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Massena man pleads guilty to country club burglary

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By RYNE R. MARTIN

CANTON - A Massena man has pleaded guilty to a burglary count in St. Lawrence County Court stemming from his role in a September 2011 at the Massena Country Club.

Kurtis P. Moore, 20, of 43 Martin St., Massena, pleaded guilty to a third-degree burglary count. He admitted he had illegally entered the Massena Country Club in the town of Louisville in September 2011. He is represented by St. Lawrence County Court Public Defender Stephen D. Button.

St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Feb. 19, 2012. Moore’s release under the supervision of the probation department was continued.

Massena-based state police had charged Moore and Norman R. Rochefort, 18, of Massena with third-degree burglary and resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana Friday evening.

Troopers allegedMoore and Rochefort allegedly illegally entered the Massena Country Club, 829 state Route 131, Louisville, at 3:10 a.m. Sept. 23, 2011. Troopers responded to a burglar alarm at the country club early that morning and found the lower door to the country club open. They also located a wallet on the floor that club pro Thomas L. Siddon told troopers had not been there shortly after 7 p.m. the previous night when he locked the doors to the pro shop and cart storage areas.

Troopers said Rochefort and Moore were aware for several days that troopers wanted to speak to them about the country club burglary. Police said they received information approximately two weeks later that the two men were at 39 George St., Massena. Troopers said both men fled uniformed troopers on foot at that time. They were later taken into custody.

A female describing herself as Moore’s ex-girlfriend had said she has received a call from her former boyfriend at approximately 3 a.m. Sept. 23, 2011 asking her to pick him up on the Browning Road. She said she had been sleeping when she received the call on her cell phone.

“I originally said no, but Kurtis was crying and it sounded like he was out of breath. I picked up Kurtis and his brother, Norman (Rochefort). They were both walking down the road when I picked them up,” Samantha Heald told police.

She said she took the two men to a residence on North Main Street. Ms. Heald said she had asked what the two men had been up to, but Moore wouldn’t tell her what had occurred, simply saying they had been dropped off by a third man who had refused to pick them back up.

In other recent county court action before Judge Richards:

■ Matthew S. Jarrett, 26, of Norfolk had his sentencing for a third-degree attempted robbery conviction adjourned until March 25. Defense attorney David Haggard said his client was asking for the adjournment so he can continue his substance abuse treatment program.

Jarrett is reportedly continuing to receive outpatient counseling after completing an inpatient program and being placed in a halfway house.

Jarrettwas indicted for second-degree attempted robbery and second-degree criminal mischief.

According to court documents, Jarrett attempted to forcibly steal a car from Jim E. Jessmer on Jan. 5, 2011, approaching the Brasher Falls man while he was pumping gas at the Maple Street Sugar Creek convenience store in Potsdam.

In a statement to police, Mr. Jessmer said Jarrett approached him to ask for a ride. When he refused, . Jarrett stuck his hand inside his jacket pocket and pointed at him as if he had a gun. He replaced the gas pump nozzle but before he could get the driver’s-side door. Jarrett was in the passenger seat.

Mr. Jessmer said Jarrett reached for the keys in the ignition but was able to remove them and then go into the store. Jarrett got out of the vehicle and left with Jared H. Phillips, Norwood. Both men was later picked up and charged by Potsdam Village Police. It is also alleged Jarrett caused more than $1,500 in damage when he cracked the security glass of a cell door at the Potsdam Village Police Department.

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