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Massena couple, ATM-theft suspects among St. Lawrence indictments


CANTON — A Massena couple accused of attempted kidnapping, an Ogdensburg man charged in a domestic incident and two men who allegedly stole a Canton ATM were indicted in separate cases handed up Thursday by a St. Lawrence County grand jury.

Jurors returned a combined six counts against Patrick R. Lloyd, 25, of New York City, reportedly staying at a residence on Haskell Street, Massena, and Miranda M. Green, 18, of 37 Howard St., Massena.

Village police said the two shoved Catherine A. Berry, 17, of Massena to the ground Feb. 16 before punching her in the face several times and kicking her in the face. They then reportedly restrained Ms. Berry’s hands and tried to throw her into their vehicle before their actions drew the attention of neighbors in the Sycamore Street area where the incident took place. Ms. Berry reportedly suffered bruises and facial swelling as a result of the attack.

The jury indicted Mr. Lloyd on charges of second-degree attempted kidnapping, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, petit larceny and second-degree attempted assault.

Ms. Green was indicted on charges of second-degree attempted kidnapping, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, petit larceny and third-degree assault.

The case has stirred up controversy after Massena Police Chief Timmy J. Currier penned a letter in which he asked “what is wrong with the justice system,” largely prompted by Mr. Lloyd’s arrest — and his ability to post $6,500 cash bail and be back on the streets literally minutes after his arraignment.

Also indicted Thursday:

Jebadiah J. Brenno, 29, Ogdensburg, faces charges of second-degree kidnapping, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault, second-degree menacing, two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal possession of marijuana following a domestic incident last month.

According to state police, Mr. Brenno locked an unnamed woman in a bedroom during an attack in which he threatened to kill her and kicked her jaw. When troopers went to arrest him, they said, he was found to be in possession of more than 4 pounds of marijuana.

Joseph C. Lugo, 24, DeKalb, and Brandon D. Crandall, 21, Canton, were indicted in connection with a Nov. 17 ATM heist at St. Lawrence University’s Brewer Bookstore. Both face charges of third-degree grand larceny and tampering with physical evidence.

According to police, the automated teller machine contained $35,380 when the two stole it from bookstore’s vestibule. They then tried to destroy the machine and dumped its charred and battered remains in a town of Canton field, police said.

Mr. Crandall was arrested shortly after the incident. Mr. Lugo was arrested last month in Louisiana and is fighting extradition. A warrant from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office will be required to request his return to New York. St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole M. Duvé said Thursday that the indictment will be part of the warrant application.

Dustin M. Cronce, 22, and Tyler D. Weaver, 22, both of Gouverneur, were indicted on a charge of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

They were arrested in September after state police arrived at 43 Wall St., Apt. 1, in response to an unrelated incident. Upon spotting marijuana in plain view, they searched the apartment. According to the indictment, the two were found in possession of 3.8 pounds of marijuana.

Robert W. Deacon, 29, Utica, was indicted on a charge of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after state police said they found heroin in his vehicle March 1 at a road safety checkpoint in the town of Edwards.

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