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Bong Shop Sells Bath Salts to Dad's Son ... Watertown Father Smashes Up Shop, Pleads Guilty
Syracuse.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | John O'Brien

Posted on 02/26/2013 6:53:39 PM PST by DogByte6RER

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Watertown father admits guilt for smashing up head shop

Watertown, NY -- A Watertown man has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge for smashing up a head shop after his adult son overdosed on bath salts from the store.

Dan Avery, 49, pleaded guilty Friday in Jefferson County Court to a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay $638 in restitution for the damage he did to Tebb's Headshop in Watertown.

Avery was charged in July with a felony count of third-degree criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon.

The plea deal was not unusual, Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert said.

"We certainly looked at all the facts and circumstances," she said.

Avery won't have to report to the court or a probation officer during his one-year conditional discharge, Intschert said. He's required only to obey all state and federal laws, she said.

Avery was arrested in July after he went to Tebb's the day after his 24 year-old son was hospitalized after overdosing on “glass cleaner” that he’d bought at Tebb’s.

Avery drove to the store from the hospital and asked the clerk if the store sold bath salts or glass cleaner, Avery has said. The clerk then showed him the products and instructed Avery how to use them, Avery said.

He told The Post-Standard in July that he "just went crazy" in response to seeing his son in the hospital. He smashed a glass countertop and a couple glass ashtrays, then threw glass pipes from the shelves at the store clerk, Avery said.

Afterward, Avery returned the bat to his truck, went back into the store and lectured the clerk.

"You're a sick man to sell this to these kids, knowing it's gonna twist their minds, " Avery remembered saying. "You're pathetic." Then Avery asked the clerk for a phone, called 911 and waited for police to arrive and arrest him, Avery said.

Tebb's owner, John E. Tebbetts, pleaded guilty in December to federal drug charges. Among them were three counts of possessing a controlled substance analog — a drug that's chemically similar to a controlled substance — with the intent to sell the drugs at his head shops. Tebbs faces up to 16 years in prison.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bathsalts; fatheroftheyear; fathersday; glasscleaner; justice; overdose; vengeance; zombie
Photobucket I'm totally down with this story ... except the father should have been given the KEY to the city and NOT probation.
1 posted on 02/26/2013 6:53:53 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

So, even though this is essentially an illegal business, selling items intended to facilitate the consumption of illicit substances, it remains illegal for a peasant to trash one up? I guess if you want to smash up head shops, become a DEA special agent first/s;)


2 posted on 02/26/2013 7:14:36 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: DogByte6RER

“...except the father should have been given the KEY to the city and NOT probation. “

He was not given probation.

A conditional discharge means “Goodbye, have a nice life and if we don’t hear from you again then the charges go away one year from today - no further action on your part is required”

All it cost him was the $600 and some odd bucks in restitution. (Too bad about that, though)

Oh, and he may have had lawyers fees.


3 posted on 02/26/2013 7:17:48 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Frank_2001
Well, you have to get all the high speed, low drag training. It's obvious this type of thing should be left to the professionals.

Key indicator this guy isn't a "professional?" He didn't shoot any neighborhood pets, or bust up the wrong shop in the process.

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Unfortunately not sarcasm.

4 posted on 02/26/2013 7:22:09 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: DogByte6RER; Repeat Offender
A very good read of the original arrest. He's a good guy in my book.
5 posted on 02/26/2013 7:25:39 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: DogByte6RER

So much for personal responsibility. I’m sure by the dad’s logic it’s totally fine to smash up liquor stores or tobacco shops since they sell harmful products as well.


6 posted on 02/26/2013 7:58:47 PM PST by The Worthless Miracle
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To: DogByte6RER

I still marvel how the criminals running this govt outlaw things which are similar to banned drugs. Laws mean nothing anymore.


7 posted on 02/26/2013 8:05:32 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: DogByte6RER
He's required only to obey all state and federal laws, she said.

So, we should expect to see him in jail in a couple of days ... if he's lucky.

8 posted on 02/26/2013 8:17:40 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: The Worthless Miracle

I’m sure it’s fine for idiotic worthless trolls to post on FR as well.


9 posted on 02/26/2013 8:21:08 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: The Worthless Miracle

“So much for personal responsibility. I’m sure by the dad’s logic it’s totally fine to smash up liquor stores or tobacco shops since they sell harmful products as well.”

My BVDs, your lunch!


10 posted on 02/26/2013 8:25:48 PM PST by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: PghBaldy
I still marvel how the criminals running this govt outlaw things which are similar to banned drugs. Laws mean nothing anymore.

I agree with your conclusion, I just don't see how you arrived at it.

Regards,
GtG

11 posted on 02/26/2013 8:28:19 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: DogByte6RER

You have to pay the shop that supports illegal activity, why??


12 posted on 02/26/2013 8:29:20 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: DogByte6RER
"You're a sick man to sell this to these kids"
his 24 year-old son was hospitalized after overdosing on “glass cleaner”

Even though I can sorta sympathize, his son was no kid, and if a MAN of 24 was doing this stuff,
maybe the dad oughta look at how he raised his son.

Just sayin...
13 posted on 02/26/2013 8:40:39 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: 45semi

True perhaps. But, nevertheless, I hope I would do the same thing this father did if I were in his shoes.


14 posted on 02/26/2013 8:49:22 PM PST by GodfearingTexan
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To: 45semi
Even though I can sorta sympathize, his son was no kid, and if a MAN of 24 was doing this stuff, maybe the dad oughta look at how he raised his son.

A lot of baby boomers raised themselve as latchkey kids and made it through life. Some kids saw their parents for only a few hours a day. Some kids didn't make it past early adulthood. Most I know that died did so from mixing booze and cars. I don't think every aggrieved parent has the right to smash up a package store. Bath salts, that's another story. there is no redeeming benefit of injesting salts. Certainly not comparable to having wine with dinner.

15 posted on 02/26/2013 8:55:54 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: DogByte6RER

>> He’s required only to obey all state and federal laws, she said.

Is that a special condition?

Any legalization of drugs should be accompanied by the legalization of suitable vigilantism.


16 posted on 02/26/2013 9:28:52 PM PST by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Love it! Maybe if more people took things into their own hands these dope dealers won’t keep destroying everything.


17 posted on 02/26/2013 10:16:02 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: The Worthless Miracle

loser


18 posted on 02/26/2013 10:21:50 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: 45semi
...if a MAN of 24 was doing this stuff, maybe the dad oughta look at how he raised his son.

Me, I find that as mine grow up they get harder to control. I kinda think it's 'cause they're people in an unpredictable world.

Evidently, your kids turned out real well though. Maybe you'd like to share your secrets with the rest of the class.

Just say'n.

19 posted on 02/26/2013 10:52:08 PM PST by tsomer
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To: The Worthless Miracle; Repeat Offender; DogByte6RER
oh yeah,

He went to the Carry Nation school of temperance !

20 posted on 02/27/2013 12:21:06 AM PST by onona (KCCO, and mind the gap)
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To: DogByte6RER

I have read several recent stories about “bath salts”, including particularly interesting stories about users eating people’s faces, but never knew what “bath salts” are. This is a pretty good rundown, from Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_salts_(drug)


21 posted on 02/27/2013 12:30:08 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: tsomer
If 24 years of age isnt considered adulthood,
then just what do you consider 'the age' of personal responsibility & accountability for ones own actions?

Is this guys father going to go beat up a firearms dealer if said dealer sells his 24 year old a gun, and the 24 year old murders someone?

The car dealer if his son drives drunk & kills someone?

What age do you consider someone responsible for their own actions?

Was there evidence in the article that the seller mis-represented the product and sold the young MAN something under false pretenses?

I dont 'get' your snarky comment.

"Evidently, your kids turned out real well though.
Maybe you'd like to share your secrets with the rest of the class. "

22 posted on 02/27/2013 3:52:20 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: steve86

So not supporting illegal destruction of private property is “trolling”? Great value system you have! When are you due back at anger management? Unbelievable.


23 posted on 02/27/2013 6:44:33 PM PST by The Worthless Miracle
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To: 45semi

I think I identified with the father’s rage. I’ve
got a kid “out there” and find myself on pins and needles, wondering if she’ll be all right.

I get a little hot under the collar when people immediately jump the parents when a kid goes wrong. This world is nothing like the one I grew up in—far more perverse, licentious and it was hard even then.

You’re right to ask where the dividing line is,say, between shooting a car dealer who sold his son the Yugo he died in, and some guy who sold him the poison that derailed his son’s life. I think it’s partly a matter of proportion.

All things considered, I think the father did well:
1. He didn’t harm the people, just the merchandise
2. He exposed the nature of the man’s business resulting in its closure.
3. He did not flee, but as I recall, summoned the police himself.
4. He exposed his own shame and yielded to his punishment, perhaps in tacit recognition of his own part.


24 posted on 03/02/2013 2:35:12 PM PST by tsomer
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