Press-Republican

March 17, 2013

Champlain man charged again with making terrorist threats

By FELICIA KRIEG
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — A Champlain man was charged with making a terrorist threat, among other felonies, after being sentenced for a similar crime about four months ago.

Andre Levesque, 42, was also charged with assault after allegedly biting a doctor and a nurse at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, City of Plattsburgh Police said.

State Police arrested him on Jan. 29 for allegedly making a terrorist threat, which is a felony.

In January, Levesque, a former Vermont resident, had sent some paperwork to the Vermont Social Security Office in Burlington, in which he “referred to some homicidal dreams he was having,” said Plattsburgh-based State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investigator Glenn Huber.

The office initially received the paperwork on Jan. 23, Huber said, and the threat was reported to police Jan. 28 after the documents were examined.

Levesque had claimed he’d lost some Social Security benefits while he was in jail awaiting sentencing for making the earlier terrorist threat.

That time, in March and April 2012, he had threatened to “kill children” in letters he wrote to State Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie.

BIT DOCTOR, NURSE

On Jan. 29, on the way from the Plattsburgh State Police barracks to his arraignment in Plattsburgh Town Court for the second terrorist-threat charge, Levesque kicked the rear window out of the trooper car he was riding in, Huber said.

He was charged with criminal mischief for that offense, Huber said.

State Police then took Levesque to CVPH’s Emergency Department so his mental health could be evaluated, he said.

While Levesque was awaiting care, he became violent and bit a physician and a nurse, according to Plattsburgh City Police, who were called in by hospital staff.

After his evaluation, he was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, which is a felony in this case because the victims are health-care providers, City Police said.

Levesque was sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bail bond, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department. He remained there Friday.

Because Levesque didn’t cooperate with police, he might also be charged with criminal contempt, City Police said.

For the sake of continuity, the entire case will be handled by Plattsburgh Town Court, City Police said.

Levesque’s case has been adjourned until Thursday, according to Plattsburgh Town Court. It will be handled by a special prosecutor from Franklin County, City Police said.

OTHER THREAT

Levesque had written the letters to Duprey and Wylie because he wanted them to do something about an assault that he said he endured while incarcerated at Clinton County Jail for a previous charge. He claimed the assault and a human-rights violation against him were covered up.

An excerpt from one of the letters reads: “After what what has happened in New York, I am seriously considering killing lots of children to teach you all a lesson about accountability. Maybe you can help me do it peacefully or maybe you are part of the problem.”

Jailed in March 2012 following his arrest that time, he remained there about nine months, and so served his time in advance of the November 2012 sentencing in Clinton County Jail.

He had pleaded guilty to that crime.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.com