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CAMP FIRE - CANTON - Firefighters say they are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a camp Sunday night on County Route 27 in the town of Canton.

Police said no occupants were in the camp when the fire at a camp owned by Martin Rivers at 157 County Route 27 when the fire was reported at 9:12 p.m.

Canton Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, and firefighters from Pierrepont, Pyrites, Russell and West Potsdam were on standby,

The camp was declared a total loss, and a cat died in the fire.

BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police picked up Barry K. Hill, 22, of 556 South Main St., Massena, on a bench warrant at 3:03 a.m. Monday. Police said they responded to a removal of a person complaint and found Hill had a warrant from Malone court. He was turned over to state police for transport to Malone.

CRIMINAL CONTEMPT - MASSENA - Village police charged Anthony E. Wells, 21, of no fixed address, with second-degree criminal contempt at 1 a.m. Monday. He was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $100 cash.

Police said they responded to a complaint at 6 p.m. Sunday that Wells was violating a stay away order of protection by visiting Leonna Bentley at her residence.

They said Ms. Bentley initially denied Wells had been at her residence, but her four-year-old son countered that he had been there, against suggestions his mother was making to him, and had just left the residence, according to court documents.

“I then asked Leonna again. I advised her that having her four-year-old son lie for her was not a good thing,” Ptl. Michael Flynn noted in his statement in the court documents. “Leonna then told Anthony was there for about an hour to see their daughter.”

Wells turned himself in to police early Monday morning. He told police he had only been at Ms. Bemtley’s residence for approximately 15 minutes.

LEAVING THE SCENE - MASSENA - Village police charged Jason M. Grace, 28, of 9 High St., Fort Covington, with leaving the scene of a property damage accident at 7:24 p.m. Sunday in the Walmart parking lot.

VIEW OBSTRUCTION - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Crystal M. Fields, 31, of East Orvis Street, Massena, for operation of a vehicle with obstruction of view and with inadequate headlights following a traffic stop at 9:07 p.m. Saturday on Center Street.

PUBLIC URINATION - POTSDAM - Village police charged Christopher R. Green, 21, of Colton with public urination following an incident at 2:30 a.m. Sunday following an incident in the alley next to La Casbah on Elm Street.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - POTSDAM - Village police charged Jerry M. Andrews, 26, of Potsdam with fourth-degree criminal mischief at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at 28 Munson St. after police responded to a domestic dispute in progress report at Midtown Apartments. Police said Andrews was taken into custody after recklessly causing damage to the victim’s laptop computer during the argument.

ASSAULT - POTSDAM - Village police charged Michael J. Regan III, 22, of Colton was charged with third-degree assault at 2:22 a.m. Saturday following an investigation at La Casbah for a reported fight. Regan was arrested on scene for punching a male in the face, causing minor injury. The victim was transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital for evaluation. Regan was transported to the Potsdam Police Department for processing, and he was released on an appearance ticket.

ESCAPE - POTSDAM - Village police charged Heather A. Bradley, 22, of Norfolk with disorderly conduct and third-degree escape at 2:25 a.m. Friday on Elm Street. Police said Bradley was taken into custody when she was observed fighting in front of La Casbah with another female. Officers placed her in the prisoner compartment of the patrol car and a short time later a subject approached the patrol vehicle and let her out of the prisoner compartment. Bradley was caught immediately and was transported to the Potsdam Police Department for processing.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - POTSDAM - Village police charged Ryan F. Stratton, 20, of New Hartford with disorderly conduct at 4:05 a.m. Saturday at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Police said patrols were at Canton-Potsdam Hospital following up on a separate case when Stratton spit on the floor and acted disorderly.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - POTSDAM - Village police charged Russell Snyder, 18, of Potsdam with disorderly conduct at 8:19 p.m. Saturday in the Prosh Lot after police responded to a reported fight behind Little Italy. Upon their arrival, police said they observed Snyder engaged in a physical altercation with another male subject. The parties were separated, and Snyder was issued an appearance ticket.

AGGRAVATED DWI - POTSDAM - Canton-based state police charged Shawn M. Thornton, 29, of Potsdam with aggravated driving while intoxicated and ticketed him for failure to keep right following a traffic stop at 5:18 a.m. Sunday on the Leary Road in the town of Potsdam. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent. A BAC of 0.08 or higher constitutes a driving while intoxicated charge. It is elevated to aggravated DWI when the blood alcohol content is 0.18 percent or higher.

DWI - CONSTABLE - Malone-based state police charged Ronald Patrick, 41, of Dollard Des-Ormeaux, Que., with driving while intoxicated and refusal to take a breath test following a traffic stop at 2:22 a.m. Sunday on state Route 30 in the town of Constable.

PROBATION VIOLATION - MALONE - Malone-based state police charged Shane M. Lauzon, 21, of Constable. He was sent back to the Franklin County Jail. Luazon had previously been charged with third-degree assault, second-degree criminal trespass, fourth-degree criminal mischief - preventing an emergency phone call, criminal mischief - damaging property and endangering the welfare of a child.

DWAI - MASSENA - Village police charged Eric J. Coy, 30, of 37 East Orvis St., Apt. 2, Massena, for driving while ability impaired by drugs and alcohol following a traffic stop at 10:05 a.m. Saturday on East Orvis Street. He was also charged with refusal to take a roadside breath test. Police said Coy did take a breathalyzer test at the station and reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.07 percent.

PETIT LARCENY - POTSDAM - Canton-based state police charged Alyssa C. Horn, 22, of Rensselaer Falls with petit larceny at 3:48 p.m. Friday at Walmart in the town of Potsdam. She allegedly attempted to shoplift tattoo cream, crackers and cream soda from the store.

FELONY DWI - BANGOR - Malone-based state police charged Vickie M. Chapman, 46, of Brushton with a felony count of driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop at 2:55 a.m. Saturday on state Route 11 in the town of Bangor. She was also ticketed for moving from lane unsafely and traveling too slow - impeding traffic.

ONE INJURED - MOIRA - Malone-based state police said one person was injured in a two-vehicle crash at 4:34 p.m. Friday in the town of Moira. Troopers said the vehicles were operated by Chelsea M. Johnston, 17, of Moira and Ella M. Susice, 64, of Moira.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - COLTON - Canton-based state polic investigated a one-vehicle accident at 9:04 p.m. Friday on County Route 58, near the Riehl Road, in the town of Colton. Troopers said the vehicle was operated by Brian A. Thiverge, 39, of Nicholville.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - MADRID - Massena-based state police investigated a one-vehicle accident at 1:34 a.m. Saturday on County Route 14, near Hardscrabble Road, in the town of Madrid. Troopers said the vehicle was operated by Philip S. Cortese, 46, of Massena.

NO SEATBELT - MASSENA - Village police ticketed P.R. Desormeau Jr., 43, of Lafargeville with failure to wear his seatbelt following a traffic stop at 5:40 p.m. Friday on state Route 37.

SPEEDING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Brandon R. Bombard, 18, of County Route 8, North Bangor, for speed in zone following a traffic stop at 2:21 p.m. Friday on East Hatfield Street.

SPEEDING - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Andrew J. Phillips, 20, of Norwood for speed in zone (45 in a 30) following a traffic stop at 5:55 a.m. Friday on Sandstone Drive.

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