 2010, to 10 years’ probation after pleading guilty to two counts of felony failure to register as a sex offender.

On Jan. 8, Rivers allegedly failed to submit to an alcohol and drug urine test. Judge Richards adjourned the matter to Jan. 29.

Kevin D. Logan, 21, Brasher Falls, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in a plea deal with District Attorney Mary E. Rain. He originally had been charged with three counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He will be placed on interim probation for one year with the opportunity to vacate his plea to the felony charges and plead to a single misdemeanor count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Mr. Logan admitted to being in possession of LSD with the intent to sell it in Potsdam on Nov. 14 and 19, 2012.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 14.

Cody J. Bonno, 23, of 1317 Morley-Potsdam Road, Potsdam, was sentenced to three years’ probation after his June 10 guilty plea to fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Mr. Bonno originally was placed on one year of interim probation after pleading guilty to a felony count of third-degree criminal sale of marijuana for a Dec. 10, 2011, sale of the drug in Potsdam. In addition to his probation sentence, Judge Richards ordered Mr. Bonno to pay $50 in DNA testing fees.

Michael J. Peters, 44, of 301 Pyrites-Russell Road, Hermon, was sentenced to five years’ probation after his Nov. 26 guilty plea to felony driving while intoxicated.

On April 14, Mr. Peters was driving on Park Street in Canton with a blood alcohol content of 0.17 percent, more than twice the state’s 0.08 percent legal threshold for intoxication.

He previously was convicted of misdemeanor DWI on Feb. 15, 2005, in Erie County.

Judge Richards also ordered Mr. Peters to pay a total of $2,070 in court fines, fees and surcharges. He also was ordered to pay 50 percent of the installation costs of an ignition interlock device and 25 percent of any additional monthly fees.

Jesse D. Olson, 23, of 30 Jingleville Road, Canton, was placed on one year of interim probation after a Nov. 26 guilty plea to felony third-degree robbery.

On April 12, 2012, Mr. Olson pointed a pellet gun at his mother, Tracey Coffey, demanded the keys to her vehicle and took her vehicle without permission.

Judge Richards read from a victim impact statement submitted by Ms. Coffey, which said that her son was overwhelmed and that she takes fault for the incident. “I know I wasn’t going to get shot,” Ms. Coffey said in the courtroom.

“You don’t know that,” Judge Richards told her. “Jesse has problems, and it is almost definite that had an intervention not taken place when it did, this would have gotten worse.”

Judge Richards adjourned sentencing to Jan. 15, and ordered Mr. Olson to comply with mental health treatment. An order of protection was issued barring him from harassing Ms. Coffey.

Jody M. LaRock, 36, of 320 Lake St., Ogdensburg, was placed on one year of interim probation after her Dec. 3 guilty plea to felony fourth-degree grand larceny.

Ms. LaRock stole a Discover credit card on Feb. 5 from the home of Wilma Lewis, which she was hired to clean.

Judge Richards adjourned sentencing for Jan. 12. Ms. LaRock was ordered not to participate in “games of chance,” including bingo and lottery, and to pay restitution of $1,456.65 and court fines, fees and surcharges totaling $145.67.

Kyle W. Streeter, 20, of 20 Loafers Bluff Drive, Ogdensburg, waved his right to have his case before a grand jury and pleaded guilty to felony second-degree criminal mischief as a part of a plea deal with Ms. Rain.

Mr. Streeter was involved in a Dec. 26, 2012, incident in Lisbon that caused more than $1,500 in damage to a vehicle belonging to Cynthia Major, including three punctured tires, a broken rear windshield and two smashed windows.

The plea deal would satisfy pending charges against Mr. Streeter, including two in Gouverneur and one in Fowler.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 17. He is expected to be placed on one year of interim probation. He was released to probation supervision.

Ryan D. Morrill, 23, of 536 County Route 37, Massena, was placed on one year of interim probation after a guilty plea to a felony count of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Mr. Morrill was stopped May 31 at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Route 37, Waddington. He had approximately 5.9 pounds of marijuana as well as a quantity of concentrated cannabis. Sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 12.

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