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Watertown man indicted on cocaine sale allegations


WATERTOWN — A city man has been indicted on allegations that he had and sold cocaine three times in March.

Joseph M. Patterson, 36, no fixed address, is charged with three counts each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday in Jefferson County Court.

It is alleged that he sold cocaine twice on the same day in early March and again in mid-March. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $20,000 bail. Mr. Patterson is an ex-convict, having been sentenced to state prison from County Court in June after admitting he violated probation by absconding from supervision. He was serving five years’ probation after a 2011 conviction for third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was released under parole supervision on Jan. 21, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

In other court activity:

Joshua L. Bogart, 24, of 12026 County Route 125, Chaumont, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell heroin within the county Oct. 18. He is expected to be sentenced July 14 to 90 days in the PSB and five years’ probation.

Joshua J. Staplin, 19, of 221 Clinton St., pleaded guilty to criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child. He admitted that he choked his wife, Sarah A. Staplin, while she was holding a 4-month-old boy on March 9 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced July 1 to three years’ probation.

Matthew L. Yates, 27, of 164 Bay St., Cape Vincent, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief. He admitted that he damaged another person’s property July 14 in Cape Vincent. State police said at the time of his arrest that he threw a cinder block at a boat, causing about $2,000 in damage. He is expected to be sentenced July 1 to three years’ probation and be ordered to pay restitution if the victim requests it.

David A. Brooks, 31, Chesapeake, Va., formerly of Fort Drum, was sentenced to 30 days in the PSB and ordered to pay $800 in restitution in the form of a civil judgment after pleading guilty April 7 to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny and third-degree assault. He admitted that on June 4 he tried to take unspecified property from Dana M. McMahon in Watertown and that on the same day he got into a physical altercation with her. Police said at the time of his arrest that a cellphone and debit card were taken from the victim.

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