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Massena man must continue with treatment as part of sentence


MASSENA - A Massena man has been placed under a pne-year conditional discharge after pleading guily to a violation in Massena Town Court.

Massena Town Justice James M. Crandall ordered William R. Gardner IV, 21, of 223 East Hatfield St., Apt. 4, Massena, to pay a $125 surcharge and directed him to continue with treatment services and abide by the terms of an order of protection directing him to stay away from Candis Phillips.

Gardner had been charged with intentionally punching out a window at the former Lincoln Mercury garage at 351 East Orvis St. while he was arguing with Ms. Phillips, his ex-girlfriend, in the early morning hours of June 13.

He reportedly punched out the window after he had failed in an initial attempt to grab Ms. Phillips’ cell phone. He then tackled her and grabbed the phone. Ms. Phillips told police Gardner was trying to grab her cellphone so she couldn’t another ex-boyfriend.

He had been charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and the second-degree harassment violation.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Shawn M. Cordwell, 37, of 25 Williams St., Massena, pleaded guilt to third-degree attempted assault. The court directed the probation department and scheduled sentencing for Feb. 20.

The court committed under the terms of the plea bargain agreement that Cordwell will be placed on probation for one year with no jail time with a stipulation he attend counseling sessions.

Village police had charged Cordwell with third-degree assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and fourth-degree criminal mischief - preventing an emergency call temming from an investigation into a July 23 domestic dispute with his wife.

Court documents indicate Kelly Cordwell returned home from work and expressed anger that her husband was intoxicated. A verbal argument ensued and then reportedly turned physical after Mr. Cordwell allegedly threw a bag of hot dog rolls at his wife.

Ms. Cordwell, in her statement to police, said her husband attacked her when she was leaving the residence. “Shawn then followed me out the door and pushed me down the stairs, causing me to fall. Shawn then ran up behind me and punched me in the back of the head. I then started screaming for help. Shawn then shoved his fingers down my throat and cut the inside of my mouth. Shawn then took my cell phone and car keys from me. At one point during this, Shawn started kicking me. I was in severe pain so I had my friend bring me to the emergency room,” she said.

Ms. Cordwell was treated at Massena Memorial Hospital and released.

■ Iohahiio, 28, of Hogansburg was fined $500 and a $260 surcharge after a driving while intoxicated count was reduced to driving while ability impaired. His operating privileges were suspended for 90 days.

Iohahiio reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.11 percent when he was detained Jan. 8 at the U.S. port of entry.

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