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Sun., Oct. 4
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Massena teen must perform communitu service after fight at school


MASSENA - A Massena teenager will be required to perform 15 hours of community service within the next 30 days after pleading guilty to two violations in Massena Village Court in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied two other charges.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson placed Austin Villnave of 144 South Raquette River Road, Massena, under a one-year conditional discharge and ordered him to pay a $125 surcharge for trespassing conviction.

He was ordered to pay another $125 surcharge and to perform the community service work for a second-degree harassment conviction in a plea that also satisfied a disorderly conduct charge.

Court documents reported Villnave had been suspended from school several times during the 201-12 school year before being suspended from school on April 28 and told he was no longer allowed on school grounds except when he was on campus two hours a day for teaching sessions. He reportedly was suspended from all on site educational programs and placed on home tutoring on Dec. 5.

School officials said an administrator saw Villnave standing near the dumpsters to the left of the junior high building on the afternoon of March 6. The plea satisfied a second count when an administrator indicated Villnave had been standing near the backstop on the junior high grounds on the afternoon of March 30.

Village police had chargedVillnavewith second-degree harassment and disorderly conductstemming from an altercation Villnave had with Travis Castleman and Jacob Mitchell Nov. 9 in the Massena Central High School parking lot.

School officials told police they responded to a report of a fight at 3:02 p.m. Nov. 9 in front of the high school and saw Ryan Kirkey yelling at former Massena High School student Jake Mitchell on the sidewalk in front of the parking lot. A school administrator said he then saw Villnave rear back and punch Castleman in the face.

The court signed an order of protection directing Villnave to stay away from Castleman and Mitchell.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Michael T. Neff, 26, of Akwesasne was fined $100 and a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct violation. He was reportedly yelling and screaming obscenities at Massena Rescue Squad members as well as doctors and nurses at Massena Memorial Hospital in the early morning hours of July 17 when they were treating him for a head injury he reportedly suffered after passing out and falling on the sidewalk.

■ Matthew Deshane, 29, of 45 Grantville Road, Norfolk, was fined $50 and a $125 surcharge for an unlawful possession of marijuana conviction. He was reportedly in possession of a smoking device with marijuana residue on Dec. 20 when police picked him up on a bench warrant from Norfolk Town Court.

■ Angela Herne, 34, of 1429 state Route 420, Norfolk, was fined $40 for an open container violation. She and a companion were reportedly walking on sidewalk adjacent to Andrews Street with an open alcoholic beverage in her possession.

■ Darrell Herne, 44, of 190 Center St., Massena, was fined $40 for an open container violation. Police reportedly observed Herne drinking a bottle of Bud Light when he was walking on Woodlawn and Willow streets at 2:13 a.m. Feb. 15.

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