FORGED INSTRUMENT - BRASHER CENTER - Massena-based state police charged John E. Funk, 31, of 155 Hopson Road, Brasher with a felony count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument Thursday. He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released under the supervision of the probation department.
Funk allegedly exchanged a forged check to Barbra T. Goodreau for $140 on Aug. 26. It was later realized the check had been written on a Community Bank starter check that had been stolen from Ms. Goodreau.
She told police Funk had given her a check dated Aug. 24 purportedly signed by Katherine Boswell with Construction written in the memo line on the check.
Funk lives with Ms. Goodreau and her daughter, Rosmary. In the past Jon has given me checks from his employer, Katherine Boswell, and I give him cash, then put the check into my checking account. Today I went to my bank, Community Bank, to cash the check. When I attempted to cash the check, the teller advised me that the check was from my checking account and gave me the check back. The check is not in my handwriting ..., she noted in the statement she signed for police.
STOLEN PROPERTY - BOMBAY - Malone-based state police charged Harley D. Bell, 24, of Brushton with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property Wednesday following an investigation filed with troopers Tuesday from the town of Fort Covington.
TRESPASSING - FORT COVINGTON - Malone-based state police charged Richard P. Herne, 30, of Hogansburg with trespassing and unlawful possession of marijuana at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday at 2085 state Route 37, Fort Covington.
PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - COLTON - State police from around the region investigated a number of property damage accidents around the region Wednesday and early Thursday. Among those:
George R. Covey, 62, of Colton at 6:36 a.m. Thursday on Cold Brook Drive, near Route 56, in the town of Colton.
DWI - MASSENA - Village police charged Patrick Bulger, 23, of 8 Prospect Ave., Massena, with driving while intoxicated at 10:32 p.m. Wednesday following a traffic stop on Bayley Road. Police said they were responding to a complaint that a vehicle fitting the description of the vehicle Bulger was operating had attempted to drive onto the railroad tracks off Curtis Avenue. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is proof of intoxication in New York state.
STOP SIGN - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Kyler Agans, 18, of 20 Spruce St., Massena, for a stop sign violation at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday following a traffic stop near Paddock at Ripley.
CAR-BUGGY ACCIDENT - MASSENA - Village police are continuing their investigation into a car-buggy accident that took place at 3:22 p.m. Thursday on East Hatfield Street. Police said a male was backing out of a driveway and struck a horse pulling a buggy travelling on East Hatfield Street. Police said the horse did not appear to be injured, but the vehicle reportedly suffered more than $1,000 damage. Names of the individuals operating the car and buggy were not available Thursday night.
AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - POTSDAM - Village police charged Brian M. Curtis, 19, of Potsdam with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operation of a vehicle with no insurance and ticketed him for operation of a vehicle with inadequate plate lamps at 2:05a.m. Wednesday following a traffic stop on Market Street.
FAILURE TO YIELD - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Eric W. Zellweger, 21 of Colton for failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign after responding to a two-vehicle accident at 9:54 a.m. Wednesday at Munson and Market streets. Martins was contacted and towed a four-wheel drive vehicle from the accident scene.