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Hogansburg man ordered to pay $12K for worker’s comp benefits earned by injured Massena patrolman


MASSENA - A 21-year-old Hogansburg man has been ordered to make restitution of $12,593.36 to the St. Lawrence County Worker’s Compensation program for payments made to a Massena village patrolman injured during a foot pursuit.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Dustin E. Oakes of 1065 Drum Street Road to pay a $100 fine and a $50 DNA fee and placed him under probation supervision for three years for his convictions for third-degree assault and resisting arrest.

Oakes was arrested by village police and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault.

Oakes was allegedly intoxicated and became verbally abusive to police officers outside the Hotel Nadeau’s bar in Massena at 2:22 a.m. Sept. 8 when police were trying to interview him about a fight. He reportedly was swearing and shouting obscenities at other patrons at Nadeau’s and did not stop when asked.

As he was being placed under arrest, he fled while Ptl. Michael Flynn was attempting to handcuff him. A foot pursuit took place for several hundred yards across Andrews Street and down to the bank of the Grasse River near the Massena fire station, where he jumped into the river. Ptl. Flynn slipped on a ledge on the river bank, fell down the river bank and sprained his shoulder and injured his elbow. He was out of work for several months following the incident due to the injuries he sustained in the fall.

The probation department has directed Oakes to make monthly payments of $350 to the St. Lawrence County Worker’s Compensation program.

Village police, who were assisted by U.S. Border Patrol agents and Massena-based state police troopers, said Oakes remained in the river for a period of time while officers waited for him on the river banks. He reportedly left the river when it started to rain and lightning was seen in the sky.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ John E. Scott, 38, of Ogdensburg was returned to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, where he is being held on a parole detainer, after making an appearance on a driving while intoxicated count.

■ Chantelle M. Berube, 23, of 1449 state Route 420, Norfolk, was returned to the county jail, where she is being held on unrelated charges from Norfolk Town Court. She appeared on a petit larceny count pending in village court stemming from an alleged shoplifting incident on Jan. 26. She allegedly shoplifted cinnamon buns and a box of hair color.

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