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Ogdensburg woman sentenced to one year in county jail for DWI


CANTON — An Ogdensburg woman was sentenced to jail Friday by a St. Lawrence County judge on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated.

Jamie L. Ramsay, 28, of 10201 Route 37, was sentenced to one year in the county jail.

Judge Jerome J. Richards said Ms. Ramsay initially had been released under probation supervision in February when she pleaded guilty to the charge; however, he noted, she violated the terms and conditions of her probation by failing multiple attempts at inpatient treatment and by having consumed alcohol, resulting in a blood alcohol content of 0.22 percent. The state threshold for DWI is 0.08 percent BAC.

When given a chance to address the court, Ms. Ramsay said she had spent more than 180 days in confinement between her time in the county jail and in treatment for alcohol abuse. She said she liked the treatment program but said the other patients made it difficult for her to succeed.

Judge Richards told Ms. Ramsay that was part of her problem.

“You look at treatment like jail. You don’t look at it for what it is,” Judge Richards said, adding that she wasn’t taking responsibility for her failure at treatment.

“That’s just not owning up (when you say) it’s not your fault. The program doesn’t kick you out if it’s not your fault,” Judge Richards said. “My job is not to make you change, but to offer you an opportunity to change, and you don’t want to change.”

In addition to her jail sentence, Ms. Ramsay was ordered to pay $1,570 in court fines, fees and surcharges and ordered to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle she might operate upon release from jail.

In other court action Friday:

Andrew F. White, 25, of 46 Sterling St., Gouverneur, was resentenced to probation for violating a five-year probation sentence imposed April 26, 2012, for a felony attempted-burglary conviction.

Mr. White pleaded guilty to the violation on Oct. 21, when he was sentenced to 240 days in St. Lawrence County jail for an unrelated Aug. 19 guilty plea to second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor.

Mr. White was returned to St. Lawrence County jail to continue serving his Aug. 19 sentence.

Susan M. Westurn, 53, of 183 County Route 32, Moira, was resentenced to one year of interim probation supervision for her May 31 guilty plea to felony fourth-degree grand larceny.

Ms. Westurn was returned to St. Lawrence County Court after she had been held in county jail for violating her May interim probation sentence by not reporting to Franklin County Probation, where her supervision had been transferred.

If she successfully completes her interim probation sentence, she will be afforded the opportunity to plead to a reduced charge of petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Lianne M. Osgood, 24, of 673 County Route 4, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree welfare fraud, a felony.

On Feb. 1, 2011, Ms. Osgood submitted an application for assistance and received $3,124 in illegal temporary assistance and food stamp benefits from February to May 2011. In court Friday, she admitted that she failed to report her boyfriend’s unemployment benefits.

Sentencing is adjourned to Feb. 24.

Robert J. Driscoll, 28, formerly of Ogdensburg, was sentenced to five years of probation for his June 14 guilty plea to driving while intoxicated, a felony.

Mr. Driscoll operated a 2001 Chevrolet on Feb. 19 on Pray Road in the town of Lisbon with a blood alcohol content of 0.14 percent. Mr. Driscoll previously was convicted of driving while ability impaired by drugs in 2006.

Mr. Driscoll also was ordered to pay $1,570 in court fines, fees and surcharges. His probation was transferred to Madison County where he is participating in supportive living.

Zachary A. King, 24, of 722 Franklin St., Ogdensburg, was placed on one year of interim probation for his July 24 guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony.

Mr. King was arrested on Oct. 25 in connection with two Oct. 24 break-ins, one at the home of Sean D. Barber, 45, at 422 Pine St., and the other at the residence of James A. Adams, 63, at 721 Elizabeth St.

At the time of his plea, Mr. King admitted to Judge Richards that he was in possession of goods valued at $1,500, including a portable heater, copper scraps, power tools and a miniature dirt bike.

Mr. King also was ordered to pay $8,133.66 in restitution and $813 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Cody J. Gladle, 17, of Edwards, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, a felony.

At 1:15 a.m. on Aug. 22, Mr. Gladle broke into the Last Lap bar in Edwards and stole liquor, he told Judge Richards. Mr. Gladle additionally was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana at the time, stemming from a trespassing complaint Aug. 15 from the town of Edwards. His guilty plea Friday satisfies both charges.

Mr. Gladle was released under probation supervision.

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