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Massena man charged with felony contempt count


MASSENA - Village police charged Jeffrey D. Fontaine, 43, of 110 Jefferson Ave., Massena, with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt following a domestic dispute at his residence early Tuesday morning. He allegedly violated a no harassment order of protection. Fontaine was arraigned by Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall and had bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. He was released Tuersday afternoon after posting bail.

Fountaine was reportedly intoxicated and getting in the face of his girlfriend, Sharonlyn Lavalley, and her 18-year-old son. “Jeff is too drunk on liquor and won’t stop arguing with my son and I,” Ms. Lavalley said, telling police she was unwilling to provide a more detailed statement.

Police said his actions violated the no harassment order of protection signed when he was sentenced for a harassment conviction

The Massena man had been fined last month after he entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge in a case where he had allegedly punched his girlfriend because he thought she was getting a little too friendly with the taxi cab driver .

Massena Justice James M. Crandall had Fontaine $250 and a $125 surcharge after a third-degree assault count was reduced to second-degree harassment. The court also signed an order of protection directing Fontaine not to harass, annoy or alarm Sharolyn Lavalley.

According to court documents, Fontaine pulled his girlfriend out of the cab and slammed her onto the pavement during an incident that took place shortly after 1:30 a.m. Nov. 6.

The cab driver told police Fontaine appeared to become enraged by the friendly conversation Ms. Lavalley had with the him as he transported the couple from Victory Road to 110 Jefferson Ave.

Ms. Lavalley reportedly suffered facial lacerations and shoulder pain as a result of the incident.

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