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Wrong address call by police costs Massena man $225


MASSENA - A Massena man’s gardening skills have cost him $225 after police responded to the wrong address when answering a security alarm complaint.

A village patrolman responded to 154 North Main St. for a report of a rear entrance alarm and when he arrived he found two marijuana plants growing in flower pots on the back porch. Police later learned the alarm was several blocks away at 154 Main St.

Police pulled the marijuana plants out of the flower pots and replaced them with a courtesy note pointing out they had done a property check at the residence and asked the home’s occupant to call police.

They later charged Daniel P. Robertson, 33, of 154 North Main St., Massena, with unlawfully growing cannabis.

“I was originally using the flower pots to grow some marijuana in which I acquired the seeds about two to three months ago. When contacted by Ptl. (Travis) MacDonald, I admitted to him that the marijuana plants were indeed mine and that I was growing them at my residence,” he noted in his statement to police.

Robertson pleaded guilty to a reduced count of unlawful possession of marijuana during an appearance before Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and was fined $100 and a $125 surcharge.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Richard Clookey, 46, of 1892 County Route 38, Norfolk, was fined $300 and a $260 surcharge for a driving while ability impaired conviction. His operating privileges were suspended for 90 days, and he was ordered to perform 120 hours of community service.

Clookey reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.16 percent after being stopped by police at 1:36 a.m. Dec. 15 on Allen Street. Police said they had made the traffic stop after observing Clookey allegedly cross the center line on Andrews Street and then remain on the left side of the roadway after turning onto Allen Street.

■ Richard A. Russell, 51, of 122 East Hatfield St., Massena, was ordered to pay a $125 surcharge after pleading guilty to a trespassing count. He had been charged with refusing to leave the Rusty Wheel at 4:25 p.m. despite being asked to do so several times after reportedly causing problems at the bar.

Bartender Cindy Murray told police Russell was sitting at a picnic table behind the Rusty Wheel, and she asked him to leave two times. She said he refused to leave and told her he would rather be arrested than leave. His wish was granted.

■ Matthew M. Buckshot, 25, of 112 Buckshot Road, Cornwall Island, Ont., was fined $25 for an open container violation. He was observed drinking a bottle of Bud Light on the sidewalk in front of the Delmar at 2:35 a.m. Aug. 24, police said.

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