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Massena woman admits she lied to police about her son’s whereabouts


MASSENA - A 37-year-old Massena woman was fined after she admitted she had signed a statement in an effort to mislead police investigating a possible order of protection violation committed by her son.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Sandra A. Paquin of 733 state Route 37C, Massena, $75 and a $205 surcharge after she pleaded guilty to filing a false written statement. She was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Police had interviewed Paquin as part of an investigation into a reported violation of an order of protection in the area of North Main and Center streets. The Massena woman initially signed a statement on Jan. 12 indicating her son, Eric Deshane, had been with her all night.

Statements from other witnesses revealed that was not the case, and Paquin later acknowledged to police her initial statement had not been accurate.

“I state Eric was with me all evening, and he was not. He was in the village of Massena with Randy Wilson,” she told police in a second statement.

In other recent village court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Melissa M. Havican, 38, of 66 Spruce St., Massena, was served a temporary order of protection directing her not to harass Matthew Shrewsberry. Her case was adjourned until March 11.

She had been charged with third-degree assault at 11:23 p.m. Feb. 16 at her residence. She allegedly struck Mr. Shrewsberry during a domestic dispute, and he reportedly suffered a dislocated shoulder in the altercation.

Mr. Shrewsberry, who described Havican as his girlfriend in court papers, told police she had knocked him to the ground and repeatedly kicked and punched him when he went to her residence that night. He was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injury.

■ Benjamin C. Petrie, 29, of 50 North Allen St., Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. He had been charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief following a Sept. 26, 2010 incident. He had reportedly jumped on the hood of a vehicle owned by Terry A. Derouchie, leaving a small dent in the 2003 Monte Carlo’s hood.

■ Angelica J. Baker, 18, of 187 Center St., Apt. 2, Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. She had been charged with second-degree harassment after she allegedly struck Heather Deragon several times in the head on July 2.

■ Robert J. Mackerer, 43, of 387 South Main St., Apt. 4, Massena, was fined $40 for an open container violation. He reportedly had a partially consumed bottle of Budweiser in his possession when he was standing outside on Andrews Street at 1:26 a.m. Feb. 2.

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