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Zeller arraigned on new charges, pleads not guilty

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CANTON — The Norfolk woman accused of scamming a priest and his parish of $300,000 pleaded not guilty to additional grand larceny charges Wednesday.

Appearing in St. Lawrence County Court, Bobbie Jo Zeller, 36, of 72 W. Main St., Apt. 4, faced two counts of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony. She is accused of swindling Gloria J. Dietze, Potsdam, out of more than $3,000 from August 2011 to September 2012, with stories of a sick son and problems paying her bills, Ms. Dietze told police in May.

Ms. Zeller was already being held in St. Lawrence County jail on $300,000 cash or $600,000 bond on two counts of second-degree grand larceny, two counts of third-degree grand larceny and one count of first-degree scheme to defraud for allegedly.

Additionally, District Attorney Nicole M. Duve’s office filed a motion challenging County Judge Jerome J. Richards’s Sept. 24 dismissal of three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument that were brought against Ms. Zeller based on “lack of legally sufficient evidence,” arguing the checks were counterfeit, which falls under the forgery statute.

Judge Richards has reserved his decision and will issue a written decision at a later date.

In other court action Monday:

Gary L. McKenzie II, 22, of 154 Hailesboro St., Apt. 26, Gouverneur, pleaded not guilty to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony.

It is alleged that on July 16, he was in possession of an unloaded, large-capacity M-16-style, 30-round magazine.

He was returned to St. Lawrence County jail, where he is being held on $100,000 cash bail or $250,000 bond on a murder charge in the death of his girlfriend’s infant son.

Joshua A. Henderson, 24, of 68 E. Orvis St., Apt. D, Massena, pleaded not guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class B felony.

It is alleged that on June 26, in the village of Massena, Mr. Henderson had a dagger with the intent to use it unlawfully against another person.

The grand jury also reported that on June 11, Mr. Henderson had been convicted of fourth-degree attempted criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor.

He was returned to the St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

Shawn A. Monaghan, 29, of 32 Maple St., Massena, pleaded not guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both class B felonies.

It is alleged that on Sept. 4, in the village of Massena, Mr. Monaghan sold cocaine to another person.

Mr. Monaghan was returned to St. Lawrence County jail where he was being held on a parole violation without bail.

Christopher Lopez, 23, of 820 Colgate Ave., Bronx, pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony.

It is alleged that on Aug. 27, in the village of Massena, Mr. Lopez was in possession of both heroin and cocaine with the intent to sell it.

Mr. Lopez was released on $30,000 bond.

Troy D. Brighton, 44, of 35 Orebed Road, Canton, pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary, a class C felony.

It is alleged that on July 23, he unlawfully entered a home 3063 County Route 21, in Canton, with the intent to commit a crime.

Mr. Brighton was released under probation supervision.

Norman C. Butler, 19, Star Lake, was placed on one year of interim probation after his Sept. 3 guilty plea to third-degree burglary, a class D felony.

On April 21, in the town of Clifton, Mr. Butler broke into the home of Chris Aldrich. Mr. Butler confessed to Judge Richards that it was around dawn when he entered through an open window at Mr. Aldrich’s home and stole two BB Guns and a can of soda.

In addition to probation, Mr. Butler was ordered to pay $143 in restitution.

Kane W. Henderson, 23, of West Linn, Ore., pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class D felony.

Mr. Henderson, who was a Clarkson University student, sold LSD to his classmates on Dec. 1 and had been expelled from the school after his arrest.

He was released on $2,500 bail. Sentencing was adjourned to Dec. 2.

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