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Massena man sent to prison for 4 1/2 years for drug conviction


CANTON - A Massena man’s inability to stay drug free will cost him a 54-month bid in a state correctional facilty.

St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards sentenced Edward H. Kemison Jr., 26, of 548 Pontoon Bridge Road, Massena, was sentenced to four and a half years in state prison.

Mr. Kemison, who was found with 5 ounces of cocaine in May 2010 at Bob’s Motel in Massena, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in September 2010.

He was given an opportunity to attend drug treatment and face only probation when sentenced, but drug tests found THC and cocaine in his system on several occasions this year.

The drugs were found in Kemison’s room after state troopers responded to a noise complaint at the motel.

Two Massena women had also charged with misdemeanor drug counts after police raided the room at Bob’s Motel .

Kinsley N. Robertwas charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and the violation of unlawful possession of marijuana.She was allegedly in possession of a small amount of cocaine in a plastic baggie and a multi-colored smoking device containing marijuana residue.

Wanda J. Newsomewas also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Robert, Newsome, Corey “Petey” Clark and Michele Smith had reportedly been socializing with Clarence Wright at 69 Sycamore St. in the early morning hours of May 23 when Newsome said she received a text message from Ed “Bud” Kemison sometime between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. inviting her to come “chill” at his room at Bob’s Motel.

Court documents indicated the two women had been drinking and using cocaine in the hours before they received the text message.

They reportedly went to Kemison’s room and were allegedly greeted by Kemison smoking crack cocaine in a tire gauge and cocaine and drug paraphernalia visible in the motel room.

One of the women said Kemison had asked if they wanted to buy some cocaine - which was reportedly a higher quality than they had been using earlier in the night - and they purchased a quantity for $50.

“Bud kept cooking crack. Bud gave us all some free coke, and we all started doing lines. We were all still doing lines when someone knocked on the door. I freaked out because it was the state police and ran into the bathroom,” one of the women noted in her statement to police.

The women also suggested Kemison started panicking when he saw the troopers at the motel room door and raced into the bathroom and tried to open the screen window so he could ditch his drugs. He then allegedly attempted to hide the drugs under a mattress.

“Bud jumped up and started freaking out. He started grabbing the stuff that was out ... I told Bud three to four times to open the door, but he kept panicking and didn’t know what to do,” Newsome noted in her statement to police.

State troopers had responded to a complaint of loud noise about 8:20 a.m. May 23 in a room at Bob’s Motel, 228 Trippany Road. Troopers said that, upon arrival, they found various drugs in plain sight of the door entrance. The person renting the room allowed troopers to search, finding cocaine and marijuana, investigators said.

They had charged Kemison with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony

An Ogdensburg man who pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted rape in June was sentenced to four years in state prison Monday by Judge Richards.

Robert R. Conte, 34, of 101 Jersey Ave., pleaded guilty June 1 to having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl on Sept. 23, 2010, on King Street in Ogdensburg.

In court, Conte admitted to being a second-time child sexual assault offender. He previously was convicted of third-degree rape in 2002, having pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl on Jan. 14, 2001, in Ogdensburg.

He was ordered to pay $1,425 in fees and $1,028.50 in restitution and also was sentenced to 15 years’ probation.

In other St. Lawrence County Court cases Monday:

Harvey J. Griffin Jr., 36, Rochester, was sentenced to one to four years in state prison.

Mr. Griffin, who pleaded guilty to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated April 24, was pulled over on Jan. 1 for making several improper turns. His BAC was 0.22 percent.

Samuel Sydow, 23, of 9 Spruce St., Gloversville, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

Mr. Sydow, who pleaded guilty on April 27 to two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, sold cocaine twice in the village of Canton on Feb. 3, 2011.

Tyrone T. Aldridge, 24, of 132 William St., Gouverneur, was sentenced to 60 days in county jail and five years’ probation.

Mr. Aldridge pleaded guilty April 23 to third-degree burglary. He was accused of taking steel and other metal equipment, valued at more than $4,500, from Garden Scape Mill in Hailesboro, then selling those materials.

He also ordered to pay $1,369.50 in restitution.

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