BURGLARY - COLTON - New York State Police charged eight individuals this week following a lengthy investigation into an April 14 burglary at a garage located on Leary Road in the town of Colton.
Troopers charged Jose Luzunaris, 25, of Winthrop, Jason J. Dennis, 35, of North Lawrence and Rodney J. Deshane Jr., 23, of Brasher Falls with felony counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Charged with felony counts of third-degree burglary were Andrew R. Jensen, 19, of Waddington, Deshelia R. Thomas-Jandrew, 38, of Massena, Justin P. Love, 23, of Massena and Eric J. Deshane, 20, of Massena.
Troopers also charged Austin B. Villnave, 19, of Massena, with a felony counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal sale of a firearm.
Police said they responded on April 14 to a report of a burglary and found that the garage was forcibly entered and the contents of a gun safe, located inside the garage, stolen. The contents included three handguns and nine long guns. Various tools and jewelry were also stolen from within the garage and residence.
State police said they determined the stolen guns had been sold or were in the process of being sold. To date, six of the 12 guns have been recovered.
Weapons that have not been recovered include a Ruger .22 caliber single 6, serial no. 365154; unknown make .22 caliber single 6, approximately 50 to 60 years old and may be painted black; Remington 270 caliber with Leopold scope, serial no. C6596611; Ruger model 1022 with Tasco scope, serial no. 235-33351; Winchester model 255, .22 mag, serial no. 613868; and ARMI Sport Italy Black Powder, serial no. 49065
If any member of the public has any of these guns in their possession, they may turn them in at the Canton state police barracks without penalty. Members of the public with any further information about the investigation may also contact Investigator Christopher Nye at (315) 379-0012.
BURGLARY - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Austin B. Villnave, 18, of Massena with three counts of felony third-degree burglary - illegal entry with intent and four counts of criminal mischief - intent to damage property at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday stemming from an Aug. 3 incident at Journeyman Self Storage, 2 Haverstock Road.
He was arraigned in local court and ordered held.
A co-defendant, Justin P. Love, 21, of Massena had been charged on Feb. 11 with three counts of third-degree burglary and four counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, also stemming from the Aug. 3 incident.
Love had been arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
Villnave and Love allegedly cut the locks off four storage units,entered three storage units and stole property from two of the units.
The duo reportedly stole tools, including a motorcycle jack and a welder, from a unit rented to Thomas J. Chapman and a 32-inch flat screen television from a unit rented to Stacy M. Rusaw. They also reportedly entered a storage unit rented by Rick Fuller and moved boxes but did not steal any items and broke two locks on a unit rented to Rebecca L. McDermott.
PETIT LARCENY - POTSDAM - Canton-based state police charged Michael G. Bell, 17, of Heuvelton with one count of petit larceny at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday following a shoplifting complaint at the Potsdam Walmart. Police said Bell removed five fishing lures, valued at $35.80, from their original packaging and then attempted to leave the store without paying for them. He was released on an appearance ticket for Thursday in Potsdam Town Court.
DWI - NORFOLK - Massena-based state police charged Arthur J. Doran, 55, of Norfolk with driving while intoxicated with a previous conviction in 10 years, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 of 1 percent, unlawful possession of marijuana and no/inadequate plate lamp at 10:32 p.m. Wednesday in the town of Norfolk. He was released to a third party.
INJURY ACCIDENT - WINTHROP - Massena-based state police investigated a two-vehicle personal injury accident at 8:09 a.m. Wednesday on state Highway 420 at the intersection of state Highway 11C in the town of Stockholm. The accident, which left one injured, involved Jordan M. Delosh, 21, of Massena and Matthew S. Hurlbut, 43, of Chase Mills.
ACCIDENT - LAWRENCE - Massena-based state police investigated a two-vehicle property damage accident at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday on state Highway 11C in the town of Lawrence. Troopers said Shannon T. Minier, 50 of Hamburg struck a parked vehicle.
HINDERING PROSECUTION - CHATEAUGAY - Malone-based state police charged Jessica S. Johnston, 31, of Chateaugay with one count of third-degree hindering prosecution at 7:43 a.m. Wednesday in the town of Malone stemming from an incident reported to troopers at 10:15 p.m. Sunday from the village of Chateaugay. She was released on an appearance ticket. Troopers had also charged Steven T. Johnson, 37, of Chateaugay with a probation violation and resisting arrest at 10:15 p.m. Sunday stemming from the same incident. He was ordered held.
ACCIDENT - ELLENBURG - Malone-based state police investigated a one-vehicle property damage accident at 6:23 p.m. Wednesday on state Route 374 in the town of Ellenburg. The vehicle was operated by Danielle D. Jock, 40, of Chateaugay.
GROWING CANNABIS - WESTVILLE - Malone-based state police charged Paul R. Vermette, 46, of Constable with unlawful growing of cannabis, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 of 1 percent and driving while intoxicated at 2:29 a.m. Thursday in the town of Westville. He was released to a third party. Troopers also charged Kimberly F. Weidman, 32, of Westville with unlawful growing of cannabis. She was issued an appearance ticket.