CANTON - Through a generous underwiter, students at the four accredited colleges in St. Lawrence County - SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University c- an now attend the St. Lawrence International Film Festival for free, including the screening of the documentary The Hunting Ground.
To get their free pass, students are required to register online at www.stlawrencefilm.com. A valid Student ID will be required when attending films or picking up their pass at the Festival box office in Canton at TAUNY, 53 Main Street. In addition to the free student passes, Faculty and staff will receive a 20 percent discount when using code UNIVERSITY20 at checkout.
The Hunting Ground, directed by Kirby Dick, is an expose of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.
A limited number of All-Access VIP Passes for the Festival weekend include guaranteed seating for the Opening Gala screening and reception, as well as admission to all Festival screenings, panel discussions, parties and VIP lounge.
UNLAWFUL POSSESSION - BRASHER FALLS - Massena-based state police charged Karen A. Hernandez, 40, of Brasher Falls and Tricia K. Gebo, 37, both of Brasher Falls, with unlawful possession of marijuana following an investigation into a domestic dispute filed with troopers at 7:07 a.m. Tuesday from the town of Brasher.
ONE INJURED - LISBON - State police said one person was injured in a two-vehicle collision at 8:31 a.m. Tuesday on Pray Road, near Marshall Road, in the town of Lisbon. Troopers said the vehicles were operated by Corey J. Kroeger, 35, and Mathew T. Miller, 27, both of Lisbon.
PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - CANTON - State police investigated a number of property damage accidents on Tuesday and early Wednesday around the region. Among those:
• Brent A. Poquette, 43, of St. Regis Falls at 6:14 a.m. Wednesday on Route 11B, near Spaulding Road, in the town of Bangor.
• Ellen E. Wright, 26, of Ogdensburg at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday on state Route 68, near Depue Road, in the town of Canton.
INADEQUATE LIGHTS - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Michael P. Bubniak, 19, of Binghamton for operation of a vehicle with inadequate headlights at 9:41 p.m. Tuesday following a traffic stop on Sandstone Drive.
SPEEDING - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Vincent L. Caliguri, 22, of Shoreham for speed in zone (51/30 mph zone) at 10:23 p.m. Tuesday following a traffic stop on Maple Street.
SPEEDING - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Cara M. Manafredi, 22, of South Glastonbury, Conn., for speed in zone (47/30 mph zone) at 10:35 p.m. Tuesday following a traffic stop on Maple Street.
The Police Blotter
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
0037 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.
0113 Traffic Stop on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.
0654 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.
0658 Received a larceny complaint. Investigation continues.
0756 Report of a male subject lying on the ground behind the Elks Club. Patrols dispatched.
0820 Found property: NYS trailer plate. Unable to locate registered owner. The plate was turned in to DMV.
0924 Juvenile complaint.
1054 Dispatcher issued a handicapped parking permit.
1105 Bad check complaint. Investigation continues.
1131 Bad check complaint. Investigation continues.
1233 Patrols requested to respond to a business on Rt. 56 to assist NYSP.
1253 Patrol dispatched to a property damage accident on Maple Street. No tickets issued.
1254 Patrols dispatched to report of a suspicious male.
1342 Patrol dispatched to report of a property damage accident on Market at Elm.
1505 Report of the repossession of two vehicles. Owner is aware.
1533 Patrol completed an equipment inspection.
1630 Patrol and Potsdam Rescue Squad dispatched to Larnard Street for the report of a vehicle/pedestrian collision.
1720 Completed a background check at the request of NYSP for information pertaining to a NYS Pistol Permit applicant.
1815 Patrols dispatched to a local financial institution for report of a burglar alarm. False alarm.
1850 Patrol completed a traffic stop on Sandstone Drive. A verbal warning was issued.
1851 Patrol completed a traffic stop on Sandstone Drive. A verbal warning was issued.
1916 Report of an erratic driver on Rt. 56 (Colton - Hannawa). Patrol advised to be observant for vehicle. No violations observed. Vehicle stop made .Welfare check completed.
2141 Traffic stop completed on Sandstone Drive. Ticket issued.
2153 Traffic stop completed on Elm Street. Verbal warning issued.
2154 Traffic stop completed on Maple Street. Verbal warning issued.
2223 Traffic stop completed on Maple Street. Ticket issued.
2235 Traffic stop completed on Maple Street. Ticket issued.
2305 Traffic stop completed on Maple Street. Verbal warning issued.
POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Kyle J. Fountain, 25, of Hermon for unsafe backing after responding to a car-pedestrian accident at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on Larnard Street. Police said Mr. Fountain was backing up and struck a two-year-old child. The toddler reportedly suffered minor injuries. Potsdam Rescue assisted at the accident scene.
NO INSURANCE - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Leroy J. Schofell, 57, of Grinnell Avenue, Massena, for operation of a vehicle with no insurance and a suspended registration.
CANTON — The new attorney representing Oral “Nick” Hillary, the man accused of the 2011 murder of Garrett J. Phillips, will seek a 2016 trial date.
Attorneys Gary W. Miles and co-counsel John K. Collins have taken over the case from Hillary’s previous attorney, Edward F. Narrow of Dumas & Narrow P.C., Canton, following a conference Tuesday morning with District Attorney Mary E. Rain, her chief assistant, David A. Haggard and Country Court Judge Jerome J. Richards.
“We want to be sure that ‘Justice for Garrett’ doesn’t equate to ‘revenge for Garrett,’” Mr. Miles said.
Hillary, 41, of 131 Leroy St., Potsdam, was indicted Jan. 21 on a charge of second-degree murder. He is accused of suffocating and strangling Garrett, 12, at the boy’s Potsdam home on Oct. 24, 2011.
The change in attorneys occurred in place of a hearing to determine who paid $200,000 cash bail to get Hillary out of St. Lawrence County jail for his alleged Sept. 21 violation of a court order preventing him from having contact with Garrett’s mother and Hillary’s former girlfriend, Tandy L. Cyrus. He was charged with second-degree criminal contempt, sent to jail on Sept. 22 and was released shortly afterward. That hearing, as well as a hearing in which his defense attorneys were expected to respond to a request from Ms. Rain for more DNA from Hillary, have been adjourned to Oct. 21.
Even with the large sum of pretrial work done by Dumas & Narrow P.C., Mr. Miles said the nearly four-year-old case involves a mountain of work to review. He said it would have been irresponsible to tell the court he would be ready for trial by Nov. 30.
“It’s pretty clear that the date we will ask for will be after the first of the year because of the holidays and issues that are still pending in terms of the DA’s requests and things like that,” Mr. Miles said. “So, on the 21st, we will know when we are going to trial — without a doubt.”
Mr. Miles said he received a call about a week and a half ago from someone in the Hillary camp asking if he would be interested in taking over the case.
“I have been asked a lot over the years to get involved in cases at a late hour, or at the last hour. Typically, I turn those requests down for obvious reasons,” Mr. Miles said. “This is a case, whereby I felt from the very beginning, that perhaps they had the wrong guy.”
Mr. Narrow said he was alerted Friday to Hillary’s interest in new counsel and that the change will not affect the defense.
“It is not going to change the evidence the state has against Mr. Hillary, nor will it change the evidence Mr. Hillary has that shows his innocence,” Mr. Narrow said. “The law firm of Dumas & Narrow P.C. will assist Mr. Hillary in any way that he believes to be beneficial for his defense.”
This is the second time since his first indictment on May 15, 2014, that Hillary has changed attorneys. On Sept. 25, 2014, Dumas & Narrow P.C. took over for attorney Christopher Renfroe of Renfroe, Driscoll & Foster, New York. Judge Richards dismissed the first indictment as a result of bullying and prejudicial questions of grand jury witnesses and the use of circumstantial evidence by Ms. Rain.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, Hillary told the judge he was not dissatisfied with the services of Mr. Narrow’s firm.
Ms. Rain told the judge she believed the request to change counsel was a stall tactic and that since Mr. Narrow and Hillary were “still getting along greatly,” there is no reason for the change.
A delay in trial would be a violation of the rights of Garrett’s family, which has been seeking justice for four years, Ms. Rain said.
“The victims also have rights,” Ms. Rain said. “To delay this trial at the very last minute violates their rights.”
Ms. Cyrus, who attended the hearing Tuesday, declined to comment.
Judge Richards told Ms. Rain her objection is a denial of Hillary’s rights.
“A defendant is entitled to the lawyer of his choosing,” Judge Richards said. “I don’t see ... that Mr. Hillary is doing this to delay trial.”
Ms. Rain declined to be interviewed following the hearing.
Mr. Miles said having Mr. Collins on his defense team is “crucial.” The two men worked together as assistant district attorneys in St. Lawrence County when Judge Richards held the D.A. post and Mr. Miles said they would continue to work with Mr. Dumas and Mr. Narrow throughout the trial.
NUISANCE BY DOG - MASSENA - Village police charged Tracy L. Arcet, 40, of 104 Water St., Massena, and Tyler J. Secore, 23, of 21 Park Ave., Massena, with nuisance by dog following an investigation into a dog bite that reportedly took place Friday afternoon in the yard at 106 Water St. Terry Mossow was reportedly picking up items at 106 Water St. for St. Vincent de Paul when a chained lab mix dog owned by Mr. Secore and being cared for by Ms. Arcet crossed the property line and bit him on the hand. The dog was seized on a court order signed Tuesday afternoon by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and is being housed on a local kennel.
MASSENA - Village police picked up Katie M. (Mattison) Davison, 24, of 152 Maple St., Massena, on a bench warrant Tuesday evening. The warrant, signed by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson on Sept. 29, alleged Ms. Davison had failed to appear as directed on a pending violation of probation. Ms. Davison had been sentenced to probation for three years in November 2013 for a resisting arrest conviction. Since being placed on probation, she allegedly was arrested on a petit larceny count in January 2015 in the town of Potsdam, failed to report as directed to her probation officer, failed to notify her probation officer of an address change and failed to reported several interactions with police related to domestic violence complaints. She was arraigned on the warrant by Mr. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.
Ms. Davison had pleaded guilty to resisting arrest in November 2013 in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree criminal trespass and disorderly conduct charges.
She had been charged with kicking a village patrolman in the groin and attempting to pull away from his officers when she was being led to a police vehicle after being charged with disorderly conduct at 6:32 p.m. Nov. 7, 2012.
MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Angelica J. Baker, 20,of 157 County Route 43, Apt. 1, Massena, with a felony count of fourth-degree grand larceny Tuesday evening following an investigation into an incident that took place on Sept. 28. She allegedly stole a NBT debit card belonging to her mother, Joanne M. Woods. She was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released under the supervision of the probation department to reappear Oct. 21 in Louisville Town Court.
Ms. Wood, in a statement she provided police, said she discovered her debit card was missing from her purse on Sept. 30.
“My daughter went to North Bangor last night around 8, 8:30 p.m. and that’s where the stuff was (with)drawn and that is why I think she took it,” Ms. Wood said.
Ms. Baker, in a statement she signed for state police investigators, admitted taking her mother’s debit card.
“I went home to grab some clothes from my house. I went into mom’s room to use her beauty products, and I seen her NBT debit card was on the dresser. I took the card and put it in my pocket and left the house,” she said, suggesting she had then placed the card in the glove compartment of a friend’s vehicle.
“(I) said I have some money, but I can’t use it until Wednesday at midnight because she doesn’t get paid till the first of October. I feel like crap for taking the card from mu mom. I don’t know what I was thinking,” she said in the statement she reportedly signed Tuesday. “I tried to check the balance on the card a couple of days ago, and it said unauthorized transaction. I never used the card and didn’t take out any money.”
But she told investigators her friend had given her $20 in recent days and told her she was pretty sure it was her money.
“I figured it had something to do with my mom’s debit card,” she told state police, noting she had retrieved the card from her friend’s glove compartment on Tuesday.