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Remington Museum ring theft case dismissed

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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 didn’t 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. Peabody’s 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. Peabody’s case, the complaint was filed June 13, and the deadline for the District Attorney’s Office to bring it to trial was Dec. 13. The prosecution declared readiness for trial on Jan. 11.

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