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Canton man fined for harassment conviction in Massena court

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MASSENA - A Canton man has been fined after pleading guilty to harassment following a November confrontation with his mother.

Scott R. Bishop, 39, of Cascade Inn, Canton, formerly of 13 Burney Ave., Massena, had been charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassmentfollowing a domestic incident with his mother, Mary Bishop, at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 5.

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall fined Bishop $250 and a $125 surcharge after he pleaded guilty to the second-degree harassment count in a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors that also satisfied the criminal mischief count. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Bishop, who has reportedly been dealing with anger management and mental health issues in the weeks leading up to the incident, reportedly stabbed a table with a knife and slapped his mother, grabbed her by the face and pulled her hair.

She said her son confronted her when she returned home with laundry.

“He came toward me, and I could tell he was very angry. He started yelling at me about the condition of the house. He then hauled off and slapped me twice in the head,” she noted in the statement she signed for police.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Matthew J. Bort, 31, of Oswego was fined $100 and a $125 surcharge after a fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana charge was reduced to an unlawful possession of marijuana violation. Bort was reportedly found smoking from a glass bong containing marijuana by New York State Park Police at 11:49 p.m. July 1 at the Robert Moses State Park.

■ Zachary A. Dewey, 23, of 4 Andrew Johnson Road, Akwesasne, was fined $100 and a $125 surcharge for an unlawful possession of marijuana. He had been found in possession of 8,59 grams of marijuana during a May 2009 traffic stop.

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