3 Arrested In Lewis County In Theft, Shooting & Drug Case

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It started with the theft of homemade signs, escalated with the shooting of a rifle and ended with the arrests of three people.

The Lewis County Sheriff's Department said 25 year old Robert Nagy and 19 year old  Desiree Balcom, both of Thendara, were stealing homemade signs from the front of a home on Erie Canal Road in the town of Watson on Sunday.

Deputies said the homeowner, 51 year old Timothy Bates, yelled out his window and then took his .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle and fired two shots in the couple's direction.

Nagy and Balcom had their 8 month old son in their vehicle and told officials they were only 5 feet away from it when the shots were fired.

When deputies arrived at the scene and went inside to secure the firearm, they said they smelled marijuana.

A search of the home resulted in the seizure of 8 ounces of pot and an unregistered .32 caliber pistol.

Bates was charged with two counts of menacing, three counts of reckless endangerment and single criminal possession of a firearm, criminal possession of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child.

He was arraigned in Watson Town Court, where he posted bail and was released.

On Wednesday, deputies arrested Nagy and Balcom for petit larceny, trespassing and endangering the welfare of a child.

Monday, September 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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