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Sun., Oct. 4
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Man indicted on gun counts


CANTON — An Ogdensburg resident who was convicted of stabbing another man in a bar bathroom more than a dozen years ago has been indicted on weapons charges.

A St. Lawrence County grand jury on Friday returned five counts against Vincent A. Pratt, 49, of 715 Lake St., after police reported finding several guns in his home during execution of a search warrant four months ago. As a convicted felon, Mr. Pratt is not allowed to possess firearms.

In a separate case, the grand jury also indicted a Ticonderoga man, Timothy D. McDougal, 28, on drug charges following an August traffic stop in the town of Hammond.

In April 2000, Mr. Pratt was found guilty of second-degree assault for stabbing Ogdensburg resident Francis Brabant twice in the chest during a brief encounter the previous year in a bathroom at Kozy’s Tavern on New York Avenue in Ogdensburg. He was sentenced to 300 days in jail and up to $1,611 restitution to reimburse the county, which paid Mr. Brabant’s medical bills under Medicaid.

On Oct. 3, Ogdensburg police and the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Drug Task Force arrested Mr. Pratt after they reportedly removed several rifles, shotguns, a muzzle loader and a sawed-off .410 caliber shotgun with a modified barrel and stock from his home.

The grand jury indicted Mr. Pratt on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class E felony, and three counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor.

News reports from October indicated that Mr. Pratt initially was charged with unlicensed growing of marijuana after police said they found a pot plant at the home. Friday’s indictment made no reference to any such charges.

Mr. Pratt was arraigned in Ogdensburg City Court in October following his arrest, and committed to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, in lieu of $5,000 bail. Jail officials confirmed that he was not at the facility as of Friday afternoon.

In the other case handed up Friday, jurors indicted Mr. McDougal on one count of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana after Border Patrol agents said they found nearly 10 pounds of pot following an Aug. 30 traffic stop on Route 37 in Hammond.

Mr. McDougal, of 288 Burgoyne Road, Ticonderoga, was arrested along with another occupant of the vehicle, Tiffany S. Johnson, 23, Hogansburg. Ms. Johnson was mentioned in Friday’s indictment but not indicted, and information on the status of her case was not immediately available.

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