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Massena man to serve three weekends in jail for hiding from troopers


MASSENA - A 31-year-old Massena’s man whose effort to hide from state troopers was thwarted by the honesty of his 3-year-old child has been sentenced to serve three weekends n he St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson sentenced John A. Colby of 12 Stearns St. to serve from 6 p.m. Fridays to 6 p.m. Sundays for the next three weekends for a resisting arrest conviction that had also satisfied an obstruction of governmental administration charge stemming from the same incident. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

State police went to Colby’s residence attempting to pick him up on bench warrants for third-degree bail jumping, second-degree obstruction of government administration and resisting arrest counts shortly after 7 a.m. Jan. 22. Troopers said the warrants came from Stockholm Town Court and Norfolk Town Court.

Troopers said they had knocked on the door for approximately 10 minutes when they first went to the residence but received no response. Troopers left the home, but one trooper said he only went a short distance and continued to watch the residence. He said a short time later Colby’s live in girlfriend, Jessica L. Smith, 27, also of 12 Stearns St., returned home.

Ms. Smith answered the door for troopers but rejected suggestions that Colby was at the residence. But they said the pre-schooler confirmed she had been in the home when police were knocking on the door and that Colby was inside the home.

“He’s scared. He’s hiding in the attic,” she noted.

Troopers said Colby was located crouching in the back of the attic and refused orders from state police to surrender. Police said Colby then came out with one hand behind his back and one hand visible. They said they tackled Colby, and he refused to roll over or put his hands behind his back so he could be handcuffed.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Bonnie S. Lamay, 44, of 39 Beach St., Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation she abide by the terms of a no contact order of protection.

She had been charged with entering Terry Gillespie’s residence at 6 Dodge St. without his permission on Jan. 28 and sleeping on the floor of his den. Lamay was reportedly at the time of the incident.

Mr. Gillespie said his wife woke him up to report a woman was sleeping on the den floor. He noted he was able to identify the woman as Lamay.

■ Tyler R. Paige, 24, of Boynton St., Massena, was fined $100 and a $125 surcharge for fourth-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He was also ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

Paige had been found in possession of metal knuckles during a traffic stop May 3 on West Hatfield Street.

■ Maria D. Burnett, 25, of 498 South Main St., Apt. 5, Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

She was charged with falsely reporting an incident following an investigation into an incident that occurred on Feb. 17. Burnett allegedly went to the Massena Memorial Hospital emergency room and reported she had been struck by a black truck with a red snowplow while she was walking near the Slavin’s building, a copycat of an incident that had occurred the previous evening when a 14-year-old female was struck by a plow while she was walking on the Main Street bridge. Police said their investigation revealed Burnett had not been struck by a snowplow.

■ Bobbie J. Murray, 18, of 101 Woodlawn Ave., Massena, was ordered to pay a $125 surcharge for an unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age conviction.

Police said they observed Murray drinking a Busch beer at 9:21 p.m. Aug. 16.

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