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Ogdensburg man indicted on sexual abuse charge


CANTON— An Ogdensburg man accused of sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl was indicted Tuesday by a St. Lawrence County grand jury.

Joshua A. Petell, 25, of 4 Mill St., Apt. A, was indicted for felony first-degree sexual abuse.

Petell is accused of inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl in the city of Ogdensburg on July 22. In a signed statement, Mr. Petell said he touched the girl after drawing fake tattoos on her leg, according to Ogdensburg City Police Juvenile Detective Shawn R. Shaver.

Also indicted by the grand jury Tuesday:

Matthew Adams, 28, of 62 Benson Mines Road, Star Lake, was indicted for two counts of felony second-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

Mr. Adams allegedly entered the town of Fine residence of Dean Williams with the intent to commit a crime Sept. 1. He left, then entered the residence of Ina and Michael Ober, also in the town of Fine, where he allegedly stole property and injured Ms. Ober. The property stolen or the extent of Ms. Ober’s injuries weren’t available.

The alleged burglary and robbery occurred in front of 14-year-old Savannah Bush, Ms. Ober’s granddaughter, leading to the endangering the welfare of a child charge.

Amber Lottie, 23, of 3095 County Route 17, DeKalb Junction, was indicted for two counts of felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of felony fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Ms. Lottie is accused of selling oxycodone twice on Nov. 22 in the town of Hermon. She also allegedly sold methadone on March 2, also in the town of Hermon.

Lorne A. McLean, 40, of 1385 Route 11C, Winthrop, was indicted for two counts of felony driving while intoxicated.

Mr. McLean, who was pulled over while traveling on Route 11C in Stockholm on June 20, is accused of testing a 0.23 percent blood alcohol content. A BAC of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law.

Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or more.

Mr. McLean was convicted of felony DWI on April 26 in Essex County Court and of misdemeanor DWI in Rotterdam Town Court in 2005.

Mikael A. Putney, 24, of 1245 County Route 28, Lisbon, was indicted for two counts of felony DWI.

He was pulled over Aug. 3 on Route 68 in the town of Oswegatchie. His BAC reportedly was 0.17 percent.

Mr. Putney was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in 2008 in Waddington Town Court.

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