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The case of a Hammond man accused of robbing and attempting to assault an Ogdensburg taxi driver will go to a St. Lawrence County grand jury.

Chauncey J. Pray, 23, of 76 Demot St., was arrested Feb. 13 for third-degree felony robbery and third-degree misdemeanor attempted assault in connection with the Feb. 4 alleged robbery of a Keri J. Lasiege, of 215 Belmont Courts, Ogdensburg. The case went to the grand jury Tuesday from Ogdensburg City Court.

According to court documents, Mr. Pray grabbed her while the TNT Taxi cab was in motion and forced the cab into park. He took Ms. Lasiege’s cellular telephone and the keys to the cab near the intersection of Knox and Clark streets, then fled the scene on foot.

Mr. Pray also allegedly scratched her jaw and neck.

Ms. Lasiege managed to escape the taxi with the money bag from the night’s fares.

Mr. Pray is represented by the St. Lawrence County Public Defender’s Office.

In other cases Tuesday before Judge William R. Small:

Matthew R. Ross, 20, of 1261 Jay St., Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment to satisfy Feb. 3 charges of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and second-degree menacing.

He was accused in an alleged domestic incident of choking Erica L. Carter, 20, same address.

Mr. Ross was fined and surcharged a total of $220, granted a one-year conditional discharge, told to perform 50 hours of community service abide by a no-contact order of protection for Miss Carter.

He was represented by the Public Defender’s Office.

William P. Johnson, 42, last known address 11 Terrace Park, Morristown, was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal in six-months of a Jan. 7 charge of second-degree harassment of Sarah A. Fitzpatrick, 23, of 144 Monkey Hill Road, Ogdensburg. He was also told to abide by a no contact order of protection for her.

Mr. Johnson was represented by the Public Defender’s Office.

Kenny P. Wood, 33, of 6 Cold Springs Road, Lisbon, was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal in six months of a Jan. 25 charge of fourth-degree stalking of his wife, Laura L. Wood, 37, of 10 Spring St., Ogdensburg. He was also told to abide by a no-harassment order of protection for her.

Mr. Wood was represented by the Public Defender’s Office.

In city court on Wednesday, John D. Latray, 49, of 300 Franklin St., Apt. 1, Ogdensburg, was arraigned on a charge from earlier in the day of first-degree criminal contempt. He is accused of violating an order of protection for Nancy L. Bailey, Ogdensburg.

Mr. Wood has a prior felony conviction against him, so he was ordered held without bail in the county jail, Canton. He will be back in city court for a preliminary hearing Monday with legal counsel from the Public Defender’s Office.

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