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Parishville man faces charges following domestic dispute

First published: July 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm
Last modified: July 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm

MENACING - CANTON - St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies reported Monday they had charged Matthew C. Clouthier, 37, of 97 Catherine St., Parishville, with third-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child on July 24 following an investigation into an incident that occurred June 30 at his residence. Mr. Clouthier was arraigned in Parishville Town Court and released under the supervision of the probation department.

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County court judge issues gag order in Hillary case

First published: July 27, 2015 at 7:27 pm
Last modified: July 27, 2015 at 7:27 pm

By RYNE R. MARTIN

CANTON - The county’s top prosecutor says she is pleased with the county court judge’s decision to place a gag order on the attorneys involved in the murder case of a Potsdam man charged with strangling 12-year-old Garrett Phillips in October 2011.

The ruling handed down by St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards directs prosecutors and defense attorneys Edward F. Narrow and Peter A. Dumas of Dimas and Narrow PC, Canton, not to disclose any information to the press or public about information contained in the files turned over to the defense attorneys by prosecutors as part of the discovery process.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary E. Rain has been requesting the gag order, and she said Monday she was pleased with the judge’s ruling.

“I am happy the judge signed the protective order I requested to ensure both parties receive a fair trial. When the public hears only one side of the story, it creates an imbalance of information and can taint the jury pool,” Ms. Rain said.

“This protective order will assist to ensure both sides receive a fair trial,” she added.

Oral N. “Nick” Hillary, 41, of 131 Leroy St., Potsdam, was indicted Jan. 21 on a charge of second-degree murder in the 2011 death of the then 12-year-old Potsdam boy.

Hillary is charged with killing the Potsdam boy by suffocation and strangulation. Police said Garrett died between 4:56 and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24, 2011, in his home at 100 Market St., Apt. 4, Potsdam.

The judge’s ruling comes just days after Hillary’s supporters launched a new website urging members of the public to “Do their own research,” “Ask their own questions” and seek “Truth for Nick Hillary.”

Truthfornickhillary.com — created by the Long Island public relations firm Goldman McCormick PR — is offering updates on the murder case against Hillary, according to firm co-founder and website co-creator Mark L. Goldman, who said the site is funded by family members, friends and ex-colleagues.

Mr. Narrow said Thursday that he and Mr. Dumas knew nothing of the website and did not participate in its construction or contents.

“Mr. Hillary’s legal defense team is in no way affiliated with Mr. Goldman’s PR firm,” Mr. Narrow said. “The proper forum to determine the innocence or guilt of Mr. Hillary is inside the courtroom. Mr. Hillary’s defense team staunchly opposes any media attempts which are designed to influence any potential juror in St. Lawrence County in a favorable or unfavorable way.”

Efforts to reach Mr. Narrow on Monday for comment on Judge Richards’s ruling were unsuccessful.

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Parishville man charged with menacing, endangering the welfare of a child

First published: July 27, 2015 at 5:05 pm
Last modified: July 27, 2015 at 5:05 pm

PARISHVILLE - A 37-year-old Parishville man was released to the supervision of probation following an alleged domestic incident that took place on June 30.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies charged Matthew C. Clouthier, of 97 Catherine St., Parishville, with third-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors, following the alleged domestic incident. He was arrested Friday at his residence.

Mr. Clouthier was arraigned in Parishville Town Court and released to probation, to reappear at a later date in Parishville Town Court.

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St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Public Record

First published: July 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm
Last modified: July 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm

UNLAWFUL FLEEING - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Brian J. Goodfellow, 31, of Massena with third-degree unlawful fleeing of a police officer, second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, operation of a motor vehicle with obstructed vision, unsafe passing on the left, a traffic device violation, speed in zone, failure to obey a police officer, failure to use designated lane, passing a vehicle on the right and moving from lane unsafely. He was arraigned in Bombay Town Court and sent to the Franklin County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

ARREST WARRANT - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police picked up Travis P. Cook, 32, of Hogansburg on an active warrant from Franklin County. He was sent to the Franklin County Jail with no return date.

ARREST WARRANT - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police picked up Kyle L. Barnes, 24, of Akwesasne, Que., on an active warrant from Franklin County. He was arraigned in Bombay Town Court and sent to the Franklin County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

ARREST WARRANT - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police picked up Thomas J. Burnor, 33, of Massena on an active warrant from Franklin County. He was arraigned in Bombay Town Court and released to reappear Aug. 11.

DWI - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Nyryh Jefferson-Logan, 23, of Massena with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with .08 or more, failure to obey a police officer and failure to keep right. The tickets are returnable Aug. 11 in Bombay Town Court.

DWI - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Jowelle L. Smoke-Ramirez, 24, of Hogansburg with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test and speed in zone. The tickets are returnable Tuesday in Bombay Town Court.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Alan G. Bigwarf, 47, of Fort Covington with a felony count of second-degree criminal mischief, a felony count of third-degree criminal mischief, unlawful imprisonment, second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree menacing, reckless driving, following too close, moving from lane unsafely and failure to use designated lane. He was arraigned in Bombay Town Court and sent to the Franklin County Jail, to reappear Tuesday.

POSSESSION OF HALLUCINOGEN - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Alicia A. Thompson, 21, of Fort Covington with a felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a hallucinogen. The ticket is returnable Tuesday in Bombay Town Court.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Jay A. Square, 22, of Hogansburg with disorderly conduct. The ticket is returnable Aug. 4 in Bombay Town Court.

AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Nolan L. Thompson, 22, of Hogansburg with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and speed in zone (54/35 mph zone). The tickets are returnable Aug. 11 in Bombay Town Court.

AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Jason A. Jackson, 35, of Hogansburg with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and speed in zone (56/35 mph zone). The tickets are returnable Aug. 11 in Bombay Town Court.

AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Katelynn K. Delormier, 20, of Snye, Que., with aggravated unlicensed operation and no insurance on motor vehicle. The tickets are returnable Aug. 11 in Bombay Town Court.

UNLICENSED OPERATION - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police ticketed Deborah M. Ellis, 49, of Uxbridge, Ont., for unlicensed operation and inadequate stop lamps. The tickets are returnable Aug. 17 in Tribal Court.

CARELESS DRIVING - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police ticketed Kevin L. Lantry, 41, of Brushton for careless driving. The ticket is returnable Monday in Tribal Court.

STOP SIGN - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police ticketed Oren J. Lazore, 24, of Hogansburg for a stop sign violation. The ticket was returnable Monday in Tribal Court.

INADEQUATE STOP LAMPS - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police ticketed Joseph V. King, 33, of Hogansburg for inadequate stop lamps. The ticket is returnable Aug. 17 in Tribal Court.

INADEQUATE HEADLIGHTS - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police ticketed the following motorists for inadequate headlights:

• Logan M. Francis-Mitchell, 20, of Akwesasne. The ticket was returnable Monday in Tribal Court.

• Elizabeth Harper, 39, of Ogdensburg. The ticket was returnable Monday in Tribal Court.

• Thomas P. St. Ann, 50, of Fort Covington. The ticket is returnable Monday in Tribal Court.

• Joan S. Hong, 40, of Massena. The ticket is returnable Monday in Tribal Court.

SPEED IN ZONE - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police ticketed the following motorists for speed in zone:

• Corey J. Monette, 37, of Malone (62/45 mph zone). The ticket is returnable Monday in Tribal Court.

• Deborah M. Francis, ,52, of Akwesasne, Ont. (52/35 mph zone). The ticket is returnable Tuesday in Bombay Town Court.

• Raymond J. White, 34, of Hogansburg (49/35 mph zone). The ticket is returnable Monday in Tribal Court.

• Joni L. Mitchell, 36, of Hogansburg (49/35 mph zone). The ticket is returnable Aug. 11 in Bombay Town Court.

• Asia Y. Arquette, 28, of Akwesasne (50/35 mph zone). The ticket is returnable Aug. 11 in Bombay Town Court.

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Squirrel knocks out power around Massena’s East Orvis Street area

First published: July 27, 2015 at 10:22 am
Last modified: July 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

MASSENA - Some Massena Electric Department customers were without power for a short period of time thanks to a squirrel that made contact and blew a fuse in front of Woody’s General Store at about 7 a.m. Monday.

“It’s the circuit that comes down Orvis to downtown. It’s a rather high profile neighborhood,” MED Superintendent Andrew J. McMahon said.

Power was out for between 19 and 22 minutes, he said, and the outage impacted about 320 people.

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NYSP Public Record

First published: July 27, 2015 at 10:12 am
Last modified: July 27, 2015 at 10:12 am

NYSP Public Record

AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - LISBON - Ogdensburg-based state police charged Akeem T. Johnson, 24, of Rochester with a felony count of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following a traffic stop at 6:24 p.m. Sunday on Keystone Road in the town of Lisbon. He was arraigned in local court and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton.

DWI - HELENA - Malone-based state police charged Brittany A. Bonaparte, 25, of Akwesasne, Que., with driving while intoxicated and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle on a public highway at 11:23 p.m. Sunday on Route 37C in the town of Brasher. She was also ticketed for leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - CANTON - State police investigated several property damage accidents Sunday around the region. Among those:

• Courtney E. Peggs, 33, of Canton and Stephen A. Bush, 25, of Potsdam were involved in a two-vehicle collision at 4:40 p.m. on the Old Potsdam-Parishville Road, near the Chapel Hill Road.

• Shawn A. Niles, 35, of Moira and Rosemary L. Bell, 39, of Plattsburgh at 5:16 p.m. on state Route 3, near Smithfield Boulevard, in the town of Plattsburgh.

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Potsdam PD Public Record

First published: July 27, 2015 at 8:04 am
Last modified: July 27, 2015 at 8:04 am

MARIJUANA POSSESSION - POTSDAM - Village police charged Lindsey C. Kerling, 22, of Tonawanda with unlawful possession of marijuana, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and failure to turn as required following a traffic stop at 5:07 p.m. Sunday on Maple Street. Police said Ms. Kerling was stopped after they received a driving complaint on Lawrence Avenue. She was arraigned by Potsdam Town Justice James Mason and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $500 cash bail.

The Police Blotter

Sunday, July 26, 2015

0120 Assisted a citizen on Debra Drive.

0943 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.

1532 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.

1617 Received a driving complaint. Tickets issued.

1940 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.

1958 Neighbor dispute on State Street. Patrol responded.

2303 Received a report of suspicious activity on Pierrepont Avenue. Patrol responded.

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