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EAST ORVIS INVESTIGATION - MASSENA - Village police say they are in the early stages of an investigation into an incident early this morning that left one man bloodied on East Orvis Street and his vehicle reportedly stolen.

Police said they responded to a call at 7 a.m. that there was a man covered in blood on East Orvis Street near Frenchie’s Ford. Massena Village Police Chief Timmy J. Currier said that man was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital, but he said police are conducting interviews in an effort to determined what happened.

Police did confirm they are looking for a vehicle that was reportedly stolen in connection with the incident. Police radio transmissions about the incident reported police were looking for three African American males that had been involved in a strong armed robbery and that a gun had been displayed during the incident.

Mr. Currier said he was unable to confirm those allegations at this point in the police investigation.

CRIMINAL TRESPASS - MASSENA - Village police charged Damion A. Giarratano, 18, of 94 Woodlawn Ave., Massena, with a felony count of second-degree criminal mischief and a second-degree trespass violation. Police said Giarratano entered a bus parked behind the New Testament Church and broke approximately nine windows with a fire extinguisher at approximately 12:45 p.m. Monday.

The church’s youth pastor said he was in his office when he was alerted three young people were in the parking lot throwing rocks at the bus. He said when he went outside he saw the broken windows and the female and two males leave the area and go to a nearby house. He said when he knocked on the door it was answered by one of the young men he had seen leave the parking lot. Police arrived on scene moments later.

Giarratano was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $3,000 cash or $6,000 bond.

Village police had charged Giarratano with petit larceny earlier this monthhe allegedly stole a ring valued at $80 from his mother, Shannon. The ring was reported missing on May 29.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - MASSENA - A 26-year-old Massena man was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital after slamming his motorcycle in the guardrails Tuesday afternoon the Willow Street Extension.

Village police said Tommy R. Anson of 246 Center St. was headed northeast on Willow Street Extension when he passed a vehicle filled with people he had been socializing with moments earlier. Police said as Anson pulled back into his lane of traffic he lost control of his motorcycle and hit the guardrails. He was ejected from the motorcycle and landed in a grassy area.

Police said initial reports indicated Anson had deep abrasions and contusions. He was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Massena Rescue following the 5:26 p.m.

Police said their investigation is continuing, and tickets are pending.

COUNTY COURT WARRANTS - MASSENA - Two Massena men were picked up on county court warrants Tuesday after they allegedly violated the conditions of their releases under probation supervision by testing positive for drug use.

Shane W. Caskinette, 33, of 26 Orchard Road, Massena, was taken into custody at 2:59 p.m. and transported to Canton for an appearance in St. Lawrence County Court.

Caskinette had been indicted in March for one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. During processing on the March warrant, police had said Caskinette was found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana and a container with codeine pills. He was additionally charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and an unlawful possession of marijuana violation.

Brian W. Doman-Thomas, 19, of 35 Parker Ave., Massena, was taken into custody at 5:25 p.m. He was transported to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility pending an appearance in county court.

Doman and a co-defendant, Cody J. Anderson of 175 Mckinley Ave. had each been charged in February 2011 with multiple felony counts of criminal mischief after village police received 35 complaints from Massena residents who had windows shot out of their vehicles.“Most of the estimates for repairs to the damage are in the $300 to $500 range. We’ve only had two over the $1,000 mark, and we have only had two that came in less than $250, the threshold for a felony charge,” he noted.

Police said early in the investigation officers spotted bbs in tail lamps and received similar reports from local repair shops.

They said the investigation moved forward when a police department employee spotted a discarded bb long gun package when he was walking on Main Street.

Police were able to trace the purchase of a bb gun and 2,400 bbs at 3 a.m. Friday from Walmart. A review of the store’s surveillance video led to the arrest of the two teenagers Friday evening.

Anderson, in a statement he provided police, said he drove his truck around the village, while Doman fired shots from his truck’s window.

PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT - MASSENA - Massena-based state police said two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at 2:18 p.m. Tuesday on state Route 56 near Eastview Heights in the town of Norfolk. Troopers said the vehicles were operated by Nicholas J. Bradish, 22, of Massena and Darin L. Demers, 44, of North Bangor.

AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT - WESTVILLE - Malone-based state police charged Anthony E. Cook, 30, of Rooseveltown with second-degree aggravated harassment Tuesday following an investigation into an incident reported at 9 p.m. May 29 from the town of Westville. Bail was set at $500.

HARASSMENT - NORFOLK - Massena-based state polic charged Robert P. Baker, 42, of Norfolk with second-degree harassment, disorderly conduct and endangering the welfare of a child following a dispute with a teenage female at 4:50 p.m. Monday.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - MASSENA - State police hace investigated several property damage accidents this week. They include:

David E. Liebfred, 51, of Norwood at 4:31 a.m. Wednesday on the Morley Road near the Barnes Road in the town of Potsdam.

Conrad Darrel Cook, 68, of Potsdam at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday on state Route 11C near the Green Meadow Road in the town of Stockholm.

Michael W. Perkins, 66, of Canton and Kennedy L. Murray, 16, of Canton were involved in a two-vehicle crash at 5:40 p.m. Monday on state Route 310, near County Route 34, in the town of Potsdam.

Matthew R. Bernard, 24, of Massena at 7:34 a.m. Monday on state Route 37 near Taggert Road in the town of Lisbon.

DWI - AGGRAVATED DWI - MASSENA - Village police charged Matthew R. Ayotte, 22, of 27 Sycamore St., Massena, with aggravated driving while intoxicated and ticketed him for failure to keep right following a traffic stop at 8:43 p.m. Monday on South Main Street. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.20 percent.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - MASSENA - Village police charged Austin B. Villnave, 17, of 144 South Raquette River Road, Massena, with disorderly conduct at 5:45 p.m. Monday following an incident on Center Street. Police said when they arrived at the complaint scene they found Villnave yelling and screaming obscenities and engaging in fighting stances in an appparent effort to become involved in an altercation. Police said Villnave failed to comply with several requests to quiet down and leave the area.

AGGRAVATED DWI - MADRID - Massena-based state police charged Cherie L. Premo, 46, of Madrid with aggravated driving while intoxicated and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle on a public highway and ticketed her for failure to use designated lane following a traffic stop at 2:56 p.m. Sunday on Haig Road in the town of Madrid.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - LOUISVILLE - Massena-based state police investigated a one-vehicle property damage accident at 9:38 p.m. Sunday on state Route 56 near County Route 36 in the town of Louisville. Troopers said the vehicle was being operated by Rosemary Ann Pacific, 45, of Potsdam.

CRIMINAL CONTEMPT - MOIRA - Malone-based state police charged Dustin J. Stone, 19, of Brushton with second-degree criminal contempt following a complaint filed with troopers at 8:08 p.m. Sunday from the town of Moira. Stone was arraigned in local court and sent to the Franklin County Jail with bail set at $150 cash.

UNLAWFUL POSSESSION - BOMBAY - Malone-based state police charged Bruce W. Gratton, 43, of Bombay with unlawful possession of marijuana at 12:30 p.m. Monday at 1823 state Route 95 in the town of Bombay.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - MALONE - Malone-based state police investigated a one-vehicle accident at 7:22 a.m. Monday on state Route 37, near the Bare Hill Road, in the town of Malone. Troopers identified the driver as George S. Rockhill, 63, of Westville.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - MALONE - Malone-based state police said Keith W. Davis, 45, of Constable was involved in a one-vehicle accident at 9:43 p.m. Monday on state Route 30, near Valley Road, in the town of Malone.

PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT - MALONE - Ellenburg-based state police investigated a two-vehicle crash at 4:42 p.m. Monday on Lash Road in the town of Altona. Troopers identified the drivers as Terry F. Johnson, 46, of Hogansburg and Edna D. Coolidge, 79, of Ellenburg Depot.

LITTERING - POTSDAM - Village police charged Russell P. Snyder III, 17, of Potsdam with littering at 7:53 p.m. Monday on Market Street after police responded to a report subjects were throwing light bulbs.

PETIT LARCENY - POTSDAM - Village police charged Melissa A. Madill, 42, of Potsdam with petit larceny following a traffic stop at 9:52 a.m. Monday on Market Street after she allegedly shoplifted products at a local business.

SPEEDING - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Ethan H. Kelly, 18 of Potsdam for speed in zone 48/30 following a traffic stop at 1:44 p.m. Monday on Pine Street.

SPEEDING - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Thomas D. Deshane, 52 ,of Potsdam, was ticketed for speed in zone 49/30 following a traffic stop at 2:17 p.m. Monday on Pine Street.

SPEEDING - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Emily R. Davis, 22, of Heuvelton was ticketed for speed in zone 53/30 following a traffic stop at 3:24 p.m. Monday on Madrid Avenue.

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