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Akwesasne man fined for his role for assault at Massena bar

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MASSENA - A 29-year-old Akwesasne man was fined and placed under a one-year conditional discharge for his role in an assault three years ago in a Massena tavern.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Jason R. Thomas of 62 Akwesasne St., Snye, Que., $100 and a $205 surcharge for a third-degree attempted assault conviction. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Thomas was one of two Akwesasne men charged with third-degree assault after they were allegedly involved in an altercation with another man in the early morning hours of March 14, 2010 at Friar Tuck’s. Village police said David J. Square and Thomas attacked Andrew Brooks inside the bar.

Police said one of the men punched Mr. Brooks in the back of the head and when he fell to the ground both men allegedly repeatedly kicked him. Mr. Brooks was treated at Massena Memorial Hospital for bruising to his ribs and head.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Peter J. Shantie, 34, of 277 Reed Drive, Massena, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted criminal contempt. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for March 18.

Village police had charged Shantie and Alexis N. Gondosch, 26, of Massena with second-degree criminal contempt and unlawful possession of marijuana on Oct. 15, 2012. Police said Gondosch had allowed Shantie to be with her, which violated a temporary order of protection issued by St. Lawrence County Family Court Judge Cecily L. Morris earlier that day.

Village police had traveled to Watertown on Sept. 13 to pick up Shantie. He had been arrested on the warrant by Watertown City Police. Mr. Gustafson had signed the warrant on July 23 after Shantie failed to appear in court as scheduled on the outstanding charges.

■ Michael J. Mitchell, 32, of Massena was placed on probation for three years and was fined $100 and a $205 surcharge for a second-degree criminal contempt conviction. He was also ordered to pay a $50 fee to submit a sample of his DNA to the state database.

Village police had 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 Judge 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 foot. 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 Ms. Lawrence. He allegedly violated that order by leaving a handwritten letter, including his two phone numbers, in Ms. Lawrence’s mailbox on Liberty Avenue.

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