MASSENA - A Morrisonville man charged with stealing an 18-pack of beer from a Massena convenience store was returned to jail following an appearance in Massena Village Court.
Village police charged Charles H. Beshaw, 24, of 57 Kent Falls Road, Morrisonville, with petit larceny and resisting arrest at 3:08 a.m. Sunday after he was taken into custody on East Orvis Street after shoplifting an 18 pack of beer from Sunoco on Main at West Orvis Street. Police said Beshaw ran from the store and refused to comply with several orders from police to stop before he was taken into custody.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson acknowledged the probation department had recommended Beshaw be released from jail and placed under probation supervision. Its a balancing act. I need to know you will come back to court. I take a look back through your criminal history and perhaps your time on probation hasnt gone so well, the village justice told Beshaw.
Mr. Gustafson said he was going to reduce Beshaws bail from $750 cash to $300 cash.
In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:
■ Dennis J. Stephenson, 19, of 67 Parker Ave., Massena, was released from jail and placed under the supervision of the probation department.
He had been charged with second-degree harassment, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of marijuana and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief Monday following a domestic dispute with his mother at their residence.
Stephenson reportedly started throwing items around the residence, breaking glass and ripping pans off the stove while dinner was being cooked during the argument with his mother, Shannon R. Price. His mother declined to sign a statement and told police she didnt want her son arrested.
Police said they responded to the Parker Avenue residence at 5:31 p.m. Monday after a complaint of a 911 hangup call and saw Stephenson walking in the backyard. They said he refused to comply with orders to stop and started shouting obscenities and vulgarities, opting not to obey several requests to alter his behavior. They said the argument started when Ms. Price asked her son if he had returned his job applications.
Mr. Gustafson asked Stephenson if he had filled out an application while he had been held at the county jail. Stephenson suggested he had not been able to fill out the paperwork since he was incarcerated.
Do they have pens at the jail? the village justice asked the sheriffs deputy that escorted Stephenson into the courtroom.
He had been held at the jail on $500 bail following his arrest.
■ Robert A. Dennis, 32, of 22 Perkins Road, Massena, was fined $25 and a $125 surcharge for an unlawful possession of marijuana conviction. Police had found Dennis was in possession of a small Baggie containing marijuana located during a traffic stop Sept. 12 for operation of a vehicle with a suspended registration.
■ Melanie A. McDonald, 56, of 107 Stoughton Ave., Massena, and William J. Rochefort, 19, of the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility and 107 Stoughton Ave., Massena, appeared in court on a dog at large count.
Rochefort was also charged with harboring a dangerous dog and having an unlicensed dog and having a dog without an up to date rabies vaccine.
The village justice scheduled a dangerous dog hearing for Friday.
The charges stemmed from an incident at 2:50 p.m. Aug. 29 when Rocheforts dog allegedly attacked the next door neighbor.
Dwayne Gardner, in the statement he provided police, said he was on his property at 109 Stoughton Ave. looking at his bus parked in his driveway.
I heard a growl and looked down to see my neighbors chocolate and white pitbull standing there. I put my arm up to which the dog bit my left forearm. I punched the dog, and he let go. I then kicked at the dog to which it then bit my left leg. I then continued to kick and swing at the dog, Mr. Gardner noted.
He said his wife yelled at the dog, and she went into the residence after the took off toward her. He told police the dog also followed him as he ran to get inside his residence. He said his neighbor, Melanie McDonald, then yelled for the dog and it eventually went back home.
McDonald said the dogs rabies vaccination was three months overdue and she noted he has now had his shot.
She also told the judge the dog was not dangerous and suggested Mr. Gardner had taken steps that led the dog to attack him. He sprayed the dog in the face with a hose. I was standing right there, mowing my lawn. Hes not a danger to society. Hes a real good job, McDonald told the village justice.
Ive got to figure out something to do with this dog. The problem is these dogs can do a lot of damage. My concern is this dog is going to hurt someone else and then who is going to be responsible? Mr. Gustafson asked rhetorically.
McDonald said she would be responsible. The neighbors are already suing me. He continues to spray the dog in the face with a hose. It makes the dog angry, she said.