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Albany man still awaiting extradition on robbery, kidnapping charges


MASSENA - A Massena man wanted by New Jersey authorities on robbery and kidnapping charges made a brief appearance in village court on an unrelated aggravated harassment charge.

Nathan J. Justin, 25, of Massena, formerly of 58 Ten Brook Ave., Albany, had bail continued at $200 on the aggravated harassment count by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson. He remains held without bail on the warrant from New Jersey.

A 25-year-old Massena man was picked up Sept. 17 on a fugitive from justice warrant from the state of New Jersey alleging his involvement in an October 2010 kidnapping and robbery in East Brunswick Township, N.J.

Justin, who claims he has no fixed address in Massena, was picked up at 92 East Orvis St., where he was staying with a friend, Marcus L. Racine.

The arrest warrant filed with the Massena Police Department from police in East Brunswick, N.J., charges Justin with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and second-degree burglary.

He allegedly entered a residence in East Brunswick Township on Oct. 11, 2010 armed with a knife, duct taped Mariano Felipe’s hands, feet and mouth, confined him for what court documents described as a substantial period of time and stole an unspecified amount of cash.

He has been held at the county jail since his arrest Sept. 17 pending extradition proceedings.

The then Barnhart Road, Massena, resident was charged with driving while intoxicated after allegedly driving without a license and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident at 7:55 p.m. May 19 on state Route 37 at Barnhart Road.

Village police charged Justin with DWI, passing a red light, no seat belt-passenger, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, speed not reasonable and operating without a license.

Police said Justin, driving a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire registered to Lindsay Brainard and living with her at 298 Barnhart Road at the time, was southbound on Bayley Road when he allegedly failed to stop at a red light and collided with a Ford 150 pickup truck being operated by Edward T. Mashaw, 52, of 114 Oak St., Ogdensburg. The collision drove the truck into the curb and a road sign.

Police said Justin, who was taken into custody two and a half hours after the accident after reportedly running from the accident scene, had a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or high constitutes a driving while intoxicated offense in New York state. He was located hiding under a sink at Ms. Brainard’s residence.

He was later charged with aggravated harassment after he allegedly threatened Ms. Brainard for cooperating with the police in the DWI investigation.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Gary L. McCallops Jr., 36, of Broken Arrow, Okla., formerly of Norfolk, had bail continued at $500 cash on a second-degree criminal contempt count and $500 cash on an alleged probation violation.

■ Jodi M. Gauthier, 33, of 51 Quinnell Road, Massena, admitted he had violated the conditions of his probationary sentence and had restitution of $5,218.13 reduced to judgment.

Gauthier was sentenced to 30 days in jail and was also placed on probation for three years and was ordered to make restitution of $5,368.13 in May 2009 after he had a felony count of second-degree assault to a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault.

Gauthier had been charged with punching Robert J. Mackerer in the head several times on Oct. 5, 2009 during an altercation that took place at the rear of the Rusty Wheel. He told police he broke his leg when he fell awkwardly to the ground.

“The guy gave me a dirty look and all of a sudden started swinging his fists and hitting me with both fists. This happened really quick,” he said, noting he was punched several of times in the head while he was standing on an incline at the rear of the bar.

Gauthier had been ordered to make monthly restitution payments of $175 a month, but probation officials told the court he had only paid approximately $150 over the past three years.

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