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Potsdam man reindicted on assault charges


CANTON — A Potsdam man was reindicted on second-degree assault charges Friday by a St. Lawrence County grand jury.

Eddie S. Moses, 37, of 1103 Raquette Road, was indicted on a second-degree assault charge.

Documents say Mr. Moses caused serious physical injury to Michael Ayotte on May 21 in Massena. Mr. Ayotte reportedly suffered fractures to the left side of his face, a fractured jaw and an injury to his eye socket and required several stitches to the back of his head.

He was treated initially at Massena Memorial Hospital and then was taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt.

Mr. Ayotte and his wife were reportedly outside of Friar Tucks waiting for a cab when a man who had been involved in a verbal altercation with Mr. Ayotte earlier in the evening inside Friar Tucks knocked Mrs. Ayotte to the ground.

Several witnesses told police Moses grabbed Mr. Ayotte from behind when he attempted to come to his wife’s assistance and confront the man who had knocked his wife to the ground. When Mr. Ayotte turned around to face the man, Moses allegedly punched him once in the face. Mr. Ayotte was reportedly knocked out and fell, striking his head on the sidewalk.

Mr. Moses was initially indicted Nov. 23, but Judge Jerome J. Richards dismissed the indictment.

According to the two-page decision dated Jan. 31, Judge Richards said prosecutors correctly met the requirement of second-degree assault, which is serious physical injury. But he dismissed the indictment because prosecutors failed to list the correct date for the alleged assault. Mr. Moses is represented by Public Defender Stephen D. Button.

Other indictments handed up by the grand jury include:

■ Nathan D. Binion, 32, of 1111 S. Water St., Ogdensburg, for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. According to court documents, Mr. Binion possessed cocaine June 7 in Ogdensburg with intent to sell.

■ Frederick C. Forino, 42, Yonkers, for third-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Mr. Forino is accused of possessing more than 8 ounces of marijuana Dec. 2 in the town of Morristown.

■ Montgomery B. Mandigo, 24, Gouverneur, for second-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny and two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny. From the last week of July 6, Mr. Mandigo allegedly unlawfully entered the home of Nancy Spilman in the town of Macomb and stole $59,000 in jewelry. He also allegedly broke into Heidy Tharrett’s home in the town of Lawrence on Aug. 22.

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