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Massena man indicted in vehicular manslaughter


CANTON — A Massena man was indicted Thursday by a St. Lawrence County grand jury on a vehicular manslaughter charge in the death of a pedestrian in August.

James A. Berry, 22, of 36 Park Ave., has been charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, a class D felony, and driving while ability impaired by a combination of alcohol and drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor.

It is alleged that on Aug. 2, Mr. Berry’s car struck Edward S. Remington, 46, of 155 E. Orvis St., Apt. 9, Massena, when Mr. Remington was walking home from Woody’s General Store at 8:48 p.m. on East Orvis Street with his girlfriend, according to statements given to village police.

Mr. Remington died the following day at Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt.

Mr. Berry’s blood alcohol content was not available Thursday, though a sample of his blood had been sent for analysis after the accident, police said at the time.

He is scheduled for arraignment Monday.

Also indicted Thursday were Brandon R. Graves, 21, of 224 Harper Road, Lisbon, and Danielle S. Jensen, 17, same address, who were charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony.

It is alleged that on Aug. 29 in Massena, the two were in possession of a .22-caliber revolver and a .38-caliber revolver. It also is alleged that the .38 had been defaced for the purpose of concealing or preventing the detection of a crime or misrepresenting the identity of the revolver.

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