NOT GUILTY VERDICT
PLATTSBURGH — An inmate at Clinton Correctional Facility was found not guilty of felony charges.
Josue Deliser was indicted on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree promoting prison contraband, both felonies.
It is alleged that Deliser possessed a sharpened toothbrush while in a hallway of the prison on March 12, 2011, which he denied, according to a press release from O’Connell and Aronowitz law firm.
Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Evanovich served as prosecutor.
Deliser was represented by attorney Dean C. Schneller.
Schneller’s defense focused on the inability of the corrections officer to accurately observe Deliser in a crowded hallway, the fact that Deliser was attacked by two other inmates, and the lack of objective proof, such as fingerprints or video-tape evidence, according to the release.
PLATTSBURGH — A Rouses Point man was convicted of charges associated with unemployment fraud.
Nathan Arruda, 34, was originally charged with third-degree grand larceny; first-degree falsifying business records; and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, according to a press release from the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges were based on allegations that Arruda stole $3,748.50 from the New York State Department of Labor by falsely reporting that he was unemployed when he was employed at USA International Express LLC, according to the release.
On Jan. 30, Arruda pleaded guilty to first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a felony.
He was sentenced Feb. 26 to one year in jail but was conditionally discharged on the conditions that he pay a fine, provide a DNA sample and remain arrest free for three years.
Arruda paid the $3,748.50 in upfront restitution to the state Department of Labor.
Assistant District Attorney Jason Marx prosecuted the case. Arruda was represented by attorney Matthew Favro.
Report any type of revenue fraud to the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office at www.clintoncountyda.com.
MALONE — A Brushton woman was arrested on criminal mischief charges Feb. 19.
On Feb. 10, Ellen T. Miller’s boyfriend told police she had scratched his truck at the Holiday Inn in Malone, Malone-based State Police said.
Security cameras at the hotel confirmed that Miller’s boyfriend’s truck had been damaged and Miller, 53, later admitted to police that she had scratched her boyfriend’s truck because she was upset with him, police said.
She was arrested at 8:30 p.m. at 3327 U.S. Route 11 in the Town of Malone after it was determined $3,200 in damage had been done to the truck, police said.
Miller was arraigned in Bangor Town Court and released under the supervision of the Franklin County Probation Department to appear in court at a later date, police said.
FORT COVINGTON — A Fort Covington man was arrested Feb. 13 on felony drug sale charges.
A woman filed a complaint on the morning of Feb. 13 in which she told police her daughter had bought brownies containing marijuana.
Brett A. Laughing, 17, was arrested at 637 County Route 1 in the Town of Fort Covington that day.
He was charged with second-degree criminal sale of 4 ounces of marijuana, a felony, and acting in a manner to injure a child younger than 17, a misdemeanor.
No further information was available Tuesday.
BEEKMANTOWN — One person was injured in a two-car accident in the Town of Beekmantown on Monday.
Lynn M. Grovine, 50, of Chazy was traveling north on Route 9 near Hobbs Road just after 12:30 p.m. when she attempted to turn left into a private drive, State Police said.
Her vehicle struck one driven southward by Gena LaPointe, 49, also of Chazy.
Police said no information was available on who was injured or whether tickets were issued.
— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg and News Editor Suzanne Moore