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Sun., Oct. 4
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HARASSMENT - MASSENA - Michael Mitchell, 31, of 126 Liberty Ave.,Massena was charged at 8 a.m. Sunday with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child by village police.

He allegedly had a physical fight with his girlfriend at his home in front of their child.

Christine Lawrence told police an argument broke out Sunday morning shortly after two friends left their home. Mitchell reportedly threw food around the kitchen and then followed Ms. Lawrence into the bedroom. “I was laying down, and Mike came in drinking a Bud Light beer,” she said of the 7:35 a.m. incident.

“I took the beer out of his hand and dumped it. Mike then stood up and pushed me into the bedroom window,” she said in her statement to police.

Police said Ms. Lawrence suffered minor injuries to her chest and back.

Mitchell told police the argument started because he was upset Ms. Lawrence had moved her clothes outside the bedroom. He claimed Ms. Lawrence had followed him into the bedroom, where he was lying on the bed with his 10-year-old son, continued to argue with him, grabbed a beer from the stand and dumped it on his head. He said he then pushed Ms. Lawrence, and she fell into the window.

Mitchell was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and released on his own recognizance.

His girlfriend was issued an order of protection against him.

GRAND LARCENY - MASSENA - Donna M. Smoke, 49, and her son, Tony R. Thomas, 27, both of 149 Helena Rd., Hogansburg, were arrested by village police Sunday and charged with grand larceny.

The pair allegedly stole $1,400 worth of electronics, groceries and other merchandise from Walmart. Police said the items included DVD players, an Xbox 360, games, videos and several other items. Store employees witnessed the theft and gave police a description of the suspects’ vehicle, including a license plate number.

They were arrested a short time later after a traffic stop.

They are scheduled to appear in Massena Village Court.

OPEN CONTAINER - MASSENA - Village police charged Bridget McGregor, 44, of 33 Parker Ave., Massena, with an open container violation at 8:43 p.m. Saturday on Andrews Street. Police said McGregor had a glass filled with beer in one hand and a mixed drink in her other hand when she was stopped by police for the violation.

PETIT LARCENY - MASSENA - Village police charged Jamie W. Pruner, 48, of 250 Main St., Apt. 6, Massena, with petit larceny at 2:20 a.m. Saturday after an investigation into allegations he allegedly attempted to shoplift a can of Hormel Spam from the Sunoco station on Main at West Orvis. Pruner reportedly purchased a bag of beer shortly before 2 a.m. and the can of Spam fell out of his coat as he was leaving the store.

LEAVING THE SCENE - MASSENA - Village police ticketed J.A. Seavey-Barnes, 35, of Massena for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failure to yield the right of way when entering the roadway at 6 p.m. Friday following an investigation into an accident reported at 12:10 p.m. Thursday on Main Street.

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - CANTON - Christopher J. Barney, 34, of 171 Cook Street Road, Massena, was charged by state police Saturday with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon.

Barney was stopped for speeding, illegal window tint and an expired inspection sticker while driving in Canton. Troopers allegedly found an illegal wooden billy club and Suboxone, an opiate.

The charges were filed Saturday following an investigation into an incident reported at 4:40 p.m. Nov. 16 from the town of Canton.

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - PLATTSBURGH - Plattsburgh-based state police charged Myranda M. Carr, 19, of Hogansburg with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in its non-original container and unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under 21 Sunday following an investigation into an incident that took place at 10:26 a.m. Nov. 27 in the town of Plattsburgh.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - CANTON - State police investigated several property damage accidents Sunday. Among those were:

■ Allyn S. Hudson, 61, of Norwood at 5:09 p.m. on County Route 35, near Leary Road, in the town of Potsdam.

■ George H. Munson, 75, of Hinesburg, Vt., at 4:25 p.m. on state Route 37, near Beaver Meadow Road, in the town of Fort Covington.

■ Kelly A. Durant-Adams, 31, of Brasher Falls at 7:19 a.m. on County Route 53, near the West Mahoney Road, in the town of Brasher.

DWI - POTSDAM - Village police charged Ryan J. Whitehouse, 22, of Troy with driving while intoxicated and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle at 1:35 a.m. Sunday at Clarkson University. Police said they were contacted by Clarkson University Security requesting assistance with a subject who had stolen a university maintenance truck and was failing to comply with security officers. Patrol responded, and Whitehouse was taken into custody. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.14 percent. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher constitutes a DWI charge.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - POTSDAM - Village police charged Simon C. Lyon, 19, of Bennington, Vt., and Timothy C. Shepardson, 19, of Syracuse with disorderly conduct at 4:13 a.m. Sunday on Market Street. Police said they responded to a report of two males tampering with a “No Parking” sign on Market Street and removing it from the ground. The two men were released on appearance tickets.

BENCH WARRANT - POTSDAM - Village police picked up Virginia L. Moses, 30, of Norwood on a bench warrant at 5:30 a.m. Sunday at the Potsdam police station. The warrant had been issued by the village court in February after Moses failed to pay fines and surcharges. She was arraigned by Potsdam Village Justice Nicholas Pignone and released.

STOP SIGN - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Rachel K. Cruz, 22, of Potsdam for failing to stop at a stop sign on Missouri Avenue at 7:32 p.m. Sunday.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - POTSDAM - Village police charged Matthew J. Merkle, 19, of Amherst and Jacob P. Mayberry, 23, of

Fort Drum with disorderly conduct at 1:01 a.m. Saturday after officers observed the two men engaged in a physical altercation downtown on Market Street. Patrol separated the men, and they were released on appearance ticket for Potsdam Village Court.

NO SEATBELT - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Kate V. Clancy, 20, of Middletown for no seat belt - driver following a traffic stop at 9:38 p.m. Saturday on Market Street.

BENCH WARRANT - POTSDAM - The Potsdam Police Department has warrants for the following people:

■ Vikki L. Neese, 28, of Chase Mills.

■ Sean W. Newcombe, 27, of DeKalb Junction

■ Liam M. O’Connor, 28.

■ Janice Sue O’Leary, 73, Louisiana.

■ John M. O’Neil, 48 of Olympia, Wash.

■ Harold Zane Theodore Orr, 42.

■ Leonard R. Page, 28, of Alabama.

■ Sean M. Parker, 26, of Troy.

■ Sarah D. Perkins, 37, of Ontario, Canada.

■ Daniel J. Perry, 51, of Brasher Falls.

■ David W. Phillips, 63, of Arkansas.

■ Kristina R. Phillips, 36, of Ogdensburg.

■ Susan K. Phillips, 43, of Ogdensburg,

■ Sandra Planty-Thomas, Richville.

■ Timothy J. Poe, 26, of Cheektowaga.

■ Renea M. Prescott, 54, of Rochester.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - BOMBAY - Malone-based state police charged Jamie L. Dustin, 33, of Malone with fourth-degree criminal mischief Saturday morning following an investigation into an incident reported at 9 p.m. Nov. 12 from the town of Bombay.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - CANTON - State police from around the region investigated several property damage accidents Saturday and early Sunday morning. Among those were:

■ Miranda J. Ford, 28, of Fredonia at 6:09 a.m. Sunday on state Route 310, near County Route 38, in the town of Madrid.

■ Albert B. Matthie, 52, of Norwood at 11 p.m. Saturday on the Morley-Potsdam Road in the town of Potsdam.

■ Michael J. Smythe, 55, of Moira at 8:14 p.m. Saturday on state Route 37, near state Route 131, in the town of Louisville.

■ Justin H. Poirier, 22, of Moira at 11:56 a.m. Saturday on Burdo Road, near Brunell Road, in the town of Altona.

DWI - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Don J. Jacobs, 23, of Akwesasne with driving while intoxicated and failure to take a breath test following a stop at 1:24 a.m. Saturday at the U.S. port of entry in Rooseveltown. He was also ticketed for operation of an uninspected motor vehicle.

BURGLARY - MOIRA - Malone-based state police charged Robert L. McGuiness, 31, of Oswegatchie with second-degree burglary Friday in connection with an incident reported at 4:41 p.m. June 12 from the town of Moira. He was arraigned in local court and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility. Troopers said McGuiness was taken into custody at 11 a.m. Friday at 10 Brown Falls Road in the town of Oswegatchie. A co-defendant, Michael C. Brown, had been charged with second-degree burglary Nov. 12 as part of that same investigation. Parts for lawn equipment, games and DVDs were reportedly taken from the Moira residence.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - CANTON - State police from around the region investigated a number of property damage accidents Friday and early Saturday morning. Among those were:

■ Keith R. Ramsdell, 59, of Parishville at 5:15 a.m. Saturday on County Route 49, near Barrett Road, in the town of Hopkinton.

■ Jennie He, 18, of Kenore at 11:25 p.m. Friday on state Route 56, near Trim Road, in the town of Colton.

■ David P. Lashomb, 28, of Potsdam at 5:49 p.m. Friday on state Route 11C, near Green Meadows Road, in the town of Stockholm.

■ Ryan Jeffrey James, 20, of Parishville at 5:15 p.m. Friday on state Route 72, near the Ashton and Sinclair roads.

■ Laurie J. Andrews, 50, of Brasher Falls and Ashley R. Phelps, 29, of Moira were involved in a two-vehicle collision at 1:52 p.m. Friday on state Route 95, near Best Road, in the town of Moira.

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