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Rochester man no show in court for felony charges


CANTON — The 19-year-old Rochester man charged in an April drug-related stabbing and robbery in Ogdensburg was a no show for his second arraignment on Monday in St. Lawrence County Court.

Olajuwon J. Holt, also known as “Fraido,” had been released from jail awaiting an indictment for first-degree robbery and criminal possession of a controlled substance and first-degree attempted assault that was handed up by a St. Lawrence County Grand Jury earlier this month.

Mr. Holt’s arraignment was not adjourned by St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards, and he has been given until Friday to surrender himself.

Mr. Holt’s attorney, Mary E. Rain, said her client failed to check his mail and didn’t know that he was to appear in court Monday morning. She added she hoped to reach him before the court issued a bench warrant on Friday, if he failed to appear.

Holt had been incarcerated on the indicted charges and multiple misdemeanor charges from April 16 to June 13, when he was released as a result of a 45-day motion filed by Ms. Rain. The district attorney’s office has 45 days from the time of a felony arrest to bring an indictment.

It is alleged that Holt entered the home of Michael J. Wells, 1130 Ford St., on April 15 to buy marijuana, and while there, he grabbed the drugs and approximately $500, according to police. When confronted by Mr. Wells, Holt produced a large, fixed-blade knife and stabbed Mr. Wells in the chest and in his side before fleeing on foot, according to police.

Mr. Wells was treated at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center for two stab wounds and released.

Police located Holt at 11 p.m. the same day in the upstairs bedroom of a Mill Street home. He was found in possession of several capsules of oxycodone and more than 25 grams of marijuana stored in four sandwich bags, according to police.

In other court action Monday:

Edwin G. Roach, 53, of 511 Knox St., Ogdensburg, pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class D felony.

It is alleged that Mr. Roach was in possession of and sold cocaine to another person in Ogdensburg on Feb. 23 and March 5, 2012. Additionally, it is alleged that he was in possession of and sold codeine in the city on April 3, 2012.

Kayla M. O’Brien, 19, of state Route 345, Potsdam, was placed on one year of interim probation after a May 28 guilty plea to third-degree grand larceny.

O’Brien was arrested in July of last year after stealing $600 in cash and four checks from her grandfather, which she then forged for a total of $2,500.

By successfully completing the one year sentence, O’Brien is seeking to earn a youthful offender status. O’Brien was ordered to pay $6,506 in restitution and $ 650 in court fines.

Sentencing was adjourned to Aug. 11, 2014.

Gilbert B. Murdoch, 49, Niagara Falls was returned to St. Lawrence County jail without bail during a court status after his attorney, Peter A. Dumas, and St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Joshua A. HaberkornHalm both recommended he be released under probation supervision while awaiting a chemical dependency evaluation.

During his Aug. 12 arraignment to which he pleaded not guilty to felony driving while intoxicated charge, he subsequently tested positive for THC and cocaine to a drug test administered by county probation officials.

He is scheduled to return to court at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 5.

Andrew M. France, 34, DeKalb Junction, was sentenced to an indeterminate term of one to three years in state prison after an April 17, 2012 guilty plea to a felony DWI.

The sentence also comes after France, who is currently on parole, tried to strike a deal with the court by seeking to have his parole sentence extended by two years. Currently it is scheduled to end on June 10, 2014. The agreement could not be reached. In his Aug 5 court appearance, Judge Richards said he would have considered putting France on interim probation for two years if parolee agreed to extend his sentence, keeping him from avoiding prison.

In addition to his prison sentence, Judge Richards ordered a conditional discharge of three years post-release supervision court fines, fees and surcharges of $1,570 and restitution in the amount of $2,053.

Amanda H. Clark, 34, formerly of 511 Elizabeth St., Ogdensburg, was sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to a felony DWI on May 14.

Probation supervision will be transferred to Oneida County, where Clark is currently housed in a Catholic Charities Halfway House in Utica.

Clark thanked the judge for having her incarcerated, as she said it was a moment of clarity.

“I’m impressed with myself,” she told Judge Richards regarding her sobriety. “It’s been one hell of a ride. You really woke me up by throwing me in jail.”

In addition to probation, Clark was ordered to pay $1,570 in court fines, fees and surcharges as well as $500 in restitution.

Frederic L. Miller, 59, 96 10th St., Buffalo was sentenced to six months in St. Lawrence County jail and five years of probation supervision for a felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction.

Miller was arrested on May 3 by the Ogdensburg Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit for selling crack cocaine in the city on three separate occasions, according to police at the time of the arrest.

Miller was also ordered to pay $375 in court fines, fees and surcharges and $300 in restitution.

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