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Former Corrections officer sent to prison for DWI


CANTON — A former Franklin County corrections officer was sentenced to prison Monday for felony driving while intoxicated in St. Lawrence County Court Monday.

Scott A. Rheome, 32, of 1424 Ford St., Ogdensburg was sentenced to up 1 to 6 years in prison after he failed to comply with the terms and conditions of a probation sentence for his March 2011 conviction of DWI by St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards.

Judge Richards asked Rheome, who was a corrections officer at Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone, if he was still employed at the prison. He told the judge he had been terminated as a result of his arrest.

State police arrested Rheome on May 30 for felony DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle while he was under a one year interim probation sentence where he was ordered not to consume alcohol and while he had his license revoked.

“I don’t understand,” Judge Richards said. “You went to work every day to a place you could be sent if you don’t comply with conditions placed on you by the court. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.”

In addition to his prison sentence, Rheome was ordered to pay $1,140 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

In other court action Monday:

Kayla M. Diegan, 21, of 86 Brothers Road, Norfolk, was sentenced to five years of probation for his Nov. 25 guilty plea to second-degree forgery.

On Feb. 15, Diegan signed Brianna Miller’s name on a car agreement at Countrywide Rental Cars.

In additional to her probation sentence, Diegan was ordered to submit to pay $2,450.93 in restitution and court fines, fees and surcharges in the amount of $590. 09.

Gary J. Sharlow, 30, of 2539 County Route 28, Madrid, pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony.

It is alleged that he forged an official New York state prescription for suboxone on March 24 in Ogdensburg and April 9 in the village of Massena.

Sharlow had his $1,000 bail exonerated and was released under probation supervision

Michael F. Gotham, 40, Akrin, formerly of 3626 County Route 14, Madrid, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.

Prior to his plea, Gotham was drug tested by probation officials and subsequently tested positive for marijuana.

On June 25, 2012, on Campbell Road, Waddington, Gotham operated a 2000 Chevrolet while under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of 0.24 percent.

As a part of the agreement, Gotham will be sentenced to five years of probation. If he fails to comply prior with sentencing, he could face 1 to 4 years in prison.

Gotham is scheduled to be sentenced on April 14. His $3,000 bail was exonerated and he was released under probation supervision.

Danilov K. Casimir, 22, Queens Village, formerly of 206 Main St. Apt 68 B, Potsdam, pleaded guilty to a reduced charged of misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.

Casmir was originally charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of marijuana for selling marijuana on two occasions in February 2013.

As a part of the plea deal, Casimir faces three years of probation unless he is conditionally discharged. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 14 and was released under probation supervision.

Glen R. Hewey, 43, of 3702 County Route 14, Madrid, was sentenced to 45 days in St. Lawrence County jail and four years of probation for his May 4, 2012 guilty plea to felony driving while intoxicated and successful completion of one year of interim probation.

Hewey was involved in a one-vehicle property damage accident in March 2012 at the intersection of state Routes 11C and 11 in the town of Stockholm. Police said Hewey was southbound on Route 11C and failed to stop at the intersection with Route 11, exiting the south shoulder of the road and striking a tree. He allegedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.20 percent.

In addition to his sentence, Hewey was ordered to pay $5,570 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Debra L. Ormsbee, 49, of 84 Pollock Road, Canton, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated.

On May 18 on Pollack Road in the town of Canton, Ormsbee was driving with a BAC of 0.15 percent.

She is being charged with aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law because she told Judge Richards that she had her son, who was under the age of 15, as passenger in the vehicle at the time.

Ormsbee is scheduled to be sentenced on March 24. She was released under probation supervision.

In other court action Tuesday:

Edward J. Travis, 43, 1599 Route 11, Lot 24, Gouverneur, sentenced to a maximum of six years in prison for two counts of felony driving while intoxicated.

Travis was sentenced to five years of probation on July 10, 2012 by Judge Richards for his class E felony DWI. That probation sentence was vacated Tuesday due to Travis’s Nov. 13 class D felony DWI, a violation of his probation sentence.

Judge Richards sentenced Travis to an indeterminate term of imprisonment of 1 1/3 to 4 years on the class E felony DWI and 2 to 6 years on the class D felony DWI. The sentences are to be served concurrent of one another. He was also ordered to pay $570 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Jeremy M. Kocher, 22, 32 County Route 48A, Norwood, admitted to violating his July 18, 2012 probation sentence for third-degree burglary.

On Nov. 23, Kocher was charged with driving while intoxicated after he was stopped by Potsdam Village Police for backing into a vehicle parked in a driveway on Market Street where he was also parked.

Additionally, Kocher admitted to testing positive for marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, oxymorphone and oxycodone after drug tests by chemical dependency on separate occasions in December.

Kocher was returned to St. Lawrence County jail, where he is being held without bail while awaiting an opening for inpatient treatment.

Jeffrey Jackson, 33, Buffalo, pleaded guilty to a reduced count of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class C felony in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.

Jackson was originally facing a charge of the class B felony of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled. He told Judge Richards Tuesday that on Feb. 29, 2012 he sold cocaine to another person in Ogdensburg. In the deal, Jackson will be placed on one year of interim probation at the time of sentencing.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 14. Jackson was released under probation supervision.

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