Massena police charge three with felonies over alleged incident involving stolen gun and cocaine
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:38 pm

MASSENA -- Three Massena residents are in custody on weapons and drug charges after an alleged incident that played out Friday.

Andrew J. Katura, 30, of 55 Liberty Ave. is charged with one count each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

Amber M. Miller, 28, of 101 Woodlawn Ave. is charged with one count each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Timothy D. Alguire, 34, of 95 S. Grasse River Rd. is charged with one felony count of fourth-degree grand larceny.

According to court documents, it all started when Alguire allegedly stole a Ruger AR-15 assault rifle from his father, Timothy Alguire Sr. The elder Alguire, in a statement to police, said his son sold him the gun a year ago and admitted taking the gun to pay off a debt to another person on Friday. The younger Alguire, in his statement, denies ever making the sale and claims it is still his property.

Katura and Miller were charged when police, while executing a search warrant at 55 Liberty Ave., allegedly also found a 30-round magazine, 27 baggies of cocaine and more than six ounces of marijuana.

Stephen Richards said in a police statement that Katura gave him the gun to hold and he was under the impression it was purchased for $500 and did not realize it was stolen.

A statement from Massena Village Police Lt. Mark LaBrake says the sale charge against Katura stems from a separate alleged incident in January.

Katura was arraigned Friday night in Norfolk Town Court before Justice Donald Lustyik and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, Canton in lieu of $40,000 bail or $75,000 bond.

Miller was arraigned Friday night in Norfolk Town Court before Justice Donald Lustyik and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, Canton in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.

Alguire was arraigned Friday in Massena Village Court before Justice Gerald Sharlow and sent to the county jail in lieu of $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond.