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Massena man’s felony criminal mischief count being reduced to misdemeanor

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MASSENA - A 25-year-old Massena man who has been charged with a number of felonies in recent months will have one of those reduced to a misdemeanor when he makes his next appearance in Massena Village Court.

Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson told Patrick Lloyd of 16 Haskell St., Massena, that prosecutors had filed paperwork with the local court seeking to have a felony third-degree criminal mischief count reduced to a misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal mischief charge.

But Mr. Gustafson told Lloyd that action would take place on June 18 when he appears in court with his attorney, Edward Narrow, Syracuse.

The village justice continued Lloyd’s release on $6,500 bail on the criminal mischief count, but the Massena man was returned to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, where he is being held on other felony charges pending in county court related to his role in an alleged kidnapping and home invasion charges stemming from separate incidents.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Michael W. Wright, 42, of 9 Maynard St., Potsdam, was fined $250 and an $85 surcharge for a reckless driving conviction. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge and directed to perform 50 hours of community service in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied a driving while intoxicated charge stemming from the same incident.

“In our review of the file, we found circumstances that led us to go outside the standard policies of our office. We are not setting a precedent with this plea,” St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Botts stressed.

Massena-based state police charged Wright with driving while intoxicated and ticketed him for failure to keep right following an incident at 10:48 p.m. Dec. 15 on Main Street in the village of Massena. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.13 percent. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher is considered proof of intoxication in the state.

■ Colin P. Hartnett, 27, of 2 Elizabeth Ave., Apt. 2, Massena, was fined $400 and a $260 surcharge after a driving while intoxicated count was reduced to driving while ability impaired. His operating privileges were suspended for 90 days, and he was placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he comply with any recommended outpatient treatment.

Hartnett had been charged with DWI after he struck a utility police on Andrews at Church streets. He refused to submit to a breathalyzer test.

■ Deshelia R. Thomas-Jandrew, 37, of 144 South Raquette Road, Massena, was fined $300 and a $260 surcharge after a driving while intoxicated charge was reduced to driving while ability impaired. Her operating privileges were suspended for 90 days.

She reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.11 percent when she was stopped by police Dec. 13, 2011 on Center Street after allegedly making an unsafe lane change.

■ Jonathan Soto, 27, of 2 Perkins Road, Massena, was fined $300 and a $260 surcharge after a driving while intoxicated charge was reduced to a driving while ability impaired count. His operating privileges were suspended for 90 days.

Soto reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.14 percent when he was stopped by police at 2:20 a.m. April 2, 2011 for an alleged headlight violation.

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