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Massena man jailed on criminal contempt count


CRIMINAL CONTEMPT - MASSENA - Village police charged Benjamin D. Miller III, 16, of 8 James St., Massena, with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt and a second-degree harassment violation at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday following a domestic incident with his ex-girlfriend in front of 18 Amherst Road. He was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson.

Miller allegedly violated a temporary order of protection signed by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow on July 29 directing him to stay away from Deanna M. Peterson, 19, after he had been charged with criminal obstruction of breathing during a previous domestic dispute.

Ms. Peterson, in a statement she provided to police, said she was home with her new boyfriend when Miller texted her that he was coming to her residence. She said she initially didn’t believe him, but he assured her that was his plan. She said he showed up at a short time later and texted her asking her to send her new boyfriend outside.

“I didn’t answer, and everyone in the house was freaking out,” she said, noting she looked out the window and saw Miller was brandishing a baseball bat.

Ms. Peterson said she went outside in an unsuccessful effort to calm Miller down. “He was out on the road, and I came down to start talking to him, and he started freaking out. He swung at me with his fist and hit me just a little bit in the face. We got in a fight in the road. I hit him a few times in the face,” she noted.

She said the altercation ended when her mother came outside and shouted that she had called police. Miller then took off down the road after the 12:01 a.m. incident. He was taken into custody approximately 50 minutes later at his residence.

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