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Massena woman pleads guilty to drug charge

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MASSENA - A 21-year-old Massena woman will be sentenced in March after admitting she was in possession of a hypodermic needle that she had intended to use to inject herself with drugs.

Katelynn A. Warnock, listing addresses at 29 Depot St., Massena, and 595 Smith Road, Brasher Falls, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument in a plea bargain agreement that also satisfied an endangering the welfare of a child count. The guilty plea also resulted in the petit larceny count stemming from an unrelated incident on Oct. 22, 2011 when she had been charged with stealing a wallet belonging to Teaya Raymo at Burger King.

Warnock admitted she was in possession of a needle when she was in the bathroom at her mother’s house on July 9 after her two children under age 4 had both gone to bed.

“I have had a drug problem for a couple years. I had a pill named Ms. Contin from someone. I was going to inject myself with this drug. I melted it down and put it in a hypodermic needle. I was in the bathroom getting ready to do it, and my mother walked into the bathroom,” she said, noting she then squirted the drug into the toilet.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for March 21.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Tammy Flath, 37, of 160 Berger Ave., Syracuse, formerly of Kingsley Crossroad, Massena, was sent back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, where she is being held on a petit larceny charge. She had been picked up on an arrest warrant in Syracuse earlier this month on the petit larceny count. She allegedly stole $997 from her register Nov. 27 at the McDonald’s restaurant on South Main Street when she was working as a cashier in the drive through lane, walked out of the restaurant and never returned.

■ Nathan W. Sprague, 23, of 263 Reed Drive, Massena, was fined $200 and a $125 surcharge and was placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he abide by the terms of a no harassment order of protection after pleading guilty to second-degree harassment in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied a criminal mischief count.

Village police charged Sprague with second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief following an investigation into a domestic dispute that took place at 10:36 p.m. Oct. 19. He reportedly shoved his live in girlfriend, Jessica Durand, into a piece of furniture. When Ms. Durand threatened to call police, Sprague reportedly grabbed her cell phone, threw it on the floor and stomped on it. Ms. Durand, in her statement to police, said Sprague was intoxicated and a verbal argument turned physical after he threw a bowl of popcorn at her.

■ David F. Phillips, 32, of 11 Bishop Ave., Massena, was fined $100 and a $205 surcharge, which was reduced to civil judgment, and placed under a one-year conditional discharge, after pleading guilty to fourth-degree attempted criminal mischief in a plea bargain agreement.

Village police had charged Phillips with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Police said the charges stemmed from an incident at 11 p.m. July 18, 2011 when he allegedly threw a lit cigarette at Serena McLaughlin during a domestic dispute. The cigarette reportedly singed her hair and then landed on the couch, burning a hole in the material.

The domestic dispute took place in front of McLaughlin’s two daughters, ages 13 and 10, and reportedly took place after one of the girls had complained about the smoke from his cigarette.

Court records indicate Phillips had responded to the complaint and became angry after McLaughlin told him not to talk to her daughter that way.

■ Zachary T. Huto, 21, of Massena was fined $50 and a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct conviction. Police said Huto, then listing an address on Brighton Street, was charged after he threatened another person on Parker Avenue. The complaint was lodged after police responded to a neighborhood dispute on Parker Avenue near East Orvis Street at 2:20 a.m. July 2, 2011.

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