MASSENA - The acting village justice says he will schedule a trial as soon as possible for the case of a 46-year-old Massena man who vehemently denies allegations he punched the mother of his son during an argument.
Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall signed a temporary order of protection directing David D. Dubray, 46, of 19 Colgate Drive, Massena, to stay away from Samantha Valdez.
Village police had charged Dubray with second-degree harassment following an investigation into a domestic dispute that took place on July 14. He reportedly punched Ms. Valdez in the face.
Mr. Crandall, reading from court papers, said the charge alleges Ms. Valdez and Dubray argued after she returned home after doing laundry at a friends residence.
She says there had been a verbal argument and when she returned home you punched her in the face and then you tried to convince her to stay at the residence. Im being asked to put you out of the residence, but before I do that I want more information from the DAs Office, the local justice told Dubray.
St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Andrew T. Botts contacted Ms. Valdez and relayed to the court that the alleged victim was still seeking the stay away order. She feels you are a threat, Mr. Crandall told the Massena man.
Dubray strongly disputed the allegations. Nice story. Weve been together for 13 years. It didnt happen like that at all. We did argue, loudly. Thats it. Ive never hit her, he stressed.
He said the couples 10-year-old son, who Dubray brought to court with him, witnessed the incident. He seen what happened. Obviously there was no contact. We were in two different rooms. He seen it. This isnt right. I just dont get it, Dubray added.
Mr. Crandall told the Massena man the order means he must stay away from Ms. Valdez and her home and refrain from any communication with her, including having a third party communicate with her on his behalf.
You certainly dont want to put this child in the middle, the village justice stressed.
Mr. Crandall pledged to conduct a bench trial on the harassment charge at the earliest possible date. The court wont leave this case pending for a long period of time, he pledged.
In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:
■ Brandy L. Grenier, 29, who had been released from the Jefferson County Correctional Facility earlier in the day after completing a six-month jail sentence and last listed a Pine Street, Ogdensburg, address, was sentenced to time served and placed under probation supervision for three years for a petit larceny conviction.
Village police had charged Kelly J. Staton of Ogdensburg and Grenier with petit larceny after they each allegedly shoplifted more than $500 worth of merchandise from Walmart on Jan. 23, 2011.
Police said the two women each selected two Xbox bundles, met up with an unidentified male at the store and removed the merchandise from the packaging.
Staton allegedly placed her merchandise in a car seat and then covered the items with blankets, while Grenier put her merchandise at the bottom on her cart and then covered the items with a black coat. The women also allegedly shoplifted blankets and formula bottles.
Grenier allegedly walked past the last point of sale in the store without paying for $685.53 worth of merchandise, while Staton went past the last point of sale without paying for $500.98 worth of merchandise.
Grenier, in a letter to the court, said she had taken steps to address her issues long before she started serving her jail sentence in Jefferson County.
I am a recovering addict. I have been in recovery for well over a year. My addiction has taken me places I would have never dreamed of, losing everything I ever loved, including myself and my children, she wrote.
Before my sentencing on May 23, I made a choice to completely change my life, and I was doing it by keeping my sobriety, attending meetings and being able to see and have my children on the weekends, she added.
I want nothing more than to be a model citizen, a mother and daughter I am capable of being. All I am asking for is a chance to prove to society that I am and will continue to be a better person. ... I am ready to do whatever it takes to have a better future for myself and my children. If given this chance, I will not disappoint you or anyone else, she said in a plea to avoid additional jail time.