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MASSENA - A Massena woman was released from jail after pleading guilty to a reduced count during her first appearance with counsel in village court.

Village police had charged Mark S. Lafrancois, 44, and Patricia A. Snyder, 47, both of 111 Woodlawn Ave. with assault following a domestic dispute at 2:27 a.m. Monday at their residence.

Lafrancois was charged with third-degree assault after he allegedly grabbed Snyder by the throat with both hands and “choked her out.”

Snyder was charged with attempted assault. Lafrancois told police Snyder had punched him in the face, head and right arm. They had both been sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $500 following their arrests.

Police said the couple were heavily intoxicated, belligerent and uncooperative when they responded to the domestic dispute complaint at their residence.

Snyder entered a guilty plea after prosecutors agreed to reduce a third-degree attempted assault count to aa second-degree harassment violation.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson waived the fine and ordered Snyder to pay a $125 surcharge.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Thomas H. Rushlow Sr., 52, of 74 Perkins Road, Massena, was ordered to pay a $205 surcharge and was placed under a one-year conditional discharge for an attempted endangering the welfare of a child conviction.

Rushlow had been charged with failing to adequately supervise his children, ages 5 and 6. The two children crossed four lanes of traffic on state Route 37 before being picked up by an acquaintance of the children’s parents who saw them walking on Stearns Street and was concerned about their welfare.

■ Chastity L. Monroe, 32, of 23 E. Hatfield St., Massena, as granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

Village police had charged Monroewith endangering the welfare of a child in May 2011. Police said Monroe was charged after her 2-year-old toddler was observed walking on East Hatfield Street wearing only a diaper. A witness told police she had grabbed the child after seeing the toddler running toward traffic.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison Appleby told the court the child suffers from a severe form of autism and the toddler had simply escaped from her mother’s supervision that day. “She now has alarms in place and has taken other steps to aid in child care,” she said.

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