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Massena man sentenced to time served for possessing stolen cell phone


MASSENA - A Massena man who reportedly directed a teenage accomplice to steal the cell phone from a woman who was holding a garage sale was sentenced to the time he had already served in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility when he was sentenced after pleading guilty to a reduce charge.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson sentenced John V. Woodard, 34, of 4 Ripley St., Apt. 4, Massena, who has been incarcerated since July 10, to time served and ordered him to pay a $205 surcharge for a fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of stolen property conviction.

Village police had charged Woodard with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property after he was found on May 26 in possession of a cell phone that had been reported stolen by Lois A. Jordan. She told police she had been working a lawn sale at her residence at 187 Center St. when someone took her cell phone.

Rodney D. Wood, 17, of 388 Grantville Road, Norfolk, who had been charged with petit larceny in connection with that same incident, told police Woodard had asked him to steal the cell phone because he wanted to give it one of his ex-girlfriends because she didn’t have a phone.

He said he had grabbed the phone and a cell phone charger and given it to Woodard. He said Woodard then got on his bicycle and headed home.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Darrel P. Dodd, 19, of 187 Center St., Apt. 4, Massena, was sentenced to time served, fined $100 and ordered to make restitution of $498 by Feb. 1 by for an attempted petit larceny conviction.

Dodd had been charged with petit larceny after he allegedly stole an Apple Ipad on June 3 when he visiting his friend, Danielle Ross, at 111 Main St.

Craig Shorette told village police he had been using the Ipad when Ms. Ross went to the store. He said a short time later he went to use the bathroom and when he returned both Dodd and the Ipad were gone.

The plea bargain agreement also satisfied a disorderly conduct violation. He had been held in custody since June 23.

■Terry D. Power, 30, of 1105 Knox St., Ogdensburg, was sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $250 on a petit larceny count. Bail was set after Power failed to appear for numerous scheduled court appearances since a Feb. 14 court date. He and a female co-defendant had been charged with shoplifting $264.45 worth of clothing from Walmart on Oct. 21, 2011.

■ Colin D. McKenna, 38, of 151 Water St., Massena, was fined $40 for an unreasonable noise violation. He had been charged with annoying a neighbor by playing his PA system excessively loud on July 8 even after several requests to reduce its volume.

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