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Sweat heads back to prison after three weeks on the run, nearly eight-day hospital stay

First published: July 05, 2015 at 12:14 pm
Last modified: July 05, 2015 at 12:14 pm

ALBANY - Escaped Dannemora inmate David Sweat is out of the hospital and has been placed behind a new set of bars at the maximum-security Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus.

NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision announced today that Sweat was released from Albany Medical Center at 3:05 a.m., where he had been recuperating from gunshot wounds sustained during his capture on June 28.

According to a press release from the NYSDOCCS, details of his transportation were not being released for security reasons.

Sweat is expected to remain in the infirmary at the Five Points Correctional Facility during his initial 24-hour period of incarceration for medical evaluation. Following his discharge from the infirmary, Sweat will be housed in the Five Points Special Housing Unit in a single cell within the facility’s 150-bed, 23-hour confinement unit. Sweat will also be placed on active suicide watch.

Each cell in the facility is equipped with a bed, a writing platform, a toilet and sink, and a facility-controlled shower which will limit movement.

Sweat escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora along with deceased escape partner Richard Matt on June 6.

Matt was shot and killed on June 26, just two days before Sweat’s capture after 22 days on the run.

Sweat, 35, was serving a life sentence without parole for killing a sheriff’s deputy near Binghamton on July 4, 2002. Matt, 49, of the Buffalo area, was doing 25 years to life for the 1997 kidnapping, torture and hacksaw dismemberment of his former boss.

Matt’s body has since been released to his estranged son and was transported to a funeral home in Tonawanda.

Authorities said the inmates cut through their adjoining cell walls over months, climbed down catwalks to tunnels, got access to contractors’ tools, broke through a brick wall, cut into and out of a steam pipe and cut a chain holding a manhole cover outside the prison to get away.

The escape by Sweat and Matt launched a massive 23-day manhunt amid the rugged Northern New York terrain involving more than 1,100 law enforcement officers.

Since their escape, a prison tailor shop employee, Joyce Mitchell, and a guard, Gene Palmer, have been charged with helping the inmates escape. Several other prison employees have been placed on leave. A range of new security measures is being put in place at the maximum-security prison to close gaps the inmates exploited.

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NYSP Public Record

First published: July 05, 2015 at 10:00 am
Last modified: July 05, 2015 at 10:00 am

UNAUTHORIZED USE MOTOR VEHICLE - POTSDAM - Canton-based state police charge Laura J. Wolf, 42, of Potsdam with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following an investigation into an incident reported at 9:32 p.m. Saturday from the town of Potsdam. The arrest was made at 5:02 a.m. Sunday on Main Street in the town of Colton.

Troopers also ticketed Ms. Wolf for operation of a vehicle with an obstructed view, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, a right of the way violation, making an improper right turn, failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of an address change and causing a vehicle to be abandoned.

CRIMINAL POSSESSION MARIJUANA - NORFOLK - Massena-based state police charged Rita J. Dill, 55, of Potsdam with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana following an incident at 5:36 p.m. Saturday on River Road in the town of Norfolk. She was allegedly in possession of more than 25 grams of marijuana.

AGGRAVATED DWI - BOMBAY - Malone-based state police charged Gwenneth E. Thompson, 47, of Hogansburg with aggravated driving while intoxicated and ticketed her for unsafe backing following a property damage accident reported at 1:04 p.m. Saturday at 660 state Route 37 in the town of Bombay. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is considered proof of intoxication in the state. The charge is elevated to an aggravated DWI count when the blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent or higher.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - ST. REGIS FALLS - Malone-based state police charged three people with disorderly conduct following a disturbance at 9:50 p.m. Saturday at the St. Regis Falls July 4 celebration. Troopers charged Maria L. White, 23, of Brushton; Francine A. Thomas-Dustin, 32, of Hogansburg; and Eugene L. Dissottle, 46, of Brasher Falls with disorderly conduct.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - CANTON - State police investigated several property damage accidents on Saturday. Among those:

• Chati L. Carrow-Trimm, 19, of Hermon at 11:35 p.m. on County Route 35, near Collins Road, in the town of Potsdam.

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Potsdam Police make DWI arrest

First published: July 05, 2015 at 8:47 am
Last modified: July 05, 2015 at 8:47 am

DWI - POTSDAM - Village police charged Susanne K. Sicignano, 48, of Canadensis, Pa., with driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop at 1:48 a.m. Saturday after she was allegedly southbound on Pierrepont Avenue when an officer observed she did not have her headlights activated.

She was also charged with refusal to take a roadside breath test and ticketed for operation of a vehicle with inadequate headlights.

Ms. Sicignano later submitted to a data-master test and reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent.

A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is considered proof of intoxication in the state.

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Potsdam Police, Rescue assist person barricaded inside Market Street Mall

First published: July 05, 2015 at 6:26 am
Last modified: July 05, 2015 at 6:42 am

POTSDAM - Village police said they received a complaint at 10:32 a.m. Saturday from a person that was concerned for the welfare of a subject that was located in an office at the Market Square Mall.

The caller said they could see in the business, and the person inside appeared to be injured.

Patrols responded, and the building was evacuated after it was determined the subject had sustained a self-inflicted injury and was barricaded in an office.

Police eventually were able to remove the subject from the office.

Potsdam PD was assisted on scene by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police, and the SUNY Potsdam Police.

Potsdam Rescue transported the individual to Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Traffic control assistance was provided by Potsdam Fire.

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Potsdam PD Public Record

First published: July 05, 2015 at 6:41 am
Last modified: July 05, 2015 at 6:41 am

The Police Blotter

Saturday, July 4, 2015

0108 Rubbish fire in Ives Park.

0109 Traffic stop on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.

0322 Traffic stop on Elm Street. Verbal warning issued.

0346 Traffic stop on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.

0348 Potsdam Rescue dispatched to a call.

1345 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to pick up a Mercy Flight crew.

1648 Reported a traffic light malfunction to DOT.

1713 Received a report of a juvenile being hit by another juvenile. Patrols investigating.

1755 Traffic stop initiated on Depot St. Warning issued.

1805 Traffic Stop initiated on Market Street Warning issued.

1810 Traffic stop initiated on Lower Pine Street. Verbal warning issued.

1915 Traffic stop initiated on Clarkson Avenue. Warning issued.

2017 Potsdam Rescue dispatched to a call.

2130 Potsdam Rescue dispatched to a call.

2249 Traffic stop on Madrid Avenue. Verbal warning issued.

2255 Fireworks complaint on Lower Pine Street.

2315 Traffic stop on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.

2318 Burglar alarm at a business on Market Street.

2332 Fireworks complaint on Racquette Road.

2336 Traffic stop on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.

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

First published: July 05, 2015 at 1:38 am
Last modified: July 05, 2015 at 1:38 am
Wing

MASSENA — A registered sex offender who allegedly had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old Massena girl he met on Facebook was jailed without bail Saturday afternoon, village police said.

Christopher G. Wing, 30, of 11 Greenbush St., Apt. 3, Cortland, faces third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child charges following an investigation launched when police received a complaint there was an unwanted person at a trailer at 49 ½ Maple St.

Wing allegedly had sexual intercourse with the underage girl 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 ½ 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 who 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 legally consent to 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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Massena man jailed on grand larceny count

First published: July 05, 2015 at 1:34 am
Last modified: July 05, 2015 at 1:34 am

MASSENA - State police charged Andrew M. Foster, 30, of 9 Caravan Drive, Massena, with a felony count of third-degree grand larceny Wednesday.

Mr. Foster allegedly stole $5,731 from his employer, the Duty Free America store at Rooseveltown, between June 24-28. The Massena man worked as a shift supervisor at the store. He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Court documents reported there was a concern the stolen money had been used to purchase drugs. The investigation also resulted in the recovery of approximately $800 of the stolen money, including cash found in money bags in Mr. Foster’s room.

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Norfolk man charged with harassment following dispute with dog warden

First published: July 05, 2015 at 1:34 am
Last modified: July 05, 2015 at 1:34 am

NORFOLK -St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies charged Justin D. Coller, 32, Norfolk, with second-degree harassment after an alleged dispute.

Mr. Coller had with the town’s dog control officer on May 5 at 8667 Route 56, deputies said.

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