Archives for January 2015

Like Father, Like Son

A Brushton father and son have been arrested on drug charges.
Here’s Ed Histed with the details…

(( 54 year old Dean Cox and his son, 25 year old Paul Cox are each charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle after Massena Police found them together doing drugs in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
Dean Cox was sent to the St. Lawrence County Jail in Canton with bail set at $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond. His son was also sent to the county jail with bail set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.))

Ball murder trial set to start in Malone

Jury selection is wrapping up today and opening arguments are set to start in the murder trial against Angela Ball. The Franklin County woman is accused of killing 65-year-old Ward Wilbur in her apartment in Nov. 2013. He was found with multiple stab wounds and and an autopsy revealed he died from blunt force trauma. Ball has claimed self-defense, claiming he beat her. The judge was trying to find two more alternate jurors this morning, before the proseuctors can lay out their case.

Norfolk Man RE-Sentenced In Rape Case After Probation Violation For Assault

In St. Lawrence County Court, a Norfolk (NOR-FORK) man, charged with raping a 13-year-old Norfolk (NOR-FORK) girl, learned that he will be spending a long time in prison for his crime when he was resentenced.
Ed Histed has the details…

((21 year old Trevor Secore was originally sentenced to up to eight years in prison with a minimum of six years for second-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse.
Secore previously pleaded guilty in a plea deal, after originally facing charges including including two counts each of first-degree rape, second-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse, all felonies, plus charges of endangering the welfare of a child. As a part of his deal, Secore was placed on one year of interim probation and faced a maximum of 14 years in prison if he violated the terms. He had faced a maximum of 64 years on the original charges. And it was a better deal because of his age at the time of the rape, he could have been eligible for youthful offender status, meaning he would not have a criminal record after serving his time.
When he went before the judge this time though, things were different. Because the judge found that Secore had violated the terms of his probation back in October, when he was arrested for the assault of a Massena man, he was handed the new sentence of up to eight years, on the original charges.
And, in addition to his new, tougher prison sentence, Secore will also have to pay $1,801 in court fees and surcharges and $20.66 in restitution.))

Malone ranks 6th in affordability according to study

A new study says Malone is 6th in the state for the most affordable places to live in New York. The ranking from SmartAssest ranked cities based on their property taxes, homeowner’s insurance fees and mortgage payments compared to their local median income. Malone ranked above both Ogdensburg and Massena, which came in at 9th and 10th respectively. The top three cities for affordability were Waterloo, Dunkirk, and Hamlin.

Attempted Illegal Gun Purchase In Malone Draws Felony Charges For Two

Two people were arrested Monday following an attempted illegal gun purchase at Wal-Mart in Malone.
Ed Histed has details…

((51 year old Christine Swinyer and 38 year old John Bova, both of Vermontville, were nabbed Monday, when
Bova, a convicted felon, attempted to buy a shotgun from Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart employees discovered his felon status when running their background check, and denied the purchase. Two days later, Swinyer – who is Bova’s aunt – went back and bought the same shotgun from Wal-Mart.
When Wal-Mart employees noticed that Swinyer and Bova had used the same information, including the same address on the purchase forms, they called in the State Police to investigate.
Swinyer now finds herself charged with criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon, which is a felony, and falsifying business records, also a felony.
Bova was charged with attempted criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon, and criminal possession of a weapon.))

Rosario Sentenced to 15 to life

Monday Judge Robert Main sentenced Jorge Rosario to 15 years to life after he was found guilty last September of numerous charges related to unlawful imprisonment and obstruction of breathing charges. At sentencing Main said Rosario is a persistent felon and a danger to the community so he slapped him with the heavy sentence of 15 to life.

Former Saranac Lake Man To Spend 12 Years In Federal Prison For Fraud

A now 70 year old California man, formerly a resident of Saranac Lake, learned on Monday that he will spend the next 12 years in federal prison for fraud.
Here’s Ed Histed with more…

((Prosecutors say William Stehl, who was now living in Ventura, California, and was a 1962 graduate of Saranac Lake High School, was behind an $8 million alternative energy technology investment scheme in Saranac Lake, that lured investors with false promises related to the development of alternative energy solutions. Stehl and a codefendant, 64 year old Richard Rossignol of Los Angeles, were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. Stehl also was charged with tax fraud, and with lying to federal agents.
In addition to the years he was handed in federal prison, Stehl was ordered to pay more than $8 million in restitution and undergo three additional years of supervision when he is finally released from prison.))

Massive Storm Could Disrupt Travel This Week

The Northeast is bracing for a massive winter storm that could dump two to three feet from northern New Jersey up to Connecticut.

Ed Histed has details…

Former Potsdam Town Court Clerk Mary Jo Guyette To Be Imprisoned As Felon

The former Potsdam Town Court clerk, charged with stealing more than $117,000 from the town, was in St. Lawrence County Court on Thursday.
Ed Histed tells us what happened yesterday…

((44 year old Mary Jo Guyette was there to try to work out a deal to avoid prison.
Guyette pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny and falsifying business records, both felonies. The deal that was worked out with prosecutors, now will see Guyette serve a sentence not to exceed six months in St. Lawrence County jail, followed by five years’ probation. She will also likely have to pay restitution, but that is not yet decided. She will report to jail Feb. 2 to begin her incarceration but will not be sentenced until March 27.
Guyette also will have to pay court fines, fees and surcharges, and she will have to submit a sample of her DNA.
The sentence is for charges that were filed following an investigation by state police and the state comptroller’s office that revealed that over the course of four years starting in June 2009, Ms. Guyette had altered court financial documents to hide the theft of $117,120. She was suspended in June with pay when the discrepancies were found; she was fired Sept. 11.
Guyette is free on bail until she reports to jail Feb. 2.))

NY Lawmaker In Hot Water With Feds

A state legislator is now in some serious trouble…
Ed Histed has the story…

((New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was expected to be arrested today by federal authorities on corruption charges. The New York Times is reporting that Silver’s arrest will “likely to throw Albany into disarray at the beginning of a new session.”
The charges are related to a probe that began after Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in 2013, shut down an anticorruption commission he created. The matter reportedly relates to payments Silver received from a law firm that helps people reduce their real estate taxes.))