COURT SENTENCING

PLATTSBURGH -- A local man will be serving three years probation for threatening to stab and kill his ex-girlfriend.

Heath Brothers had been facing five charges, including menacing and attempted assault, in connection with the early December attack inside his South Catherine Street apartment where he drunkenly grabbed a woman by the throat and threatened to stab her.

But when the 22-year-old returned to Plattsburgh City Court earlier this week, he pleaded guilty to third-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in satisfaction of the charges.

Brothers, who was represented by attorney Michael Hartnett, was ordered to serve three years probation and pay a $160 court surcharge.

FELONY ARREST

TUPPER LAKE -- Kelly Law was taken to Franklin County Jail Friday afternoon accused of using a stolen credit card.

The 32-year-old Tupper Lake woman allegedly used a stolen credit card at a Stewart's Shop March 22.

She was taken into custody Friday and charged with second-degree forgery and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Law was later arraigned on the charges and sent to the local jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond, which she had not posted as of Friday evening.

PLATTSBURGH -- A 20-year-old is behind bars for allegedly attempting to derail a train last month.

Francis Fournier is being held on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond in connection with the April 7 incident on the Canadian-Pacific railroad tracks in Plattsburgh.

He returned to Plattsburgh City Court with his attorney, Daniel Gaudreau, earlier this week to face the string of charges, which include first-degree reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and petit larceny, but his cases were adjourned until next week.

City Police allege that Fournier stole pieces of a bracket assembly from the city Municipal Lighting Department and then threw them on the tracks, where they were crushed by an oncoming train.

He is also accused of tossing a discarded piece of railroad tracks onto the tracks in an attempt to "derail the train."

According to court documents, Founier initially denied participating in the crime, landing himself an additional charge of making a false written statement, but later admitted to his actions.

-- By Staff Writer Andrea VanValkenburg

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