MASSENA - A Massena woman charged with multiple drug and weapon charges following an investigation into a property damage accident in early August on South Main Street has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count in a plea bargain agreement.
Donna L. Doman, 23, of 35 Parker Ave., Massena, pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Feb. 25.
Doman had been charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stay in lane, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and reckless driving as well as two counts of possession of a hypodermic needle, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon after she was located at 1:01 a.m. Aug. 2, a short time after the accident while parked on Cook Street with the vehicle running, according to police reports.
Police said they responded to Cook Street after receiving a report from a witness that had observed Domans vehicle strike a utility pole near the Sunoco station on South Main Street, leave the scene, drive to Cook Street and then appear to pass out behind the wheel of her vehicle.
They said Doman was treated at the scene by Massena Rescue for apparent diabetes-related issues and then turned back over to police.
Police said during an inventory of the vehicle before it was towed, they located a switchblade knife in the center console, a yellow container holding a small rock-like substance that tested positive for crack cocaine, a red vial that contained a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine as well as two needles in her purse.
In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:
■ Amanda L. Kerr, 25, of 63 Oliver Road, Massena, pleaded guilty to possession of a hypodermic instrument in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied several charges pending from a traffic stop on April 23. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Feb. 25.
Village police had charged Kerr with driving while ability impaired by drugs, three counts of possession of hypodermic instruments and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and ticketed her for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle with unsafe tires and obstructed vision.
A passenger in her vehicle, Douglas M. Monroe of Oliver Road, Massena, had been charged with third-degree criminal possession of narcotics with intent to sell and three counts of possession of a hypodermic needle. Monroe was reportedly in possession of six packets of heroin located in the center console of the vehicle he was riding in and being operated by Kerr, described in court papers at the time of the arrests as his girlfriend.
Kerr, in her statement to police, said the village patrolman told her he had pulled her over because she had an obstructed view with a couple of air fresheners and her work ID badge hanging from her rear view mirror. He said he also told her she had a bald rear tire on her vehicle.
The drugs were located after Kerr reportedly consented to have her vehicle searched.
This officer found my two needles I had in my center console storage area and asked about them. I told them they were mine, and I did use them to shoot up heroin. He also had located Dougs packets of heroin he had tried to hide from them as we were being pulled over, she added in her statement.
■ Josh R. Beamis, 35, of 68 Curtis Ave., Massena, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.
Village police had charged Beamis with aggravated driving while intoxicated and ticketed him for speed in zone, failure to keep right and making an improper signal following a traffic stop at 2:26 a.m. Oct. 23. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Feb. 25.
He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.23 percent, nearly three times the 0.08 level that constitutes a DWI charge.
Beamish reportedly was observed traveling 44 mph in a 30 mph zone on East Orvis Street and failed to signal when he turned from Bayley Road onto Curtis Avenue as he headed home from a downtown Massena business.