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Madrid woman sent back to jail after violation of probation


CANTON — A Madrid woman was remanded to St. Lawrence County jail Monday after being arrested for allegedly violating her probation sentence.

Erin J. White, 27, of 2084 Route 310, was released from county jail on probation May 25. St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards said Ms. White had been arrested on multiple occasions since that release, including the following day when she was charged by state police with petit larceny and criminal contempt.

Ms. White originally was placed on probation for a May 2 arrest; she was accused of being armed with a baseball bat and trying to gain entrance to a Dailey Ridge Road residence.

After Ms. White reportedly fled the scene, authorities stopped her on Route 310, where she backed her vehicle into a state police car and tried to flee. She was Tased by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and taken into custody.

Ms. White started crying as the judge told her she would be returning to jail. She told the judge that she had been having seizures while in jail and wasn’t receiving the needed medication.

“I’m not being dramatic,” Ms. White told Judge Richards. “I’m going to die in there.”

Judge Richards said while it may be unfortunate, it’s not the first time he has heard her story and, if she wanted to stay out of jail, she could have complied with probation and court orders.

“People come in here with medical issues, pregnant, and they say, ‘But judge, I have a baby at home,’” Judge Richards said. “It’s not going to keep you out of jail.”

Ms. White was returned to county jail without bail awaiting a chemical dependency evaluation.

In other court action Monday:

Aaron M. Vice, 34, of 480 Route 37, Massena, pleaded not guilty in County Court to a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated and two counts of driving while intoxicated, all class E felonies.

It is alleged that on April 14, Mr. Vice operated a 1995 Ford on Parker Avenue in the village of Massena with a BAC of 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent under state law. Mr. Vice had a previous DWI conviction on June 23, 2005, out of the town of Guilderland in Albany County.

Since that arrest, Mr. Vice told Judge Richards, he received a ticket while a passenger in a vehicle with marijuana in it.

Mr. Vice was sent to be drug tested before sentencing and tested positive for THC.

“He was nervous about getting tested,” Judge Richards said to St. Lawrence County Public Defender Stephen D. Button, who represented Mr. Vice. “His (urine) sample was water, which means he was trying to flush his system.”

Judge Richards said it wasn’t enough evidence to remand Mr. Vice to jail, leaving the defendant an opportunity.

Mr. Vice was released under probation supervision and ordered to get an evaluation from chemical dependency.

“Today, you have an opportunity to deal with the problem,” Judge Richards told Mr. Vice. “It looks to me that the problem is bigger than you think it is. You couldn’t stop for 30 days when you knew you had to come to court.”

Jeffrey R. Bush, 29, of 105 Lake George Road, Russell, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated DWI, a class E felony, and driving while ability impaired, a misdemeanor.

It is alleged that Mr. Bush operated a 2002 Pontiac on Fine Street in Ogdensburg with traces of THC and the muscle relaxant carisoprodol in his system, while Kristen Bush, 6, and Jeffrey Bush II, 10, were passengers.

Mr. Bush also has a pending DWI charge in the town of Edwards adjourned until September.

He was released under probation supervision.

Michael J. Peters, 44, of 301 Pyrites Russell Road, Hermon, pleaded not guilty to two counts of DWI, a class E felony.

It is alleged that on April 14, Mr. Peters operated a 2004 Ford on Park Street in Canton with a BAC of 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

He previously was convicted of a DWI misdemeanor on Feb. 15, 2005, in the Erie County town of Clarence.

He was released under probation supervision.

Patrick J. Peccolo, 26, of 717 Riverside Ave., Ogdensburg, was remanded to county jail without bail by Judge Richards after being arrested for alleged violations of the terms and conditions of his probation sentence.

Mr. Peccolo was sentenced to five years of probation on Aug. 19, 2008, after being convicted of second-degree forgery.

Since his sentence, Mr. Peccolo was arrested on June 6 for allegedly illegally obtaining Suboxone and June 25 for accusations of third-degree assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, having been terminated from treatment and failing to pay a remainder of $564.71 in restitution.

Mr. Peccolo appeared without counsel and is scheduled to reappear Aug. 8.

Steven F. Rushlow Jr., 32, of 49 Maple St., Massena, was remanded to county jail after leaving inpatient treatment before completion.

Mr. Rushlow pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI, a class D felony, on June 10 and was placed under probation supervision.

As a part of probation, he was required to enroll in inpatient treatment for alcohol abuse.

He was remanded to county jail without bail and agreed to an evaluation to re-enroll in the recommended treatment to avoid a potential 11-year state prison sentence. He is scheduled to reappear in court Aug. 16.

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