Father's case headed to dismissal

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.

Schroon arrest

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.

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