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Massena man back in jail following an appearance on assault charge


MASSENA - A 34-year-old Massena man had his bail reduced but was sent back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility following his initial appearance in village court on an assault count.

Village police had charged John M. Gambaccini, of 11 Haskell St., formerly of 3 Depot St., Massena, with third-degree assault, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child Sunday morning following an investigation of a domestic dispute reported at 10:41 a.m.

Gambaccini allegedly returned home to his then-Depot Street residence intoxicated, accused the mother of his 2-year-old child of cheating on him and then pushed and grabbed at Veronica Gillespie. He also reportedly locked Ms. Gillespie in the apartment, punched her 9-year-old daughter in the head when she attempted to leave the apartment to get assistance and took control of the phones so Ms. Gillespie could not call police. He also reportedly grabbed her glasses and broke them during the argument.

Gambaccini was arraigned Sunday by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson reduced Gambaccini’s bail to $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond following his latest appearance in court. The court also signed a temporary order of protection directing Gambaccini to have no contact with Ms. Gillespie.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Jessica Monaghan, 25, of 158 County Route 46, Massena, appeared on an alleged violation of probation from a June 2011 driving while intoxicated conviction from Massena Village Court.

She reportedly violated the terms of her probationary sentence by failing to report as directed on numerous occasions to her probation officer, entering a building for a wedding reception where alcohol was available for on-premises consumption, failing to pay her fines and surcharges and failing to notify the probation department when she moved.

She is currently serving a one-year jail sentence in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility after being resentenced on a third-degree assault conviction for violating the conditions of her probationary sentence on that charge.

■ Katie A. Perry, 21, of 7 Howard St., Massena, was fined $100 and an $85 surcharge for a speeding conviction that satisfied criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and unlawful possession of marijuana charges stemming from an East Orvis Street traffic stop. The drugs and needle reportedly belonged to a passenger in the vehicle.

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