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CRIMINAL CONTEMPT - POTSDAM - St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies charged Paul Fantone, 48, of 618 Austin Ridge Road, Norwood, with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt following a complaint he violated an order of protection on Sunday.

Deputies said Fantone followed an individual who has an order of protection against him on several roads in the town of Potsdam.

Fantone also caused the victim and another individual to fear for their safety, deputies said. Fantone was additionally charged with third-degree menacing and fourth-degree stalking. He allegedly violated an order of protection on Sunday night signed by then St. Lawrence County Family Court Judge Barbara Potter that directed him to stay away from his ex-wife, Claudia.

She told police when she left her house to pick her son up at Price Chopper she found Mr. Fantone parked at the end of her driveway. She said he started yelling at her when she drove to the end of her driveway and refused to stop to talk to him. She said he followed her as she drove on several roads including Austin Ridge, McGinnis and Burnham’s Corner in an effort to get away from him.

She said she also received calls from a restricted number 17 times between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Mr. Fantone also allegedly threatened Brian Donnelly when he parked his work vehicle at the Hometown Cafe Monday morning. He reportedly used his vehicle to lock Mr. Donnelly’s vehicle in the lot and then started pounding on the windows and verbally abusing Mr. Donnelly.

Fantone was arraigned by Stockholm Town Justice Wayne Williams and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

DWI - PARISHVILLE - Malone-based state police charged Daniel S. Makuch, 25, of Brasher Falls with driving while intoxicated and ticketed him for leaving the scene of an accident and failure to keep right following an incident reported to troopers at 5:35 p.m. Monday from the town of Parishville. Troopers said he was arrested at 7:45 p.m. Monday at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

HARASSMENT - CANTON - Canton-based state police charged Randy S. Guyette, 22, of Canton with second-degree harassment late Tuesday morning following an investigation into an incident reported to troopers at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 13 from the town of Canton.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - MALONE - Malone-based state police investigated several one-vehicle property damage accidents Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning. They included:

■ Brian C. Fefee, 28, of Brushton at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday on Spencer Road near Seventy Road in the town of Burke.

■ Brad E. Meacham, 46, of St. Regis Falls at 10:55 p.m. Tuesday on County Route 5 near Parks Gokey Road in the town of Dickinson.

■ Stacy Lyn Debeer, 35, of North Bangor at 7:08 p.m. Tuesday on County Route 32, near Cemetery Road, in the town of Fort Covington.

PETIT LARCENY - MASSENA - Village police charged Harley D. Trimm, 18, of Massena with petit larceny at 8:52 p.m. Tuesday. He reportedly shoplifted two boxes of cough medication and a Coricidin package from Rite Aid. The merchandise was valued at $19.47.

AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - MASSENA - Village police charged Kenneth A. French, 38, of 34 Tamarack St., Massena, with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a property damage accident at 5:38 p.m. Monday on Center Street.

FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Gerald E. Daoust, 42, of Massena for following too closely at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday following a property damage accident.

FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Gordon W. Lavare, 60, of Massena for following too closely at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday on South Main Street.

SPEEDING - POTSDAM - Village police charged Brooke A. Dashno, 21, of Potsdam with speed in zone (47/30 mph) following a traffic stop at 10:03 p.m. Tuesday on Market Street.

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