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Potsdam man admits possessing oxycodone in Massena

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MASSENA - A Potsdam man will be sentenced in January after he admitted he had possessed oxycodone on May 2012 in the village of Massena.

Steven J. Stacy, 30, of 20 Cherry St., Potsdam, pleaded guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied other charges pending in Massena Village County including a possession of a hypodermic instrument count, as well as in courts in Potsdam and Louisville.

Police said they had located oxycodone in Stacy’s right front pocket during an incident on May 7, 2012. Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Jan. 14.

Village police had also charged Stacy with possession of a hypodermic needle following a traffic stop at 9:27 p.m. April 29 on Sycamore Street. The operator of the vehicle, Joshua P. Lattimer, 20, of Howardsville Road, Canton, was ticketed for operation of a vehicle with an inadequate plate lamp. Lattimer reportedly gave police consent to search his vehicle, and they located eight needles in a black backpack in the backseat next to Stacy. He reportedly claimed ownership of the backpack and its belongings. That charge was satisfied by the plea bargain agreement.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Patrick A. Breen, 43, of Massena pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied several charges stemming from the same incident. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Jan. 14.

Prior to entering his plea, Breen’s attorney, St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison B. Appleby, asked the court to agree to waive any stipulation in her client’s sentence that would prohibit him from entering any establishments where alcohol is sold for on premises consumption, noting it would impact his employment. “I run the Hotel Nadeau,” he explained.

The Massena man had been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop in the early morning hours of Aug. 15, 2011 on Poplar Street.

Village police had also charged Breen, listing a Walnut Street address at the time of his arrest, with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after finding he was also in possession of a small quantity of cocaine following the traffic stop.

He was also ticketed for failure to wear his seatbelt, making an unsafe start and making an unsafe turn following the traffic stop at 2:28 a.m. Aug. 15, 2011.

Breen reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.21 percent. Aggravated DWI charges are lodged against motorists with blood alcohol contents of 0.18 percent or higher.

■ Michael P. Marashian, 38, of 14 Malby Ave., Massena, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Jan. 14.

Village police had charged Marashian with aggravated driving while intoxicated and ticketed him for operation of an uninspected motor vehicle following a traffic stop at 11:19 p.m. Jan. 3 on East Orvis Street near Howard Street. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.22 percent.

■ Dahtez D. Jones, 28, of Rauntico, Wisc., was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. He had been charged with bicycling after dark without a light at 11:50 p.m. May 28 on Woodlawn Avenue at Spruce.

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