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MASSENA - A 24-year-old Massena man was released from jail and placed under the supervision of the probation department following an appearance in Massena Village Court.

Massena Village Police charged Joshua Henderson of 68 East Orvis St., Massena, with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle Friday stemming from an incident at about 2:23 a.m. Nov. 1 when he took a 2008 Toyota Scion without the permission of owner Tammy Embark. He allegedly drove the vehicle for five hours before returning the vehicle to Ms. Embark.

He had been charged by village police on Nov. 12, arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on $500 cash or $1,000 bond.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson said he was going to release Henderson from custody, but he cautioned the former Rochester man that he had little room for mistakes if he wanted to stay out of jail.

“You have racked up a pretty impressive criminal record in a short period of time. The fact that you have a lot of cases pending and unresolved raises red flags,” Mr. Gustafson cautioned Henderson, noting he still had cases pending in Monroe County.

Henderson said he had moved to Massena approximately six months ago. “That’s why I came, to get out of the city, to try and get away from all that stuff,” he noted.

Mr. Gustafson adjourned Henderson’s case until Nov. 27 and released him under the supervision of the probation department.

Henderson had been charged with first-degree aggravated criminal contempt and third-degree assault on April 9 and first-degree criminal contempt, petit larceny, second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child on April 12 in Monroe County. He had been charged with aggravated harassment and obstruction of governmental administration June 30 in the town of Bombay.

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