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Canton man sent to prison on drug possession, probation violations

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CANTON — A Canton man was sentenced Monday in St. Lawrence County Court to prison for drug possession and continued violations of probation.

Allen J. Oshier, 31, of 6069 Route 11, was sentenced to three years in prison by County Judge Jerome J. Richards on his Feb. 6 guilty plea to felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

On March 24, Judge Richards placed Mr. Oshier on one year of interim probation to earn a probation sentence and to avoid prison for his Oct. 9 arrest with others by the county Drug Task Force following a traffic stop on Route 37 in the town of Louisville, where a sheriff’s department K-9 unit and deputies said a free-air sniff of the vehicle’s exterior led to the discovery of 21 packets of heroin.

Mr. Oshier was charged by sheriff’s deputies with criminal possession of a hypodermic needle.

On Monday, Judge Richards said he received reports from the St. Lawrence County Probation Department stating that Mr. Oshier left substance abuse treatment, had been buying clean urine from a resident in treatment to pass drug screens and was continuing to use heroin.

On Aug. 5, he was placed in Essex County jail after he was arrested with Gerald L. Dissottle Jr., 23, of 532 Elliott Road, Norwood, and Jordan G. Thomas, 24, of 6975 Route 56, Potsdam. The three allegedly traveled to Connecticut to buy illicit drugs, Judge Richards said. They were reportedly found in possession of 500 packets of heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana during a traffic stop by state police in the town of Elba.

Mr. Oshier was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, both class A misdemeanors, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

In other court action Monday:

Tige K. Smith Jr., 26, of Buffalo, was sentenced to five years in prison for his June 9 guilty plea to felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Mr. Smith was one of four Erie County men arrested Dec. 6 following a raid by Ogdensburg police on an apartment at 325 Belmont Courts. Police said the arrests resulted from an investigation of crack cocaine trafficking in the city.

In addition to prison, Mr. Smith was sentenced to two years of post-release supervision and ordered to pay $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Daniel G. Greene, 51, of 21480 Miser Road, Black River, was sentenced to five years of probation for his Oct. 2, 2012 guilty plea to felony driving while intoxicated.

About 11:40 a.m. on Aug. 26, 2012. at a police checkpoint on Route 11 in the town of Rossie, Mr. Greene allegedly was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.21 percent. A level of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law. This was Mr. Greene’s fourth DWI since 2007, Judge Richards said.

In addition to probation, Mr. Greene was ordered to pay $10,570 in court fines, fees and surcharges. His probation supervision was transferred to Jefferson County.

Steven E. Ashley, 49, of 355 Rookey Road, Madrid, was sentenced to five days in jail and five years of probation for his June 9 guilty plea to felony driving while intoxicated. Mr. Ashley was also ordered to pay $2,070 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Danielle M. Sawyer, 29, of 270 Pyrites-Russell Road, Russell, was sentenced to two years of probation after having her June 4, 2012, felony fourth-degree grand larceny plea vacated for successfully completing one year of interim probation. She pleaded to a reduced count of misdemeanor petit larceny.

On Nov. 14, 2011 in the town of Russell, Ms. Sawyer stole a purse with a credit and debit card in it that belonged to Pamela Stevens.

In addition to her probation sentence, Ms. Sawyer was ordered to pay $250 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Cory A. Courson, 26, of 24 Roosevelt St., Massena, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree robbery and misdemeanor petit larceny in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.

On Dec. 12, 2012 in the village of Massena, Mr. Courson stole a cell phone, a hat and a wallet containing $30, all belonging to Jacob Losey.

As a part of the plea offer, Mr. Courson is expected to be placed on one year of interim probation with the opportunity to have his felony vacated and plea to a petit larceny. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 6 and he was released under probation supervision.

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