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BENCH WARRANT - POTSDAM - Norwood Village Police said Charles R. Murdie, 34, of Massena, previously listing a 3 Bernard Ave., Norwood, address, turned himself in on a warrant Sunday after learning Potsdam Town Justice James Mason had issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to appear in court as directed on third-degree criminal trespass, second-degree criminal impersonation and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration counts.

He had initially been charged with trespassing on June 14 after he failed to abide by no trespassing signs placed at 7 Bernard Ave. Tammy Hooper said she was standing next to a camper at 1 Bernard Ave. when she saw Murdie on her property and yelled at him to leave the property. She told police Murdie responded with a two-word answer and kept walking on her property.

Police said they initially charged the man, who identified himself at the time as Wayne Murdie, with trespassing. Police said they detemined on June 29 the man they had arrested was actually Charles R. Murdie, and he was reissued the trespass violation and charged with the criminal impersonation and obstruction of governmental administration charges July 1 at the county jail, where he was being held on a warrant from Massena court.

Murdie was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow Sunday night on the warrant issued by Potsdam Town Court. Murdie told the court he had missed the court dates because he had been in in-patient treatment. He had flagged down a Norwood Village Police patrol earlier Sunday about the warrant and had been taken into custody.

Mr. Sharlow released Murdie on his own recognizance and directed him to appear Sept. 4 in Potsdam Town Court.

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