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MASSENA - A 21-year-old former Massena man was released under the supervision of the probation department following his appearance this week in Massena Village Court.

Plattsburgh City Police had picked up Justin W. Kulengosky of 18 Couch St., Apt. 1, Plattsburgh, last Friday on a bench warrant issued by the Massena Village Court in February after he failed to appear as directed on an endangering the welfare of a child count. Kulengosky was turned over to Massena Village Police. He was arraigned on a warrant by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $1,000.

After spending five days in the jail, he was released following his first appearance with counsel in village court. He was released under the supervision of the probation department and his case was adjourned to Jan. 22. “If we have got to chase you again, ... I don’t need to remind you of what will happen if you don’t show up,” Mr. Gustafson warned Kulengosky.

A temporary order of protection directing Kulengosky to stay away from the teenage female was extended to March 31, 2013.

He allegedly picked up a 16-year-old female at Massena Central High School at 7:15 a.m. Nov. 4, 2011 and took her to his mother’s residence on Liberty Avenue for the day.

Police allege Kulengosky knew the female was skipping school while she was at his residence. The girl’s parents were not aware of their daughter’s plan, according to court documents.

Kulengosky, in a statement he provided to police, said he was dating the 16-year-old and suggested she had asked him on the evening of Nov. 3, 2011 to pick her up the next morning.

“I told her I didn’t want to. She called me again about 6:30 a.m. on the 4th, and she asked me again. She continued to ask me so I said yes,” he noted.

Kulengosky said the 16-year-old got off the bus, walked to his car and they spent the day at his mother’s house with his mother and sister at the residence.

“We had been dating for a couple of months and broke it off. We started dating again about four days prior to this incident,” he said, noting he had been led to believe her parents were okay with their relationship. He noted he later learned that was not the case.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Roy Haynes, 50, of 62 Hough Road, Massena, was fined $100 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to disorderly conduct. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Haynes reportedly shoplifted Abbreva cold sore medication, valued at $18.99, on Oct. 20 from Price Chopper.

Prosecutors said they had received no response from store officials when they were seeking to determine if restitution was necessary. Haynes reportedly placed the medication in his pocket and left the store.

■ Damion A. Giarratano, 18, of 94 Woodlawn Ave., Massena, had bail seat at $100 on a petit larceny count pending in village court. He is also currently being held in the county correctional facility on a case pending in St. Lawrence County Court.

■ Jordan R. Wheeler, 18, of 22 Dana St., Massena, was fined $100 after a petit larceny count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation. The plea offer was only extended after Wheeler paid $21.49 restitution to Price Chopper.

Wheeler and a co-defendant had been charged with shoplifting a 30-pack of beer on Sept. 9 from Price Chopper.

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