FAMILY COURT WARRANT - MASSENA - St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies picked up Stacey J. Laporte Jr., 24, of Massena Saturday morning on a warrant signed by St. Lawrence County Family Court Judge Cecily L. Morris. The warrant alleged Mr. Laporte had failed to appear in court as directed on Feb. 23 for a child support enforcement proceeding. Mr. Laporte was arraigned on the warrant by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and was sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton. He has been released from custody.
UNINSPECTED VEHICLE - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Barbara J. Dobbins, 54, of Robinson Street, Massena, for operation of an uninspected motor vehicle at 5:45 p.m. Monday following a traffic stop on Malby Avenue.
SPEEDING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Alyssa L. Clark, 23, of South Raquette River Road, Massena, for speed in zone at 3:06 p.m. Monday following a traffic stop on the South Raquette River Road.
SPEEDING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Kathy M. Law, 56, of County Route 55, Brasher Falls, for speed in zone at 2:17 p.m. Monday following a traffic stop on East Hatfield Street.
FAILURE TO KEEP RIGHT - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Laura A. Rawlins, 76, of Riverside Parkway, Massena, for failure to keep right at 12:26 p.m. Monday on Riverside Parkway.
MASSENA - Both drivers were ticketed following a two-vehicle collision at 5:06 p.m. on South Main Street at East Hatfield.
Village police said Joseph A. Lavarnway, 72, of 39 Marie St., Massena, was southbound on South Main Street when he took a left turn onto East Hatfield Street. He collided with a northbound vehicle being operated by Michael G. Dihrberg, 25, of 1655 County Route 38, Massena. Police said Mr. Dihrberg was making a right hand turn onto East Hatfield Street. Mr. Lavarnway steered his vehicle up over a curb to avoid striking a sports utility vehicle that was parked at the East Hatfield Street for a red light. The Lavarnway vehicle came to rest in a small green area between the curb and the Springs Inn.
Mr. Lavarnway was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way when making a left hand turn.
Mr. Dihrberg was ticketed for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Massena Rescue for treatment of wrist pain.
Massena Fire also responded to the accident scene.
Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
CANTON - A pedestrian was sent to the hospital Monday morning after being hit crossing Main Street in Canton.
Village police said Alice Page, 61, of Canton was struck by Carol A. Pierce of Hermon at 11:30 a.m. Monday in downtown Canton.
“She was walking north on the crosswalk toward the Pear Tree when she was struck by an SUV,” said Village Police Chief Lori A. McDougal, who was present at the scene. “She was coherent but she was definitely shaken up, complaining of leg and hand pain.”
Ms. Page was transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital by Canton Rescue.
“We just looked up and saw that everything had stopped,” said Erin S. Alguire, owner of Sposa Bella, recounting the scene from inside her 81 East Main St. store.
She and employee Angela M. Thomas quickly responded to the accident scene, bringing a blanket to Ms. Page, who at the time was responsive but complaining of head pain.
“We wanted to check on her and make sure 911 was called and that help was on the way,” Ms. Thomas said.
Alonzo J. Ellison said he witnessed the collision.
“There was a tractor trailer parked right in front of the crosswalk and she was walking by it,” Mr. Ellison said, describing it as an obstruction of view to oncoming traffic.
New York State Police, St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Canton VillagePolice responded to the call.
Officials say further investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.
AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT - LOUISVILLE - Massena-based state police charged Scott O. Kimble 22, of 2285 state Route 420, Massena, with second-degree harassment Monday morning stemming from an investigation into an incident that reportedly occurred at 8:25 p.m. March 26.
Mr. Kimble allegedly called Jose Basilone, his former employer, and threatened to kill him during a brief telephone conversation.
Mr. Basilone told police he accepted a phone call from a blocked number. “The caller, who I instantly recognized as Scott Kimble Jr., stated, ‘You ought to learn to shut your mouth. Next time you are in town I am going to kill you,’” he noted in the statement he signed for police.
Mr. Basilone reportedly responded with some pleasantries of his own and added commentary about Mr. Kimble’s lineage. Mr. Basilone said the caller then hung up, and he called 911.
He said Mr. Kimble and his late father had both worked for him at Romeo’s liquor store until he fired them in September 2014 “due to money and product coming up missing at the liquor store.”
Mr. Kimble denied making the phone call in a statement he provided police. He said the only phone call he had made that evening was from his house phone to his cell phone when he was looking for his cell phone. He told troopers he hadn’t had contact with Mr. Basilone since September 2014.
“I have not called not do I know anyone who would have called him and threatened him over the phone,” Mr. Kimble said in the statement he reportedly signed for state troopers.
Mr. Kimble was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released on his own recognizance with a stipulation he abide by the terms of a temporary order of protection directing him to have no contact with Mr. Basilone.
MASSENA - The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation will be holding an opening ceremony on Thursday to mark the start of the river’s 57th navigation season.
The ceremony and speeches will commence at 11 a.m. Thursday at the St. Lambert Locks in St. Lambert, Que.
The corporation’s administrator, Betty S. Sutton, along with St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation CEO Terence Bowles will speak about the waterway’s “most significant capital investment and modernization program in five decades” during the event.
Also in attendance will be keynote speakers Ken Lerner of Lafarge Concrete and Canadian Wheat Board President and CEO Ian White. Mr. White’s new vessel, the CWB Marquis, will be the first ship of the season.
CANTON - After a hard-won battle against Hammond Central School, Potsdam High School emerged as the county winner of the St. Lawrence County Mock Trial Tournament hosted by SUNY Canton.
The Potsdam team will now represent St. Lawrence County in the regional Mock Trial Competition to be held on April 25 in Albany. If successful, the team will then compete in the state-wide competition.
“It took a strong collaborative effort to host a two-week Mock Trial Tournament,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, J.D., dean of SUNY Canton’s School of Business and Liberal Arts. “We thank all of the attorneys and judges who devoted countless hours in preparation and coaching the teams this year.”
Hammond Central School and Potsdam High School have been past county winners who have progressed to the regionals.
Marcia R. Thompson, teacher-coach for the Hammond Central School team, noted that she was exceptionally proud of her students for making it to the county finals. “The students are well-rounded individuals at the top of their classes, and active in sports, music, and science club as well as in Mock Trial,” Thompson said.
The St. Lawrence County Mock Trial program is co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, the St. Lawrence County Bar Association, the New York Bar Foundation and the Law, Youth, and Citizenship Program.
The attorneys and judges represented included: Family Court Judge Cecily L. Morris, Surrogate’s Court Judge John F. Richey, St. Lawrence County Bar Association President Marcia L. LeMay, Surrogate’s Court Attorney Michelle H. Ladouceur, Jefferson County Family Court Attorney Lisa A. Proven, Chief Assistant District Attorney David A. Haggard, Assistant District Attorney A. Michael Gebo, Assistant District Attorney Otis Simon, Public Defenders James T. Farrell, James M. McGahan, and Frederick J. Petersen, Mental Hygiene Legal Services attorney Matthew Bliss, and private attorneys Diane J. Exoo and Thomas J. Snider.
CANTON - A suspended Potsdam Central School social studies teacher pleaded not guilty today (Monday, March 30, 2015) on multiple charges, including two felonies, for allegedly having sexual intercourse and other forms of sexual contact with a 14-year-old student.
Thomas P. McGowan, 32, of 39 Reynolds Road, Potsdam, faces 13 counts of third-degree sexual abuse, a class B misdemeanor, and two counts of second-degree rape, a Class D felony, according to an indictment returned by a St. Lawrence County grand jury.
Mr. McGowan, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at A.A. Kingston Middle School, was suspended with pay in September. He is accused of having sexual relations with a female student, now 15, beginning in June in the town of Potsdam.
McGowan is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the legal proceedings. “By law he is still required to get paid,” Potsdam Central School Superintendent Patrick H. Brady explained earlier in March.
Mr. McGowan was charged Sept. 18 on a single count of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child after the alleged victim, in her statement to police, said the incident took place Sept. 10 after school in the back seat of Mr. McGowan’s truck in a field off May Road. She said in her statement that it was not the only time she had sexual contact with Mr. McGowan.
Following his arrest, Mr. McGowan pleaded not guilty to a single count of sex abuse in Potsdam Town Court and was released on $2,500 bail.
According to the indictment, Mr. McGowan had sexual contact with the underage girl on six occasions: three times in the month of June, again on Aug. 2, a week before this school year school started and on Sept. 10.
The sexual intercourse allegedly took place a week before school started and on Sept. 10, according to the indictment.
“Over the past month on several occasions I and Mr. McGowan sent several nude photos to each other via Snapchat from each other’s cellphones,” the teenager said in her September statement to police.
St. Lawrence County sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Brooks J. Bigwarfe said at the time that the girl’s parents had been suspicious of their daughter’s activities and had requested an investigation.
Sheriff’s deputies found Mr. McGowan with the girl about 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 on May Road. No sexual activity was going on between the two at the time, Mr. Bigwarfe said. The girl was taken to the Potsdam Police Department to be picked up by her parents.
Police said they lacked evidence to arrest Mr. McGowan at the time. Following an interview with the teenager, Mr. Bigwarfe said, they had the information they needed for an arrest. Police said they later located Mr. McGowan in a parking lot on Route 56 where he was taken into custody without incident.
UNLAWFUL POSSESSION - POTSDAM - Canton-based state police charged John Paul J. Tebo, 21, of Norwood with unlawful possession of marijuana and ticketed him for making an unsafe lane change at 3:15 a.m. Monday following a traffic stop on Route 11 in the town of Potsdam.
PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - CANTON - State police investigated a number of property damage accidents on Sunday around the region. Among those:
• Kayla M. Labier, 28, of North Lawrence at 1:44 p.m. on state Route 95, near Cold Springs Road, in the town of Bombay.
• Rebecca L. Decilles, 27, of Hogansburg at 8:11 p.m. on County Route 43, near Route 37B, in the town of Massena.
DWI - WADDINGTON - St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies charged Richard C. Vangorden, 37, of 56 Oak St., Waddington, with driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to a breath screening test Sunday following an incident on Fenton Street. Deputies said they responded to Fenton Street after receiving a complaint that Mr. Fenton had been involved in a confrontation with the U.S. Border Patrol. He was released on an appearance ticket for Waddington Town Court.
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - MASSENA - Village police charged a 15-year-old male with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance at 7 p.m. Sunday. His case was turned over to the probation department to determine if he will be petitioned to St. Lawrence County Family Court.
UNREGISTERED VEHICLE - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Erica M. Scott, 37, of County Route 44, Chase Mills, for operation of an unregistered motor vehicle at 4:07 p.m. Sunday following a traffic stop on East Hatfield Street.
NO SEAT BELT - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Faith Firenze, 22, of Morrisonville for failure to wear her seat belt at 2:24 p.m. Sunday following a traffic stop on Leroy Street.
The Police Blotter
Sunday, March 30, 2015
0020 Criminal mischief complaint on Depot Street.
0046 Traffic stop on Pine Street. Verbal warning issued.
0111 Traffic stop on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.
0119 Traffic stop on the May Road. Verbal warning issued.
0135 Traffic stop on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.
0153 Traffic stop on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.
0159 Traffic stop on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.
0201 Traffic stop on Broad Street. Verbal warning issued.
0206 Traffic stop on Fall Island. Verbal warning issued.
0216 Traffic stop on Maple Street. Verbal warning issued.
0253 Traffic stop on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.
0320 Traffic stop on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.
0925 Received a report of possible water main break on College Park Drive. DPW notified and dispatched a crew.
1256 Found property. Owner notified.
1424 Traffic stop on Leroy Street. Ticket issued.
1536 Patrol requested to assist a resident who was locked out of his residence. Completed without incident.
1606 Patrol completed an equipment inspection.
1642 Lost wallet report filed.
1714 Patrol dispatched to report of a dog in a vehicle Market Street. Vehicle had left prior to patrol’s arrival.
2214 Patrol responded to a complaint of a vehicle with an open door.
2330 Patrols assisted Potsdam Fire with an alarm activation at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.