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Massena woman faces year in jail for petit larceny conviction


MASSENA - A Massena woman with a lengthy criminal history will be sentenced to serve a year in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility after she admitted she had stolen a wallet from another woman at The Rusty Wheel in June 2012.

Courtney E. Lashomb, 22, of 82 Cook St., Massena, pleaded guilty to petit larceny as part of a plea bargain agreement that included a sentencing commitment from the court of one year in the county jail.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for March 12. Lashomb was returned to the county correctional facility, where she is being held on other charges.

Village police had charged Lashomb, 21 with fourth-degree grand larceny following an investigation into the theft of a wallet June 28, 2012 from The Rusty Wheel on Willow Street. Sandra Sharpe told police she had been at the Rusty and had mistakenly left her wallet on the back porch when she went back inside the bar. She said her wallet was missing when she went back to the porch to retrieve it.

Lashomb, in a statement to police, admitted she had taken the wallet. She said she went through the wallet, took $56 in cash and then threw the wallet and its remaining contents on the lawn at St. Mary’s Church.

“I knew it was wrong to take someone else’s property, but I needed the money for gas and food since I didn’t have a job,” she said in the statement she signed for police.

St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Botts said Lashomb’s plea also satisfied a fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property count stemming from an April 2012 incident when she possessed a television that had been stolen from Charlene Lavare. Court documents indicated Lashomb was dating Lavare’s daughter at the time of the incident. Lashomb later reportedly traded the television for prescription drugs.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Joseph W. McGregor, 26, of 50 McCluskey Ave., Massena, had a third-degree burglary count sent up to superior court for possible grand jury action. He had been charged with shoplifting a $129 media card from Walmart on Dec. 22 after previously signing an agreement that he would not reenter the store following a previous incident. He was sent back to the county jail, where he is being held on a grand larceny count by county court.

■ Delbert G. House, 51, of 82 East Orvis St., Massena, pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and adjourned sentencing until March 19.

House had been charged with calling 911 six times between 8:50 p.m. May 12 and 1:18 a.m. May 13 demanding the removal of his roommate after police had investigated his initial complaint and determined no violations of the law were being committed. Police told House to stop calling 911 about that complaint and arrested him when he refused to comply with that order.

House was reportedly upset that his roommate, Ed Kemison, had a guest visiting their residence.

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