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Former Ogdensburg woman sentenced to probation for successful year clean

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CANTON — A former Ogdensburg woman charged with multiple felonies was sentenced to probation after a year of clean living.

Christina R. Crosby, 27, Utica, formerly of 153 Belmont Courts, was sentenced to four years’ probation Wednesday in St. Lawrence County Court after successful completion of one year of interim probation for her Aug. 6, 2012, guilty plea to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony.

Ms. Crosby allowed a drug dealer to sell cocaine from her home in exchange for money, in addition to flushing marijuana down the toilet when police came to her residence April 11, 2012.

She originally faced an additional six counts of felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in her April 23, 2012, indictment. Those charges were dismissed by County Judge Jerome J. Richards on June 7, 2012.

In his decision, Judge Richards said the evidence shows that the sales happened at Ms. Crosby’s home, but not that she was involved.

On Wednesday, Ms. Crosby was applauded for her successful completion of interim probation.

According to her attorney, St. Lawrence County Public Defender Stephen D. Button, Ms. Crosby originally was recommended for time in prison.

“Judge Richards saw an opportunity to give her a chance to turn her life around and it paid off,” Mr. Button said. “She is now a contributing member of society.”

Ms. Crosby was given credit for her year on interim probation, leaving four years of the five years of probation to which she was sentenced Wednesday morning. Judge Richards also ordered her to pay $750 in court fines fees and surcharges.

In court action Monday:

Brandon D. Crandall, 22, West Main Street, Apt. 4, was ordered to pay $41,938 in restitution and placed on one year of interim probation after his July 15 guilty plea to third-degree grand larceny and tampering with physical evidence.

On Nov. 17, Mr. Crandall, along with Joseph C. Lugo of DeKalb, wrenched the 265-pound automated teller machine from the floor of St. Lawrence University’s Brewer Bookstore vestibule.

The two severed the ATM’s cables before hauling the machine out the front door and driving off in a pickup truck. The electronic cash dispenser had been loaded with $35,000 in $20 bills not long before the theft.

Investigators recovered $17,600 in cash shortly afterward as they arrested Mr. Crandall.

Before his sentence, Mr. Crandall was given an opportunity to address the court.

“I just want to thank you for the opportunity to right my wrong,” Mr. Crandall told Judge Richards.

The judge Richards his sentencing to Sept. 8, 2014

Amy L. Corrice, 49, of 310 Pine St., Apt. 1, Ogdensburg, was sentenced to 2 years in state prison for the sale of a bag of what tested positive as cocaine to an undercover field officer in the city April 2, 2012.

Additionally, she was found guilty of violating the terms of her probation sentence for her March 11, 2009, conviction of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class D felony, making her a second felony offender, which Judge Richards said also would require a 2-year prison sentence. Both sentences will be served concurrently.

“I’m not a drug dealer,” Ms. Corrice told Judge Richards when she heard the charges against her repeated. “A rat called me and asked me to get him some stuff. I’m not a drug dealer.”

In addition to her prison sentence, Ms. Corrice was ordered to pay court fines, fees and surcharges totaling $750 and $300 in restitution.

Donald T. Dow, 24, of 489 Main St., Massena, was sentenced to six months in St. Lawrence County jail and five years’ probation as a part of a plea deal reached in his July 9 guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony.

Mr. Dow stole a credit card from a parked car on Cook Street in Massena on May 1. The card belonged to Massena resident Edward Frank. Mr. Dow and a second man in the theft, David S. MacDonald, 30, of 54 Perkins Road, Massena, made multiple purchases with the card at Walmart, Sunoco, McDonald’s and other stores, racking up a bill of more than $3,500.

Mr. Dow was credited the 128 days he has spent in jail already as part of his sentence.

Judge Richards ordered restitution of $2,842.51 and court fines, fees and surcharges totaling $659.35

Jessica L. Thomas, 29, of 322 King St., Ogdensburg, was sentenced to six months in St. Lawrence County jail and five years’ probation as a part of a plea deal reached in her April 2 guilty plea to first-degree criminal nuisance and second-degree attempted assault, both class E felonies.

Ms. Thomas was given credit for 126 days that she already has spent in county jail. She also has been ordered to pay $17,135.45 in restitution and $750 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Angelina Hughes, 26, of 51 N. Main St., Massena, was sentenced to five years’ probation after a June 4 guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony.

On Aug. 10, 2012, Ms. Hughes stole the debit or credit card of Shari Fawcett in Canton.

In addition to her sentence, Judge Richards ordered her to pay $72 in restitution and $57.20 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Crystal Fields, 32, of 27 Sycamore St., Massena, was sentenced to two years’ probation in a reduced plea after successfully completing one year of interim probation.

Ms. Fields was convicted of second-degree attempted robbery last September after admitting to being the driver of a getaway car in a robbery at Shirley’s Discount, Massena, on Jan. 10, 2010.

On Monday, her guilty plea was vacated and she entered a guilty plea to the reduced count of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. She also was ordered to pay $250 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Joseph Roman, 33, Paterson, N.J., was arraigned on a 2010 indictment after he was picked up on a warrant and pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C violent felony.

It is alleged that on Nov. 12, 2009, in Ogdensburg, he was in possession of 1.8 ounces of cocaine and a loaded 9mm pistol.

Mr. Roman originally was scheduled to be arraigned May 26, 2010. That date was adjourned to June 1, 2010. He did not appear for that arraignment and a warrant for his arrest was issued on June 2, 2010.

Mr. Roman was returned to St. Lawrence County jail and held without bail pending future court proceedings.

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