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Tattoo artist fined for work on juvenile


MASSENA - A 25-year-old Massena man charged with giving a 14-year-old male a skull with wings tattoo has been fined after pleading guilty to a reduced count in a plea bargain agreement with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Roy John Gurrola of 93 1/2 Maple St., Massena, $75 and a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct conviction. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge, and the court signed an order of protection directing Gurrola to stay away from the teenager that had benefitted from his ink skills.

Gurrola reportedly used a tattoo gun and indelible ink to place a skull with wings tattoo on the 14-year-old’s arm on May 14, 2012 and then darkened the tattoo when the teenager returned to his home two days later. Village police had charged Gurrola with two counts of unlawfully dealing with a child.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Tammy Flath, 37, of 160 Burger Ave., Syracuse, formerly of Trippany Road, Massena, was released from custody and placed under the supervision of the probation department. She had been jailed on $1,000 bail since her arrest for a petit larceny count on Jan. 18.

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.

■ Ryan D. Morrill, 22, of 536 County Route 37, Massena, was placed under a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay a $125 surcharge for a second-degree harassment conviction in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied a second disorderly conduct count and a resisting arrest charge.

Village police had charged Morrill with disorderly conduct, harassment and resisting arrest at 2 a.m. Sept. 8 following an incident at the Hotel Nadeau. State police also charged Morrill with disorderly conduct in connection with that same incident.

Morrill was allegedly intoxicated and breaking beer bottles at Nadeau’s while trying to provoke a fight. A bar employee told police when he intervened he found Morrill with drinks in both hands, sitting on a table on the outside porch yelling and trying to start a fight. He reportedly left the bar, stood in the middle of Church Street and started shouting obscenities.

Troopers were the first police agency to arrive on the scene and when a trooper approached Morrill the Massena man took off running and ran behind houses and crossed West Orvis Street before he was tackled and taken into custody behind a home on Danforth Place. He then struggled with officers and kicked a village patrolman, according to court records.

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