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RAPE - POTSDAM — State police on Wednesday morning arrested a Norwood man in connection with an alleged rape that was reported nearly three years ago.

Troopers said Andrew J. Regan, 29, was charged with first-degree rape, a class B felony,for engaging in sexual intercourse with a person who was physically helpless.

No details about the alleged victim were provided. The incident was reported on Aug. 9, 2009 from the town of Potsdam.

Regan was released on his own recognizance pending further proceedings.

BURGLARY - MADRID — Jeffrey R. Lavare, 29, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly breaking into the a town of Madrid residence on two separate occasions to steal coins and cash.

Lavare, of 401 Haig Road, Madrid, was charged with second-degree burglary, a class C felony; fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony; and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies said.

Deputies did not disclose the dates on which Lavare is accused of breaking into the Elliott Road residence, but did say that he stole more than $1,000 worth of coins in the first incident, followed by $350 in currency during the second break-in.

Lavare was arraigned in Potsdam Town Court before Justice James A. Mason and released to the supervision of probation. He is to appear in Madrid Town Court to answer the charges.

HARASSMENT - MASSENA - Village police charged Amanda K. Swiger, 30, of 51 Phillips St., Massena, with second-degree harassment Wednesday after she was picked up on an arrest warrant signed by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson. She allegedly punched Amy Banker at approximately 1 a.m. Sept. 23 during a confrontation at The Delmar. Swiger was arraigned by Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall and released on her own recognizance with a stipulation she abide by the terms of a temporary order of protection directing her not to harass, annoy or alarm Ms. Banker.

According to court documents, Ms. Banker approached a bouncer at The Delmar and warned him it was likely she was going to have a problem with another female in the bar, acknowledging there was an issue between the two women. The bouncer said a short time later Swiger walked over to Ms. Banker and told her they needed to go outside to talk. When Ms. Banker rejected that invitation, Swiger reportedly grabbed Ms. Banker’s jacket and tried to pull her outside.

Ms. Banker, in her statement to police, said she had used strong language to encourage Swiger not to touch her, but Swiger responded by punching her a couple of times in the head and grabbing her hair. Ms. Banker said she had defended herself during the altercation and had suffered a bloody lip and a sore right thumb as a result of the confrontation.

FALSE WRITTEN STATEMENT - NEWTON FALLS - Canton-based state police charged Robert L. Schroeder, 20, of Newton Falls with making a false written statement at 12:34 p.m. Wednesday stemming from an incident that was reported to troopers at 10:10 p.m. Jan. 11 in the town of Clifton. He was released on an appearance ticket.

Troopers had also charged Brian P. Laplante, 20, of Newton Falls with assault with intent to cause serious physical injury, and Justin A. Tanner, 22, of Philadelphia with second-degree reckless endangerment stemming from the same incident. Laplante was released on his own recognizance and Tanner was issued an appearance ticket.

BURGLARY - EDWARDS- Canton-based state police charged Dylan R. Sharpstene, 17, of Russell with third-degree burglary: illegal entry with intent at 7:53 p.m. Wednesday stemming from an incident reported to troopers as 12:46 p.m. Jan. 31 in the town of Edwards. He was released on his own recognizance.

Troopers had also charged Martin J. Reese, 17, of Edwards and Wallace F. McLaughlin, 20, of Edwards with third-degree burglary: illegal entry with intent on Feb. 5. In addition, McLaughlin was charged with a probation violation. They were released on their own recognizance.

Cody J. Gladle, 17, of Edwards was also charged with third-degree burglary: illegal entry with intent at 8:36 p.m. Feb. 10 in the town of Edwards. He was ordered held on $1,500 bail.

GRAND LARCENY - PIERREPONT - Canton-based state police charged Joseph E. Fisher, 44, of Colton with third-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal mischief at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday stemming from an incident reported to troopers at 1:10 a.m. Feb. 9 in the town of Pierrepont. He was released on his own recognizance.

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Keyon D. Hall, 24, of Watertown with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday following a traffic stop on state Highway 37 in the town of Massena. He was released on an appearance ticket.

Troopers also released Phillip M. Colsch, 20, of Carthage on an appearance ticket after charging him with unlawful possession of marijuana and ticketing him for an exhaust system violation.

MARIJUANA SALE - FORT COVINGTON - Malone-based state police charged Brett A. Laughing, 17, of Fort Covington with second-degree criminal sale of marijuana and acting in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17 at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday following an incident in Fort Covington.

OPEN CONTAINER - MASSENA - Village police charged Scotty Pitts of 9403 state Route 56, Massena, with an open container violation at 1:15 a.m. Thursday on Main Street.

UNINSPECTED MOTOR VEHICLE - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Laurel Jo Czajkowski, 51, of Massena for operation of an uninspected motor vehicle at 12:31 p.m. Thursday following a traffic stop on East Orvis Street.

INADEQUATE TAIL LAMPS - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Patrick Lloyd, 25, of New York City with operation of a vehicle with inadequate tail lamps at 8:44 p.m. Wednesday following a traffic stop on Haskell Street.

STOP SIGN - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Gregory T. Markell, 60, of Lacomb Road, Norfolk, for a stop sign violation at 12:59 p.m. Wednesday following a traffic stop on Grove Street at Ridgewood Avenue.

CELL PHONE - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Norman R. Lafrance, 73, of Leslie Road, Massena, for using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday following a traffic stop on East Orvis near Main Street.

SPEEDING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Shawn R. Murphy, 51, of Garond Road, North Lawrence, for speed in zone at 10:07 a.m. Wednesday following a traffic stop on East Hatfield Street.

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