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Former Massena man sentenced to time served for drug count

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MASSENA - A former Massena man was sentenced to time served after he pleaded guilty to a drug charge in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied two other charges stemming from an investigation into a domestic dispute in the vicinity of Woody’s General Store on East Orvis Street.

Village police had charged Darrell J. Herne, 22, of 9835 state Route 11, Winthrop, formerly of Massena, with second-degree harassment, fourth-degree criminal mischief and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance Aug. 9.

Herne had been arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and held at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond since his arrest.

Herne pleaded guilty to seventh-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance during an appearance before Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson. He was sentenced to the 18 days he had served in custody and was ordered to pay a $205 surcharge. The court also placed Herne under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation that he not violate a no harassment order of protection.

A village police officer was westbound on East Orvis Street on Aug. 9 when he said he observed a male pushing a woman sitting on the bench and attempting to pull the female off the bench in front of Woody’s General Store.

The police officer said he turned around and when he returned to scene saw Herne pushing the woman, identified as Stephanie Northrup, backwards and then picking her up in the air. Sgt. Adam Love exited his vehicle and took Herne into custody.

Herne also reportedly grabbed Ms. Northrup’s phone during the argument, throwing it on the floor and damaging it.

Police said when Herne was being taken into custody for the domestic incident he admitted he had nine Percoset pills, without a prescription, in his front pocket.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Jayson A. Thompson, 27, of East Dublin, Ga., was fined $200 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny charge was reduced to disorderly conduct. He had been charged with shoplifting two 30 packs of beer, meat snacks and meat - groceries valued at $127.67 - from Price Chopper on Aug. 8.

He was sent back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, where he is serving a sentence from a case in Family Court.

■ Brian K. Snyder, 50, of 153 North Main St., Massena, was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. He had been charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief on June 19, 2011 after he allegedly broke the left rear light of a motor vehicle belonging to Darcy Love during a domestic dispute.

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