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Massena woman sentenced to weekends in jail for shoplifting conviction

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MASSENA - A Massena woman charged with petit larceny while she was on probation has been sentenced to serve weekends for the next three months in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall sentenced Jamie L. Northrup, 34, of 110 Woodlawn Ave., Massena, to an intermittent jail term of 103 calendar days for the petit larceny conviction in a plea bargain agreement that also satisfied an unlawfully dealing with a child count. She started her sentence this past weekend and will be incarcerated from 6 p.m. Fridays to 6 p.m. Sundays through July 29.

She was also ordered to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 DNA fee.

“I’ve seen the recommendation from the probation department asking for weekends versus straight time due to family concerns. This way you will also be able to finish school,” Judge Crandall noted.

Village police had charged Northrup and Brande L. Snyder of 102 Woodlawn Ave., Massena, with petit larceny after a loss prevention associate reportedly saw the duo place several items in a purse and in a Walmart bag they already had in their cart during the afternoon of June 8.

Northrup allegedly took $77.88 worth of merchandise, including a dress, a swim top and two shirts. Snyder reportedly had three T-shirts and two pairs of shorts.

Snyder had been charged with shoplifting $31.64 worth of merchandise. She had been fined $95 and a $205 surcharge in September after pleading guilty to a petit larceny count.

Loss prevention associates told police they had observed Northrup place a dress, a swim top, two shirts and a pair of shorts in an empty Walmart bag she had in her cart, pay for some other merchandise before leaving the store and not make any effort to pay for the items in the bag before walking past the last point of sale at the store. The merchandise was recovered.

Northrup had also been picked up on a bench warrant in early September alleging she had violated the conditions of her probationary sentence from a previous petit larceny conviction.

The probation department had alleged in a report filed in August that Northrup has been charged with petit larceny since being placed on probation in December 2008 following her convictions for petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

The report alleged she had also failed to report as directed on a bi-weekly basis to her probation officer, failed to make restitution payments and failed to perform 100 hours of community service.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Zak A. Johnson, 21, of 15 Moonbrook Drive, Rutland, Vt., a St. Lawrence University student, was scheduled to be placed under a one-year adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation he perform 50 hours of community service on the recommendation of prosecutors.

Johnson had been charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana after he was allegedly found in possession of 6.84 ounces of marijuana, valued at $1,600, by the U.S. Border Patrol after a canine unit alerted on his vehicle at a stationary Border Patrol checkpoint at 10:30 p.m. April 6 on state Route 310. His 2011 Volkswagen Jetta had been seized by the Border Patrol.

But Judge Crandall said after reviewing the file he realized he had no jurisdiction over a misdemeanor charge alleged to have occurred in the town of Madrid. He indicated the case would need to be transferred to Madrid Town Court.

■ Brittany L. Remi, 22, of 316 Belmont Courts, Ogdensburg, was fined $50 and a $125 surcharge for a second-degree harassment conviction.

The charge has been filed following an investigation into a complaint stemming from an incident reported to troopers at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

Sam J. Lanphear III, 21, of 1875 state Route 420, Apt. 5, Massena, was previously charged with second-degree criminal contempt and second-degree harassment following a complaint filed by Remi stemming from that same series of incidents. He had filed a complaint with troopers that Remi had harassed him during their domestic dispute.

She reportedly called Lanphear, the father of her child and described in court papers as her ex-boyfriend at the time of the arrest, over 100 times between Feb. 16 and Feb. 18 and also sent him 63 text messages during that same time period. Troopers said they had told Remi not to contact Lanphear.

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