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Gouverneur mother wants village to pay son’s medical bills


GOUVERNEUR — The mother of a man incarcerated in the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, tried to hand over medical bills at a Gouverneur Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, saying the expenses were connected to injuries her son sustained during an arrest.

Mayor Ronald P. McDougall said he refused to take the bills from Vicki L. Blair and was unaware of any allegations of injuries made during an arrest of her son, Shane A. Blair.

Mr. Blair, 28, of 42 Prospect St., was charged by village police Nov. 1 with aggravated unlicensed operation and resisting arrest. Police said that after Mr. Blair was pulled over for a broken taillight, they determined that his license was suspended.

Mr. Blair ran from the officers and was chased. Officers who returned to the scene found several bags of heroin that Mr. Blair allegedly tossed and subsequently charged him with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police Chief Gordon F. Ayen said he knew of no injuries suffered by Mr. Blair during the incident.

“None were reported by either the officers or the defendant himself,” Chief Ayen said.

Mrs. Blair did not return a call for comment.

Mr. Blair was indicted in January in a state police case for the alleged possession and sale of pharmaceuticals. He pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleged that on June 5, Mr. Blair sold buprenorphine, which is used in opioid addiction treatment.

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