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Recent Crime News
Thursday | via The Post-Standard
A suspended eighth-grade social studies teacher was indicted on rape and sexual abuse charges after police say he had sex multiple times with a then-14-year-old former student. Thomas McGowan, 32, of 39 Reynolds Road, Potsdam, was indicted on 13 counts of misdemeanor sexual abuse and two felony counts of second-degree rape in St. Lawrence County Court on Wednesday, the Watertown Daily Times reported . Comment?
Wednesday | via Watertown Daily Times
A suspended Potsdam Central School social studies teacher was indicted Wednesday on multiple charges, including two felonies, for allegedly having sexual intercourse and other forms of sexual contact with a 14-year-old student. Thomas P. McGowan, 32, of 39 Reynolds Road, Potsdam, faces 13 counts of third-degree sexual abuse, a class B misdemeanor, and two counts of second-degree rape, a class D felony, according to an indictment returned by a St. Lawrence County grand jury. Comment?
Tuesday Mar 3 | via Watertown Daily Times
A federal judge ordered Tuesday that certain documents filed in Oral N. “Nick” Hillary's defamation and false imprisonment lawsuit against the village Police Department should remain under seal. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Gary L. Sharpe also dismissed Hillary's defamation claim, ruling that there was no evidence that village officers identified him to anyone as a suspect in the Oct. 24, 2011, murder of 12-year-old Garrett J. Phillips at the youth's Market Street apartment. Comment?
Friday Feb 27 | via North Country Now
Two men were jailed after stealing guns and money and threatening two adults and a 10-month old child with guns about a week before Christmas, according to state police. Troopers said that on or about the evening of Dec. 18, 2014, two men entered a North Racquette River Road residence through the front door wearing ski masks and brandishing guns. Comment?
Wednesday Feb 25 | via Ogdensburg Courier-Observer/Journal
A second arrest was made Wednesday following an investigation into an armed robbery that reportedly took place shortly before Christmas at a residence on the North Raquette River Road in the town of Massena. Massena-based state police charged Nicholas Adams, 23, of no fixed address, with first-degree robbery, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child Wednesday following an investigation into an incident that took place Dec. 18 in the town of Massena. Comment?
Wednesday Feb 25 | via Watertown Daily Times
State police charged Nicholas Adams, 23, of Massena with first-degree robbery, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child Wednesday following an investigation into an incident Dec. 18 in the town of Massena. Mr. Adams and a 21-year-old codefendant from Potsdam, armed with long rifles, allegedly entered a residence at 911 North Raquette River Road, forced Matthew Williams and Paula Welsh - the couple who lived at the residence with a 10-month-old baby - to get on their knees at gunpoint and stole $1,200 cash and three long guns. Comment?
Monday Feb 16 | via Ogdensburg Courier-Observer/Journal
Two Potsdam men charged with possessing loaded long guns and allegedly planning a drug-related robbery are scheduled to reappear Thursday afternoon in Massena Village Court. Kyle E. Kain, 21, of 5799 state Route 56, Potsdam, and Kurt M. Covey, 25, of 6808 state Route 56, Potsdam, are currently being held at the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. Comment?
Wednesday Feb 4 | via Ogdensburg Courier-Observer/Journal
Two Potsdam men charged with possessing loaded long guns and allegedly planning a drug-related robbery had their bail reduced following an appearance Monday in Massena Village Court. Acting Massena Village Justice Gerald P. Sharlow reduced the bail for Kyle E. Kain, 21, of 5799 state Route 56, Potsdam, and Kurt M. Covey, 25, of 6808 state Route 56, Potsdam, from $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond to $5,000 cash or $10,000 following a recommendation from St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney A. Michael Gebo. Comment?
Feb 2, 2015 | via Watertown Daily Times
Oral “Nick” Hillary, the man accused of the 2011 Potsdam murder of 12-year-old Garrett J. Phillips, pleaded not guilty for the second time to the charge in St. Lawrence County Court Monday morning. Hillary, 40, of 131 Leroy St., Potsdam, had originally been indicted on the charge on May 15. However, that indictment was dismissed in October by St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards for what he described as county District Attorney Mary E. Rain's bullying of and prejudicial questions to grand jury witnesses. Comment?
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