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Massena man granted CD after felony reduced to misdemeanor

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MASSENA - A Massena man was placed under a one-year conditional discharge after a felony criminal contempt was reduced to a misdemeanor count.

Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow also ordered Derek J. Hammill, 20, of 50 Westwood Drive to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 fee for a second-degree criminal contempt. The court also signed an order of protection directing him to sty away from Casey L. Hammill.

The Massena man had been arrested by three different police agencies in a 24-hour period on Dec. 18.

Massena Village Police had charged Mr. Hammill with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt after he violated a temporary order of protection directing him to stay away from his estranged wife by sending Casey L. Hammill, then 17, 95 text messages and calling her cell phone approximately 25 times that day.

He acknowledged he had violated the order of protection moments after he was released following his arraignment on a fourth-degree stalking charge early that morning in Potsdam Village Court.

He said Potsdam Police officers gave him a ride from court back to his vehicle parked on Main Street in the village. “As soon as I got into my car, I texted Casey about her statement to the Potsdam Police Department that led to me getting arrested,” Mr. Hammill noted.

He said he also called his estranged wife, but she did not answer his texts or return the phone calls he made shortly after 4:20 a.m. Dec. 18. He said he drove to his father’s home in Massena and sent several more texts until he went to bed shortly before 6 a.m.

Mr. Hammill, in his statement, told police he woke up shortly before 10:30 a.m. and once again began trying to call and text his estranged wife before going for a drive.

He said he was stopped by a Norfolk Town Police officer at 12:44 p.m. and ticketed for numerous traffic violations and misdemeanor charges including third-degree fleeing an officer in a police vehicle, trespassing and reckless driving.

“While in custody, I sent Casey multiple text messages and calls, but she did not answer any of them. I continued to text Casey until approximately 3:09 p.m. when I was brought to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility,” he said in his statement.

In other recent court action before Judge Sharlow:

■ Daniel Bradish, 39, of 18 Sisson Road, Potsdam, had a second-degree criminal contempt count dismissed in the interest of justice.

Massena-based state police charged Bradish, with a misdemeanor count of second-degree criminal contempt and ticketed him for operation of a vehicle with an inadequate muffler at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 28 on state Route 37 in the town of Louisville.

Troopers said during the traffic stop they determined Bradish was violating an order of protection that directed him to stay away from Alyssa C. Klemko, a passenger in his vehicle during the traffic stop. Norfolk Town Justice George C. Grubee had signed an order of protection on May 1, 2012 directing Bradish to stay away from Ms. Klemko.

But it was determined by prosecutors and the court that the order had expired on Feb. 22, six days before his arrest.

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