By RYNE R. MARTIN
MASSENA - A Massena teenager expected to be a key witness in the alleged kidhapping trial of a Massena couple later this month is now incarcerated.
Catherine A. Berry, 18, of 66 Liberty Ave., Massena, was detained by federal authorities Thursday morning when they were conducting a raid at several Massena addresses. She was reportedly found with Codi Burke, 21, at 108 North Main St., Massena, during the early morning raid.
While she was in the custody of federal officers, she was also served with an arrest warrant signed Thursday morning by St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards.
The warrant noted reasonable cause had been found to believe Berry would not be to a responsive to a subpoena directing her to appear in county court to testify at the trial of Patrick R. Lloyd and Miranda A. Green. Lloyd and Burke have been linked together in the past by police and were neighbors on Haskell Street.
Berry, the key witness in the assault and kidnapping trial, had been picked up by state police at a hotel in Malone last week after she failed to appear Tuesday for her subpoenaed court date. She was released under probation supervision by Judge Richards against the wishes of District Attorney Nicole M. Duve.
Ms. Duve had requested that Berry be sent to St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility as she was considered a flight risk, she said during last weeks court appearance.
I was advised this morning that she was located and found in a hotel in Malone, Ms. Duve said last week. I cant in good conscience agree to probation supervision and maintain my request for remand.
Through her attorney, Gary W. Miles, Berry had promised to return to court on her newly subpoenaed date of Sept. 17, and Judge Richards said he didnt find issue with releasing her under probation supervision with that promise.
I cant stop you from running away, but sooner or later you will be found and then there is only one option, Judge Richards told Berry at her last court appearance, adding that she would be sent to jail if she were to go on the lam again.
An order of protection was also issued that ordered Berry to stay away from Jessica Monaghan and Burke, both of Massena. Both Burke and Monaghan were arrested on federal drug trafficking charges in Thursdays raid.
Berry had reportedly been residing with Burke at 15 Haskell St. and, in addition to her stay-away order, she was orderedlast week to live with her mother at 66 Liberty St., report to probation two days a week and keep contact information current, including emails and phone numbers, filed with the probation department and the district attorneys office. Burke reportedly moved to North Main Street in recent days.
Ms. Duve said Thursday afternoon she wasnt certain if the kidnapping trial will de delayed in light of the arrest of Lloyd and Berry. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Sept. 16.
I dont know how it will affect the trial date. Im assuming the feds will detain them, she said.