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Norfolk man pleads not guilty to five felonies


CANTON— A Norfolk man pleaded not guilty to five felony charges and three misdemeanor charges Monday in front of Judge Jerome J. Richards in St. Lawrence County Court.

Justin Brunell, 24, of 3 High St., Apt. 20, faces charges of felony second-degree burglary, four counts of felony fourth-degree grand larceny, three counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and misdemeanor petit larceny.

Mr. Brunell is accused of breaking into the 16 Buck St. residence of Roy and Jean St. Andrews on March 24 and stealing several items.

Among the alleged thefts are Mr. St. Andrews’ 2012 Toyota RAV4 and three rifles, money and knives.

The vehicle was located in the Cascade Inn’s parking lot on West Main Street, Canton, and most of the other items found hidden outside of the hotel.

If convicted, Mr. Brunell would be sentenced as a second felony offender, because he was previously convicted of third-degree burglary in Clinton County Court in January 2010.

He was ordered held in St. Lawrence County jail. Bail was set at $7,500 cash, $15,000 bond.

In other St. Lawrence County Court cases Monday:

■ Steven Willard, 49, of 473 Route 11B, Potsdam, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.

Mr. Willard pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated on Nov. 23, 2009, and was sentenced to one year interim probation in September 2010, which was then extended by an additional year. He was given credit for both years of probation.

Mr. Willard thanked Judge Richards for “scaring [him] in the right direction.”

The judge congratulated Mr. Willard on completing chemical dependency treatment.

“Your success gives me encouragement,” Judge Richards said. “You may have opened the door for somebody else in your position.”

■ Andrew D. Rishe, 26, of 129 Patterson St., Ogdensburg, was sentenced to five years’ probation, ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and is required to complete 240 hours of community service.

Mr. Rishe was arrested Sept. 13, 2011, for driving while his ability was impaired by drugs and endangering the welfare of a child. He struck a guard rail while his 5-month-old daughter was in the vehicle.

■ Skelly A. Crowell, 37, formerly of Watertown and living in Massena at the time of his latest arrest, was sentenced to five years’ probation. He pleaded guilty to felony failing to register as a sex offender on May 29.

Mr. Crowell, a Level II sex offender, is required to file a change of address within 10 days of moving. He was convicted of third-degree rape in March 2004 in Jefferson County for allegedly having sexual relations with a female under 15 years of age.

■ Brandon S. Baxter, 21, of 221 Hunt Drive, Fayetteville, was sentenced to five years’ probation.

Mr. Baxter previously pleaded guilty to felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was found possessing LSD in November 2011.

■ Timothy A. Shippee Jr., 24, of 146 Park St., Gouverneur, pleaded not guilty to felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and two counts of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

He’s accused of testing a 0.15 percent BAC after being stopped for following too closely while traveling in Gouverneur on April 22, as well as driving with a suspended license.

Judge Richards ordered Mr. Shippee to be held in St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

■ Robert J. Coons III, 22, of 6 Philadelphia Ave., Mechanicville, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree criminal mischief and misdemeanor second-degree criminal trespass.

Mr. Coons was ordered to pay $552.50 in restitution to James P. Barnes II.

Mr. Coons was accused of unlawfully remaining at Mr. Barnes’ Potsdam residence in Feb. 25 and damaging his front door, leading to the restitution.

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