OGDENSBURG The case against a city man accused of stealing an antique gold ring from the Frederic Remington Art Museum has been dismissed by a city court judge because the matter didnt come to trial on time.
Blake R. Peabody, 25, of 814 S. Water St., was arrested in June for fourth-degree grand larceny. The charge was later reduced to petit larceny.
In a decision signed March 2, Judge William R. Small ruled in favor of Mr. Peabodys attorney, St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Steven G. Ballan, that the so-called six-month speedy trial period between the filing of the felony complaint and readiness for trial had expired.
In Mr. Peabodys case, the complaint was filed June 13, and the deadline for the District Attorneys Office to bring it to trial was Dec. 13. The prosecution declared readiness for trial on Jan. 11.