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Plattsburgh woman jailed on warrant stemming from her role in theft of thousands of dollars worth of electronics from Walmart

First published: July 04, 2015 at 8:57 am
Last modified: July 04, 2015 at 8:57 am

MASSENA - A Plattsburgh-area woman charged with being part of a trio that stole thousands of dollars worth of electronic equipment from Walmart stores in Massena and Potsdam was picked up Friday on a warrant issued by St. Lawrence County Court.

Massena Village Police picked up Nina M. Duprey, 36, of Plattsburgh on a warrant issued by St. Lawrence County Court. Police said she had been picked up in Clinton County by authorities on warrants held by the Malone and Massena police departments. Massena Village Police picked up Ms. Duprey in Malone, and she was taken to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, pending her arraignment on the warrant next week in St. Lawrence County Court.

Massena Village Police had charged Ms. Duprey, Brandy D. Young, 36, of Plattsburgh and Travynn L. Ippolito, 27, with third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree grand larceny and fifth-degree conspiracy in February 2014

A Tennessee man will face prison for his guilty plea Monday in St. Lawrence County Court for the theft of electronics equipment valued at more than $3,000 from a Massena Walmart.

Travynn L. Ippolito, 27, of Clarksville, Tenn., who briefly lived in the Plattsburgh area, has pleaded guilty to a reduced count of attempted third-degree grand larceny in St. Lawrence County Court in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office. Mr. Ippolito is expected to be sentenced to up to three years in prison when he returns to County Court on July 20. He will also be required to pay an undetermined amount of restitution.

The plea deal satisfied a criminal mischief charge pending in Canton Town Court and a third-degree grand larceny charge for alleged thefts of electronics from a Potsdam Walmart.

Mr. Ippolito told County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards that on Jan. 27, 2014 he unlocked a case in the Massena store containing iPads, iPad minis, and iPod Shuffles valued at more than $3,000 and stole them.

Mr. Ippolito worked with two women in the thefts and was charged with stealing more than $40,000 in similar electronics from Walmart stores in Potsdam and Malone.

He was initially jailed in St. Lawrence County but was released June 13 after the district attorney’s office failed to indict him within the time frame specified by law. Judge Richards signed a bench warrant for Mr. Ippolito’s arrest on Aug. 19 after he allegedly violated the conditions of his release while under probation supervision. He was subsequently located in a correctional facility in Tennessee and extradited to New York to face the theft charges.

On April 13, in Franklin County Court, Mr. Ippolito was sentenced to one to three years in prison for his Jan. 15 guilty plea to third-degree attempted grand larceny in which he admitted to the Jan 23, 2014 thefts from the Malone Walmart. He was also ordered to pay $7,203.58 in restitution.

His St. Lawrence County Court sentence is expected to run consecutive to his current sentence.

Two women who allegedly participated in the thefts with Mr. Ippolito were incarcerated after pleading guilty in Franklin County Court to larceny charges. Ms. Young was sentenced to three to six years in prison as a second-felony offender as a result of her Nov. 10 guilty plea to third-degree grand larceny. Ms. Duprey was sentenced to 180 days in the Franklin County Jail and five years of probation after she pleaded guilty to the same charge on Oct. 31. Both were ordered to pay $4,164.48 in restitution.

Massena Village Police Investigator Jordan Jenks said at the time of his department’s arrest the trio stole approximately $10,000 worth of merchandise from the Massena Walmart on Jan. 27, 2014. “It was mostly Apple products - Ipods, Ipads, shuffles ...,” he said.

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Winthrop woman listed in good condition following Friday afternoon accident

First published: July 04, 2015 at 8:35 am
Last modified: July 04, 2015 at 8:35 am

WINTHROP - A Winthrop woman flown to the University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, Vt., following a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on state Route 11C in the town of Stockholm was listed in good condition Saturday morning,

Massena-based state police said Tina L. Sprague, 48, of Skinnerville Road, Winthrop, was southbound on the Skinnerville Road at 5:07 p.m. Friday when she failed to stop at a stop sign and drove on to Route 11C into the path of a westbound vehicle being operated by Randall A. Phillips, 60, of Potsdam. Mr. Phillips struck the driver’s side of Ms. Sprague’s vehicle.

Ms. Sprague had been flown to the Vermont hospital with head trauma. Mr. Phillips was transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital with complaints of head and neck pain.

Troopers ticketed Ms. Sprague for failure to stop at a stop sign.

State police were assisted on scene by Tri-Town Rescue and Brasher-Winthrop Fire. Parishville Rescue also provided assistance. First responders used the Jaws of Life to gain access to the vehicles.

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Potsdam PD Public Record

First published: July 04, 2015 at 7:53 am
Last modified: July 04, 2015 at 7:53 am

PETIT LARCENY - POTSDAM - Village police charged Susan L. Koulman, 59, of Potsdam with petit larceny at 10:14 a.m. Friday on Bay Street following an investigation into someone stealing a newspaper from the porch of a residence on Bay Street.

UNINSPECTED MOTOR VEHICLE - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Alec S. Agen, 25, of Potsdam for operation of an uninspected motor vehicle at 11:08 p.m. Friday following a traffic stop on Market Street.

The Police Blotter

Friday, July 3, 2015

0031 Traffic stop on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.

0037 Received a noise complaint. Patrols responded.

0113 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.

0208 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.

0345 Patrols responded to SUNY Potsdam to assist SUNY Potsdam University Police.

0403 Potsdam Rescue dispatched to a call on Munson Street.

0540 Fielded a larceny report.

0625 Patrol responded for the report of a disabled vehicle at the intersection of Clarkson Avenue and Maple Street.

0758 Received the report of a larceny from a Market Street business.

0855 Patrol responded to Cherry Street for the report of an injured animal.

1043 Received a larceny complaint.

1111 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.

1144 Received a drug complaint.

1151 Patrol responded to a property damage accident on Market Street.

1345 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.

1435 Patrol responded to Midtown Apartments to assist a subject.

1443 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.

1553 Patrol responded to Munson Street to assist a resident who had locked herself out of her apartment.

1602 Patrol completed an equipment inspection.

1635 Traffic stop conducted on Maple Street. Verbal warning issued.

1644 Traffic stop conducted on Maple Street. Verbal warning issued.

1713 Potsdam Rescue dispatched to a mutual aid call on Riverside Drive in Canton.

1734 Traffic stop conducted on Elm Street. Verbal warning issued.

1743 Traffic stop conducted on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.

1822 Traffic stop conducted on Cedar Street. Ticket issued.

1840 Traffic stop conducted on Pine Street. Ticket issued.

1841 Traffic stop conducted on Elm Street. Verbal warning issued.

2017 Potsdam Rescue dispatched to a call.

2105 Potsdam Rescue dispatched to a call.

2152 Traffic stop on Elm Street. Verbal warning issued.

2202 Traffic stop on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.

2300 Traffic stop on Pierrepont Avenue. Verbal warning issued.

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Level III sex offender from Cortland charged with rape count in Massena

First published: July 04, 2015 at 7:27 am
Last modified: July 04, 2015 at 7:27 am

MASSENA - A Level III sex offender who had been staying in Massena for the past week after hooking up with a 15-year-old female he met on Facebook was jailed without bail Saturday afternoon.

Village police charged Christopher G. Wing, 30, of 11 Greenbush St., Apt. 3, Cortland, with third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child following an investigation launched when they received a complaint Saturday that there was an unwanted person at a trailer at 49 1/2 Maple St.

Wing allegedly had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old female on June 27 in Massena. The teenager allegedly met Wing on Facebook approximately three weeks ago, and they messaged each other until Wing took a bus to Massena on June 27.

“(....) and I continued to talk over Facebook about her newborn baby. She told me she was getting stressed out and like a human being should I tried to keep her calm by talking to her. I was just trying to be funny and make her laugh so that she was not so stressed because I did not want to see her lose her kid because she was so stressed,” Wing said in his statement to police.

He told police the teenager had sent him a message during the last week in June inviting him to come to Massena, informing him about the cost of a bus ticket and telling him he could stay with one of her friends at a trailer at 49 1/2 Maple St..

He said he purchased a one-way bus ticket and travelled to Massena on June 27. The teenager said she met Wing in Massena that afternoon, they walked around town to find her friend that had a key to the trailer, returned to the trailer, watched a movie and had what she described as “consensual”sex.

Under state law, a female under 17 can not give legally consent to have sexual intercourse with a male 21 years of age or older.

Wing, who is registered as a Level III sex offender in the city of Cortland, was arraigned by Acting Massena Village Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, without bail. The local court was unable to set bail since Wing has two or more felony convictions.

According to records from the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the Cortland City Police sex offender websites, Wing was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison in February 2008 in Cortland County Court for a second-degree rape conviction stemming from an incident involving a then 14-year-old female. He was sentenced on that same date to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison for a felony conviction (second offense) for failure to register as a sex offender.

He was last released from state prison on Oct. 11, 2011.

The Cortland man was classified as a Level III sex offender following his release from prison, the classification for offenders viewed as a high risk to commit another sex crime.

Wing was resentenced to 270 days in the Cortland County Jail in August 2014 for a misdemeanor conviction for attempted possession of a sexual performance by a child less than 16 years of age.

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