Twelve Ivy Ridge Students Charged With Riot
All of the students involved in Monday night's uprising at Ivy Ridge Academy have been expelled. That's according to the academy's director, Jason Finlinson.
About 12 students and several staff members were injured during Monday night's melee which began when some students attempted an escape.
Ivy Ridge, a few miles west of Ogdensburg on State Route 37 is a corrective facility for troubled teenagers. Parents pay approximately $60,000 to enroll their children in the program.
The facility is on the former campus of Mater Dei College.
State Police say they were called at 10:24 last evening as Academy officials reported a disturbance involving numerous students who intentionally caused damage to the facility and attacked several staff members.
Twenty State Troopers and Investigators responded along with Sheriff's deputies, Ogdensburg City Police and the U.S. Border Patrol.
About 30 students fled the facility in an escape attempt but all were found and returned to the Academy.
State Police say their investigation revealed that the disturbance was organized and initiated by 12 students, all of whom have been charged with Riot, 1st degree along with other charges:
Dustin Kava, 17 - Riot 1st Degree, Assault 3rd, Criminal Mischief 4th
Spagnoli Etienne, 17 - Riot 1st, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th, Harassment 2nd
Artie Conte, 16 - Riot 1st, Criminal Mischief 2nd
Christopher Definis, 17 - Riot 1st, Criminal Mischief 4th
Vadim Soskil, 18 - Riot 1st, Disorderly Conduct
Thomas Jeon, 17 - Riot 1st, Assault 3rd
Brandon Docusen, 16 - Riot 1st, Harassment 2nd
Daniel Burke, 17 - Riot 1st, Disorderly Conduct
Quintin Pedrick, 16 - Riot 1st, Assault 3rd, Criminal Mischief 4th
All nine of the above were arraigned in town of Oswegatchie court and held in St. Lawrence County Jail in lieu of $2500 bail each.
State Police say three 15 year olds were also charged with Riot 1st, Assault 3rd and Menacing 3rd. Their names were not released. They were issued Family Court appearance tickets and returned to Ivy Ridge Academy.
All of those injured in the incident were treated at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and released.
State Police say the investigation continues and additional arrests are possible.