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Counselor at Cape Vincent prison indicted for alleged drug sale to inmate


An alcohol and substance abuse counselor at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility has been indicted on an allegation that he provided an inmate with steroids.

Richard R. Finley, 56, of 402 James St., Clayton, faces counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child.

The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment handed up Thursday in Jefferson County Court.

It is alleged that on Nov. 28 he met a man in the parking lot of the Salmon Run Mall in the town of Watertown and sold the man a controlled substance in a deal police said was arranged by an inmate at the prison, where Mr. Finley had worked for 12 years before being suspended in November. It is alleged the sale took place in the presence of a 7-year-old boy. The misconduct charge stems from an allegation that Mr. Finley sold a controlled substance within the prison.

Other indictments handed up include:

Johnny Montalvo, 43, Watertown, who faces counts of second-degree assault, first-degree aggravated criminal contempt, six counts of first-degree criminal contempt and two counts each of second-degree reckless endangerment and fourth-degree tampering with a witness. It is alleged that April 29 at his residence at 227 Stone St., Apt. 4, he caused Crystal L. Seymour to suffer broken ribs and a blood clot in her lung by pushing her to the ground and stomping on her chest. At the time, she held orders of protection against him from both County Court and City Court.

It further is alleged that on two occasions in May he wrote letters to Ms. Seymour in which he tried to prevent her from taking part in any proceedings that could lead to his prosecution.

The letters are alleged to have been attempts to tamper with Ms. Seymour as a potential witness against him, as well as being prohibited contact with her under the orders of protection.

Michelle M. Hrizo, 25, of 318 S. Hamilton St., is charged with three counts of second-degree menacing and single counts of second-degree attempted assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree perjury. It is alleged that on Feb. 17 she tried to injure Travis I. Shampine, Carthage, by swinging a box cutter at him and that she threatened Haley M. Longmore and Jessica M. Shoen, both of Lorraine, with the tool outside her residence. It also is claimed that she lied to a grand jury investigating the matter June 6.

Joshua P. Allen, 24, Fort Drum, faces single counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, as well as two counts each of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny. It is alleged that on Oct. 5 in Watertown he entered a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer owned by Bryce Tourney and stole a debit card, a cellphone and an iPod.

Jeremy M. Miller, 21, Adams, is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. It is alleged that between May 1 and July 31, 2011, he stole more than $1,000 worth of property from his grandmother, Nancy P. Goodwin, in Watertown.

Thomas J. Mays, 24, and Brandon L. Mays, 23, both of Brooklyn, are charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia. It is alleged they possessed heroin with the intent to sell the drug May 18 at a Washington Street apartment. Thomas Mays also is charged with second-degree criminal impersonation for allegedly telling police his name was Jamal Jackson, while Brandon Mays faces two counts of unlawful possession of marijuana for allegedly possessing small quantities of the drug.

The grand jury also returned a prosecutor’s information, determining there was not evidence to support a felony charge against Joel A. Pilon, 44, Watertown, but charging him with the misdemeanor count of fourth-degree criminal mischief. Further information about the charge was not available from the court.

The grand jury returned two no-bills, determining there was not enough evidence to support charges of third-degree criminal mischief against Richard L. Ryan, 42, and Lee M. Alverson, 34, Henderson, clearing both men of the charges. Mr. Alverson had been charged in early June with damaging three windows on a vehicle. Information about what led to the original charge against Mr. Ryan was unavailable.

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