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Waddington man sentenced to 180 days in jail Monday in SLC Court

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CANTON— A Waddington man who stole a credit card from a Massena Memorial Hospital employee while his wife was undergoing an emergency C-section was sentenced to 180 days in jail in St. Lawrence County Court Monday.

Floyd H. Smith Jr., 24, of 555 Irish Settlement Road, was also sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $370.10 in restitution.

Smith, who pleaded guilty to felony fourth-degree grand larceny on July 6, was convicted of stealing a Discover credit from hospital employee Paul E. Auger’s wallet while in the men’s locker room at Massena Memorial Hospital at approximately 3 a.m. May 14.

Mr. Auger, in the statement he provided police, said he had been called into work for an emergency C-section at 3 a.m. May 14 and had gone into the locker room to change into his scrubs.

He noted hospital staff had brought the father into the locker room sometime after 3 a.m. that morning so he could join the baby’s mother in the operating room. He said he discovered his wallet missing when he returned to the locker room and pointed out his Discover card had been used at 5:01 a.m. that day when he was still working in the emergency room.

Smith was charged with forging Mr. Auger’s name on checks he cashed for $34.40 at 5:01 a.m. May 14 at Sunoco, $61.74 at 7:55 a.m. May 14 at Walmart, $65.11 at 8 a.m. May 14 at Walmart, $2.01 at 1:26 p.m. May 14 at Walmart, $20.04 at 10:59 a.m. May 15 at Sunoco, $41.74 at 11:10 a.m. May 15 at Walmart and $91.41 at 11:14 a.m. May 15 at Walmart.

He was also charged with attempting to use the credit card for a $62.01 purchase at 1:25 p.m. May 16 at Walmart, a $102.50 purchase at 7:49 a.m. May 14 at Sunoco and a $19.02 purchase at 8:45 p.m. May 15 at Walmart.

In a statement to police, Mr. Auger said that his credit card had been used at 5:01 a.m. on the day in question while he was still working in the emergency room.

Judge Jerome J. Richards issued an order of protection in favor of Mr. Auger on Tuesday.

In other St. Lawrence County Court cases Monday:

■ Paula A. Gaspe, 63, of Upper Ridge Road, Brasher Falls, had the felony fourth-degree grand larceny plea she made on Aug. 4, 2011 vacated, and she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor petit larceny.

Ms. Gaspe, who was sentenced to one year of interim probation in October, was ordered to pay $19,511.73 in restitution and sentenced to 3 years’ probation.

Ms. Gaspe, a former administrator at Valehaven Home For Adults, a mental health facility in Massena, was convicted of stealing more than $20,000 of property from clients at the home from November 2008 through June 2009.

Court records at the time of her arrest indicated Ms. Gaspe told a colleague at the Valehaven that she had taken the money to pay off a large debt incurred by a family member after that person’s children were threatened with harm if he failed to repay his debt.

■ Andrew W. Grant, 28, of 12 Cayey Road, South Colton, pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated DWI and two counts of felony DWI.

Mr. Grant was stopped in the parking lot of Sugar Creek on Maple Street in Potsdam on April 19, where he allegedly tested a 0.23 percent BAC.

He was previously convicted of DWI on Sept. 14, 2004 in Colton Town Court.

■ John A. Skidds, 36, of 616 King St., was sentenced to 120 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, 10 years’ probation and ordered to pay $1,425 in fines.

Mr. Skidds, who pleaded guilty to felony third-degree criminal sexual act on June 27, was convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old boy on March 11 and March 12, 2010.

■ David A. Lovely, 43, Ogdensburg, was sentenced to five years’ probation, ordered to pay a $2,520 fine and told to perform 75 hours of community service.

Mr. Lovely pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI on June 15. This marks his fourth DWI conviction, according to Judge Richards.

He was stopped at

■ Albert E. Bevins, 19, of 100 County Route 15, DeKalb Junction, was sentenced to one year of interim probation and ordered to pay $1,263.25 in restitution.

Mr. Bevins pleaded guilty to felony fourth-degree grand larceny and misdemeanor fifth-degree conspiracy on June 15.

He was one of six people arrested by the Canton Village Police Department in May in connection with a series of vehicle break-ins in late April.

■ Jeremy L. Young, 24, of 40981 Delphi Hall Road, Gouverneur, was sentenced to five years’ probation.

Mr. Young pleaded guilty to felony fourth-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument on Jan. 9.

■ Samantha C. Hague, 24, of 753 James St., Syracuse, was sentenced to five years’ probation.

Ms. Hague, who pleaded guilty to felony third-degree criminal possession of marijuana on Nov. 29, 2011, was found with roughly 30 pounds of the drug in her car when she was stopped at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in June 2010.

■ Andrew W. Grant, 28, of 12 Cayey Road, South Colton, pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated DWI and two counts of felony DWI.

Mr. Grant was stopped in the parking lot of Sugar Creek on Maple Street in Potsdam on April 19, where he allegedly tested a 0.23 percent BAC.

He was previously convicted of DWI on Sept. 14, 2004 in Colton Town Court.

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