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Norwood man pleads to criminal contempt after choking ex-girlfriend.


CANTON — A Norwood man was chided by a St. Lawrence County judge Friday for trying to play -down his choking and shoving an ex-girlfriend, during his plea deal agreement.

Anthony J. Fey Jr., 47, of 2 Pleasant St., Norwood, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree criminal contempt, a class E felony, in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.

Mr. Fey told St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards that on March 5, Potsdam Town Justice Samuel R. Charleson issued a no-contact order of protection in favor of Noella Clarke.

On March 16, Mr. Fey said, he violated that order when he got into “a little argument” with Ms. Clarke.

“A little argument?” Judge Richards asked. “If you want to minimize your behavior, you won’t be getting interim probation, you can get eight years. What did you do?”

Mr. Fey said he grabbed Ms. Clarke by the throat and pushed her away from him. He said Justice Charleson issued a second order of protection on March 19 which Mr. Fey violated May 10 when he again had contact with Ms. Clarke, this time pushing her to the ground.

“Do you think there is any reason that you should manhandle a woman in any way?” Judge Richards asked.

“No,” Mr. Fey said softly.

As a part of the deal, Mr. Fey would be placed on one year of interim probation to earn six months in the St. Lawrence County jail and five years’ probation and would have to comply with an offender accountability program, which would cover any other charges he may be facing in the county.

Judge Richards issued another order of protection in favor of Ms. Clarke.

“If you violate this order I’m not going to be happy and you are going to be facing eight years in prison,” Judge Richards said.

Mr. Fey was returned to St. Lawrence County jail, where he is being held without bail. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 20

In other court action Friday:

Melvin A. Compo, 38, of 311 Grant St., Ogdensburg, was sentenced to 90 days in St. Lawrence County jail and four years’ probation after successfully completing one year of interim probation.

Mr. Compo pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class E felony, and admitted being a second felony offender on Feb. 22, 2013. Judge Richards placed him on interim probation on Aug. 5, 2013.

Mr. Compo told Judge Richards that he had “come a long way since rehab” and was “very thankful that my life turned around.”

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

Seth M. Hamm, 28, of 420 County Route 38, Norfolk, pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony.

It is alleged that on June 12 in the town of DeKalb, St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Joshua A. HaberkornHalm said Mr. Hamm had approximately 58 grams of cocaine strapped to his body that he intended to sell.

Mr. Hamm was released under the supervision of probation.

Stacy J. Putney, 37, of 246 County Route 46, Massena, had her interim probation terminated after Judge Richards said she failed to abide by its terms and conditions.

On March 26, Ms. Putney pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary and was sentenced to interim probation by Judge Richards on May 19. According to a probation memorandum received by Judge Richards, Ms. Putney failed to report to probation, was arrested for stealing property from Walgreen in Massena and later trying to return it for money, was in possession of a hypodermic needle and allegedly was using heroin, and bought bus tickets with her boyfriend to leave the county without receiving permission from probation.

When she was picked up on a warrant by police, they found her in Clifton Park, where she had gone without probation’s permission and then tested positive for THC, suboxone, cocaine, opiates and benzodiazepines.

Ms. Putney lost her chance at a plea deal, her attorney, Conflict Defender Amy L. Dona said.

She was granted a request for adjournment while seeking treatment for Ms. Putney, who was returned to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

James E. Davis, 27, of 1 Chimney Point Drive, Ogdensburg, pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor third-degree assault.

Mr. Davis had been indicted on two counts of second-degree assault, a class D felony, and two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor. Judge Richards issued a decision June 13 dismissing the felony charges against Mr. Davis.

Regarding the two counts of second-degree assault, Judge Richards gave the district attorney’s office 30 days or until July 13 to either dismiss the indictment, resubmit the charges to the same or a different grand jury or appeal the order.

Mr. Davis was sent to St. Lawrence County jail on $1,500 bail or $3,000 bond.

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