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Potsdam pair indicted in pedestrian-death case


CANTON — A Potsdam woman has been indicted on vehicular manslaughter charges in connection with the March 30 death of a pedestrian in the village of Potsdam.

Laurel L. Randall, 44, faces charges of first- and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, first- and second-degree vehicular assault, tampering with physical evidence, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI after she allegedly struck Fuli Wu, 59, as Ms. Wu was walking along May Road that night.

A St. Lawrence County grand jury on Thursday also handed up an indictment against Stephen E. Coates, 48, Potsdam, who allegedly helped Ms. Randall hide her vehicle after the incident. Mr. Coates faces a charge of tampering with physical evidence.

According to court documents, Ms. Randall admitted that she been drinking that afternoon before leaving a bar with two friends in her car about 8:30 p.m.

On a bend in May Road, the car struck something, Ms. Randall said, shattering the windshield on the passenger side.

She told police that she told her friends to get out and check, and that Mr. Coates replied, “You hit a deer. Just go.”

Mr. Coates is accused of hiding the car in his garage at 4 Missouri Ave., Potsdam.

Tests revealed that Ms. Randall’s blood alcohol content was 0.21 percent that night, investigators said. The threshold for intoxication under state law is 0.08 percent BAC. Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or more.

Another passenger, Leanna R. Perrigo-White, 33, Norfolk, called a friend, who then reported the incident to police, according to documents.

Ms. Perrigo-White was not charged in the case.

Also indicted on Thursday:

Nekeda Smith, 38, Brooklyn, faces one count of promoting prison contraband. She allegedly tried to bring a razor into Riverview Correctional Facility, Ogdensburg, on May 11.

Matisha L. Wineglass, 32, Antwerp, faces one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

According to court documents, Ms. Wineglass was discovered to be in possession of cocaine following a traffic stop April 2 in the village of Gouverneur. She is accused of trying to hide the drug from police by concealing it in her vagina.

The grand jury also returned charges against several people on Friday, including two sealed indictments and the following open indictments:

James A. Regan, 23, Canton, was indicted on charges of second-degree assault, second-degree strangulation and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

According to indictment documents, he assaulted a woman during an alleged May 14 domestic incident at his 38 Gouverneur St. residence.

Zachary C. Racine, 27, Plattsburgh, and Patrick A. Frender, 23, Canton, were indicted on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. According to indictment documents, the pair possessed heroin with intent to sell the drug Dec. 11 in the village of Canton.

Russell F. Dendler, 24, Massena, was indicted on a charge of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after he allegedly possessed heroin with intent to sell the drug in the town of Louisville. Further information was not immediately available.

Sasha S. Monroe, 23, Norfolk, was indicted on charges of third-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. According to court documents, Ms. Monroe broke into a Grantville Road home on Jan. 27 and stole a safe and collectible knives.

Robert J. Driscoll, 28, Ogdensburg, was indicted on two counts of driving while intoxicated. He allegedly operated a 2001 Chevrolet Feb. 19 on Pray Road in the town of Lisbon with a blood alcohol content of 0.14 percent.

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