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Massen man sentenced to 75 days in jail for attempted menacing conviction

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MASSENA - A 26-year-old Massena man charged in June 2012 with threatening a neighbor in his apartment building with a steak knife has been sentenced to serve 75 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Bobby C. Page of 33 McCluskey Ave. to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 fee to submit his DNA sample to the state’s database.

Village police had charged Page with second-degree menacing after he went to Sheri Colburn’s Water Street apartment, displayed a steak knife he pulled out of his pocket and threatened to stab her after she confronted him about reports he had urinated on her door earlier in the day. She said he denied that allegation, pulled the knife from his pocket and started waving it around and shouting that he should stab her.

Adam Gauthier, who told police he had been drinking with Page that day, said he separated Page from Ms. Colburn and escorted his acquaintance back to his apartment.

Ms. Colburn, in the statement she signed for police, said Page had come to her apartment at around noon, and she had asked him to leave. She said she had left a short time later to run errands and had received a phone call from her son, Andrew Van Guilder, informing her Page had urinated on her door.

She said Page returned to her apartment door shortly after she returned home that afternoon.

Page has been incarcerated since late last month after Mr. Gustafson sent him to the county jail pending sentencing after the Massena man missed appointments over a several month period for a pre-sentence investigation with the county’s Probation Department.

He was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal on a second charge pending in village court. Page had been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana on April 10 when he was being searched by police following an incident on Leach Street.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Jevar Sturridge, 20, of 817 Lucas Ave., Schenectady, had a felony count of second-degree burglary reduced to a misdemeanor charge of second-degree criminal trespass on a motion made by prosecutors. His case was adjourned until July 9, and his bail was reduced to $2,500 cash or $5,000.

Sturridge had been held in the county jail on $25,000 bail since being picked up on an arrest warrant April 28 following a traffic stop in Schenectady.

Village police allege Sturridge, also listing a 16912 7th Avenue, Queens, address, entered a residence at 27 1/2 Spruce St. at 3:30 p.m. April 11 in an incident that village police have described as a home invasion. Patrick Lloyd of 16 Haskell St., Massena, was charged with second-degree menacing in connection with that same incident.

Village police have said the charges followed an investigation into an incident that took place at the Spruce Street residence of Albert Brossoit and Felicity Caskinette. Lloyd allegedly drove another man, identified as Sturridge by police investigators, to the Spruce Street residence and the passenger in his vehicle allegedly pointed a handgun at Ms. Caskinette.

Witnesses told police Lloyd, known by his street name of Problem, drove a second man to 27 1/2 Spruce St. at approximately 3 p.m. April 11 following Ms. Caskinette when she drove into her residence.

“I looked out and saw a black Charger, the one Problem drives, and then I saw this black guy ... pull a black and silver handgun out and point it at Felicity. Then they took off,” Mr. Brossoit noted in the statement he signed for police.

He said the passenger in Lloyd’s vehicle, known only by his street name of Q, returned approximately a half hour later with a female and walked inside his residence without permission.

■ Louis C. Nelson, 27, of 33 Park St., Norwood, entered a not guilty plea to obstruction of governmental administration and other charges during his initial appearance with his attorney, David A. Haggart.

The defense attorney told the court he was seeking any videos shot by police officers at the scene of the traffic stop, including video from any dashboard cameras, as well as any video shot by police while Nelson was in custody at the police station.

Village police had stopped Nelson in the Spanky’s parking lot May 1 following an incident that occurred at the pedestrian crossing in front of the Massena Town Hall.

Mr. Haggart said he was also working with prosecutors to have a cell phone that was seized from Mr. Nelson’s wife during the incident returned. Mr. Nelson claimed at his arraignment earlier this month that his wife had videotaped the traffic stop and claimed he had been mistreated by the village police officers. The defense attorney indicated he had been told the camera would be returned to him after his client agreed to have the video from the traffic stop downloaded for the police.

Police said Nelson was forced to squeal his brakes to avoid rearending a village patrol vehicle stopped on Main Street to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway. He was ticketed for following too closely and for having the driver’s view obstructed.

He was additionally charged with obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest and a disorderly conduct violation.

Police said Nelson jumped out of his vehicle after stopping and refused to comply with orders to get back in his car. Police said Nelson initially told them he needed to stretch his back but continued to refuse to get back into the vehicle after they gave him a period of time to remedy his back issue.

They said the Norwood man became combative when they told him they were going to handcuff him for officer safety, struggled with the village patrolmen and state trooper that were on the scene and kicked officers before being subdued.

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