MASSENA - A Massena woman charged with passing counterfeit $20 bills in the fall of 2011 has been released from jail, but she was warned she could earn another trip back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility if she fails to be abide by the terms of her release under the supervision of the probation department.
Village police said state troopers picked up Tori A. Paquin, 22, formerly of East Orvis Street, Massena, on the bench warrant Aug. 22 during a traffic stop in Franklin County and turned her over to village police. She was arraigned that night by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson agreed to release Paquin under the supervision of the probation department when she appeared this week in village court. Probation officials told the court Paquin had not reported to their department for several months.
St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison B. Appleby said Paquin has been living in Massachusetts for the past several months. Her goal is to reside back up here, and she can live with her mother, she noted.
She is a young individual. She has been in jail for a half a week and it has been a wake-up call. She knows she is going to be held accountable for her actions, Ms. Appleby added.
Paquin had also been sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to perform 30 hours of community service in January 2012 for a petit larceny conviction. She was also ordered to pay a $205 surcharge and to make restitution of $60.40 for a petit larceny conviction.
Paquin and a co-defendant, Chelsea Hyde, had been charged with shoplifting $54.91 worth of merchandise from Walmart on Nov. 16, 2010.
The two women reportedly removed the dye from boxes, and Paquin placed one container in her purse and her co-defendant put the other two bottles in her purse.
Store loss associates told police Paquin then selected three tee-shirts and folded them into small squares. Hyde then took those shirts and placed them in her purse, according to court documents.
Paquin admitted she had violated the conditions of her probationary sentence by failing to report as directed to the probation department. Resentencing on the petit larceny count was adjourned until October.
I would expect between now and then you will be incredibly cooperative with what probation recommends and that the 30 hours of community service will be done by then, Mr. Gustafson told Paquin.
The latest memorandum from the probation department on the petit larceny conviction indicated Paquin had performed just 5 1/2 hours of community service.
Village police had charged Paquin with two felony counts of first-degree forgery after she allegedly passed counterfeit bills last October 2011 at establishments in Massena. Those charges are still pending.
In other recent court action:
■ Christopher J. Reinhardt, 27, of 834 Ford St.,Ogdensburg, pleaded not guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia charges. Village police had charged Reinhardt following a stop at 10:56 p.m. Aug. 13 on Francis Street following a call for assistance from the U.S. Border Patrol. He was then turned over to village police. Police said Reinhardt was found to be in possession of three packages of a heroin weighing one gram.
He was remanded back to the county jail, where he is being held on a parole detainer. He has a parole hearing scheduled for Oct. 9 and is scheduled to return to village court on Oct. 29.
Reinhardt was sentenced in October 2009 in Oswego County Court to three years in state prison for a third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction. He was released from prison and placed under parole supervision on Aug. 20, 2012. The maximum expiration date of his parole supervision is Aug. 20, 2014.
■ Javier Rivera, 43, of 157 Town Line Road, Massena, was fined $300 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.
Village police had also charged Rivera with second-degree criminal trespass July 10 after he allegedly refused to leave the Jackie Davis residence, Jefferson Avenue, Massena, after several requests. Prosecutors also offered Rivera a plea bargain agreement that would allow him to plead guilty to a trespassing violation to satisfy that charge. That case was adjourned until Sept. 10.
Rivera was returned to the county jail, where he is being held by the New York state Division of Parole and Community Supervision on an alleged parole violation. He had been sentenced in February 2008 in New York County to five years in state prison for a conviction on three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was last released from the Willard Substance Abuse Treatment Program on Nov. 20, 2012. The maximum expiration date of his sentence is May 1, 2014.
■ Jevar Sturridge, 20, of 16912 107th Ave., Queens, had a motion filed by his attorney, Brian D. Pilatzke, seeking to have a second-degree criminal trespass count dismissed on legal grounds. The defense attorney argued in his motion that there was no indication in the paperwork filed with the court by police that Sturridge was the person identified in depositions by the street name of Q.
Sturridge, who did not appear in court with his attorney, had his release on $2,500 bail continued, but Judge Gustafson warned Mr. Pilatzke that if Sturridge was not in court on Sept. 24, his next scheduled court appearance, a warrant for his arrest would be issued and his release status would be reviewed.
Sturridge was picked up April 28 on an arrest warrant for second-degree burglary following a traffic stop in Schenectady. Prosecutors later filed a motion seeking to have the charge reduced to a misdemeanor count of second-degree criminal trespass.
Sturridge is alleged to have 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.