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Norfolk man released from jail directly to in-patient treatment center


MASSENA - A Norfolk man charged with stealing a credit card from his mother was released from the county jail Thursday morning with a stipulation that he would be entering the McPike Addiction Treatment Center later in the day.

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall signed an order agreeing to have Jason A. Clookey, 34, of 8545 state Route 56, Norfolk, released from the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility at 9 a.m. Thursday so he could enter the in-patient substance abuse treatment center.

“The ball is in your court now. It’s what you want to do with the rest of your life,” Mr. Crandall told Clookey.

“I’m 34 years old and had never been in trouble up to now,” the Norfolk man told Judge Crandall.

Clookey has been incarcerated since Feb. 25 after being picked up on a bench warrant for violating his release under probation supervision on two grand larceny counts.

Clookey was picked up on the warrant by Potsdam Village Police when he was checking himself out of rehab at Canton-Potsdam Hospital before he had completed the program.

Clookey had been charged with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny on Jan. 14. He reportedly used the credit card issued to Danko Construction to make several purchases of cigarettes, beer and gasoline for friend’s vehicles between Dec. 4-7. He said he lost the card on the evening of Dec. 7. Several additional transactions were made on the card from Dec. 7-9.

Clookey’s mother, Robin L., is an administrative assistant for Danko Construction.

The Norfolk-area man reportedly told probation officials he had sniffed gas, huffed paint thinner, drank alcohol, used crack cocaine, snorted a Vicodin and smoked marijuana in the first couple of days after he has been released from jail and placed under probation supervision in late January.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison B. Appleby said the district attorney’s office had offered a plea bargain that would allow the two grand larceny charges to be satisfied by a plea to a felony driving while intoxicated charge pending in St. Lawrence County Court. She said the plea bargain offer would require Clookey to make restitution on the grand larceny counts that would be satisfied by the plea in county court.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Amy L. Bower, 24, of 11 Roosevelt St., Massena, had her probationary sentence extended and was fined $250 after she admitted she had violated the conditions of her probationary sentence.

Bower had been sentenced to probation for three years for a seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction on March 20, 2012.

That plea bargain agreement satisfied charges of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She had been charged with selling Dihydrocodone to a confidential informant working with the Franklin County Drug Task Force in October 2009 in the town of Malone. Her supervision had been transferred to the St. Lawrence County Probation Department after she moved to the Massena.

The probation department, in a uniform court report filed with the court, had recommended Bower’s probationary sentence be revoked and she be incarcerated.

They reported Bower had tested positive for alcohol and suboxone while on probation and had left the county without the permission of her probation officer on at least two occasions. They reported she had been charged with speeding and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following a Jan. 14 traffic stop in Clinton County and had been involved in a property damage accident Jan. 31 in the town of Duane.

Mr. Crandall told Bower her probationary sentence would be extended for the period the violation of probation was pending.

“The name of the game is I don’t want to see you again. If I do, you will have a new residence, and it will be in Canton,” he said.

■ Jessie L. Farrell, 27, of 9289 state Route 56, Apt. 2, Massena, was fined $500 and a $260 surcharge after pleading guilty to a reduced count of driving while ability impaired. Her operating privileges were suspended for 90 days. The plea bargain was offered after Farrell successfully completed a treatment program.

Farrell had been charged with driving while intoxicated following a stop at 3:27 a.m. Oct. 2, 2011 on Main Street. She reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent.

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