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BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Massena-based state police picked up Tyler A. Valdez, 17, of 19 Colgate Drive, Massena, on a bench warrant Thursday evening. The warrant had been signed May 15 by Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall and alleged Valdez had failed to appear in court as directed on a pending petit larceny count. He was arraigned on the warrant by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released on his own recognizance. The court noted the teenager’s mother was in court for her son’s appearance.

STOLEN PROPERTY - POTSDAM - Canton-based state police charged Peter J. Shantie, 43, of Norfolk with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, conspiracy and petit larceny Thursday stemming from an investigation into a shoplifting complaint filed with troopers at 12:48 a.m. May 20 from the town of Potsdam. Jeremy J. Monroe, 32, of Norfolk had previously been charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and fifth-degree conspiracy in connection with that same investigation.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - BOMBAY - State police investigated a number of property damage accidents around the region Thursday and early Friday morning. Among those:

■ Theresa J. Pontius, 54, of Moira at 12:18 a.m. Friday on state Route 95, near Green Road, in the town of Bombay.

BANK SCAM - PLATTSBURGH - Plattsburgh-based state police wish to notify the public about another recent scam that has affected many citizens in and around Clinton County.

Around 3:30 p.m. on May 29, state police in Plattsburgh began receiving calls from citizens reporting that they had received a text message from either Adirondack Regional Bank or Adirondack Federal Bank advising the recipient that their is a problem with their account.

They were instructed to call a number and upon calling that number they were further advised to enter their social security number and credit or debit card number. Many customers of the local Adirondack Bank in Plattsburgh have fallen victim to this scam. This text has also gone out to citizens that do not have any affiliation with Adirondack Bank.

As a warning, you should never give your social security number or bank account numbers or any other personal information over the phone. Banks will never call and ask for this information. Additionally, if there is any doubt as to the legitimacy of one of these text messages or calls, you should always verify the issue they are advising you about by calling your local bank’s branch using a publicly listed telephone number.

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