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RECKLESS DRIVING - POTSDAM - Canton-based state police charged Todd A. Richards, 26, of Potsdam with reckless driving and speeding stemming from an incident that occurred Tuesday on state Route 72 in the town of Parishville. He was also charged with unlicenced operation of a motor vehicle and operating without insurance. He was reportedly traveling at speeds upwards of 110 mph on his unregistered motorcycle.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - HELENA - Massena-based state police charged Brian L. Bruenlle, 56, of 321 Quinell Road, Brasher Falls, with criminal mischief Tuesday stemming from an incident reported at 7:09 p.m. May 9 from the town of Brasher.

UNSAFE PASSING - MASSENA - A 17-year-old Massena man was jailed Monday with bail set at $6,000 cash or $12,000 bond after he was brought to court for an arraignment on two unsafe passing tickets and a third-degree aggravated unlinsed operation of a motor vehicle charge.

William Rochefort of 107 Stoughton Ave., Massena, was also arraigned on several other charges that have been lodged against him by police agencies in recent weeks.

The charges filed Monday stemmed from an incident on April 25 when Rochefort allegedly passed two vehicles in a no passing zone in front of the U-Haul on state Route 420 in the town of Stockholm and then passed a line of vehicles in a no passing zone just south of the entrance to the county transfer station and going up a hill with limited visibility in the town of Norfolk. His driving reportedly forced at least two drivers to go to the shoulder in evasive actions to avoid collisions with Rochefort’s vehicle.

He was arraigned by Massena Justice James M. Crandall, who set bail at $250 cash or $500 bond for each of the unsafe passing tickets and $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond for the third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle count.

Bail was set at an additional $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond on fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and resisting arrest charges stemming from an incident on April 29. Rochefort and a co-defendant reportedly had four ounces of marijuana in a vehicle when they were stopped by village police on Willow Street. Police had stopped the vehicle being driven by the co-defendant when he was experiencing mechanical problems with his vehicle, including flickering lights.

Court documents indicated Rochefort had brokered a deal to purchase $600 worth of marijuana in the village of Massena for a co-defendant, a SUNY Potsdam student. The marijuana was located in the co-defendant’s backpack.

Rochefort reportedly refused to place his arms behind his back and physically struggled with officers when they were attempting to handcuff him after charging him with the marijuana count.

Judge Crandall also set bail at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond stemming from seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle charges stemming from a stop by state police May 5 on Somerset Avenue.

Rochefort reportedly was found in possession of a half tablet of 80 mg oxycodone and had aluminum foil with controlled substance residue, according to court documents.

Bail was set at $500 cash or $1,000 bond for a third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle charge stemming from an April 4 stop on the Alcoa Road.

DWI - ST. REGIS FALLS - Malone-based state police charged Mackenzie D. Durant, 28, of St. Regis Falls with driving while intoxicated and ticketed her for operation of an unregistered motor vehicle following a traffic stop at 8:33 p.m. Monday on the South River Road in the town of Waverly.

GRAND LARCENY - WINTHROP - Winthrop-based state police charged Keshon L. Guyette, 16, of 625 state Route 11C, Winthrop, with 10 counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and one count of making a false written statement. She was arraigned by Stockholm Town Justice Wayne Williams and was sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

She allegedly used a debit card that her mother, Wanita Donalis, has for a Cub Scout Pack 39 account at Seacomm to make $435.70 in unauthorized charges between April 16-25, primarily for the purchase of minutes for a cell phone. There was also a charge for an online dating site.

Troopers had also charged Guyette with 10 counts of fourth-degree grand larceny - phone service May 8. She had been charged with petit larceny May 7. Guyette was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow on May 8 and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond. She was released from custody late last month.

Joseph Donalis told police he discovered on May 7 his cell phone had been taken from a locker drawer in his bedroom. He said another cell phone had been missing since around Easter. He said he also discovered his debit card had been used to purchase $43.47 worth of minutes on at least seven occasions between April 26 and May 7.

“My wife found the missing cell phone (taken fron the locked drawer) on Keshon stuffed down her pants, where I had to pry it out of her hands because she would not give the phone up. I never gave Keshon permission to get in the locked box or to take the phone,” Mr. Donalis told troopers about the May 7 incident.

Guyette, in a statement she signed for troopers last week, said she had taken her brother’s phone from the kitchen of the family’s 625 state Route 420 residence a couple of weeks ago and had been using it since that time. “I know I shouldn’t have taken it, but I took it so I could talk to my friend, who has since moved to Florida,” she said, suggesting her friend and friend’s mother had purchased the minutes for the phone.

She also denied using the debit card without parental permission.

THREE-VEHICLE CRASH - MASSENA - Massena-based state police said three motorists were involved in a property damage accident at 1 p.m. Monday on County Route 42 (Alcoa Road) in the town of Massena.

The vehicles were operated by Terrance J. Snyder, 37, of Brasher Falls; Sharon H. Snider, 56, of Massena; and Kenneth W. Wells, 51, of Massena.

PARKING LOT CRASH - MASSENA - Massena-based state police said Shena M. Patrick, 26, of Massena and Scott H. Hitsman, 21, of Massena, were involved in a property damage accident at 5:32 p.m. Monday in the St. Lawrence Centre mall parking lot in the town of Massena.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - MADRID - Massena-based state police investigated a two-vehicle property damage accident at 7:33 a.m. Monday on County Route 14 at County Route 31 in the town of Madrid. Troopers said the vehicles were operated by Thomas E. Opanhoske, 36, of Madrid and Emily T. Murphy, 16, of Canton.

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