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Norwood man loses appeal for release from jail

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MASSENA - A Norwood man facing charges from a drunk driving accident that left the other driver with injuries failed in his bid Tuesday to gain his release from the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson sent Anthony W. Kocher-Morrill, 24, of 32 County Route 48A, Norwood, back to the county jail with bail continued at $500 on a driving while intoxicated count.

Village police charged Kocher-Morrill with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property damage accident and ticketed him for failure to yield the right of way, speed not reasonable and prudent and operation of a vehicle with no headlights following a two-vehicle accident reported at 2:07 a.m. Nov. 27 on Route 37 at Parker Avenue.

Police located Kocher-Morrill at 2:44 a.m. Nov. 28 on Center Street. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent.

The driver of the second vehicle, Jessica Stowell, 32, of Massena was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Massena Rescue with complaints of neck and stomach pain.

Kocher-Morrill had urged the court to follow the recommendation from the probation department that he be released under the supervision of the probation department. Mr. Gustafson pointed out he was responsible for determining Kocher-Morrill’s release status and the probation department was simply making its recommendation.

“Based on what is in front of me, the charges you have, including leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, combined with your criminal history I’m not comfortable with their recommendation. I’m not going to release you under the supervision of the probation department,” Mr. Gustafson said.

Kocher-Morrill wasn’t deterred and continued to appeal that decision. “I’m fully remorseful. I have a job, a son. I missed Thanksgiving. I’m going to lose my job,” he told the village justice.

Mr. Gustafson reiterated he had a number of issues, including character and reputation in the community, he had to consider when reviewing a defendant’s release status.

“Your character and reputation, at least as far as reflected in your criminal history, aren’t too impressive,” Mr. Gustafson pointed out.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Kerry A. LeGrow, 19, of 54 Perkins Road, Massena, was fined $25 and a $125 surcharge and placed under a one-year conditional discharge for a disorderly conduct conviction.

She had been charged with disorderly conduct following a physical altercation with Andrea C. Bourdon at 2:08 a.m. Nov. 17 outside the Hotel Nadeau.

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