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Massena man pleads guilty to weapons count


MASSENA - A 19-year-old Massena man will be sentenced in August after he admitted he illegally possessed a police style baton at his residence.

Village police had charged Winston “Tehkarakwos” Francis, 21, of 175 East Orvis St., Massena, with fourth-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree harassment, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana following a domestic dispute Feb. 19.

Police said at the time Francis had ripped the shirt of his live in girlfriend, Julie LaDue, during an argument that took place in front of her one-year-old child. Police said they noticed a strong odor of marijuana when they entered the residence, and Francis told them he had smoked marijuana after the argument in an attempt to calm himself down.

Police said they located a small baggie containing 3 grams of marijuana, a police style baton and two bags of untaxed cigarettes while they were inside the residence.

Francis pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Aug. 21.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Ashley M. Palmer, 24, of 198 Gleason Road, Malone, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation she perform 20 hours of community service.

Palmer had been charged with petit larceny June 14, 2011 after she allegedly shoplifted $129.54 worth of merchandise from Walmart.

She reportedly took several items, ranging from six pairs of lingerie and 13 pairs of socks to a pregnancy test and nail fungus remover, placed them in a purse and walked past the last point of sale at the store without paying for the merchandise.

■ Christopher J. Lennox, 21, of 16 Prospect St., Henniker, N.H., and Brandon T. Patenaude, 21, of 293 Pine Hill Road, Henniker, N.H., were each granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation they perform 10 hours of community service.

Lennox and Patenaude had been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after a traffic stop at 12:20 a.m. May 19.

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