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RESISTING ARREST - MASSENA - Dustin E. Oakes, 22, of 1065 Drumm St., Hogansburg, was arrested by village police at 2:50 a.m. Saturday and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault.

Oakes was allegedly intoxicated and became verbally abusive to police officers outside the Hotel Nadeau’s bar in Massena at 2:22 a.m. when police were trying to interview him about a fight. He reportedly was swearing and shouting obscenities at other patrons at Nadeau’s and did not stop when asked.

As he was being placed under arrest, he fled while Ptl. Michael Flynn was attempting to handcuff him. A foot pursuit took place for several hundred yards across Andrews Street and down to the bank of the Grasse River near the Massena fire station, where he jumped into the river. Ptl. Flynn slipped on a ledge on the river bank, fell down the river bank and sprained his shoulder and injured his elbow. He was treated and released at Massena Memorial Hospital.

Village police, who were assisted by U.S. Border Patrol agents and Massena-based state police, said Oakes remained in the river for a period of time while officers waited for him on the river banks. He reportedly left the river when it started to rain and lightning was seen in the sky.

Oakes was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released after posting the $1,000 cash bail recommended by the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office. He is scheduled to appear in Massena Village Court.

The investigation into the fight outside Nadeau’s is continuing.

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - POTSDAM - A traffic stop led to two drug charges for a Pittsford man this past weekend.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies charged Charles L. Bertino, 21, of 1378 Marsh Road, Pittsford, with two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance following a traffic stop shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday on Maple Street.

During a traffic stop, deputies found approximately 6 grams of an off-white, granular substance that tested positive for MDMA, a hallucinogenic substance commonly known as Ecstacy, and approximately 48 grams of a greenish-brown hard chunk substance that tested positive for THC. He was also ticketed for operation of a vehicle with insufficient tail lights.

He was arraigned by Potsdam Village Justice Nicholas Pignone and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

Bertino, in a statement he provided police, said he was driving to Vermont with two friends to visit another friend when he was stopped by police and told he had a tail light out on his 2001 Subaru Imprezza.

During the course of the stop, Bertino said the deputy asked him to step out of his vehicle and then told him he could smell marijuana inside the vehicle and asked him where it was located.

“I knew a had a little bag of marijuana in the car, and I was nervous so I told him I didn’t have any,” he recalled.

He said the deputy patted him down and then had his two passengers step out of the vehicle as other police officers arrived at the traffic stop.

He said drugs were located when they searched his vehicle.

“One was a baggie which contained Kief, another old prescription bottle which contained Kief and a cigarette box which contained a small Ziplock baggie which contained Molly. The Molly was given to me by a friend the previous day at a party who said he didn’t want it anymore,” Bertino said in his statement, noting he has forgotten the prescription bottle was in his vehicle.

“I did know I had it. I just didn’t know it was with me. I had planned to bring this stuff to Vermont with me to have with my friends and just relax for the weekend in the mountains,” he added.

Bertino told police he had no intention of selling the drugs and that his friends had nothing to do with the drugs that were located in the vehicle.

UNLICENSED DOG - MASSENA - Village police charged Jaime A. Snyder, 30, of 103 Liberty Ave., Massena, with owning/harboring an unlicensed dog, allow his dog to run at large and having a dog with no rabies vaccination Saturday morning after an investigation into an Aug. 26 incident. Snyder’s pit bull reportedly attacked and injured a poodle on Jefferson Avenue.

INADEQUATE LIGHTS - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Connor D. Terrance, 18, of Massena for operation of a vehicle with inadequate lights following a traffic stop at 1:01 a.m. Monday on East Orvis Street.

INADEQUATE LIGHTS - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Adam A. Mason, 29, of Albany for operation of a vehicle with inadequate lights following a traffic stop at 11:51 p.m. Sunday on Bridges Avenue.

SPEEDING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Betty A. Graham, 73, of Massena for speed in zone following a traffic stop at 8:23 p.m. Sunday on West Hatfield Street.

SUSPENDED REGISTRATION - MASSENA - Village police charged Robin L. McMahon, 33, of 9A Woodlawn Ave., Massena, with operation of a vehicle with a suspended registration and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle following a traffic stop at 12:31 a.m. Sunday on North Main Street.

RESISTING ARREST - MASSENA - Ryan D. Morrill, 22, of 9 Cummings Street, Massena, was charged by village police with disorderly conduct, harassment and resisting arrest at 2 a.m. Saturday.

Morrill was allegedly intoxicated and breaking beer bottles at Nadeau’s bar in Massena. Police said when they attempted to take Morrill into custody he fled and had be tackled. He then struggled with officers when they attempted to tackle him.

He is scheduled to appear in Massena Village Court.

PETIT LARCENY - MASSENA - Village police charged Devin Riley, 17, of 68 Fayette Road, Massena, and Jordan R. Wheeler, 17, of 22 Dana St., Massena, with petit larceny after they allegedly shoplifted a 30-pack of beer from Price Chopper at 1 a.m. Sunday.

OPEN CONTAINER - MASSENA - Village police charged Whitney M. Michaud, 21, of 1755 state Route 420, Massena, with an open container violation at 11:23 p.m. Saturday on Andrews Street after she was observed with an open container of alcohol.

SUSPENDED REGISTRATION - MASSENA - Village police charged Steven A. Jacobs, 47, of 1000 state Route 37, Massena, with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operation of a vehicle with no insurance and a suspended registration following a traffic stop at 4:15 p.m. Friday on Main Street.

PETIT LARCENY - MASSENA - Kaylyn Klaneski, 25, of 512 Best Rd., Moira, was charged with petit larceny by Massena-based state police at 6:09 p.m. Friday at the St. Lawrence Centre mall.

Klaneski was caught trying to steal a small wooden sign from Memory Lane. After her arrest she was found in possession of more stolen items, including two shirts and a bag from JC Penney, three dresses from Bon-Ton and one package of toenail wraps from Claire’s.

She is scheduled to appear in Massena Town Court.

CELL PHONE - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Erin M. Gardner, 28, of Highland Road, Massena, for using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle following a traffic stop at 5:02 p.m. Friday on East Orvis Street.

FAILURE TO YIELD - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Andrew C. Senecal, 16, of Sissonville Road, Potsdam, for failure to yield the right of way following an incident at 5:09 p.m. Friday on West Hatfield Street at Main Street.

RESISTING ARREST - POTSDAM - Village police charged Steven J. Kerberg, 22, of Winthrop with resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana at 1:48 a.m. Saturday on Elm Street. He was issued an appearance ticket for Sept. 26 in Potsdam Village Court.

Patrol said they observed Kerberg attempting to smoke marijuana in the alley on Elm Street. Police said their investigation revealed that he was in possession of marijuana. When Kerberg was advised he was under arrest, he began resisting.

PETIT LARCENY - POTSDAM - Village police charged Ashley L. Smith, 27, of Potsdam with petit larceny at 7:14 p.m. Saturday after she was observed shoplifting a necklace at the Isle of You. She then left the store, but Smith was arrested when she later returned to the store. Smith was released on an appearance ticket.

PUBLIC URINATION - POTSDAM - Village police charged Matthew J. Gasparek, 18, of Jordan with public urination at 2:03 a.m. Sunday at the Cogdon Hall parking lot on Elm Street.

PEDESTRIAN CROSSING - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Britney L. Wilson, 26, of North Lawrence for failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk following a traffic stop at 7:12 p.m. Saturday on Main Street.

STOP SIGN - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Jason R. Oshea, 22, of Poughkeepsie for failing to stop at a stop sign following a traffic stop at 8:47 p.m. Saturday. He was observed traveling east on Main Street and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with Cedar Street, police said.

SPEEDING - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Kristopher N. Saladin, 20, of Essex Junction, Vt., for speed in zone (47/30) following a traffic stop at 9:35 p.m. Saturday on Clarkson Avenue.

STOP SIGN - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Bobbi-Jo Lauzon, 21, of Akwesasne, Ont., for failing to stop at a stop sign following a traffic stop at 9:39 p.m. near the intersection of Main Street and Cedar Street.

SPEEDING - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Patrick M. Megannety, 19, of Oakville, Ont., for speed in zone following a traffic stop at 10:57 p.m. Saturday on Market Street. He was observed traveling southbound on Market Street at a speed of 45 miles per hour, police said.

UNLICENSED OPERATION - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Zhou Tang, 22, of Potsdam for speed in zone and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following a traffic stop at 9:24 a.m. Friday on Sandstone Drive.

BENCH WARRANT - POTSDAM - Village police picked up Kara McGregor, 22, of Potsdam on a bench warrant held by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department. She was turned over to sheriff’s deputies.

FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Lori J. Deleel, 52, of Norfolk for following too closely following a personal injury accident at 4:39 p.m. Friday on Pierrepont Avenue.

CELL PHONE - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Rosemary A. Pacific, 51, of Potsdam for using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle following a traffic stop at 6:51 p.m. Friday in the village.

DWI - CANTON - St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies made two driving while intoxicated arrests Friday night into Saturday morning.

■ Darcy A. Sochia, 43, of 2713 state Route 310, Madrid, was charged following a traffic stop at 1:29 a.m. Saturday on state Route 56. Sochia’s blood alcohol content was reportedly 0.13 percent.

■ Dennis G. Tebo, 43, of 1367 County Route 58, Colton, was charged with aggravated DWI at 9:26 p.m. Friday following a traffic stop on state Route 72 in Parishville. Tebo’s blood alcohol content was reportedly 0.19 percent, more than double the .08 mark that constitutes a driving while intoxicated count.

TRESPASSING - CONSTABLE - Malone-based state police charged Brittany L. Feiman, 18, of Fort Covington with trespassing Friday following an investigation into an incident July 6 in the town of Constable.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - CHATEAUGAY - Malone-based state police investigated a two-vehicle property damage accident at 9:05 a.m. Saturday on Route 11 in the town of Chateaugay. Troopers said the vehicles were operated by Tobey L. Premo, 49, of Massena and John W. Mashtare, 64, of Morrisonville.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Ryan D. Morrill, 22, of Massena with disorderly conduct at 1:50 a.m. Saturday following an incident in downtown Massena.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - MOOERS - Chazy-based state police investigated a one-vehicle property damage accident at 12:48 a.m. Saturday on Bears Den Way near Route 11 in the town of Mooers. Troopers said the vehicle was operated by Brent Roy Bailey, 52, of Parishville.

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