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Hogansburg man admits presenting false paperwork to DMV


MASSENA - A Hogansburg man charged with presenting false paperwork when he attempted to register a truck with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles has been placed under a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay a $400 surcharge.

Massena-based state police charged John A. Caskinette, 40, of Hogansburg in late March with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of second-degree offering a false instrument for filing. He reportedly filed false paperwork with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

Caskinette pleaded guilty to a reduced count of third-degree criminal possession of a false instrument in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied the charges pending from the incident.

Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow ordered Caskinette to pay a $400 surcharge and placed him under a one-year conditional discharge.

Caskinette was charged with possessing a false title containing the forged signature of Douglas J. Judware when he registered a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck on March 5 at the Department of Motor Vehicles satellite office in Massena.

Mr. Judware told troopers he went to the DMV office on March 20 to transfer plates from one vehicle to another and was denied because he did not have a bill of sale in his name. He said he learned the 1997 pickup he had traded to Caskinette for a snowmobile on March 2 had been registered three days later.

Mr. Judware said he had not signed a transfer on the title when he traded the truck because Caskinette had indicated he planned to scrap the vehicle. He said he simply gave Caskinette the blank title.

In other recent court action before Judge Sharlow:

■ Katie A. Carlin, 31, of 601 County Route 42, Massena, was ordered to pay a $125 surcharge after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in a plea bargain agreement.

Massena-based state police charged Dustin T. Gotham, 22, of Norfolk and Carlin with petit larceny following a shoplifting incident Feb. 9.

Gotham and Carlin were charged with stealing approximately $35 worth of merchandise from Hannaford’s. Troopers said Gotham stole two packages of Trojan Vibrating Ring condoms, and Carlin had a mascara and two scented body sprays concealed in her purse. Gotham was also charged with false personation after he provided a false name to prevent the discovery of outstanding warrants from the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

■ Shenae T. Tarbell, 22, of 149 Jock Road, Hogansburg, was fined $300 and a $260 surcharge after a driving while intoxicated count was reduced to driving while ability impaired. She was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge and her operating privileges were suspended for 90 days.

Tarbell had been turned over to troopers by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers following a secondary inspection at 6 a.m. Dec. 21 at the U.S. port of entry in Rooseveltown. Tarbell had a blood alcohol content of 0.14 percent. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is considered proof of intoxication in the state.

■ Richard Babcock, 42, of 29 Main St., Moira, was fined $300 and a $260 surcharge after a driving while intoxicated count was reduced to driving while ability impaired. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge and his operating privileges were suspended for 90 days.

Troopers said that after they stopped Babcock for failing to keep right at 2:17 a.m. Sept. 22 on Route 37, they determined his operating privileges had been suspended for failure to pay child support. His blood alcohol content was 0.17 percent.

■ Tyler J. Burns, 24, of 37 state Route 310, Apt. 408, Canton, was fined $25 and a $93 surcharge after an aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle count was reduced to simple unlicensed operation.

He was also granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. He had been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after he was found in possession of a small amount of marijuana during the traffic stop at 1:29 a.m. Aug. 31 on state Route 420.

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