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OGDENSBURG - As many as 30 youths were reported Monday night to have escaped from Ivy Ridge Academy, the Route 37 facility which has been mired in recent months under allegations of abuse of its wards.

Police called to Ivy Ridge to quell 'riot'
by David C. Shampine, Times Staff Writer
First published: Tuesday, May 17, 2005
A source described the situation later in the night as a "riot," with an "uprising" occurring on the grounds and at least "30 kids off in the woods."

Some minor injuries, possibly from the use of fire extinguishers, were reported.

State troopers and St. Lawrence County sheriff's deputies responded to the site of former Mater Dei College after the escape was reported at 10:24 p.m., according to a police source. Ogdensburg police and the U.S. Border Patrol were also called to assist, and the Ogdensburg and Morristown rescue squads were placed on standby.

Approximately 110 residents of the facility were gathered in the gymnasium while officials were dealing with the escape, and a call went out to install extra lighting, the source said.

Ivy Ridge is a behavior modification center for troubled teens, with a staff of about 150 attending to nearly 500 residents. It recently came under a second round of investigations into allegations of physical abuse against residents. State police have been reported to have two investigations in progress.

A public relations person for Ivy Ridge said early last week that troopers report receiving about 40 calls a day from parents regarding various issues at the facility. None are of a serious nature, he said.

The state attorney general's office has investigated the facility, and in February, Children and Family Services conducted an unannounced visit there in response to physical abuse allegations


A handful of troubled teens broke out of the Ivy Ridge Academy in Ogdensburg last night.

According to reports, the problems began last night around 10:30 PM. A fire alarm was pulled by a group of students who planned to stage a "riot" in order to escape from the facility. In the process windows were smashed and fire extinguishers were set off.

15-teenagers were missing for a short amount of time. Fights broke out between the students attempting to escape and students who attempted to restrain them. The melee involved 30 students, 8 were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The students involved face expulsion from the academy.

New York State police arrested 10 students and one staff member.


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.


yes i know this is old news, but i only found it now :P

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