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Former Ogdensburg woman sentenced to probation for successful year clean

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CANTON — A former Ogdensburg woman charged with multiple felonies was sentenced to probation after a year of clean living.

Christina R. Crosby, 27, Utica, formerly of 153 Belmont Courts, was sentenced to four years of probation in St. Lawrence County Court Wednesday after a successful completion of one year of interim probation for her Aug. 6, 2012 guilty plea to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony and tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony.

Crosby allowed a drug dealer to sell cocaine from her home in exchange for money, as well as flushing marijuana down the toilet when police came to her residence on April 11, 2012.

Crosby was originally facing an additional six counts of felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in her April 23, 2012 indictment. Those charges were dismissed by St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards in a June 7, 2012 order.

In his decision, Judge Richards said the evidence shows that the sales happened at Ms. Crosby’s home, but not that she was involved.

On Wednesday, Ms. Crosby was applauded for her successful completion of the interim probation.

According to her attorney, St. Lawrence County Public Defender Stephen D. Button, Crosby was originally recommended for prison time.

“Judge Richards saw an opportunity to give her a chance to turn her life around and it paid off,” Mr. Button said. “She is now a contributing member of society.”

Crosby was given credit for her one year on interim probation, leaving four years left on the five years of probation she was sentenced to Wednesday morning. Judge Richards also ordered her to pay $750 in court fines fees and surcharges.

In other court action this week:

■ Brandon D. Crandall, 22, W. Main St., Apt. 4, Canton, was ordered to pay $41,938 in restitution and placed on interim probation for one year after his July 15 guilty plea to third-degree grand larceny and tampering with physical evidence.

On Nov. 17, Mr. Crandall, along with cohort, Joseph C. Lugo of DeKalb, wrenched the 265-pound automated teller machine from the floor of the St. Lawrence University’s Brewer Bookstore vestibule.

The pair severed the ATM’s cables before hauling the machine out the front door and driving off in a pickup truck. The electronic cash dispenser had been loaded with $35,000 in $20 bills not long before the theft.

Investigators recovered $17,600 in cash shortly afterward as they arrested Crandall.

Prior to his sentence, Crandall was given the opportunity to address the court.

“I just want to thank you for the opportunity to right my wrong,” Crandall told Judge Jerome J. Richards.

Judge Richards adjourned Crandall’s sentencing to Sept. 8, 2014

■ Amy L. Corrice, 49, of 310 Pine St., Apt. 1, Ogdensburg, was sentenced to 2 years in state prison for the sale of a bag of what tested positive as cocaine to an undercover field officer in the city April 2, 2012.

Additionally Ms. Corrice also was found guilty of violating the terms of her probation sentence of her March 11, 2009 conviction of a fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class D felony, making her a second felony offender, which Judge Richards said also would require a 2 1/2-year prison sentence. Both sentences will be served concurrently.

“I’m not a drug dealer,” Corrice told Judge Richards in an outburst when she heard the charges against her repeated. “A rat called me and asked me to get him some stuff. I’m not a drug dealer.”

In addition to her sentence in prison, Ms. Corrice was ordered to pay court fines, fees and surcharges in the amount of $750 and a restitution of $300.

Donald T. Dow, 24, of 489 Main St, Massena, was sentenced to six months in St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility and five years of probation as a part of a plea deal reached in his July 9 guilty plea to fourth –degree grand larceny.

Dow stole a credit card from a parked car on Cook Street in the village on May 1. The card belonged to Massena resident Edward Frank. Dow and a second man had been charged with making multiple purchases with the card at Walmart, Sunoco, McDonald’s and other stores, racking up a bill of more than $3,500.

Dow was credited for the 128 days he has spent in jail already as a part of his sentence.

Judge Richards ordered a restitution of $2,842.51 and court fines, fees and surcharges in the amount of $659.35

■ Jessica L. Thomas, 29, 322 King St., Ogdensburg, was sentenced to six months in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility and five years of probation as a part of a plea deal reached in her April 2 guilty plea to first-degree criminal nuisance and second-degree attempted assaults.

As a part of her sentence, Thomas was given credit for 126 days that she has already spent in county jail. She has also been ordered to pay $17,135.45 in restitution and $750 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

■ Angelina Hughes, 26, of 51 N. Main St., Massena, was sentenced to five years of probation after a June 4 guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny.

On Aug. 10, 2012, Hughes stole the debit or credit card of Shari Fawcett in the village of Canton.

In addition to her sentence, Judge Richard’s ordered her to pay $72 in restitution and $57.20 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

■ Crystal Fields, 32, of 27 Sycamore St., Massena, was sentenced to two years of probation in a reduced plea after successfully completing one-year interim probation.

Fields was convicted of second-degree attempted robbery last September after admitting to being the driver of a getaway car in a robbery at Shirley’s Discount, Massena on Jan. 10, 2010.

On Monday, Fields’s guilty plea was vacated and she entered a guilty plea to the reduced count of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. She was also ordered to pay $250 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

■ Joseph Roman, 33, 280 19th Ave., 2nd Floor, Patterson, N.J., was arraigned on a 2010 indictment after he was picked up on a warrant and pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

It is alleged that on Nov. 12, 2009 in Ogdensburg was in possession of 1.8 ounces of cocaine and a loaded 9mm pistol. The possession of the pistol, the indictment stated, did not occur in his home or place of business.

Roman was originally scheduled to be arraigned on May 26, 2010. That date was adjourned to June 1, 2010. He did not appear for that arraignment and a warrant for his arrest was issued on June 2, 2010. He was picked up on that warrant.

Roman was returned to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility and held without bail pending future court proceedings.

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