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Judge Richards orders mental mealth, substance abuse evaluations for Madrid judge

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CANTON — A suspended Madrid judge was remanded back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility Friday afternoon after a judge ordered her to receive a mental health evaluation and a substance abuse evaluation.

County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards also granted a request made by the county District Attorney’s Office to appoint a special prosecutor to handle charges against Anya A. Mironova Tendler, 43, of 100 Ruddy Road, Madrid.

Mrs. Mironova appeared in county court with her attorney, William J. Galvin. Chief Assistant D.A. David A. Haggard represented the D.A.’s Office.

The judge said he is not opposed to releasing her under supervision at some point, but he is quite concerned about the allegations and first wants to see the results of the evaluations. Those are expected to be complete by Monday morning.

Once he reviews the results, Judge Richards is expected to impose a securing order.

“I will do my best to see what the results are to make a decision and I am pulling rank,” the judge said. “I will stay in close touch with Mr. Galvin.”

Mrs. Mironova was jailed Thursday for allegedly violating her probation after an alleged drunken-driving accident with her three children in her vehicle.

On Wednesday night, Ms. Tendler was charged with three counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law after she allegedly was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Canton with her 5-year-old triplets in the car and led police on a short chase.

Pierrepont Town Justice Robert G. Camp revoked Ms. Tendler’s driver’s license at her arraignment Wednesday night and released her under the supervision of probation.

On Thursday morning, Ogdensburg city police received a report from the St. Lawrence County Probation Department that Ms. Tendler had stopped at a liquor store, leaving her children in the car. City police located Ms. Tendler with her children at Morissette Park in a 1999 Honda Civic. Ms. Tendler had not been drinking, police said, and she told them her driving privileges were not revoked. She was let go because Ogdensburg police had not yet received word that her license had been suspended.

Ms. Tendler was arrested Thursday afternoon on a warrant for violation of probation and taken to the jail in Canton, where she was to be held without bail overnight, pending arraignment. Meanwhile, Ms. Tendler was removed from presiding over any matters in Madrid Town Court, where she is the only justice, under an order signed by state Court of Appeals Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts A. Gail Prudenti. Fourth Judicial District Administrative Judge Vito C. Caruso will reassign any cases to another justice.

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