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Massena woman granted conditional discharge for leaving children unsupervised

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MASSENA - A Massena woman charged with not properly supervising her children after they left the family residence and crossed the four lanes of state Route 37 without her knowledge has been ordered to pay a surcharge and been placed under a conditional discharge.

Lorene M. Rushlow, 52, of 72 Perkins Road, Massena, had pleaded guilty to attempted endangering the welfare of a child. Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson ordered Rushlow to pay a $205 surcharge and placed her under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation she commit no further offenses.

Rushlow and her husband had been charged with endangering the welfare of a child on March 31 after their two children, ages 5 and 6, were reportedly left unsupervised and crossed the four-lane state Route 37 before being picked up by an acquaintance of the elder Rushlows and returned home.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Derek R. McElwain, 25, of 25 Grinnell Ave., Massena, was fined $300 and a $280 surcharge for a driving while ability impaired conviction. His operating privileges were suspended for 90 days, and he was placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

McElwain had been charged with driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop at 12:45 a.m. July 21, 2011 on Grinnell Avenue. He was also ticketed for failure to keep right.

Police said they observed McElwain strike a curb and then overcorrect and enter the on-coming lane of traffic on Andrews Street. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.14 percent.

■ Luis B. Morales, 43, of 1190 Lake Ave., Rochester, was fined $500 and a $280 surcharge for a driving while ability impaired conviction. His operating privileges were suspended for 90 days, and he was placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Massena-based state police had chargedMoraleswith driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehiclefollowing a traffic stop at 6:20 p.m. May 27 on state Route 37 near East Orvis Street. He was ticketed for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding 56 mph in a 35 mph zone. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0,08 percent.

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