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Massena teen has sentencing for grand larceny adjourned

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By RYNE R. MARTIN

MASSENA - A Massena teenager had her sentencing for her role in an October 2011 burglary in Massena adjourned this week in St. Lawrence County Court.

Judge Jerome J. Richards adjourned sentencing until Oct. 30 to resolve halfway house and public assistance issues.

Heather R. Deragon, 18, of 32 Howard St., Massena, and Micheline M. Cogdill, 22, of 511 Hurley Road, Brasher, had been charged in October 2011 following an investigation into the theft of a jewelry box filled with rings, necklaces, watches, charms and earrings from a Liberty Avenue residence of Tammy Stark.

Village police had charged Deragon and Cogdill with felony counts of second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny following an investigation into an incident Sept. 30, 2011 at the Tammy Stark residence, 128 Liberty Ave. Deragon was additionally charged with second-degree criminal trespass.

Deragon had pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny during an Aug. 7 appearance in county court. She is represented by St. Lawrence County Public Defender Stephen D. Button.

Judge Richards told the Massena teenager he was concerned to learn there had been issues with her treatment program. “I’m shaking my head over learning there were two prescription Tylenol in your pocket in violation of the facility’s rules,” he said.

Mr. Button clarified it was his understanding the pills were two over the counter generic painkillers.

“This is not like school,” the county court judge told Deragon. “You go to school, you get 18 out of 20 right and you get a 90. In treatment, it is either all or nothing. Either you do what you are supposed to do or you will suffer the consequences.”

Police charged the two women stole a jewelry box filled with jewelry valued in excess of $1,000 in jewelry in the early afternoon hours of Sept. 30, 2011.

Deragon reportedly entered the house and stole the jewelry box while Cogdill waited in the car for her. The women then traded the jewelry for cash at two Massena businesses.

In other recent court action before Judge Richards:

■ Martin E. Maxwell, 51, of 391 Willard Road, Massena, appeared on an allegation that he had violated a condition of his release under the supervision of the probation department by leaving St. Lawrence County on Sept. 14 after having his request to leave the county denied by his by his probation officer.

Judge Richards, reviewing a uniform court record , noted Maxwell had reportedly become very angry when confronted about the violation and had complained that he hadn’t been convicted of anything yet and that he found the conditions of his probation supervision very restrictive. The report noted Maxwell later apologized for his reaction.

Maxwell had been indicted for second-degree assault, two counts of second-degree criminal mischief, two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest. Mr. Maxwell allegedly caused more than $1,500 of damage to Richard Flynn’s home, more than $250 of damage to his car, more than $1,500 of damage to Audrey Bicknell’s car and more than $250 of damage to Frederick Ruddy’s car on Jan. 28.

He also allegedly caused physical injury to Officer Michael Flynn while resisting arrest. The Louisville man has been charged with three felony counts of criminal mischief after he allegedly slammed his truck into the rear of a vehicle belonging to a man seeing his estranged wife. That vehicle was slammed through the garage, striking a parked 1987 Chevrolet Corvette and pushed that vehicle through the rear wall of the garage.

The county court judge continued Maxwell’s release under the supervision of the probation department. “You can comply with the rules or I can sign a warrant and release you to the custody of the sheriff (at the county jail.” Judge Richards warned the Louisville man.

The judge granted a request from defense attorney Lorraine White to allow Maxwell to travel to Kentucky in November for a pre-booked hunting expedition. Maxwell told the court he had booked the hunt two years ago.

■ Spencer A. Konitsiotis, 35, of 96 North Main St., Massena, pleaded not guilty to a third-degree criminal mischief count. His release under the supervision of the probation department was continued. He was represented by St. Lawrence County Assistant Conflict Public Defender Heather Dona.

The court also ordered Konitsiotis to submit to a drug test before leaving the courthouse and asked the Massena man if the results would be positive. “I will test positive for marijuana,” he admitted.

Konitsiotis did, and the court continued his release under probation supervision. “I expect you to test negative for marijuana in the near future,” Judge Richards told Konitsiotis.

Massena Village Police allegedly attempted to take Konitsiotis into custody June 8 on a warrant held by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said he became unruly and kicked the driver’s side door of the village police patrol car, as well as refusing an officer’s orders to have no further contact with a woman who was with him at the time of his arrest on Andrews Street.

The indictment alleges damage to the patrol car amounted to more than $1,000.

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