Welfare check in Massena turns up suspect wanted for New Jersey murder
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 2:34 pm

MASSENA -- A welfare check on Douglas Road on Thursday morning turned up a New Jersey murder suspect and resulted in charges against five people at the address.

Chief Adam Love said patrols were called to the address to determine a resident’s whereabouts.

He said during the check, they found “drug paraphernalia and a large amount of currency.”

Four of the five gave incorrect names, so they were taken to the U.S. Border Patrol to be fingerprinted and identified, Love said.

That’s when it came back that one of the five, Keshawn Sparkman, 20, is wanted in New Jersey for murder.

Sgt. Andy Richards said Sparkman's warrant contained three charges - murder, possession of a shotgun without obtaining a firearms identification card and possession of a shotgun with intent to use it unlawfully against a person or property.

The charges were filed by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and the warrant was issued by Jersey City Municipal Court, Richards said.

Three of the other suspects at the Douglas Road address were also charged with theft of services.

“While we were there we had a taxicab from Syracuse show up to the apartment and they didn’t have the money to pay for the taxicab,” Love said, which resulted in those counts.

Those charged include:

• Keshawn Sparkman, 20, charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and false personation, also extradited to answer the New Jersey murder warrant

• Jarrett Turner, 19, charged with theft of services and false personation

• Naaman Page, 26, charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and false personation

• Felix Cirino, 19, charged with theft of services

• Devon King, 26, charged with theft of services and false personation

All were arraigned in Massena court by Justice Joe Brown and remanded to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, Canton, to await further court action, police said.