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Fort Drum Vehicle woman will not be extradited to Florida

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The state of Florida does not want the woman associated with Fort Drum Vehicle Storage extradited there for a probation violation.

As a result, Ruby C. “Charlene” Williams, 44, who was a fugitive wanted in Florida since 2006, was released over the weekend from the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

“Florida doesn’t want her,” Sheriff John P. Burns said Monday. “She’s free.”

During her brief stay at the Jefferson County jail, Ms. Williams was being described as “a medical nightmare” because she weighs 580 pounds and suffers from health problems, according to law enforcement officials.

Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday evening arrested Ms. Williams at the Hotis Motel, 23442 Route 37 in the town of Pamelia, where she has been living. She was arraigned in LeRay Town Court and sent without bail to the Public Safety Building, where she had to be taken by ambulance because she could not fit into a patrol car, the sheriff said.

The Sheriff’s Department then contacted officials in St. Johns County, Fla., on Friday to make sure they still wanted to pursue her extradition, given the medical and transportation complications that would have ensued.

While she was in jail, her motorized medical scooter had to be brought to her so she could get around the facility, jail officials said. Correction officers also had to carry Ms. Williams to the rest room, and they were unable to get her into the area where jail mug shots are taken, jail officials said.

She remains wanted in Florida on probation violations involving convictions for third-degree grand theft and distributing a forged instrument in 2005. She pleaded no contest to those charges and received a sentence of 18 months’ probation, according to St. Johns County court documents.

If she ever enters Florida again, St. Johns County law enforcement officials could arrest her and she would answer the probation violation charge, Sheriff Burns said.

Ms. Williams, chief financial officer for Fort Drum Vehicle Storage, Watertown, was the highest bidder for the 753 Rear W. Main St. warehouse that her employers lost after failing to pay back taxes. But she never appeared for the Nov. 27 closing and lost her $12,500 deposit on the property. The building goes up for public auction again at 6 p.m. Jan. 8.

She and her husband, Michael, recently were evicted from a rental property at 223 LeRay St., Black River.

The Hotis Motel is owned by her boss, JoAnn Sanchez-Norquist, who owes more than $15,000 in back taxes on the motel property, where the storage company has been operating.

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