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Massena man placed on probation for attempted criminal mischief conviction


MASSENA - A Massena man who reportedly demanded his then-girlfriend leave the town beach and bring him chew and then let the air out of a tire in her vehicle when she returned to the residence has been placed on probation for one year.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Joshua P. White, 31, of 118 Bishop Ave., Massena, to pay a $205 surcharge and abide by the terms of an order of protection directing him to stay away from Crystal St. John during sentencing on a fourth-degree attempted criminal mischief conviction.

Village police had charged White with fourth-degree criminal mischief on July 29. Police said they received a call reporting the domestic dispute at 12:32 p.m. that Sunday. The couple were reportedly arguing over money and when Ms. St. John attempted to leave the residence, White responded by letting the air out of her vehicle’s tires.

Ms. St. John said she was at the town beach shortly afternoon noon Sunday when she received a phone call from White demanding she return home with chew for him within 15 minutes of he would smashing her television and other items. She said she left the beach, bought White some chew and drove home.

“I gave him the chew, and he told me to give him money. I told him I wasn’t giving him any money,” she noted in the statement she signed for police.

White then reportedly jumped on her vehicle, denting the hood. “While he was on the hood, he reached down with a box cutter and let the air our of my front driver side tire,” she said in the statement she signed for police.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Bobbi Lafountain, 27, of 18 Depot St., Massena, was fined $25 and a $125 surcharge for a trespassing conviction. Lafountain had been charged with trespassing at 12:35 p.m. June 11 on East Orvis Street. Lafountain had previously been banned from Lanneuville’s store property after an alleged larceny on April 6. She went to the store June 11 and failed to comply with the owner’s orders to leave the property.

■ Kyle T. Blair, 21, of 53 Pine St., Massena, was granted a 12-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation he complete 20 hours of community service.

Village police had charged five teenagers and Blair with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree criminal trespass after they were observed walking through the Calvary Cemetery at 5:21 a.m. Aug. 4 with solar lights.

Massena Village Police said the six people were taken into custody when they were located in the cemetery near the river. He said the police investigation revealed the sextet had stolen 25 solar lights, some lawn ornaments and five lawn chairs from the north side of the village. They then set the solar lights up in the cemetery to light a path to the river, where they had placed the lawn chairs.

■ Amanda M. Miller, 30, of 8 James St., Massena, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully dealing with a child in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied four other counts of the same charge.

She reportedly hosted a party at her residence and allowed numerous people under age 21 to consume alcohol in the early morning hours of Sept. 22, including two 17-year-olds and a 19-year-old. Police said they responded to a noise complaint on James Street and en route encountered two teenagers that appeared to be intoxicated.

Mr. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for April.

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