Northern New York Newspapers
NNY Business
NNY Living
Fri., Oct. 9
Serving the communities of Massena and Potsdam, New York

Alleged Massena stabber waives assault case up to county court


MASSENA - A 23-year-old Massena man charged with stabbing another man on Willow Street last weekend has waived his right to have a preliminary hearing and had his case sent up to county court for possible grand jury action.

Village police charged David A. Lawrence III, 23, of 14 Clark St., Massena, with second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon at 3:44 a.m. Sunday on Willow Street.

Lawrence allegedly stabbed Eugene E. Lamb, 45, of 303A Gates St., Palmer, Mass., on Willow Street. Mr. Lamb was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Massena Rescue for treatment of his injuries and was released.

The two men had reportedly been involved in a brief altercation earlier in the evening at The Rusty Wheel.

Mr. Lamb said he was sitting on the steps outside the bar about an hour later waiting for a ride. “I couldn’t get a hold of anyone. I saw a guy standing in the lawn across the road from where I was sitting,” he said, noting he yelled over at the man and asked if he could call for a cab for him.

He said the man, later identified as Lawrence, replied he remembered him from incident inside the bar and quickly walked across the street toward him.

“He had a screwdriver in his left hand and a knife in his right hand. He was swearing and yelling at me. He started trying to stab me. He swung and swung over again. I was running backwards down Willow Street towards (the) Parker Avenue Bridge,” he said, noting he called 911 to report the incident as it was occurring.

“I kept telling him to stop and that I was calling the police. When he was swinging, I dropped the phone. He stabbed me several times in the left arm and once in the back,” Mr. Lamb added in his statement to police.

The Massachusetts man said Lawrence had been standing behind the man he had briefly argued with inside the bar. He told police he feared for his life during the attack. “The guy continued to say, ‘I’m going to ... you up. He was relentless. I ... thought he was trying to kill me,” Mr. Lamb said.

After Lawrence waived his case up, Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson continued his bail at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond and ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ William P. Rochefort, 18, of 107 Stoughton Ave., Massena, was placed under a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay a $125 surcharge after pleading guilty to second-degree harassment. The court also signed a no contact order of protection. Rochefort had been charged with harassment and disorderly conduct following a July 1 confrontation with his mother.

■ Thomas L. Hathaway Jr., 27, of 61 Grove St., Massena, was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation he perform 15 hours of community service. He had been charged with disorderly conduct on July 4 when he refused a police request to move from an area in front of Friar Tuck’s nightclub and then allegedly passively pushed against a village patrolman.

■ Jessica A. Dodd, 33, of 30 Cornell Ave., Apt. 4, Massena, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct conviction stemming from an incident on June 3. She reportedly repeatedly screamed at her neighbors, referring to them in uncomplimentary terms, and refused to comply with several requests by officers to stop yelling.

■ Laronda L. Ashlaw, 26, of 5954 state Route 56, Potsdam, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation she abide by the terms of a no harassment order of protection. She had been charged with grabbing Martha R. Trimm by the hair and punching her during an altercation on July 1, 2010.

■ Trisha M. Angus, 29, of Malone was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. She had been charged with second-degree harassment stemming from an Aug. 21, 2010 incident when she allegedly struck Jessica Latt in the face.

Commenting rules:
  1. Stick to the topic of the article/letter/editorial.
  2. When responding to issues raised by other commenters, do not engage in personal attacks or name-calling.
  3. Comments that include profanity/obscenities or are libelous in nature will be removed without warning.
Violators' commenting privileges may be revoked indefinitely. By commenting you agree to our full Terms of Use.
Syracuse Football Tickets Giveaway
Connect with Us
DCO on FacebookWDT on Twitter