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Clarkson student begins semester in court; ends semester in jail


CANTON - A Clarkson student charged with selling LSD in December 2012 that resulted in the hospitalization of three people was jailed Thursday after being picked up on a probation violation.

Potsdam Village Police said Kane W. Henderson, 23, of West Linn, Oregon, was picked up on a bench warrant for an alleged probation violation at 8:47 a.m. Thursday on Maple Street. He was transported to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility pending arraignment on the warrant in county court.

Henderson had been sentenced in early January to a 60-day intermittent sentence of to weekends in jail for the sale of LSD to classmates.

Hewas also sentenced to five years of probation for his Oct. 21, 2013 guilty plea to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Henderson, who was a student at the university in Potsdam, sold the mind-altering drug to his classmates on Dec. 1, 2012, and had been expelled after his arrest, officials said.

Kane told St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards at the time of his sentencing that he had successfully reapplied to the school.

Judge Richards toldKane that he spend from 4 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Sunday in jail until his time was served.

Kane told the court at that time he was appreciative of the opportunity to complete his time at the university and plans on using his experience to help others.

“I’ll be implementing an anti-drug program,” Kane said. “It’s a team of three students, myself included, all of which found themselves in the same situation.”

Kane said he still had to speak with administrators at the school to work on the project further; however, if it goes as planned, he and the other two students will focus on helping those who are repeat offenders under the school’s policies.

“(We’ll) sit them down to explain to them the path they are headed down,” Kane said. “I want people to know that there are choices.”

The investigation that led to Kane’s arrest was initiated when Potsdam Village Police apprehended a naked man on Fall Island, the first in a series of events that would land three Clarkson University students in the hospital.

Hendersonhad been charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Three students who consumed the hallucinogenic substance were hospitalized following “bizarre and aggressive behavior,” Police Chief Kevin A. Bates said in December 2012.

Officers were on patrol about 12:50 a.m. that mroning when they “observed a naked male engaged in disorderly conduct” on Fall Island and approached the man. While initially cooperative, he became combative later at the police stationn.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m., according to police records, officers were dispatched to a Clarkson dormitory “for students who may have overdosed and (were) behaving in a violent manner.”

A search warrant was executed on a Bay Street address, where Henderson was arrested. A search there led to the seizure of LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, prescription drugs and marijuana. Also seized were items of drug paraphernalia, drug packaging and processing materials, and about $3,000 in cash believed to be the proceeds of drug sales, the chief said.

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