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Tupper Lake woman jailed after testing positive for drug use following burglary plea

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By RYNE R. MARTIN

CANTON - A Tupper Lake woman who was the subject of a massive two-day aerial and ground manhunt in March was sent back to jail after just a week of freedom when she tested positive for oxycontin and opiate use following her arraignment on a burglary count this week in St. Lawrence County Court.

Probation officials said Angela Roberts, 24, of 286 Park St., Tupper Lake, said her opiate test was positive because she had taken morphine for knee pain. They noted she did not have a prescription for that medication. She is represented by St. Lawrence County Public Defender Stephen D. Button.

St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards had initially planned to release Roberts under the supervision of the probation department with a stipulation she abide by the terms of a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. She is also released on $3,000 bail on felony charges stemming from related incidents in Franklin County.

But Judge Richards opted to send Roberts to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with no bail after she tested positive for drug use when she had entered her not guilty plea to a third-degree burglary count.

“We will have you evaluated at the jail and go from there,” the county court judge told the Tupper Lake woman.

Roberts and Carl Burns Jr., 41, of Tupper Lake are accused of breaking into a seasonal camp in the town of Piercefield. Burns is also charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and second-degree menacing in connection with an incident that occurred on March 23 in Tupper Lake.

Roberts was found the next night on Conifer Road in Piercefield. Franklin County District Attorney Derek P. Champagne said at the time she was partially clothed and disoriented from heavy illegal drug use.

Burns was located March 25 in a heavily wooded area several miles off Conifer Road, according to the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Mr. Champagne said Burns was also under the influence of illegal drugs and had “little if any clothing on him” when found and was trying to avoid being taken into custody and questioned by police.

Police also recovered a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo that had been reported stolen from a Lindsay Avenue home in Tupper Lake. The home and vehicle belonged to Mr. Burns’s father, Carl Burns Sr. The vehicle was found on a rough trail that leads from Conifer Road into the woods.

In other recent court action before Judge Richards:

■ Mikael A. Putney, 24, of 1245 County Route 28, Lisbon, pleaded not guilty to a felony driving while intoxicated count. He was charged following an Aug. 3 traffic stop on Route 68 in the town of Oswegatchie. His BAC reportedly was 0.17 percent. Putney was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in 2008 in Waddington Town Court. He is represented by attorney Jonathan W. Ward.

Judge Richards released Putney under the supervision of the probation department with a stipulation that he set up a date for an alcohol and substance abuse evaluation within 10 days. His operating privileges were suspended.

“You can’t drive anything with a motor,” he told the Lisbon man.

■ Christy M. Chase, 25, of 108 Maple St., Hermon, had her release under the supervision of the probation department continued on a pending third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance count with expanded conditions including a requirement that she be evaluated for alcohol and substance abuse and not consume or possess alcohol. She must also comply with any recommendations for alcohol or substance abuse treatment.

Judge Richards noted the probation department had received several phone calls alleging Chase was continuing to use drugs.

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