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Rupert has petit larceny case adjourned; currently serving prison sentence


MASSENA - A Massena woman facing a petit larceny count in Massena Village Court had her appearance adjourned after probation officials noted she is currently serving a state prison sentence.

Lisa L. Rupert, 35, of 2255 state Route 420, Massena, was charged with petit larceny on April 5 after she allegedly shoplifted two sirloin steaks, Easter candy and gummie bears from Price Chopper. The merchandise was valued at $38.92.

But when her case was called in local court probation officials informed Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson that Rupert started serving a state prison sentence in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in late April.

She had been one of two Massena residents indicted in January 2011 by a St. Lawrence County grand jury for allegedly stealing purses from several women at the St. Lawrence Centre mall.

Ian J. Johns, 26, of 31 Talcott St., was charged with two counts each of second-degree robbery and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and five counts of fourth-degree grand larceny.

Rupert was indicted for second-degree robbery and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny.

Mr. Johns was accused of stealing purses belonging to Brushton resident Barbara A. Dishaw on Dec. 9, 2010 and Nicholville resident Kathleen A. Carr on Dec. 24, 2010, both in the parking lot at the St. Lawrence Centre mall.

The purses contained credit cards, cash and personal items.

Mr. Johns told state police he reportedly stole the purses to pay off a drug debt to Patrick R. Hong, Massena. Ms. Rupert reportedly drove the getaway car on Dec. 24, 2010 when Mr. Johns stole Ms. Carr’s purse.

Rupert had initially been placed on probation for five years after pleading guilty to third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand jury, but St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerry Richards resentenced her to one to three years in state prison after she violated the conditions of her probationary sentence. She entered state prison on April 30.

Her earliest released date from prison in Nov. 28, 2012, and her conditional release date is Nov. 28, 2013, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Adam M. Lalonde, 21, of 327 Roosevelt St., Massena, was placed on probation for three years and was ordered to pay a $125 surcharge for a petit larceny conviction.

He and a co-defendant had been charged with stealing bicycles from 10 Victory Road and 8 Victory Road in the early morning hours of July 7.

■ Bruce D. McDonald, 28, of 49 Howard St., Massena, was fined $200 and a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct conviction. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he commit no further offenses.

McDonald had been charged with kicking his foot through a screen door and headbutting a door at 49 Howard St. on April 15. He also reportedly made threats to the police officers that responded to the complaint.

■ Kevin K. Lashomb, 45, of Massena was fined $100 and a $125 surcharge after a second-degree criminal contempt count was reduced to disorderly conduct. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he commit no further offenses.

He had been charged with violating an order of protection that directed him to stay away from Susan Duprey when he went to her 40 Beach St. residence on May 25, 2011.

The Massena man was sentenced in February 2011 to serve six months in the county correctional facility following his conviction on a second-degree criminal contempt count. He had been released from custody prior to his May 2011 arrest after receiving credit for time served prior to sentencing and good time.

Lashomb, in that initial count, had been charged with violating a no harassment order of protection issued on Jan. 8, 2010 by the St. Lawrence County Family Court.

He reportedly became angry and out of control during an argument with Ms. Duprey on Oct. 29, 2010 at 40 Beach St. Ms. Duprey told police Lashomb kicked and smashed her flat screen television, threw a phone so it could not be used and ripped the phone line out of the wall.

Lashomb had initially been charged with a felony count of criminal contempt in that case, but prosecutors made a motion seeking to have that charge reduced to a misdemeanor and returned to local court.

■ Philip F. Saxby, 54, of 220 A Highland Road, Massena, was served with a temporary order of protection directing him to stay away from Shirley Moniere.

Saxby had been charged with fourth-degree after he allegedly stole a gold wedding band from Ms. Moniere when he was inside her residence Jan. 14 repairing a door.

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