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Gouverneur woman pleads guilty in drug, gun theft


CANTON — A Gouverneur woman pleaded guilty Thursday in St. Lawrence County Court in connection with a December drug and gun theft.

Jeannette M. Lashbrooks, 44, was charged Dec. 26 with fourth-degree criminal possession of a firearm, a class E felony, and fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class D felony.

Police said Ms. Lashbrooks and five other people took part in the Dec. 21 theft of a safe, guns and narcotic painkillers from a County Route 12 residence.

Ms. Lashbrooks pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony, before Judge Jerome J. Richards.

She agreed to cooperate regarding the case against a co-defendant, and under the plea deal would be eligible to plead to a misdemeanor charge instead if she successfully completes one year of interim probation.

Sentencing is set for July 22.

In other court action Thursday:

Jared C. Adner, 19, Canton, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree attempted burglary for illegally entering a town of Pierrepont campground residence in January or February 2012 and stealing several items.

Under a plea deal, Mr. Adner may be able to earn youthful-offender status if he successfully completes a year of probation and 40 hours of community service.

His plea also covers a pending charge of possessing a hypodermic needle in the city of Ogdensburg, which will be dismissed, while a March 24 burglary arrest in the village of Canton will be referred back to local court.

Mr. Adner was sent to St. Lawrence County jail without bail until an inpatient substance-abuse treatment bed becomes available.

The judge warned him to obey the rules and not test positive for any drugs, or “the deal is off” and Mr. Adner would face a state prison sentence.

Sentencing is set for July 22.

Joseph A. Rousaw, 39, Massena, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree attempted grand larceny in connection with the theft and cashing of checks owned by a Potsdam business.

Mr. Rousaw was part of a plan under which he and two other men stole payroll checks from Backstreets Nightclub, 31 Market St., on June 18.

The men then allegedly cashed the stolen documents for more than $11,000 at banks throughout St. Lawrence County.

Mr. Rousaw was sent to St. Lawrence County jail without bail pending sentencing on July 22 and evaluation for whether he may require substance-abuse treatment.

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