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Massena teen sentenced to 30 days in jail for struggling with police

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MASSENA - A Massena teenager who had two contacts with police in a four-hour stretch has been sentenced to 30 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility for a resisting arrest conviction.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Jarrett C. Pelkey, 19, of 704 state Route 37C, Massena, to pay a $205 surcharge.

Village police had charged Pelkey with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at 9:45 p.m. Aug. 27 and then with trespassing and resisting again at 1:27 a.m. Aug. 28.

Police responded to South Main Street for a report of a male walking in the roadway shortly after 9 p.m. and made contact with Pelkey, whom they indicated was intoxicated. They said Pelkey started screaming obscenities at the police officer and continued walking in the roadway, disregarding several requests to alter his behavior before being taken into custody.

They said Pelkey struggled with officers when they were attempting to handcuff him to the bench in the holding room at the village police station. Pelkey also reportedly kicked and pushed officers and had to be taken to the ground to be handcuffed.

Police said after he was processed on that charge he informed police he planned to go back to walking in the street and refused to leave the police station. After being charged with trespassing for that action, he again struggled with officers, earning a second resisting arrest count.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Timothy J. Oakes, 27, of 2 Willow St., Apt. 105, Massena, had sentencing his sentencing adjourned until March 18. Mr. Gustafson noted sentencing was being adjourned due to Oakes’s failure to show up for his pre-sentence interview with the probation department. The village court justice indicated sentencing would go forward in March and strongly recommended Oakes meet with the probation department prior to that date.

Oakes pleaded guilty in May to attempted falsely reporting child abuse in a plea bargain agreement that also satisfied charges pending in the town of Pierrepont.

Oakes admitted he had falsely reported a drug sale. He reportedly made the report after an argument with the mother of two of his children.

Massena-based state police had charged Oakes with third-degree falsely reporting an incident after he allegedly falsely reported to the director of the Massena Mental Health Clinic that his ex-girlfriend was selling him prescription medication intended for her 9-year-old son.

Massena Mental Health Director Kathleen Straka said in a statement she signed for police that Oakes had called her and said his ex-girlfriend had been selling him prescription medication.

“He claimed this medication was prescribed to (the woman’s) son... Oakes went on to claim the nine year old boy was being deprived of his medication by his mother, because she was selling it. Oakes further explained that (the 9-year-old) had not reported this to anyone because (he) was being paid to keep quiet about it,” Ms. Straka wrote.

■ Kerry A. Watkins, 27, of 58 Sycamore St., Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation she abide by the terms of an order of protection.

Village police had charged Watkins with second-degree unlawful imprisonment Aug. 24.

Police said they responded to a domestic dispute at 88 Woodlawn Ave., where Ms. Watkins and her boyfriend, Allen Gardner, were arguing. They said Watkins refused to allow Mr. Gardner to leave the residence after dragging him home from a neighbor’s residence. She was reportedly upset he was drinking.

■ Shirley J. Fenlong, 56, of 408 County Route 37, Massena, had a second-degree hindering prosecution count dismissed in the interest of justice.

Police alleged Fenlong attempted to conceal her son, Samual O. Hurlbut, from being picked up by police on Aug. 26, 2012 at 5 South St., despite knowing there was a felony warrant for the 18-year-old’s arrest on a burglary charge. Police said Fenlong refused to allow police inside her residence to take her son into custody.

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