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Massena man jailed after stealing, wrecking mom’s truck

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GRAND LARCENY - MASSENA - A Massena man was jailed after he stole his mother’s Dodge Durango and then crashed into a tree just blocks from his home with the vehicle still in reverse but stuck in the tree and shrubs on Hubbard Road when police arrived on the scene.

Village police charged Kenneth A. Laughlin, 20, of 64 Perkins Road, Massena, with fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief and ticketed him for reckless driving, driving after dark with no headlights, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a property damage accident at 9:28 p.m. Friday. Police said the truck was heavily damaged and was towed from the scene.

Police said a neighborhood resident ran after Laughlin after the accident and stayed with him until police arrived to take him into custody at the corner of Barnhart Road and Reed Drive.

Court documents indicated family members told police Laughlin had been off his medication in recent days and had been acting erratically.

He was arraigned by Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond.

Laughlin had also run into legal difficulties early last fall after two separate incidents with his mother, Beth.

A felony criminal contempt charge filed against a Massena teenager after he allegedly hit his mother during a domestic dispute early Saturday morning - the second time he had been charged with striking his mother during domestic disputes last week - was dismissed Wednesday morning after prosecutors failed to appear for a scheduled preliminary hearing.

Laughlin had been charged with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt, second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief in September 2011 following an alleged domestic dispute with his mother, Police said Mr. Laughlin allegedly headbutted his mother during the domestic dispute and grabbed the phone when she was trying to contact police.

Village police had charged Mr. Laughlin with second-degree harassment the afternoon of Aug. 31, 2011 after he allegedly kicked his mother in the calf during a domestic dispute.

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