TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga father accused of leaving his 5-year-old son home alone while he got married will have the charge dismissed if he can avoid future runs-ins with the law.
David Mallette, 32, of Ticonderoga had been arrested in October for misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
When he appeared before Justice James O'Bryan in Ticonderoga Town Court Nov. 17, the charge was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal. Mallette must stay out of trouble for six months.
Mallette got married on Saturday, Oct. 9, and family members had been asked to watch his son, Jaydon. In their haste to get to the ceremony, those family members forgot the child.
Jaydon had been taught how to dial 911 two days earlier during a visit to his school by Moriah Fire Department. When he couldn't find an adult, the boy dialed 911.
Ticonderoga police went to the house and got the boy, who was wearing a white dress shirt and khaki pants to attend his father's wedding.
When family members went to police headquarters to report Jaydon missing, police arrested Mallette.
Police turned Jaydon over to his mother, Jamie Cutting of Moriah, who has custody.
A former chief of the St. Regis Mohawk tribe has been indicted on federal drug charges after U.S. Border Patrol agents say he was caught transporting nearly 100 pounds of marijuana.
Federal officials say Philip Tarbell of Hogansburg was in a minivan stopped on Nov. 12 by Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint near Schroon Lake. Federal officials say agents found about 95 pounds of marijuana in two hockey bags.
The 68-year-old Tarbell was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was released after posting $10,000 bail.
Tarbell was a leader in the former tribal government for the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation on the Canadian border.
Crown Point charged
A local man has been charged with intentionally setting fire to a Crown Point Central School dugout, causing hundreds of dollars in damage.
State police have accused Trevor Gould of causing about $2,500 in damage.
Police arrested the 20-year-old on a felony charge of fourth-degree arson and a misdemeanor count of third-degree criminal trespass. The fire was in June, but the arrest was made Nov. 18.
Gould is a former student at Crown Point Central.
Schroon man arrested
A Schroon man was jailed Nov. 19 for allegedly burglarizing a home in Schroon over the summer, police records show.
Joseph W. Welch, 29, was charged with second-degree burglary in connection with a home break-in that was reported on Sept. 1.
He is accused of breaking into the home of an acquaintance, but it was unclear if anything was stolen.
Welch was sent to Essex County Jail without bail. He has to prior felony convictions, for attempted robbery in Pottersville in 1999 and felony driving while intoxicated in Essex County in 2006, state corrections records show.