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CRIMINAL CONTEMPT - MASSENA - Village police charged Demetrius J. Golden, 30, formerly of 177 1/2 Center St., Massena, with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree criminal contempt at 2:25 a.m. Friday at the Center Street residence he had been sharing with his girlfriend, the mother of his three children between the ages of six months and four years old.

He allegedly pinned Christine Rizzo against the wall and struck her and then pushed her into a door frame. Rizzo complained of scratches to both her arms and said her face had been shoved into the door frame. The village court had issued an order of protection in July directing Golden not to harass, annoy or alarm Ms. Rizzo.

Golden was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and released under the supervision of the probation department after he told the court he could find another address. “I don’t know where, but I’m going to call around,” he told the village justice.

The court signed a temporary order of protection directing Golden to stay away from Ms. Rizzo but allowing third-party contact to arrange child visitation.

Ms. Rizzo, in her statement to police, said she had sent Golden a text message asking him to move out of their Center Street residence early Friday morning. She told police she was in the bedroom and Golden was in the living room when she sent the initial message that prompted an argument.

She said Golden entered the bedroom after getting the message and started yelling at her. “Demetrius pinned me against the wall with his left arm and tried hitting me with his right hand, but I blocked it,” Ms. Rizzo said, explaining to police in her statement that defensive act left her with scratches on both her arms. “He then pushed me into the door frame in front of our children.”

Golden, in his statement to police, offered a dramatically different account of the incident. He acknowledged the couple’s relationship has been rocky in recent days. He said he was chatting with some friends on Facebook, including his aunt, when he received a message from Ms. Rizzo asking him to come into her room.

“I told Christina no because shed didn’t want to be with me anymore ...,” he noted in his statement to police.

He said an argument ensured, and he went into Ms. Rizzo’s room to talk to her because he was tired of messaging back and forth. “All of a sudden Christina grabbed me and pushed me on the couch and started choking me with her left hand. I was having a hard time talking, and I told Christina to stop choking me because I couldn’t breathe,” he said, noting he had pushed Ms. Rizzo away during that confrontation.

DWI - HOLMES HILL - St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies charged Christy L. Demers, 45, of Nichols Road, Winthrop, with driving while intoxicated following a one-vehicle property damage accident early Friday on Route 11 at County Route 47 in the town of Stockholm.

Deputies said Demers was operating a 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue when she failed to stop at a stop sign at the end of County Route 47 where it intersects with Route 11. She crossed Route 11 and struck a tree.

Following their investigation, deputies charged Demers with driving while intoxicated and ticketed her for failure to stop at a stop sign. She reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.09 percent. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent constitutes a DWI in New York state. She was released on an appearance ticket for Stockholm Town Court.

Deputies were assisted at the accident scene by Brasher-Winthrop and West Stockholm volunteer firefighters and Tri-Town Rescue.

BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police said Luke D. Hehir, 20, of 697 Hopson Road, Massena, turned himself in at 10:25 a.m. Friday on a two-year-old St. Lawrence County Court warrant for an alleged violation of probation. He was transported to Canton for an appearance in county court. Hehir had pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary in February 2009 stemming from his involvement in a Dec. 6, 2008 burglary at the Fashion Bug store in the Harte Haven Shopping Plaza.

BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police said Bobbi Lafountain, 26, of 193 Center St., Apt. 8, Massena, turned herself in at 2:13 p.m. Friday on a bench warrant issued after she failed to appear as directed for a trespassing charge pending in village court. She was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and released on her own recognizance.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - POTSDAM - Village police charged Travis M. Chase, 22, of Norfolk with second-degree criminal mischief Thursday afternoon following an investigation into an incident reported to troopers at 5:53 p.m. Sept. 17 from the town of Potsdam. He was taken into custody at 2 p.m. Thursday at 59 South Main St. Chase was arraigned in local court and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

BAD CHECK - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Thomas J. Burnor, 30, of Potsdam with issuing a bad check on an account with insufficient funds Thursday following a complaint lodged with troopers at 11:46 a.m. Jan. 22 from the town of Massena.

AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - MASSENA - Village police charged Angela M. Deragon, 37, of Massena with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and ticketed her for operation of a vehicle with inadequate tail lights at 10:55 p.m. Thursday following a traffic stop on Grove Street near Alvern Avenue.

INADEQUATE HEADLIGHTS - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Devin James Cole, 35, of Massena for operation of a vehicle with inadequate headlights at 10:30 p.m. Thursday following a traffic stop on East Orvis Street.

INADEQUATE HEADLIGHTS - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Brandi T. Caron, 19, of Massena for operation of a vehicle with inadequate headlights at 10:22 p.m. Thursday following a traffic stop on South Main Street.

PASSED STOP SIGN - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Jason A. Dow, 28, of Massena for a stop sign violation at 7:30 p.m. Thursday following a traffic stop on Parker at Alvern Avenue.

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