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News By Bob LaRue


December 17, 2014

OGDENSBURG – Three Ogdensburg men residents wearing ski masks allegedly broke into a home on New York Avenue in Ogdensburg late Monday afternoon.  City police yesterday arrested 27-year-old Dustin Bennett, 21-year-old Cody Garcia and 15-year-old Joseph Law all on charges of attempted robbery, burglary, conspiracy and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. In a police statement, authorities said the trio allegedly “entered unlawfully into the residence wearing ski masks and dark colored clothing.” Three young children were present in the residence.  One of the children was allegedly shoved to the floor.  Police reported that a brief struggle ensued between one of the suspects and the homeowners.  The investigation is still ongoing and further arrests are expected.

LISBON – A full-sized pickup truck collided with an Amish buggy shortly after sundown last evening on County Road 10, with eyeshot of the Flackville intersection between Canton and Ogdensburg. St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies say the horse was killed.  However, it’s very fortunate that none of the four people in the buggy were injured.  Of six people in the truck, only one person sustained minor cuts to the face when the horse hit the windshield headfirst.  The truck was driven by George Kirby, Jr., while the buggy was operated by John Miller.  Other details of the accident and how it occurred were not immediately released.

POTSDAM – The signs line the front of the new hotel property on Market Street, saying the new 100-room Hampton Inn in Potsdam is open for business, a week earlier than planned.  A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony is expected   in the near future.  The new hotel, adjacent to McDonald’s is being called “state of the art” and comes after ten months of construction and several holdups, including the harsh winter weather when site work was due to begin last winter. 

NORWOOD – St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force detectives arrested three Norwood-area residents, following an investigation into an alleged methamphetamine lab found in a fire-damaged home.  The arrests followed the execution of a search warrant at 39 South Main Street.  Charged were 49-year-old Timothy Morrill, whose home on Bernard Avenue was heavily fire damaged on December 2nd.  He was living with his 25-year-old son Anthony and the son’s girlfriend, 25-year-old April Regan, at the time of the raid.  All three were charged with a felony count of third-degree manufacturing methamphetamine.

They were arraigned in Pierrepont town court.  Regan was released to probation supervision. Anthony Morrill was ordered held in county jail on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond. Timothy Morrill was ordered held on $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond.  Sheriff’s Detectives say the investigation is continuing and more charges are expected.

POTSDAM – Two Potsdam brothers were jailed without bail, after trying to elude St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies who were attemping to execute family court warrants on them.  Deputies say 36-year-old Arthur Todd and 35-year-old Earl Todd allegedly fled from the officers.  After a brief foot chase, Arthur Todd was taken into custody.  A short time later, with assistance from state police and Environmental Conservation officers, Earl Todd was located in a nearby wooded area.  They were charged with resisting arrest, arraigned and held after being granted no bail.  Also arrested was 24-year-old Amy Risley for allegedly trying to deceive deputies as to the whereabouts of both Todd subjects.   She was released on an appearance tickets.  All will answer the charges at a later date.

CANTON – An Ogdensburg man was arrested yesterday for welfare fraud.  St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies allege that 27-year-old Dustin Bennett submitted documents containing false information to the county’s Department of Social Services.  As a result, Bennett allegedly received $947 in temporary assistance benefits to which he was not entitled.  He was issued court appearance tickets on charges of fifth-degree welfare fraud and second-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

MASSENA – A tentative agreement has reportedly been reached between the New York Power Authority and the St. Lawrence County Local Government Task Force over local benefits as part of the relicensing of the St. Lawrence Power-FDR Power Project in Massena.  In reviewing the proposal this week, St. Lawrence County Legislators were unable to muster a majority of eight votes to endorse it.  The agreement includes benefits to the towns and villages in Massena, Waddington and Louisville, along with the Massena and Madrid-Waddington school districts.  The Watertown Times reported that in the agreement, “NYPA agrees to pay $5 million   for recreational enhancements, to continue High River Flow Adjustments, to transfer NYPA lands back to the host communities of Louisville and Waddington, to provide up to $1.75 million for shoreline stabilization, and to fund a countywide economic development study.  Opponents of the plan say it still does not come close to the $973 million settlement that was received by communities around NYPA’s Niagara Power Project. 

MASSENA – A Massena man was arrested for an alleged assault over the weekend.  State police say 27-year-old Kevin Mitchell allegedly struck a 28-year-old woman in the face and head several times during a domestic dispute.  Mitchell also alleged damaged a television.  There were three young children – ages 8, 6 and 3 – present at the time. Mitchell was charged with third‑degree assault, fourth‑degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned in Massena town court and released to probation supervision. A court order of protection was issued for the woman.


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