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DWI - MASSENA - A Barnhart Road man faces driving while intoxicated charges after allegedly driving without a license and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident at 7:55 p.m. Saturday on state Route 37 at Barnhart Road.

Village police arrested Nathan J. Justin, 25, of 298 Barnhart Road, at 10:26 p.m. on Barnhart Road, charging him with DWI, passing a red light, no seat belt-passenger, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, speed not reasonable and operating without a license.

Police said Justin, driving a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire registered to Lindsay Brainard, alsoof 298 Barnhart Road was southbound on Bayley Road when he allegedly failed to stop at a red light and collided with a Ford 150 pickup truck being operated by Edward T. Mashaw, 52, of 114 Oak St., Ogdensburg. The collision drove the truck into the curb and a road sign.

Two passengers in the Mashaw vehicle - Darlene M. Mashaw, 52, and Alan Redmond, 44 - were transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Massena Rescue for treatment of injuries they received in the crash.

Police said Justin, who was taken into custody two and a half hours after the accident after reportedly running from the accident scene, had a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or high constitutes a driving while intoxicated offense in New York state.

GRAND LARCENY - MASSENA - A 24-year-old man Waddington man has been jailed after being charged with stealing a credit card when he was in the Massena Memorial Hospital’s emergency room when he was changing into scrubs so he could observe the birth of his baby.

Village police charged Floyd H. Smith Jr. of 555 Irish Settlement Road with six felony counts of first-degree forgery, seven counts of petit larceny, three counts of attempted petit larceny fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property at 9:56 p.m. Sunday.

He was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Smith is charged with stealing a Discover credit from hospital employee Paul E, Auger’s wallet while in the men’s locker room at Massena Memorial Hospital at approximately 3 a.m. May 14.

Mr. Auger, in the statement he provided police, said he had been called into work for an emergency C-section at 3 a.m. May 14 and had gone into the locker room to change into his scrubs.

He noted hopsital staff had broguth the father into the locker room sometime after 3 a.m. that morning so he could join the baby’s mother in the operating room. He said he discovered his wallet missing when he returned to the locker room and pointed out his Discover card had been used at 5:01 a.m. that day when he was still working in the emergency room.

Smith is charged with forging Mr. Auger’s name on checks he cashed for $34.40 at 5:01 a.m. May 14 at Sunoco, $61.74 at 7:55 a.m. May 14 at Walmart, $65.11 at 8 a.m. May 14 at Walmart, $2.01 at 1:26 p.m. May 14 at Walmart, $20.04 at 10:59 a.m. May 15 at Sunoco, $41.74 at 11:10 a.m. May 15 at Walmart and $91.41 at 11:14 a.m. May 15 at Walmart.

He is also charged with attempting to use the credit card for a $62.01 purchase at 1:25 p.m. May 16 at Walmart, a $102.50 purtchase at 7:49 a.m. May 14 at Sunoco and a $19.02 purchase at 8:45 p.m. May 15 at Walmart.

ASSAULT - POTSDAM - Village police charged Ryan C. Wentz, 22, of North Tonawanda with third-degree assaulr and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief at 5:52 a.m. Sunday at 40 Bay Street.

He was arraigned by Potsdam Village Justicr Nicholas Pignone and released on his own recognizance. The court signed a temporary order of protection.

Police said they responded to a report of an assault that had taken place at a residence on Bay Street. Patrols responded and upon arrival the victim had already been removed from the scene.

After investigating the assault, Patrols returned to the Wentz’s Bay Street residence and charged him with assault.

Further investigation revealed that he had also damaged two doors in the apartment.

He allegedly shoved Andy L. Rao, 22, of 40 Bay St., Apt. 1, at 2:45 a.m. Sunday, knocking him backward with his head striking the living room wall. Rao was later treated at Canton-Potsdam Hospital for a concussion.

He also allegedly used his knee to forcibly open two bedroom doors in the apartment, damaging both door frames.

Rao said he had walked back into his apartment at approximately 2:30 a.m. and saw Daniel J. Rubino stumbling backwards in the kitchen area and Rao slamming his bedroom door shtut.

He said Rubino then walked up and kicked a hole in the bottom of the door before exiting the apartment.

“Then Ryan came out of his bedoom and it was obvious he was going to chase after Daniel. I looked at Ryan and told him something along the lines of ‘No, stop, don’t go after him,’” Rao noted in his statement to police.

He said Wentz responded by walking up to him, grabbing him by both shoulders and shoving him against the wall. “ ... the back of my head hit up against the shelves that were located on the wall. When my head hit the shelves, it broke the shelves, which caused the shelves to bust through the wall. I fell down to the ground and immediately got up,” he told police.

Rao told police a short time later he realized he was not feeling well and another friend took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a concussion.

“When Igot back home, I walked in my apartment to find it pretty much trashed. I then went back to where my bedroom is located, and I saw that the door had been kicked in and there was a hole in it. That’s when Brndon went to go in to his room, and he saw that his door had also been kicked n, causing damage to the door jamb,” Rao added.

DWI - POTSDAM - Village policed charged James M. Hann, 32, of Norwood with driving while intoxicated and ticketed him for failure to stop in parking lot upon entering roadway following a traffic stop at 4:25a.m. Saturday on Market Street.

Police said a patrol observed Hann exit the Big Lot’s parking lot on Market Street, failing to stop and signal his turn before entering the roadway. He reportedly had a blood alochol content of of 0.12 percent. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or high constitutes a driving while intoxicated charge in New York state.

Hann was released on an appearance ticket.

ASSAULT - NORFOLK - Massena-based state police charged Brandy L. Burkum, 32, of Norfolk with assault wuth intent to cause injury with a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon following a complaint received at 1:23 p.m. Friday from the town of Norfolk. Burkum was released on an appearance ticket.

ASSAULT - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Terry J. Hanna, 21, of Massena with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child Friday evening. Troopers said the charges stemmed from an investigation into an incident reported at 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Joseph D. Mitchell, 16, of Louisville with criminal mischief, second-degree obstruction of government administration and resisting arrest following an incident reported at 10:37 p.m. Friday from the town of Louisville. He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice James M. Crandall and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

Court documents indicate Mitchell was picked up as a runaway Friday at the Dustin J. Trimm, residence at 325 County Route 49.

Trimm was charged with second-degree murder Feb. 1 following a lengthy investigation into the disappearance of a 21-year-old Fort Covington man. He was released on $250,000 bail from the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility in early April.

According to court documents, Trimm allegedly shot Jason Wing, 21, during the last week of August or the first week of September 2010 and buried his body on a Grantville Road property in Norfolk.

AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT - WADDINGTON - Ogdensburg-based state police charged Stephan M. Robinson, 25, of Antwerp with second-degree aggravated harassment Friday evening following an investigation into an incident reported at 4 p.m. May 15 from the town of Waddington.

UNLAWFUL POSSESSION MARIJUANA - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Christopher J. Lennox and Brandon T. Patenaude, both 21 of Henniker, N.H., with unlawful possession of marijuana following a stop at 12:15 a.m. Saturday in the village of Massena.

DWI - CONSTABLE - Malone-based state police charged Michelle L. Feimann, 39, of Constable with driving while intoxicated following a stop at 10:36 p.m. Friday in the town of Constable.

UNLAWFUL POSSESSION MARIJUANA - DICKINSON - Malone-based state police charged Randy L. Parker, 18, of St. Regis Falls with unlawful possession of marijuana following an incident at 1 p.m. Friday in the town of Dickinson.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - FORT COVINGTON - Massena-based state police said Seth D. Mulverhill, 18, Moira was involved in a property damage accident at 3:18 a.m. Saturday on County Route 3 near Griffin Road in the town of Fort Covington.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - MASSENA - Village police charged Stevenson M. Deshane, 35, of 245 Center St., Massena, with disorderly conduct at 2:54 a.m. Saturday. Police said Deshane refused requests to lreave the area when he was attempting to provoke an altercation with another individual.

DWI - MASSENA - Village police charged Jessica S. Stowell, 31, of 91 Maple St., Massena, with driving while intoxicated following a property damage accident at 6:02 p.m. Friday on Willow Street.

FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY - POTSDAM - St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies charged Sophie C. Goobic, 19, of 606 Old State Road, Canton, for following too closely at 4:21 p.m. Friday following a minor property damage accident on Route 11 near Glazier’s Packing in the town of Potsdam. Deputies said Goobic was unable to stop in time to avoid striking the back of a vehicle being operated by Edward R. Planty, 57, of 11 Jameson Road, Lot 2, Canton. Planty was in a line of traffic that was stopping for a school bus. Deputies said there were no injuries, but there was minor damage to Goobic’s vehicle.

STOLEN PROPERTY - POTSDAM - Village police charged Emily C. Oakes, 23, of Potsdam with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property at 10:32 a.m. Friday. Police said Oakes was in possession of a stolen check and some change reportedly taken from an acquaintance’s apartment.

FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Alyssa A. Gunsauls, 20, of Norfolk for following too closely at 2:15 p.m. Friday on Market Street after she struck the back of a vehicle being operated by Lewis E. Salotto, 67, of Baldwinsville. He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Police said his operating privileges had been suspended for having failed to answer a summons.

MENACING - POTSDAM - Village police charged Daniel J. Pharoah, 50, of Hermon with second-degree harassment, third-degre menacing and fourth-degree criminal mischief at 3:20 p.m. Friday. Police said Pharoh was involved in an altercation on Maple Street when a pedestrian crossed in front of him and allegedly threw something at the hiss vehicle. Police sid the parties exchanged words, which led to a physical confrontation.

UNNECESSARY NOISE - POTSDAM - Village police charged Thomas P. Timmerman, 21, of Old Forge with unnecessary noise (stereo) following an incident at 25 Pierrepont Ave. Police said Timmerman was observed playing excessively loud music with a deep bass sound in his vehicle while it was parked at 25 Pierrepont Ave., allegedly causing discomfort to neighbors.

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