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Norfolk-area woman fined for stealing cousin’s Adderall pills


MASSENA - A Norfolk-area woman charged with stealing pills prescribed to her cousin’s son has been ordered to pay a $205 surcharge after pleading guilty to a reduced count in Massena Village Court.

Massena Village Police had charged Rachel A. Panella, 32, of County Route 38, Norfolk, with petit larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance following the New Year’s Day incident. She pleaded guilty to attempted petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement that satisifed both charges.

Panella had been charged with taking three Adderal pills prescribed to her cousin, Christopher Marasco, when she went to his family’s residence seeking to borrow $5 and toilet paper. Mr. Marasco’s mother said she was in another portion of the house getting toilet paper for Ms. Panella when she heard a cupboard open and shut. She said she noticed a short time later that some of the Adderall pills were missing.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also placed Panella under a one-year conditional discharge for the attempted petit larceny conviction.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Jacob J. Sawinski, 26, of 498 South Main St., Apt. 6, Massena, was resentenced to serve two weekends in jail after he admitted he had violated the conditions of his probationary sentence. Probation officials alleged Sawinski violated his conditions by having unsupervised contact with a child on May 2 when he was at Price Chopper with his 11-year-old cousin. The probation department memorandum also noted Sawinski said he had planned to drop his cousin off at Springs Park when he left the store. The report noted the conditions of Sawinski’s probation also prohibit him from being at parks and playgrounds.

■ Michael J. Bero, 53, of 12 Grassmere Ave., Massena, was fined $100 and ordered to make restitution of $21 after a petit larceny count was reduced to disorderly conduct. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Bero had been charged with shoplifting a box of hair spray valued at $7.99 from Price Chopper on May 6. He also reportedly contaminated a container of olives when he reached in and grabbed a handful from the salad bar.

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