CANTON — Two co-defendants got married on the Monday morning of their arraignment in St. Lawrence County Court for burglary charges and a third appeared and then fled, leaving his attorney to answer for his absence.

Samantha L. Tyo, formerly Herbick, 29, of 422 Belmont Courts, Ogdensburg, and Todd J. Tyo, 31, of 2633 Route 37, Brier Hill, each pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging them each with a count of second-degree burglary.

Mrs. Tyo, when she stood for arraignment, told County Judge Jerome J. Richards that the indictment, which recognized her as Samantha Herbick, would have to be changed to reflect her new last name, as she and Mr. Tyo were married that morning.

The couple sat side by side throughout most of the day, awaiting their arraignment where they each pleaded not guilty and were released under probation supervision.

Also scheduled for arraignment on a count of second-degree burglary was their co-defendant, Jerome T. Dobbs, 30, of 226 Wood Road, Lisbon. Mr. Dobbs appeared, spoke to his attorney, Brian P. Barrett, and was told by Judge Richards to go down to probation to get drug tested.

After several cases, the judge called on Mr. Dobbs, who was still absent from the court room. He asked about Mr. Dobbs’s whereabouts and court officers and officials said that he left the building. Mr. Barrett first told the judge that his client had not responded to his messages indicating whether he would be returning to court. After several minutes of the judge waiting, Mr. Barrett said Mr. Dobbs texted him, saying he would be back. The judge gave him from 12:45 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. to return, but to no avail.

A warrant was issued, court officials said.

The indictment charges on April 29 at 101 Front St., Rensselaer Falls, the trio entered the residence with the intent to commit a crime.

According to the original St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report, the incident included reports of a baseball-bat beating of a truck and shots fired.

Upon arrival at the Front Street residence, deputies said, it was discovered that Mr. Dobbs and Ms. Herbick entered the home by significantly damaging a door and window while Mr. Tyo remained in a motor vehicle nearby.

To read the original arrest report visit

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.