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Frequent Court Visitor Arquiett Pleads Guilty


MASSENA - A Massena-area woman with a lengthy history of arrests has been released from custody after pleading guilty to a violation in Massena Village Court.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson sentenced Brandy J. Arquiett, 33, of 9340 state Route 56, Norfolk, to time served as she entered a guilty plea to a second-degree harassment count to satisfy a second-degree aggravated harassment charge. She was also ordered to pay a $125 surcharge.
She had been in custody since Jan. 19 when she was charged with repeatedly calling the residence of Mary P. Larock over a several day period and then threatening in a phone call on Jan. 19 to the residence of Joshua and Mary P. Larock and bash the couple's heads in.
Arquiett's on again, off again boyfriend, Adam Gauthier, was staying with the Larocks at that time.
Gauthier and Arquiett have both been arrested a number of times over the past several months for violence related to domestic disputes as well as violations of court orders of protection directing the couple to stay away from each other. Gauthier is currently in custody for allegedly violating an order of protection for visiting Arquiett's residence repeatedly prior to her Jan. 19 residence.
St. Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua HaberkornHalm noted Arquiett had previously provided testimony in another criminal case. She reportedly testified at a preliminary hearing following Gauthier's arrest on a felony criminal contempt charge.
Gauthier had been charged last summer with stabbing Arquiett with a fish knife. He later pleaded guilty to third-degree assault to satisfy that charge.
In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:
* David T. Clark, 22, of 39 Bishop Ave., Massena, was fined $300 and a $260 surcharge for driving while ability impaired. His operating privileges were suspended for 90 days.
He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.07 percent when he police were investigating a personal injury accident at 3 a.m. June 7 on Maple Street. He had also been ticketed for failure to keep right and speed not reasonable and prudent in connection with that incident.
Clark was additionally placed on probation for one year and was ordered to pay a $205 surcharge for a sixth-degree conspiracy conviction. He and four other young men, including an 11 year old and a 14 year old, had reportedly been riding their bicycles in the early morning hours of July 9 when he suggested they go to Walmart and steal flashlights.
The 11 year old told police they group was at the footbridge shortly after 2 a.m. that morning looking for bicycles in the water. "David told us we should go to Walmart and steal some flashlights because it was very dark," the pre-teen noted in the statement he signed for police in his mother's presence.
* Barry K. Hill III, 20, of Massena made his first appearance on two counts of second-degree criminal trespass and a single count of second-degree harassment. He had been charged with entering a Massena woman's Willow Street apartment in the early morning hours of Feb. 4. The woman said she woke up to find Hill in her bed licking her feet. He had reportedly entered a second apartment a short time earlier and offered another Massena woman, in that case a teenager, $100 if she would let him suck her toes.
* Catherine E. Phelix-Francis, 46, of 251 Bayley Road, Massena, had a petit larceny count dismissed after a professional examination determined she was unable to assist in her own defense. She had been charged with shoplifting over $103 worth of food and merchandise in March 2009 from Walmart.
Store personnel said Phelix-Francis had ordered food from the Walmart deli and then walked to the Subway booth inside the store and eaten her meal along with a soda from Subway. She then left the store without paying for the food.
When store personnel stopped her after she left the store, she reportedly admitted she had shoplifted several other items from the store. "She said she was just trying to show us how easy it was to steal stuff from Walmart," a store employee noted in his statement to police.

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