Grand jury hands up indictments for drug and sex offenses in St. Lawrence County
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 6:00 am

CANTON -- A grand jury handed up indictments for drug and sex offenses on Thursday morning.

Those indicted include:

• Sylvester Wright, 37, of Brooklyn, was arraigned on an indictment charging him with four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of possessing heroin and cocaine with the intent to sell it, including more than one-half ounce of cocaine, Judge Jerome Richards said. He pleaded not guilty and was remanded to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, Canton, in lieu of $10,000 bail. Wright was charged in early as part of a drug case in Massena that resulted in controlled substance felonies against him and four others.

• Jesse J. Oakes, 25, of Ogdensburg was arraigned on an indictment for first-degree criminal sexual act. He pleaded not guilty and was released under probationary supervision. Oakes was charged by Ogdensburg police in September with allegedly forcing a sexual act on a man.

• Timothy Sutton had his arraignment for third-degree criminal mischief adjourned until April 4. Defense attorney Keith Massey said there are speedy trial issues and he intends to file a motion to have the charge dismissed.

In St. Lawrence County Court action in front of Judge Richards on Wednesday:

• Elizabeth Mann of Morristown was sentenced to one year of interim probation for her earlier guilty plea to third-degree attempted unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. After having successfully completed inpatient treatment, she will have her felony plea vacated after one year, if she goes the year with no violations. She will be allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, and be re-sentenced to probation with credit for the year of supervision. On Aug. 16, 2018, Mann and two other defendants were arrested after police say they found components and chemicals used to make methamphetamine.

• Daniel S. Makuch of Massena had his case for aggravated animal cruelty and child endangerment adjourned until April 5. His attorney said because of a miscommunication about Makuch's arrest, he didn't get a notice that he had been required to appear in court on an earlier date. Makuch, while under probationary supervision, is also alleged to have tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and cocaine. He was remanded to the St. Lawrence County jail in lieu of $2,000 bail or $4,000 bond, and the judge put a no harassment order of protection in favor of one person and a no contact order in favor of a second. Makuch was arrested in July after he allegedly strangled the kitten during a fight with his girlfriend and the animal was so badly injured it had to be euthanized. This happened in front of two children, ages 4 and 1, police said at the time.

• Robert Purser of Ogdensburg had his case adjourned until April 5. He's pleaded guilty to felony first-degree criminal contempt and is looking at a one-year interim probation sentence. The case was adjourned after Purser fired his attorney, Daniel Ramsey, and asked to apply for new court-appointed council. The sentence will call for Purser to serve one year on interim probation. If he is successful, he will have the felony plea withdrawn and plead to a misdemeanor count of second-degree criminal contempt. If not successful, he will be sent to state prison.