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Watertown man indicted on charges of choking woman, fleeing police


WATERTOWN — A city man has been indicted on 20 counts alleging he choked a woman and then fled from police at high speeds.

Gene D. Rivers III, 27, of 1000 Huntington St., is charged with aggravated criminal contempt, first-degree criminal contempt, third-degree assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, second-degree harassment, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, resisting arrest and second-degree criminal trespass, as well as 12 vehicle and traffic counts.

The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment handed up Wednesday in Jefferson County Court.

It is alleged that he violated a City Court order of protection held by Stacy R. Shute, Watertown, by slapping, punching and choking her March 4, causing difficulty breathing and pain and swelling to her head and ribs.

Mr. Rivers then allegedly left the scene in a 2001 Saturn and ignored attempts to stop him by two officers in marked police vehicles with emergency lights and sirens activated. It is claimed that he traveled at speeds of up to 80 mph in a 30 mph zone on State Street during a pursuit that also included traffic violations on several other streets.

It is also alleged that, during the flight, he also entered and remained unlawfully in the State Street residence of Tina M. Delaney and placed his body against a door in an attempt to prevent police from entering.

Other indictments include:

Stephen L. Myers, 48, whose last known address was 661 Factory St., Apt. 34, is charged with two counts each of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, as well as single counts of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, criminal possession of precursors to methamphetamine, second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

It is alleged that on Nov. 12 he had the materials needed to produce methamphetamine and did make the drug at his residence.

He is also accused of entering Griff’s Redemption Center, 507 Factory St., on either Nov. 11 or Nov. 12 and stealing more than $1,000 worth of property, breaking a window in the process.

He is further alleged to have entered the Carthage residence of Jay Wetmore on Dec. 14, 2012, and stolen more than $1,000 worth of property.

Richard P. Gibson Sr., 49, Newport News, Va., formerly of Watertown, faces two counts of course of sexual conduct against a child and a single count of first-degree rape. It is alleged that he repeated sexual contact with two children, a boy and a girl, under the ages of 6 in 1997 and 1998. He was arrested by Virginia State Police in March and extradited back to the area.

Christina M. Sampson, 27, Arturo Medina, 40, and Levan Goodman Jr., 35, all of Watertown, are each charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.

The three are accused of having cocaine and materials used for packing the drugs following a Feb. 24 raid by the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force at 132 William St., Apt. 3, where Miss Sampson and Mr. Medina lived.

Mr. Medina is additionally charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly having heroin, while Mr. Goodman faces additional counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Anthony M. McNeil, 46, Watertown, is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and a single count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

It is alleged that he had and sold heroin Nov. 1. The charges were laid after the task force raided his residence at 320 Winslow St., Apt. 2, and allegedly found 117 packets of heroin.

Maurice J. Webb, 34, address not available, faces counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and first-degree promoting prison contraband.

It is alleged that he possessed heroin Oct. 28 at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

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