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ACCIDENT - LOUISVILLE - Two people were injured in a one-vehicle accident at 4:46 p.m. Friday on state Route 37, Louisville.

Massena-based state police said Amy M. Barrett, no age or address available, was eastbound when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a utility pole.

Ms. Barrett complained of neck and back pain. Her front seat passenger, Alice D. Larue, no age or address available, complained of chest pain. A rear seat passenger, Dylan D. Lamont, no age or address available, was not injured. Ms. Barrett and Ms. Larue were taken by Massena Rescue to Massena Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released.

Ms. Barrett was ticketed for speed unreasonable and prudent and will appear March 21 in Louisville Town Court.

DWI - POTSDAM – Canton-based state police charged Bruce S. Larock, 45, of Potsdam with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident following a property damage accident at 12:26 a.m. Sunday on Adams Road in the town of Potsdam. Mr. Larock, who allegedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent, was released on appearance tickets.

ASSAULT - NORFOLK - Massena-based state police charged two teens with assault stemming from an altercation that occurred at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in the town of Norfolk.

Anthony E. Fisher, 16, of Norfolk, had been charged at 3:56 p.m. Jan. 29 in the town of Norfolk with third-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury. Tyler R. Searles, 16, of Norwood, was charged at 3 p.m. Monday in the town of Potsdam, also with third-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury. Both were released on appearance tickets.

UNSAFE START - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Susan A. Maroney, 53, of Potsdam for an unsafe start at 2:37 p.m. Friday on Lawrence Avenue. Police said Ms. Maroney was ticketed after she attempted to enter the roadway and drove into the path and struck a vehicle operated by Richard Sackett of Potsdam. She was issued an appearance ticket for March 7 in Potsdam Village Court.

CRIMINAL CONTEMPT - MASSENA - A Massena man was remanded to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond Saturday after he was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, who had an order of protection against him.

Dennis J. Mitchell, 32, of 7 Howard St., Massena, allegedly choked, punched and pushed his girlfriend, Elizabeth VanElls, during an incident that occurred at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at her state Highway 420 residence.

He was charged with felony first-degree criminal contempt because an order of protection that had been signed by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow on Jan. 25 remains valid until Dec. 25.

Mr. Mitchell was also charged with criminal obstruction of breathing after he allegedly placed his hands around Ms. VanElls’ neck and applied pressure; fourth-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly punched a hole in her wall, causing approximately $50 of damage; second-degree harassment - physical contact after he allegedly punched, slapped, pushed and threw a TV remote at Ms. VanElls; and unlawful possession of marijuana after police found marijuana and a pipe in his pocket.

Ms. VanElls told police Mitchell got upset Saturday morning when she was venting to him about his parents taking care of their five-month-old son. “Dennis got upset, and he told me that I was pissing him off,” she said, noting the verbal argument quickly turned physical when Mitchell grabbed her by the neck and choked her with both hands until she almost passed out. He then reportedly slapped her across the back of her head and later punched her on the left side of her head.

Mitchell was arraigned by Judge Gerald P. Sharlow and remanded to the county jail to reappear Wednesday afternoon.

DWI - POTSDAM - St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies charged Patricia A. McDevitt, 46, of 611 Canton St., Ogdensburg, with driving while intoxicated at 3:25 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 11, Potsdam, after investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle in the driveway of a closed business.

Ms. McDevitt, who allegedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.16 percent, was issued a ticket to appear at a later date in Potsdam Town Court.

SPEED IN ZONE - MASSENA - Village police ticketed several motorists for speed in zone recently. They were:

■ Katelynn A. Warnock, 20, of Massena at 10:13 a.m. Friday on East Orvis Street.

■ Stephen B. Hans, 52, of Massena at 9:07 a.m. Friday on the South Raquette Road.

■ Jessica F. Jones, 27, of Massena at 8:16 a.m. Friday on East Orvis Street.

■ Darcy S. Sharp, 47, of Helena at 7:25 a.m. Friday on the South Raquette Road.

■ Cody L. Page, 19, of Massena at 11:44 p.m. Thursday on East Hatfield Street.

MOVING FROM LANE UNSAFELY - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Maureen V. King, 61, of Norwood for moving from a lane unsafely at 1:28 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Elm and Market streets. Police said Ms. King was ticketed after she changed lanes and struck another vehicle being operated by Robert J. Baker of Rochester. She was issued an appearance ticket for March 7 in Potsdam Village Court.

SPEED NOT REASONABLE - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Devin M. Chambers, 23, of Winthrop for speed not reasonable and an unsafe start at 3:54 p.m. Friday on Sandstone Drive. Police said Mr. Chambers was observed turning from Pine Street onto Sandstone Drive and fishtailing along the way. He was also allegedly fishtailing again after leaving the initial traffic stop. Mr. Chambers was issued an appearance ticket for March 7 in Potsdam Village Court.

CRIMINAL TRESPASS - POTSDAM - Village police charged Robert Coons, 21, of Mechanicville with criminal trespass and criminal mischief at 1:29 a.m. Saturday after he allegedly damaged doors while attempting to get into the residence. He was released on appearance tickets for Potsdam Village Court.

CRIMINAL CONTEMPT - BRASHER FALLS - Massena-based state police charged Marcus J. Logan, 22, of Brasher Falls with second-degree criminal contempt at 1:25 p.m. Saturday in the town of Brasher after he allegedly disobeyed an order of protection. He was ordered held on $2,000 bail.

Police said Mr. Logan had been arrested for the same offense on Feb. 15 after he was found operating a vehicle with the protected party as a passenger.

He had been arraigned and remanded to the county jail on that charge. The latest charge alleges that he was again operating his vehicle with the protected party as a passenger.

PETIT LARCENY - MASSENA- Village police charged Shannon M. Wilson, 17, of 68 Grove St., Massena, with petit larceny at 12:45 p.m. Saturday. Wilson allegedly walked past the last point of sale at Price Chopper without paying for approximately $125 worth of merchadise, including nail polish and coffee. She allegedly threw a bag containing the merchandise at a store employee when confronted about the alleged shoplifting incident.

ATTEMPTED ASSAULT - MASSENA - Village police charged Andrew R. Jensen, 17, of 224 Harper Road, Lisbon, with third-degree attempted assault, petit larceny, second-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and unlawful possession of marijuana following an incident at 2:07 p.m. Saturday at 60 Brighton St., Massena. He was arraigned by Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 secured bond.

Jensen was charged following an incident at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with his sister’s boyfriend, Curtis Debien, 17, of state Route 37, who was housesitting his aunt’s home in Massena.

Jensen reportedly entered the residence and remained there despite being told by Mr. Debien several times to leave the home. He allegedly punched Mr. Debien five or six times in the face, stole a pair of his shoes and took the cell phone Mr. Debien was using to attempt to contact police.

Mr. Debien, in the statement he provided police, said Jensen had called him earlier Saturday to tell him he was coming to Massena to give him $50 he owed him.

“He came upstairs, and he handed me a check which was made out to him. I told him I didn’t want a check,” Mr. Debien noted in his statement.

He said Jensen then started calling him a variety of disparaging names. “He said he was pissed I made him drive all the way from Waddington. I told him to leave several times. He didn’t so I told him I was going to call the cops,” the teenager told police.

He noted he picked up his phone, and Jensen startedc walking downstairs to leave. Debien said he then shut the door. But he said Jensen reappeared moments later, kicked or shoved the door open, madea comment about his decision to involve the police, put Mr. Debien in a headlock and punched him several times before throwing him into a mirror.

Jensen’s sister then intervened, breaking up the fight. Jensen reportedly grabbed Mr. Debien’s shoes as he was leaving the residence. They were later located filled with snow outside the residence.

WARRANT - Kyle A. Lamay, 27, of 771 Hammill Road, Massena, was picked up Saturday following a traffic stop in Ray Brook and turned over to Massena Village Police on a warrant for fourth-degree grand larceny. Mr. Lamay was arraigned by Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set $1,000 cash or $2,000 secured bond. The warrant has been signed Feb. 2 after Lamay failed to appear as directed for numerous court appearances on the charge.

The charges stemmed from an incident on May 30 when he allegedly removed a checkbook wallet containing loose checks and a debit card from Gary Bordeau’s vehicle at 10 Cecil Ave. Lamay, in a statement he provided police, said he had taken the checkbook wallet and cigarettes from the vehicle at 10 p.m. May 30 after checking the vehicle for cash when he noticed the vehicle’s window’s were down.

INADEQUATE HEADLIGHTS - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Cassondra E. Perry, 22, of Massena for inadequate headlights at 11:44 p.m. Saturday on Jefferson Avenue.

SPEEDING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Jamie L. McDonald, 29, of Massena for speed in zone following a traffic stop at 1:49 p.m. Sunday on East Orvis Street.

HARASSMENT - POTSDAM - Village police charged Kennin K. Snyder, 25, of Norwood with second-degree harassment, following too close, speed in zone, unsafe passing and an unattended motor vehicle at 3 p.m. Sunday on Pierrepont Avenue and Park Street.

Police said Mr. Snyder was northbound on Route 56 into the village of Potsdam and began following the vehicle ahead of him too closely. They said he then attempted to pass three cars in a no passing zone and had to abort his attempt when a car pulled into the center lane on Pierrepont Avenue to make a left turn. After the center lane cleared, he allegedly passed two cars while traveling in excess of the speed limit.

When he reached the red light at the intersection of Park and Elm, the motorist behind him stopped at the light behind took a photo of Mr. Snyder’s license plate with her cell phone, allegedly causing Mr. Snider to exit his vehicle and approach the motorist behind him while waving his arms and yelling.

He will answer the charges March 7 in Potsdam Village Court.

DWI - CANTON - St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies charged Chrisopher E. Dafoe, 24, of North Carolina with driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following a personal injury accident at 1:30 a.m. Sunday on Route 11 in the town of Canton. Deputies said Mr. Dafoe fell asleep and drove off the road, striking a tree head on. He was transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospitai for treatment of neck pain.

AGGRAVATED DWI - PARISHVILLE - St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies charged Michael C. Randall, 43, of 275 Chapel Hill Road, Colton, with aggravated driving while intoxicated and ticketed him for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and crossing hazardous markings after he was involved in a one-vehicle property damage accident on state Route 72 in the town of Parishville.

He allegedly struck a guardrail on state Route 72 in the town of Parėshville and then drove away. Mr. Randall was located a short time later on County Route 58, where he had gone off the road and into a ditch. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent. Driving while intoxicated charges are increased to the more serious aggravated counts when the blood alcohol contents are 0.18 percent or higher.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - MASSENA - State police from Massena and Malone investigated four property damage accidents Sunday. They included:

■ Rena F. Wolcott, 76, of Rome at 7:24 a.m. on state Route 37 at Haverstock Road in the town of Massena.

■ Bradley A. Premo, 28, of Norfolk at 6:21 p.m. Sunday on the Hammill Road at County Route 37 in the town of Massena.

■ Rosalind A. Destefono, 43, of St. Regis Falls at 2:14 p.m. Sunday on County Route 5 in the town of Moira.

■ Jamie F. Nissar, 20, of Norwich at 5:43 p.m. Sunday on Wait Road in the town of Waverly.

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