MASSENA - A Massena man will be sentenced in December after admitting he violated an order of protection when he pushed a woman in March during a domestic dispute.
Michael J. Mitchell, 32, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied several pending charges. Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Dec. 17.
Village police charged Mitchell with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree harassment - physical contact on March 13 stemming from an investigation into an incident earlier that day at 126 Liberty Ave. Prosecutors later made a motion to reduce the felony charge to a misdemeanor count of second-degree criminal contempt.
Police said Mitchell violated an order of protection issued by Massena Justice Eric Gustafson on Dec. 2, 2012. He reportedly pushed Christine C. Lawrence during a domestic dispute at about 7 a.m. March 13 and also allegedly kicked a portable heater into her big toe on her right foot, causing a small cut.
He had been charged by village police on Dec. 2 with endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment - physical contact.
In a statement she signed for police, Ms. Lawrence said that Mitchell, who she described as her boyfriend, looked at a text on an old phone and got jealous.
Michael started to yell at me and pushed me. Michael kicked a portable heater and it cut my big toe on my right food. This was the end of the argument, she wrote in her statement.
He had also been charged with second-degree criminal contempt June 23. He allegedly violated an order of protection issued March 28 by St. Lawrence County Family Court that directed him to stay away from Christine C. Lawrence. He allegedly violated that order by leaving a handwritten letter, including his two phone numbers, in Ms. Lawrences mailbox on Liberty Avenue.
In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:
■ Danielle Castanier, 23, of 72 Westwood Drive, Apt. 3, Massena, was fined $75 and made restitution of $617.07 after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in a plea bargain agreement. She was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.
Village police had charged Castanier with fourth-degree criminal mischief following an investigation into an incident that occurred in the parking lot behind Friar Tucks in the early morning hours of Oct. 7. She allegedly keyed the rear passenger side of a vehicle registered to Shawna Armstrong.
Castanier and a friend had allegedly pushed Armstrong down stairs, shoved her in the wall and attempted to get her to engage in a fight inside the bar at approximately 1 a.m. Oct. 7. Armstrong reportedly declined the invitation and left with a male friend. When she returned to pick her vehicle up the next morning, she discovered the key damage.
Armstrong told police Castanier was upset with her over a past relationship.