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Sun., Aug. 30
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Massena man admits damaging kitchen items during domestic dispute


MASSENA - A Massena man will be sentenced on April 24 after he admitted he had broken several household items during a domestic dispute on the night of Dec. 20.

Michael J. Lamotte, 41, of 108 North Main St., Massena, pleaded guilty to attempted fourth-degree criminal mischief in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied three charges pending from that incident.

Village police had charged Lamotte after he allegedly became involved in a physical confrontation with his then housemate and former girlfriend in front of the woman’s teenage daughter at 11:35 p.m. Dec. 20.

Village police had charged Lamotte with fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Lamotte allegedly grabbed Michele A. Dougherty by her left arm and pushed her into a counter and later onto a bed during the domestic dispute that took place in front of a 14-year-old, according to court documents. He also knocked items off the counter, including a glass mixing bowl that broke when it fell.

When the 14-year-old female intervened and yelled at Lamotte to leave her mother alone, the Massena man reportedly chased her around the residence.

Ms. Dougherty, in a statement she signed for police, said Lamotte had called her at approximately 10:30 p.m., asking her to drive down to the Delmar Tavern to pick him up.

She said she was having car trouble so she walked to the bar, figuring they could call a taxi for a ride home, had a couple of shots of liquor and then left the Delmar with Lamotte and returned to the North Main Street home they share.

“He lives upstairs. I live downstairs. We bought the house when we were dating over a year ago,” Ms. Dougherty noted in her statement to police.

She said when they returned home Lamotte passed out in her bed.

“A little while later he got up and said he was hungry, and I cooked him a meal. Soon after, Michael started to argue with me over a guy I’ve been seeing,” she said, noting the argument quickly escalated from verbal to physical.

In other recent court action before Judge Eric J. Gustafson:

■ Sarah R. Lapierre, 20, of 252A state Route 37B, Massena, was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation she perform 10 hours of community service.

Lapierre had filed a statement with troopers on Aug. 11 alleging Elizabeth Van Guilder had stolen checks from her and then forged and cashed checks for $68 and $75. That reportedly did not take place, and the investigation led troopers to believe Lapierre was simply trying to hide the transactions from her mother, who assists her with the management of her finances.

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