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Weapons case going to grand jury


The case of an Ogdensburg man charged with weapons possession is headed for a St. Lawrence County grand jury.

In Ogdensburg City Court on Tuesday, Vincent A. Pratt, 49, of 715 Lake St., waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He was arrested Oct. 3 by Ogdensburg police and the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Drug Task Force for third degree criminal possession of a weapon, six counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlicensed growing of cannabis, all at home.

Police found in Mr. Pratt’s home several rifles, shotguns and a muzzle loader. He was convicted in May 2002 of felony second degree assault and is therefore forbidden from possessing firearms. A marijuana plant was also found at the residence, police said.

Mr. Pratt is represented by the St. Lawrence County Public Defender’s Office.

In other cases Tuesday before Judge William R. Small:

Nicole J. Sharpe, 27, of 3 Grove St., Ogdensburg, was sentenced to three years probation for an April 2 charge of driving while intoxicated. She was fined $750, surcharged $395, told to enroll in a Drinker Driver Program and install an Interlock alcohol detection device, had her driver’s license revoked and was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.

According to court records, Ms. Sharpe’s blood alcohol level was .16 percent at the time of her arrest.

David M. Grant, 23, of 1302 Ford St., Ogdensburg, was sentenced to three years probation and time served for a May 15 charge of third-degree assault. He was also told to undergo anger management and to abide by a no contact order of protection for the assault complainant, Joseph R. Truhilk, 48.

Mr. Grant was represented by the county Conflict Public Defender’s Office.

Caleb L. Rayburn, 25, of 733 Irish Settlement Road, Ogdensburg, waived his right to a preliminary hearing for a June 1 charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a motorcycle, and his case will go to a grand jury.

Mark S. Durham, 29, of Main Street, Hermon, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct to satisfy that charge and resisting arrest, both from July 28. He was fined and surcharged a total of $220, granted a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to perform 24 hours of community service.

Mr. Durham was represented by the conflict defender’s office.

Rebecca L. Vargas, 28, of 341 Main St., Apt. 1, Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment to satisfy a June 11 charge of third-degree attempted assault. She was granted a one-year conditional discharge, fined and surcharged a total of $220 and told to comply with a no-contact order of protection for Eli Corbine. Ms. Vargas was represented by the conflict defender’s office.

Tyler P. Yerden, 20, of 317 Todd Road, Rensselaer Falls, was sentenced to 30 days in St. Lawrence County jail, Canton. He pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted criminal trespass to satisfy an Oct. 2 charge of second-degree criminal trespass. He was also fined and surcharged a total of $400.

Mr. Yerden was represented by the conflict defender’s office.

On Thursday, Dorothy M. Marino, 39, of 816 Congress St., Ogdensburg, was arraigned and released on her own recognizance after her arrest Wednesday for endangering the welfare of a child. She is accused of punching her 15-year-old daughter in the back.

Mrs. Marino was told to comply with a no-harassment order of protection for her daughter. She is due back in city court with legal counsel provided by the public defender’s office.

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