Skip to comments.Bong Shop Sells Bath Salts to Dad's Son ... Watertown Father Smashes Up Shop, Pleads Guilty
Posted on 02/26/2013 6:53:39 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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 hed bought at Tebbs.
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.
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;)
“...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.
Key indicator this guy isn't a "professional?" He didn't shoot any neighborhood pets, or bust up the wrong shop in the process.
Unfortunately not sarcasm.
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.
I still marvel how the criminals running this govt outlaw things which are similar to banned drugs. Laws mean nothing anymore.
So, we should expect to see him in jail in a couple of days ... if he's lucky.
I’m sure it’s fine for idiotic worthless trolls to post on FR as well.
“So much for personal responsibility. Im sure by the dads logic its totally fine to smash up liquor stores or tobacco shops since they sell harmful products as well.”
My BVDs, your lunch!
I agree with your conclusion, I just don't see how you arrived at it.
You have to pay the shop that supports illegal activity, why??
True perhaps. But, nevertheless, I hope I would do the same thing this father did if I were in his shoes.
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.
>> 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.
Love it! Maybe if more people took things into their own hands these dope dealers won’t keep destroying everything.
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.
He went to the Carry Nation school of temperance !
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:
So not supporting illegal destruction of private property is “trolling”? Great value system you have! When are you due back at anger management? Unbelievable.
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.
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