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Sun., Oct. 4
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Wild Brownville party leads to two arrests


BROWNVILLE — All Heather Falco wanted last summer was for somebody to dog-sit at her 304 E. Main St. home.

But when she got home early July 22, she found holes in walls and doors and knife gouges in furniture, according to documents filed in two courts. Gone were wedding rings, watches, a camera, amplifiers and other belongings. The theft value exceeded $3,000.

Her dog-sitter, Aaron M. West, 18, had some friends over to the house, according to the court records. Ms. Falco called police at 3:30 that morning.

State police arrested Mr. West, 15084 County Route 59, Dexter, on Dec. 13, and on Thursday charged a state prison inmate in connection with the probe.

Mr. West was released without bail in Pamelia Town Court following his arrest on a charge of third-degree grand larceny. He awaits grand jury action.

The state prisoner, McAuthur Latulas, 26, was brought Thursday from Willard Drug Treatment Center, a facility of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, for arraignment in Watertown Town Court on five charges. He is under state custody and awaits grand jury action on charges of third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal mischief and unlawfully dealing with a child.

Police allege that Mr. Latulas threatened Graig A. Bush with a large military knife and damaged furnishings, stole items from the house and provided beer to several underage people at the Falco home.

Mr. Latulas at the time was out of prison on parole, but was returned to prison in October for violating parole. He was sentenced in Jefferson County Court in October 2004 to a prison term of up to 7 years for first- and second-degree counts of robbery.

Ms. Falco and the property owners, Michael and Roberta Cookson, could not be reached Friday for comment.

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