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BURN LAW VIOLATION - Village police charged Steven F. Rushlow Jr., 30, of 49 Water St., Massena, with violating the state burn ban at 8 p.m. Sunday after Massena Fire responded to a call on his property.

PETIT LARCENY - MASSENA - Village police charged Michael J. Bero, 52, of 12 Grassmere Terrace, Massena, with petit larceny at 6:10 p.m. Sunday at Price Chopper. Bero allegedly shoplifted women’s hair dye, valued at $10, and grabbed a handful of olives from the salad bar before leaving Price Chopper. Store officials said they replaced the entire container of olives following the incident. Bero was released on an appearance ticket.

UNINSPECTED MOTOR VEHICLE - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Patricia Ann H. Peters, 34, of Hogansburg for operation of an uninspected motor vehicle following a traffic stop at 5:57 p.m. Friday in the Harte Haven Shopping Plaza.

BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police picked up Zachary D. McGregor, 23, of 259 County Route 43, Lot 1, Massena, on a bench warrant signed Feb. 2 by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson at 10:49 a.m. Sunday at the police station. The warrant alleged McGregor had failed to appear as directed for a scheduled court appearance. He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released on his own recognizance.

BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police picked up Stephen W. Smutz, 18, of 193 O’Neil Road, Massena, on a bench warrant at 8:20 a.m. Sunday at his residence. The warrant alleged Smutz had violated the conditions of a probationary sentence stemming from a youthful offender adjudication. Since being placed on a probationary sentence, Smutz reportedly tested positive for marijuana use, failed to appear as directed for several of his weekly appointments with his probation officer and was unsuccessfully discharged from a chemical dependency program for missing appointments. He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - MASSENA - Village police ticketed both drivers following a two-vehicle property damage accident at 11:37 a.m. Sunday on Pine Street. Deborah A. Fenton, 51, of Pine Street, Massena, was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way at an intersection, and Michelle D. Binette, 17, of East Cornwall, Ont., was ticketed for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

PETIT LARCENY - MASSENA - A 14-year-old male from Massena and a 14-year-old male from Winthrop were each charged with petit larceny after an alleged shoplifting incident at 5:05 p.m. Saturday at Price Chopper. The two juveniles reportedly shoplifted cheese curd. The two teens were referred to the probation department for a possible petition to St. Lawrence County Family Court.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - POTSDAM - Village police charged Joseph F. Albiker, 21, of Warners with disorderly conduct- obstructing traffic at 12:25 a.m. Sunday on Raymond Street. Police said Albiker jumped out in front of a patrol car traveling down Raymond Street.

FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY - POTSDAM - Tiffany M. Lynch, 21, of Winthrop for following too closely following an accident at 11:06 a.m. Saturday in the Save A Lot parking lot. Police said Ms. Lynch rear ended a vehicle being operated by Phillip Trimm, 63 of Potsdam. A passenger in Mr. Trimm’s vehicle, Linda Trimm , 57, also of Potsdam, sought treatment for head and neck pain at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital emergency room.

AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT - ST. REGIS FALLS - Malone-based state police charged David T. Sharlow, 43, of North Lawrence with second-degree aggravated harassment Saturday afternoon. Troopers said the charge stemmed from a complaint reported at 4:02 p.m. Friday from the town of Waverly.

UNAUTHORIZED USE - CONSTABLE - Malone-based state police charged two juvenile females - ages 13 and 11 - with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (without consent) at 5:40 a.m. Sunday after the vehicle had been located at 545 Constable Burke Town Line Road in the town of Constable. Troopers said they had received the complaint at 4:47 a.m. Sunday from the town of Constable.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - FORT COVINGTON - Malone-based state police said Peter A. Timmons, 50, of Fort Covington was involved in a property damage accident at 7:07 a.m. Saturday on state Route 37 near the Foy-Eldred Road in the town of Fort Covington.

DWI - POTSDAM - Village police charged John F. Odell IV, 20, of Deerfield with driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop at 2:56 a.m. Saturday on Elm Street. He was also ticketed for failure to obey a traffic sign. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent, nearly double the 0.08 percent level necessary for a DWI charge.

HARASSMENT - Village police charged Ellen L. Harmer, 22, of Potsdam with disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment at 3:08 p.m. Saturday after police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at the Lawrence Avenue Elementary School playground. She was arraigned by Potsdam Village Justice Nicholas Pignone and released on her own recognizance. The court signed a temporary order of protection. Police said Harmer was at the playground when her former boyfriend arrived with his new girlfriend. She became agitated and confronted her former boyfriend, assaulting him and shouting obscenities, police said. A witness at the playground called the police for assistance. Harmer was taken into custody while attempting to leave the scene.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - MASSENA - Village police charged Andrew Katura, 29, of 55 Liberty Ave., Massena, with disorderly conduct at 11:15 a.m. Saturday. Police said they wee investigating a domestic dispute complaint at his residence when Katura returned to the scene, became unruly and ignored several requests from police to cease that behavior and urged officers to arrest him. He was released on an appearance ticket.

WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police picked up William J. King Jr., 45, of Akwesasne on an arrest warrant from Franklin County. He was turned over to St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police. Police said they responded to a complaint that a male had left Massena Memorial Hospital and located King at the corner of Maple and Clary streets at 9:17 p.m. Friday.

SPEEDING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Barbara G. Whitmarsh, 66, of Edwards for speed in zone following a traffic stop at 8:24 p.m. Friday on state Route 37.

SPEEDING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Cynthia L. Kellogg, 54, of Massena for speed in zone following a traffic stop at 1:25 p.m. Friday on Parker Avenue.

FELONY DWI - BRASHER FALLS - Massena-based state police charged Robert A. Rule, 44, of North Bangor with a felony count of driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop at 1:46 a.m. Saturday on the Dullea Road in the town of Brasher. He was also charged with having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle on a public highway and ticketed for operation of a vehicle with inadequate mirrors and inadequate exhaust as well as a seat belt violation. He was arraigned in local court and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, troopers said.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - WINTHROP - Massena-based state police investigated a one-vehicle property damage accident at 5:38 a.m. Saturday on state Route 420 near the Dullea Road in the town of Stockholm. Troopers said the vehicle was being operated by James A. McIntosh, 47, of Parishville.

DWI - NORTH LAWRENCE - Massena-based state police charged Warren N. Irwin, 48, of North Lawrence with driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop at 11:40 p.m. Friday on state Route 11C in the town of Lawrence. He was also ticketed for failure to keep right.

DWI - CONSTABLE - Malone-based state police charged David S. Stutzman, 25, of Chateaugay with driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop at 2:24 a.m. Saturday on state Route 122 in the town of Constable. He was also ticketed for operation of an uninspected motor vehicle.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - MALONE - Malone-based state police said Patricia C. Barnes, 47, of Hogansburg struck a parked vehicle at 2:24 a.m. Saturday on state Route 30 near Prospect Street in Malone.

AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - POTSDAM - Village police charged Debra L. Allen, 27, of South Colton for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and ticketed her for operation of a vehicle with inadequate headlights following a traffic stop at 12:54 a.m. Friday on Maple Street.

ASSAULT - POTSDAM - Village police charged Andrew A. Fera, 21, of Sherill with third-degree assault at 1:14 p.m. Friday following an investigation into an incident that took place on April 13 on Market Street.

UNSAFE BACKING - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Geordin Soucie, 20, of Ashfield, Mass., for unsafe backing at 1:25 p.m. Friday following a property damage accident at the Graham Hall loading dock on the Clarkson University campus. Police said Soucie was backing out of the loading dock area and struck a parked vehicle owned by Karen Oakes.

UNSAFE LANE CHANGE - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Heather M. Jordon, 34, of Parishville for moving from lane unsafely following a property damage accident at 5:10 p.m. Friday in front of 185 Market Street. Police said Jordon was attempting to make a left turn into the Ponderosa restaurant when she was waved on by a vehicle stopped in the southbound lane of Market Street. She reportedly did not see a second vehicle approaching in the southbound outer lane and turned into the path of a vehicle being operated by James Richards, 68, of Potsdam.

BENCH WARRANT - POTSDAM - Village police picked up Steven J. Stacy, 29, of Potsdam on a bench warrant issued by the Potsdam Village Court at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The warrant was issued after Stacy failed to appear as directed for scheduled court appointments.

He was arraigned by Acting Potsdam Village Justice Margaret Gardner and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,000 cash.

Stacy had been charged with 20 counts of issuing a bad check for checks cashed at the Potsdam Big M on an account with insufficient funds. He failed to appear for a scheduled court date on April 25.

Police said the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department turned Stacy over to Potsdam Police following a traffic stop.

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