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Massena Teen Accused Of Stealing Two Cars Makes Court Appearance


MASSENA - A 17-year-old Massena teen charged with stealing a vehicle late Friday night on Park Avenue, crashing that car into a utility pole on County Route 38 in the town of Norfolk and then stealing another vehicle four houses from the accident scene has been remanded back to the county correctional facility following a brief appearance in Massena Village Court.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson told Joshua Jones, 17, of 49 1/2 Maple St., Massena, that his attorney had waived his right for a preliminary hearing on felony counts of third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. The case was handed up to county court for possible grand jury action.
Jones was charged with felony counts of third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and eight vehicle and traffic violations.
Massena Village Police said he crashed a vehicle on County Route 38, town of Norfolk, that he is accused of stealing from a Park Avenue residence. Following the accident, he allegedly stole another vehicle near the scene of the crash and headed back to Massena, where he was arrested.
According to court documents, Jones allegedly stole a 2004 Chrysler Sebring owned by Michael Gonyou between 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Aug. 27 from a residence on Park Avenue. The keys had allegedly been left in the vehicle. He reportedly totaled that vehicle when he crashed into a utility pole on County Route 38 in the town of Norfolk.
He then went to a home approximately four houses away from the crash site and stole a 2010 GMC truck owned by James Burnett, town of Norfolk.
He returned to the village at 2:35 a.m. driving the black GMC and reportedly failed to comply when police patrols first spotted his vehicle on Main Street and then followed him onto East Orvis Street and Parker Avenue.
Police said he was also wanted on a St. Lawrence County Court bench warrant for allegedly violating the conditions of his release under the supervision of the probation department on a pending third-degree burglary charge.
He was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and was remanded to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson remanded Jones back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail continued at Jones also has a case pending in county court after he allegedly violated the conditions of his release on another felony charge by absconding from a residential treatment facility.
He is also being held in the county correctional facility by the county court on that charge.
In other recent village court action before Judge Gustafson:
* Edward Kemison Jr., 24, of 548 Pontoon Bridge Road, Massena, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge after pleading guilty to an unlawful possession of marijuana violation. The fine and surcharge were reduced to civil judgment.
Kemison was found to be in possession of a marijuana pipe with residue following a traffic stop at 9 p.m. Feb. 1 on state Route 420.
He has been in custody since late May on charges pending in county court.

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