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Massena man fined for punching sister’s boyfriend

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MASSENA - A Massena man has been fined after admitting he punched his sister’s boyfriend.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Michael Sturgeon, 34, of 37 Liberty Ave., Massena, $100 and a $125 surcharge for a second-degree harassment conviction. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he abide by the terms of a no harassment order of protection and perform 10 hours of community.

Sturgeon had been charged with punching Richard Fields II, 29, in the head and face several times in the head and face during an incident that took place at 6:15 a.m. Village police had charged Sturgeon with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Mr. Fields’ eight-year-old son was reportedly standing in the doorway when the altercation took place.

Mr. Fields said he had barricaded himself in the bedroom after an earlier dispute with his girlfriend. She was not at the residence when her brother punched her boyfriend.

Mr. Fields told police Sturgeon kicked open the bedroom door and attacked him. “Mike told me he wanted me out of my house. He told me if I came back he would kill me,” he noted in his statement to police.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Michael J. Lamotte, 42, of 108 North Main St., Massena, was fined $100 and a $205 surcharge after pleading guilty to a fourth-degree attempted criminal mischief, He was also ordered to abide by the terms of a no harassment order of protection and abide by an any recommended treatment options.

Village police had charged Lamotte after he allegedly became involved in a physical confrontation with his then housemate and former girlfriend in front of the woman’s teenage daughter at 11:35 p.m. Dec. 20.

Village police had charged Lamotte with fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Lamotte allegedly grabbed Michele A. Dougherty by her left arm and pushed her into a counter and later onto a bed during the domestic dispute that took place in front of a 14-year-old, according to court documents. He also knocked items off the counter, including a glass mixing bowl that broke when it fell.

When the 14-year-old female intervened and yelled at Lamotte to leave her mother alone, the Massena man reportedly chased her around the residence.

Ms. Dougherty, in a statement she signed for police, said Lamotte had called her at approximately 10:30 p.m., asking her to drive down to the Delmar Tavern to pick him up.

She said she was having car trouble so she walked to the bar, figuring they could call a taxi for a ride home, had a couple of shots of liquor and then left the Delmar with Lamotte and returned to the North Main Street home they share.

“He lives upstairs. I live downstairs. We bought the house when we were dating over a year ago,” Ms. Dougherty noted in her statement to police.

She said when they returned home Lamotte passed out in her bed.

“A little while later he got up and said he was hungry, and I cooked him a meal. Soon after, Michael started to argue with me over a guy I’ve been seeing,” she said, noting the argument quickly escalated from verbal to physical.

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