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Watertown man indicted on attempted murder charge


A Watertown man has been indicted on charges alleging that he tried to kill his live-in girlfriend by stabbing her numerous times in September.

Jarvis G. Parson, 53, is charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault, aggravated criminal contempt and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment handed up Thursday in Jefferson County Court.

It is alleged that on Sept. 29 he tried to cause the death of Stephanie S. Campbell by stabbing her with a knife, causing puncture wounds and cuts to her abdomen, neck and arms. Police said at the time of the incident that Mr. Parson stabbed Ms. Campbell at their residence at 111 S. Meadow St. and then chased her near the intersection of Meadow Avenue and South Meadow Street. At the time, there was a Watertown City Court order of protection issued against him on behalf of Ms. Campbell.

Other indictments handed up include:

Willie D. Smith III, 27, town of Pamelia, is charged with first- and second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly causing grave risk of death to a newborn child by striking the infant numerous times. It is alleged that between March 13, which is the child’s date of birth, and May 13 he created risk of death to the boy by physically abusing him, causing broken bones, bruises and scarring. Police said at the time that the child suffered fractures to both of his arms and legs. It further is alleged that he struck the child on the head with his fists, causing fractures to the child’s skull and bleeding and swelling on the infant’s brain.

Caleb J. Larson, 22, Fort Drum, is charged with making a terroristic threat and falsely reporting an incident based on allegations that he threatened to kill a child at Evans Mills Primary School. It is alleged that on Oct. 12 he made a statement indicating he was going to go to the school and kill a child. The alleged statement was made to a parent of a child at the school and prompted a lockdown at all Indian River Central School District campuses, as well as a response by law enforcement to the Evans Mills school.

Jonathan E. Melendez, 29, Watertown, is charged in one indictment with first- and third-degree criminal sex act, two counts of third-degree assault, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, tampering with a witness, second-degree criminal contempt and fourth-degree criminal mischief. In a second indictment, he is charged with making a terroristic threat and second-degree aggravated harassment.

In the first indictment, it is alleged that on Dec. 20 in Watertown he held a 21-year-old woman down and had forcible sexual contact with her. He also allegedly struck the victim on the head, face and abdomen, causing cuts and bruises. It further is alleged that on Dec. 31 he contacted the victim and told her not to appear as witness in a legal proceeding against him. The contact allegedly violated a City Court order of protection. He also allegedly broke a bowl belonging the victim Dec. 7.

In the second indictment, it is alleged that on Sept. 9 he wrote a letter to a Department of Social Services employee in which he threatened to kill a number of people, including the employee.

Glenn M. Gallo, 25, Watertown, faces counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia. It is alleged that he possessed cocaine with the intent to sell the drug Dec. 19 in Watertown and that he had scales used to weigh the drug.

Sherry L. Clemons, 44, Watertown, is charged with first-degree criminal contempt, second-degree harassment and resisting arrest. It is alleged that on July 19 she violated a City Court order of protection by slapping and pushing Stephen Clemons during a domestic incident and refused to comply with police orders as they attempted to arrest her.

Bryant P. Sanford, 27, Watertown, is charged with third-degree burglary. It is alleged that on June 3 he entered Frosty’s Ice Cream on Bradley Street with the intention of stealing something.

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